Zonta in the 1980s

During this decade the club:

  • organised a seminar ‘Women in the Workforce’ with speakers Justice Kemeri Murray, Judith Roberts, Rosemary Wighton and Jean Wenham
  • established the annual Women of Achievement awards in 1984
  •  sponsored the Zonta Club of Riverland in 1985 and supported the formation of the Zonta Club of Adelaide West in 1988
  • combined with the Zonta Club of Texas in 1986 to fund a complete Amelia Earhart Fellowship which was presented by Phyllis Ward and Neila Foggo at the International Convention in Toronto, Canada
  • established the Isobel Williams Community Service Award for secondary school students
  •  provided soft furnishings for the Disability and Information Resource Centre
  • presented a van equipped with wheelchair access to the Red Cross Society
  • donated a wheelchair to Tea Tree Plaza Shopping Centre for use by people with disabilities
  • commented on the government publication A say, a choice, a fair go, following the National Agenda for Women
  • submitted proposals for income security for women,  portable superannuation for women,  tax-deductible 24 hour quality child care, and tax-deductible retraining schemes for women
  •  established a playground in the form of a fort, with cubby houses, swing bridges and other adventure equipment for the Autistic Children’s Association
  • participated in a youth exchange program with service clubs in Texas and Arkansas with the Association of Community Service Organisations as part of the South Australian sesqui-centenary celebrations with 120 young South Australians visiting the USA and in return hosting 160 young Americans.

Millicent Hughes was elected Area 2 Director in 1986-1988, covering South Australia, Northern Territory and South Australia. District 23 was established in 1990 and Elizabeth Harris from our club was elected as Governor.

The club was awarded the International President’s Leadership Award for 1984 and 1985.

Club Presidents during this decade were: Edith Von Shramek, Margaret Coles, Millicent Hughes, Phyllis Ward and Delia Kennett.