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Zonta Plants Yellow Roses at the Burbank Board Of Realtors

The Zonta Club of Burbank is celebrating International Women’s Day and Zonta Rose Day, on March 8, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., by planting yellow rose bushes at the Headquarters of the Burbank Board of Realtors, 2006 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA. The yellow rose is the traditional symbol of Zonta International.

For Zontians, Yellow Rose Day is a day to reflect on the achievements of the past year and prepare for the challenges ahead to advance the status of women worldwide. The United Nations established International Women Day in 1977 to celebrate the rights of women and international peace. Both events are celebrated internationally on March 8 every year.

The Zonta Club of Burbank Area brings together volunteers with a passion for empowering women through service & advocacy. Since its chartering in 1936, the Burbank Zonta Club has brought together business people and community members willing to volunteer their time to raise money, advocate and provide direct service to women in need. The Zonta Club meets the third Wednesday of the month at Hill Street Cafe in Burbank. Anyone interested in attending a meeting or in learning more about membership may visit www.ZontaBurbank.org for more information.

Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a global organization dedicated to empowering women through service and advocacy. With more than 30,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 65 countries and geographic areas, Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs aimed at fulfilling Zonta’s mission and objectives.

Zonta Club Offers Grants

A mother of two and victim of domestic violence, WINGS grant recipient Noelia Miller is changing her life story.   Zonta Club of Burbank Area awarded Miller a WINGS grant to help her reach her goal of becoming a vocational nurse.

Twice a year, the Zonta Club offers grants up to $2,000. Application deadlines are April 30th and September 30th. Miller is the recipient of the April 2015 award. The WINGS grant is offered to women 21 years and older, who have endured a life altering setback/experience and seek to improve their status through education. The grants offer one-time financial assistance to the recipients.

Information and an application may be obtained by visiting www.zontaburbank.org for the upcoming September 30th deadline. Completed applications and supporting documents may be submitted via email as directed. First priority is given to Burbank residents, but applications will be considered from Glendale, North Hollywood, Toluca Lake, Sun Valley, Sunland/Tujunga, Studio City, Shadow Hills, Panorama City, Pacoima, Arleta and other areas of the San Fernando Valley east of Van Nuys Blvd.

With the help of programs provided by Family Service Agency (FSA) in Burbank, Miller realized she is free, independent and capable of making a secure and happy home for herself and her children, without the domestic violence she previously endured. Miller believes the WINGS grant is…” a way to believe in me; to make a better life for my children, giving them education and motivation; to make a better world starting at home”.

Burbank National Charity League Collects Shoe Donations

Members of the Burbank National Charity League (NCL) collected hundreds of pairs of shoes from the Zonta Club and Domestic Violence Task Force, in addition to nearly a thousand pairs more donated by the Burbank YMCA on Tuesday, September 16.

“Our NCL class has been collecting old shoes as a fundraiser for the girls’ senior presentation to take place in the Spring of 2016,” commented Burbank NCL President Kim Kaufman.

“The shoes will be sent overseas to be used in small business enterprises for individuals and families,” Kaufman continued. “The second hand shoes provide merchandise for resale in developing nations, often business run by women.”

Grace Farenbaugh (Zonta Club), Jodi Reneaud (Director of Volunteer Engagement, Burbank YMCA), Kim Kaufman (National Charity League), Aimee Snow (National Charity League), Marva Murphy (Zonta Club), Kimberly Clark (Domestic Violence Task Force), Emily Gabel-Luddy (City Council and Domestic Violence Task Force) and JC Holt (CEO, Burbank Community YMCA.)(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Grace Farenbaugh (Zonta Club), Jodi Reneaud (Director of Volunteer Engagement, Burbank YMCA), Kim Kaufman (National Charity League), Aimee Snow (National Charity League), Marva Murphy (Zonta Club), Kimberly Clark (Domestic Violence Task Force), Emily Gabel-Luddy (City Council and Domestic Violence Task Force) and JC Holt (CEO, Burbank Community YMCA.)(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank YMCA’s shoe donation campaign runs from August 18 through September 30. YMCA members have been asked to donate gently worn shoes. By the end of the campaign, Kaufman estimates the Y members will have donated close to 2000 pairs of shoes.

Zonta Club and the Domestic Violence Task Force decided to donate the 200 pairs of shoes from a domestic violence display at the Town Center Mall held earlier this year to the NCL’s shoe drive as well.

“They heard about our shoe drive from the Y and with the display over, needed to find new souls for the old soles,” explained Kaufman.

The NCL’s Burbank chapter is a group of local mothers and daughter who work together on philanthropic, cultural and educational activities, according to their website.

“We have received shoes from Walt Disney Imagineering, SGE Volleyball and many individuals from Burbank,” added Kaufman. “We’re also keeping shoes out of our landfills.


Zonta International to Benefit Burbank Youth With Formation of ‘Z Club’

The Zonta Club of Burbank Area is proud to announce that a new service club for youth dedicated to provide career guidance and to promote leadership skills, international fellowship and the ideal of service will be chartered on February 8, 2012, at 5:00 p.m., in the Burbank City Council Chambers at 275 E. Olive Avenue. Laura Peters, Governor of Zonta International’s District 9, will present the charter to the new Z Club of Burbank.

The Z Club will be one of the youth groups of Zonta International, the worldwide service organization of executives in business and professions working together to advance the status of women. Zonta International enjoys Non-Governmental Organization status with the United Nations and consultative status with some of its agencies. There are approximately 31,000 Zontians belonging to more than 1,200 clubs in approximately 64 countries and geographic areas.

There are seven charter members of the new Z Club: Andrea Baghaee, Heidy Gaitan, Yujung Kim, Cynthia Linda, Kathy Rodriguez, Natasha Servin, and Yenely Velasquez. Cynthia Linda will serve as the first president of the Z Club. These Z Club members will undertake service projects benefiting their schools, community, and the world. They also will promote the development of leadership ability and good character, and they strive for scholastic achievement and the improvement of international understanding through service. The Zonta Club of Burbank Area will act in an advisory capacity the new Z Club of Burbank. Burbank Zontian Brittany Vaughan, Director of Operations for the Boys and Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley, will serve as the new Z Club Advisor. Z Club is open to all high school ladies in the Burbank area and will be hosted at the Boys & Girls Club.

The Zonta Club of Burbank Area was chartered in 1936. The Club is particularly proud to be reviving the Z Club in Burbank, since the Zonta Club of Burbank established the very first Z Club in the world in 1948 at Burbank High School.

The club welcomes new members. Further information on both the Z Club of Burbank and the Zonta Club of Burbank is available at www.zontaburbank.org.