About Zonta Club of St. Cloud

Zonta Club of St Cloud was chartered on November 9, 1950, with 21 members. Our major local service focus began with scholarships. Although we continue to support education and literacy; Zonta’s three fundraisers provide support for Central Minnesota including:

  • Anna Marie’s Alliance, a shelter for victims of domestic violence;

  • Journey Home, which provides housing and programming for women in recovery and their  children;

  • Scholarships for non-traditional students; GEDs, women pursuing careers in business, and awards to young women active in public affairs; STEM Scholarships for women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics;

  • Resources for partnering with other local organizations on initiatives which empower women and children.

 

Recent local service and advocacy activities include:

  • Cook and serve meals at Anna Marie’s Shelter

  • Provide duffle bags with clothing and personal grooming items for victims of human trafficking

  • Decorate and maintain one room at Anna Marie’s Shelter

  • Participate in “Take Back the Night” activities

  • Advocate through the “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” international project

  • Provide financial support to Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid

  • Support District 7’s Haitian Project

We are a part of Zonta District 7, Area 3.

Zonta District 7 Members are reading selections from The Unfinished Revolution: Voices from the Global Fight for Women's Rights.  The book is available for purchase from the publisher, Seven Stories Press.

About Zonta International

Zonta International envisions a world in which women's rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men. In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.

 

Zonta International is a global organization of over 30,000 professional women in 1200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries and geographic areas.  Zonta members are dedicated to empowering women worldwide through Service and Advocacy.  

 

The first Zonta club was comprised of five women whose mission was to create a strong network of women in executive positions who would work to take their rightful place in the professions next to men. The first 600 members were among the 4 first generation of college-educated women, the first generation of North American women to vote, and a part of the growing legion of women entering the workforce.  

 

Zonta became international with the organization of the first European club, the Zonta Club of Vienna, Austria in 1930. Since 1919, Zonta members have dedicated themselves to provide financial support to improve the lives of women and girls, pushed for gender equity in employment, and advocated for equal rights. In 1938, Zonta launched the Amelia Earhart Fellowship Program (to honor and in memory of our member, Amelia Earhart).  Now we issue 35 of these $10,000 scholarships a year and past recipients include astronauts and some of our top scientists. Other scholarships include  the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships (12 for $7,000 each) and the Young Women in Public Affairs (10 for $4,000 each).

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Zonta Club of St Cloud

P.O. Box 7453
St Cloud, MN  56302-7453