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 are women from 45 countries living in Carlisle as part of the IFP. On Tuesday, March 10, 2020 we visited with these international women from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm at the U.S. Army Chapel at Carlisle Barracks where we shared a lunch, information about ZI and thoughts on empowering women.

Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women and Children Rally

On Tuesday, 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. Zonta District 3 Governor, Joanne Gallos, gave her thoughts and closing remarks.

The speakers at the 2018 rally were: PA Senator Camera Bartolotta, PA Representative Sheryl Delozier, Donna Greco from the PA Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), Sonya Browne with Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties (DVSCP), Jordan Pine from Greenlight Operation and Zonta District 3 Governor Joanne Gallos who closed the rally by asking the Zontians standing behind the podium to read their advocacy posters.

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. The President of the club is Julia Twaddle. 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

Amelia Earhart Program each January

Amelia Earhart was an early member of Zonta and each year we honor her with a special trip or event.

On January 10, 2019, the Speaker was Judith Redlawsk who has been a Zontian for 37 years. January is the month that ZI has always celebrated Amelia Earhart, so Judy spoke about the 38,000 flight hours she has flown as a lead pilot.

At another event held on April 3, 2019, we celebrated Amelia Earhart’s life with a performance by The Mount Gretna Theater Touring Outreach who presented a one hour show called, “Amelia Earhart, Lost Hero.” This engaging hour-long musical recounted Amelia’s life from childhood to her disappearance.


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.

Since the program’s inception in 1938, Zonta has awarded 1,603 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$10.3 million, to 1,174 women representing 73 countries. For more information, see the Scholarship tab.


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