Zonta International is celebrating its centenary in November this year and encouraging Zonta districts around the world to honour women in their local areas with a 'Woman of Achievement' award.
The Zonta Club of Goulburn is interested in nominating a woman from our local area and is seeking public support to help us find women of outstanding achievement to be considered for nomination.
The award(s) will be presented at the Zonta Australia and New Zealand centenary conferenc,e to be held in Brisbane in September.
If you would like to suggest women in the area for this award please contact The Secretary, PO Box 282 Goulburn 2580, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Five members of the Zonta Club of Goulburn attended the Zonta area 2 meeting in Canberra on March 30.
Zonta members travelled from as far afield as Orange, Central Coast, Sydney, Berry and Wollongong to attend the meeting.
The guest speaker was past international president Lyn McKenzie, a member of the Zonta Club of Wellington NZ.
Many topics were covered including the Zonta International Foundation biennium projects of 'Ending Child Marriage', 'Educating Madagascar' and 'Hand in Hand', a project to teach displaced women in refugee camps skills to help them support their families.
The sheer number of refugees fleeing conflict means there are huge numbers of women in refugee camps.
One such camp in Jordan houses up to 1.3 million men, women and children.
Often the men are unable to find work and therefore can't support their families so it is left to the women to try and find work.
Ensuring they have skills makes that task easier.
One of the issues highlighted at the meeting, because it is not talked about in society, is urinary incontinence.
Incontinence affects 37 percent of women rising to 50pc as women age and about 13pc of men, reports the Continence Foundation of Australia.
Up to five million Australians have a problem with incontinence but up to 70pc do not seek advice or treatment.
We need to learn to talk about it so that more people are encouraged to seek help.
Chris Shortis is the director of special works at the St Vincent de Paul Society in the ACT.
Chris spoke about the services provided to help feed, clothe, educate and shelter people in need in the Canberra / Goulburn Diocese.
The figures were very sobering.
Charities such as St Vincent de Paul, Anglicare, Smith Family etc are in desperate need of donations to help meet the needs of vulnerable people in the area.
Following the meeting, a number of Goulburn Zontians joined the Canberra Club to celebrate its 50th birthday.
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