Birthday cake, awards and friendship for Zonta's 100th birthday at Beaudesert

The Zonta Club of Beaudesert celebrated the centennial anniversary of Zonta International on November 8, with a dinner at The Beaudesert Community Arts and Information Centre.

Members and guests enjoyed a night of good food and fellowship.

Beaudesert Zonta has supported local and international programs that have helped to improve the status of women for more than 30 years. Club President, Denise Martin, said she felt privileged to be part of an organisation that has helped so many women over the past 100 years.

"The Club is grateful that members of the community are very supportive or our activities," she said.

"Zonta International is a global organisation that empowers women and girls through service and advocacy.

"It was founded in 1919 in Buffalo, New York, by a group of forward-thinking women who envisioned a women's service organisation that would advocate for laws and policies that ensure gender equality and help every woman and girl realise her full potential."

Area director, Anne Beulah presented Length of Membership Awards to those who had been members of more than ten years, which applied to half of all Beaudesert's members.

Two of the longest serving members, Joan Gray and Jane Blunck ,cut a birthday cake to commemorate the hundredth anniversary.

Zonta International is non-sectarian and non-partisan and has general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Zonta International promotes and strives to protect the human rights of all women and girls and one of its aims is to assist in strategies to eradicate violence against women and children.

Through its partnership on UN projects, Zonta International has provided millions of dollars to expand women and girl's access to education, health care, economic opportunities and safe living conditions.

Zonta's nearly 1200 clubs support local and regional initiatives in 63 countries worldwide.

A key service project of the Zonta Club of Beaudesert Area is working with local agencies in the area of domestic violence, supporting women in refuges and assisting vulnerable young women in our community.