Events

 Chartered March 11, 1980
Member of Zonta International

Empowering Women Locally and Worldwide

International Fellows Program (IFP)

Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey shares the Zonta message with women from around the world each March in Carlisle PA.

Every year the U. S. Army invites senior military officers from other countries to study at the U. S. Army War College (USAWC) in Carlisle PA in what is known as the International Fellows Program (IFP). Because our Zonta Club is geographically close to the USAWC, club members and guests have an unusual opportunity to be part of a mini-UN meeting where we can spread the word about Zonta International (ZI) in Carlisle, PA!

This year there were women from 45 countries living in Carlisle as part of the IFP. On Tuesday, March 10, 2020 members of the club visited with these international women at the U.S. Army Chapel at Carlisle Barracks where we shared lunch, information about ZI and thoughts on empowering women.

Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women and Children Rally

On November 19, 2019, the Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey held its annual “Zonta Says No” Rally at the State Capitol Main Rotunda at noon to recognize the International 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. This was the 6th year for holding this rally and each year the event gets bigger as the message is shared throughout the community. This year we had two professors and several students from Penn State Harrisburg, members from AAUW, DVSCP, and the YWCA in attendance to show their support.

The speakers at the 2019 rally were:

  • Representative Patty Kim spoke about Bill (HB1215) on equal pay and equal rights for women.
  • Senator Camera Bartolotta spoke on empowering women and children.
  • Representative Sheryl Delozier spoke on violence against women and children.
  • Representative Thomas Murt spoke about his bill passed this year on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM),
  • Amanda Parker, Senior Director and CFO for AHA Foundation spoke on FGM and child marriage.
  • Jordan Pine, Founder of Greenlight Operation spoke on Human Trafficking and the need for a Safe House in our area for the rescued girls from trafficking.
  • Joanne Gallos, Zonta District 3 Governor gave her thoughts and closing remarks.

New Golden Z Club at Penn State Harrisburg

The Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey held a Charter Induction and Installation Ceremony on December 2, 2019 for the new Golden Z Club of Penn State Harrisburg. Zonta Club member Professor Heather Jackson and Dr. Ovgu Kaynak will be their advisors. Zonta International encourages young people to prepare themselves to assume roles of responsibility and leadership in the world. Future leaders building a better world today through service and advocacy. For more information on Golden Z clubs, see https://www.zonta.org/

Amelia Earhart Program each January

Amelia Earhart was a member of Zonta and each January the Zonta Clubs honor her life with a special trip or event. Some of the recent programs included member Judith Redlawsk who has been a Zontian for 37 years, spoke about the 38,000 flight hours she has flown as a lead pilot. At another event, we celebrated Amelia Earhart’s life with a performance by The Mount Gretna Theater Touring Outreach who presented a show called, “Amelia Earhart, Lost Hero.”

“WOMEN, LIKE MEN, SHOULD TRY TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE. AND WHEN THEY FAIL, THEIR FAILURE SHOULD BE A CHALLENGE TO OTHERS.”

Amelia Earhart

The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. The US$10,000 Fellowship is awarded annually to up to 30 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-applied sciences or aerospace-applied engineering. It may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.

For more information, see the Scholarship tab.

Calendar of Events

The calendar below lists the monthly Zonta club events. For more information about each event, see the appropriate monthly newsletter in the News tab.