Fleurieu's Zonta group resumes face-to-face catch ups and recognises achievements of members

Recognised: Zonta Fleurieu members receive attendance certificates from past president Margaret Stephens and current president Leann Symonds.
Recognised: Zonta Fleurieu members receive attendance certificates from past president Margaret Stephens and current president Leann Symonds.

The Zonta Club of the Fleurieu Peninsula recently held its first face-to-face dinner meeting at the Apollon since February, following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

Although the group's AGM and Biennium Handover meetings were successfully held online via the Zoom platform, members revelled in the opportunity to meet in person and catch up on some much-needed social interaction.

The meeting was opened by incoming president, Leann Symonds, before past president Margaret Stephens presented 100 per cent attendance certificates to members for the period of the last year.

While the group's new Board was previously installed by Area 2 Director Eronwy Edwards via a Zoom meeting in May, they were once again presented to the club, this time in the flesh.

They include: president Leann Symonds, secretary Lesley Sporn, treasurer Jane Bohnsack, vice-president Ann Overall (absent) and Board members: Carol Pearce, Colleen Pearsons, Dianne Smith, Christine Trenorden and Anita Williss.

Marg Dent was congratulated on her recent recognition, having been awarded an OAM as part of 2020's Queen's Birthday Honours, for her outstanding work across the Fleurieu.

While the club has been unable to carry out face-to-face activities over the last few months, members have still been active in the background, with a number working from home to make and pack breast care cushions and arrange distribution to Flinders Public and Private hospitals.

Members have also been able to meet virtually with Zontians from other clubs in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania through Zoom Webinars on advocacy, with inspirational guest speakers, and a combined advocacy workshop between South Australian clubs.

Upcoming challenges for the group include the management of service projects under changed conditions, and finding innovative ways to continue to fundraise and support projects to help empower girls and women.

Zonta's International Convention, which was to have been held in Chicago, U.S. in July, will still go ahead in a changed format, via online means.

Club delegates will also still be able to vote for a new International Board and major international projects.