Currently accepting applications for the Young Women in Public Affairs Award

The Zonta Club of Morristown Area is currently accepting applications for the Young Woman in Public Affairs Award. Because Zonta International believes that young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of public service, it offers the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award, which recognizes young women, ages 16-19, for demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.

Currently accepting applications for the Barbara Albanese Continuing Education

The Zonta Club of Morristown Area is currently accepting applications for the Barbara Albanese Continuing Education. This scholarship is established in memory of Barbara Albanese, longtime Zonta Club of Morristown Area member, to be awarded to a woman who had to interrupt her post-secondary educational path due to life circumstances, and who is now planning to resume her post-secondary education. Applicants must be age 25 or older, and will submit their application by February 1, 2021, for review. For further information, please email: zontamorris@gmail.com

Zonta Morristown Votes in New Board

Zonta Club of Morristown Area (ZCMA) ELECTS OFFICERS

Elizabeth H. Smith, Esq – a practicing attorney in Mendham – has been elected President of the Zonta Club of Morristown Area. She has been a member of ZCMA, a local Club of Zonta International, for more than 30 years.  She has attended many international conferences, including: Sweden, Australia and Italy. Ms. Smith noted “Zonta gives me a global perspective about service and advocacy on behalf of women.”

Judy Chapman Killion of Long Valley and Founder of Garden State Woman was elected Treasurer for a 2-year term beginning July 2020.  Judy noted: “Membership in Zonta not only offers service opportunities locally but makes a connection with women globally”

Barbara Woodhull of Branchburg, immediate Past President of ZCMA, has been elected to the position of one of four Area Directors in District 3 of Zonta International. Zonta District 3 is comprised of Zonta Clubs throughout sections of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. 

On July 30, Zonta International issued a press release in an education campaign to raise awareness of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in a resolution adopted in 2013. The day was established to raise awareness of the plight of human trafficking victims, and to promote and protect their rights.

The 2020 theme for the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons will focus on the first responders to human trafficking. These are the people who work in different sectors—identifying, supporting, counseling and seeking justice for victims of trafficking, and challenging the impunity of the traffickers.

Zonta International was organized in Rochester, New York in 1919, and now has a global membership of more than 30,000 members in 60 nations. The ZCMA was chartered in 1956. Some of the organizations the ZCMA Service Fund supports are: Homeless Solutions, Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS), Operation Holiday, Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwright’s Series, MAPSA, and the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, as well as numerous other community-based projects.

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.
The Zonta Club of Morristown Area meets monthly. The next meeting will be held on September 22, 2020 as a Zoom Meeting. New members are welcome and can obtain membership information at zontamorristown.com or by emailing us at zontamorris@gmail.com

ZONTA AWARDS A LOCAL STUDENT

The Zonta Club of Morristown Area (ZCMA) has bestowed a $1000 Young Woman in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award to Isha Patel of Denville. The daughter of Amish and Darshana Patel, Isha recently graduated from Morris Knolls High School, Rockaway, NJ.

The Award is given annually to a young woman, age 16-19, who demonstrates superior leadership skills and a commitment to public service and civic causes and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.  ZCMA has a 60+ year record of advocacy and service in Morris County.  Ms. Patel will attend Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

A new scholarship honoring the life of long time Zontonian, Barbara Albanese of Morristown, NJ will be awarded to a woman returning to college to complete a degree. Information and application for this $1000 scholarship can be obtained by contacting ZCMA at Zontamorris.com

Some of the organizations the Zonta Club of Morristown Area helps and that the Service Fund supports are: Homeless Solutions, Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS), Operation Holiday, Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwright’s Series, MAPSA, and the Girl Scouts (GSNNJ), as well as numerous other community-based projects.

The Zonta Club of Morristown Area, a local club of Zonta International (Zonta.org), meets monthly. Members live in various counties throughout Northern NJ. New members are welcome and can get membership information at zontamorristown.com.  Zonta International empowers women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Dr. Bette Simmons Honored as 2018 Zonta Woman of the Year

Our annual Woman of the Year event occurred on Monday, April 16, 2018, at the Madison Hotel Conservatory (6pm). This year, we are recognized Dr. Bette Simmons, vice president of Student Development and Enrollment Management at County College of Morris (CCM).  Dr. Simmons is being presented the award for exemplifying what women and girls can achieve and her long-standing contributions to the community, and she has also been a dedicated community volunteer, serving on various boards.  She is currently involved with the Morristown Neighborhood House, the Morris County Human Relations Commission, the Calvary Baptist Church Community Development Corporation, the Morristown Juvenile Conference Committee, the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, Alliance for the Parks, Community Hope, Inc. and the Morris County Sexual Assault Advisory Board. In addition, she provides training for the Volunteers for Morris County as well as the Seton Hall University Board Leadership Institute.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Service Program of Zonta which includes support of Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey Leadership Program; underwriting a youth summer camp scholarship for the child of a Jersey Battered Women resident; support of the Women Playwrights Series at Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown, NJ, and donations to Operation Holiday.