The Zonta Club of Johnson County was chartered in October 1981 as a select women’s organization of business and professionals. A wealth of diversity and knowledge comes together in Zonta to work to serve our local community to improve the status of women. Members of the Zonta Club of Johnson County are community decision-makers that contribute many volunteer hours not only to Zonta but to numerous charitable organizations. Johnson County’s Zonta Club contributes money in conjunction with Zonta International’s 1,300 clubs located in 67 countries for visionary projects in women’s health, safety, and literacy. Helping women in developing countries has been important to Zontians since the organization was founded in 1919. Today, Zonta’s International Service Program continues to help women in developing countries improve their legal, political, economic, educational, and health status. Currently, these projects include Elimination of Obstetric Fistula and Reduction of Maternal and Newborn Mortality in Liberia, Let Us Learn Madagascar: An Integrated Program for Adolescent Girls, Respecting the Rights and Responding to the Needs of Adolescent Girls in Niger, and Creating Sustainable Foundations for Addressing Human Trafficking and Unsafe Migration of Women and Girls in Nepal.
Local club projects include advocacy against violence and volunteerism to the Johnson County Family Crisis Center, Northwest Texas Legal Clinic, and Campfire. We also assist Christian Women’s Job Corp participants with interview skills. Our club mentors young women and youth in our county with educational events. Additionally, the Zonta Club of Johnson County assists young women in our community by offering scholarships every year.
Women’s health issues, such as early detection and treatment of breast cancer, have focused the club’s efforts on our annual Art Bra Event. This project is educational, advocates for women, and is a passion to our local Zontians. Proceeds from the Art Bra Event go toward women’s health services in Johnson County. In the past, funds have been donated to CAREity Foundation and the Texas Health Mobile Mammogram Unit. Finally, monies received from the Art Bra Event fund scholarships to local young women.