Zonteyre e-news – July 2021

Presidents Report

Tonight I would like to especially welcome our guests Hazel Manning, Winnie Mrdjen, Tania Kolega and Guest Speaker Sarah Stobart.

We had a very efficient handover meeting, thanks in part to our efficient member Terral. 

It would be remiss of me to not thank Jo our outgoing President for her enthusiasm and dedicated work over the last three years. Congratulations to the incoming Board and all our members who have been willing to take on positions on committees within the club. I’m really looking forward to working with you. 

Next week we will be celebrating our Women of Achievement at our Women’s Luncheon. Thank you so much to Julia and your amazing team: Jo, Louise, Pam, Judie-Lee, Chris, Jo C, Kaaren, Hazel and others. It looks like being a huge success. WHAT A TEAM!!

Pam has been working hard to organise a good film for our Movie Night. 

President Rosii honours member Terral Coote with a very special thank you for her years of tireless work for Zonta Port Lincoln – Thank you from all of us Terral!

The Date is set for the Birthing Kits as 15 August and the kits have been ordered.

We don’t always thank some of the SPECIAL people in our club enough. Terral is one of those people. Terral apart from undertaking her roles within the club on committees. She is always willing to take on other tasks such as presiding over our our AGM and Handover Dinners. Terral also attends many Conferences Workshops and Dinners, representing our Club. Terral we are very thankful. 

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of a former member, Marg Granger.   We have also lost Margie Glover to the big City. 

Looking forward to our Guest Speaker Jenny Podorozhnaya from ‘Positive Future Self’’ and meeting with like minded people. 

Yours sincerely

Guest Speaker – Sarah Stobart

Port Lincoln Zontians and guests were treated to an inspirational presentation by the June guest speaker, Sarah Stobart. 

Member Terral thanks guest speaker Sarah Stobart for sharing her inspirational story at our June Meeting

“From North West England with a dream of being a vet to a teacher in Australia. My journey is about adaptation and taking opportunities when they appear. From thinking I would become a farmers wife to meeting the love of my life my outlook changed. Travel has featured greatly & I have had the good fortune to live, work & travel to some amazing places Belize, Singapore, Spain, France, PNG, Tonga. Australia has been an adventure & living & working in outback Queensland was an experience. I love the quote carpe diem because seizing the day is about taking a chance & making the most of each day.” Sarah Stobart

Sarah told the story of her many adventures and colourful life as she has embraced the journey of meeting her husband Ben and welcoming daughter Emma to the family, to the family’s migration from Majorca to Port Lincoln. 

Sarah shared that her childhood dream of becoming a vet was not realised as her school grades were not high enough. This ultimately Sarah to studying Agriculture and meeting her husband and marine biologist Ben. Sarah shared many stories of the adventures shared by her family, many of which have been quite audacious and bold. 

Sarah discovered a love of teaching and decided to retrain as a science teacher which also allowed her to travel with Ben. Ben and Sarah were granted scholarships to study in Australia and, Sarah describes dealing with Australian conditions and adventures  as a “mind blowing experience”. Ben and Sarah returned to Europe and Majorca after 3 1/2 years in Australia. 

They turned to house ownership and massive renovations, becoming apiarists, welcoming baby Emma at age 40, and embracing the quality of life which allows for a life of wandering and exploring.  The event of the GFC led to Sarah and Ben reconsidering Australia as a potential permanent home as they were motivated to maintain the same “big village” lifestyle they had embraced in Majorca. 

Originally destined for Western Australia, Ben was offered a position at SARDi in Port Lincoln and they made the move from 40 degrees in Majorca to the Port Lincoln winter! Sarah said that finding whales and Del Giorno’s sealed the deal for the family closing to call Port Lincoln home. The family has been in Australia for 11 years. 

Nurturing Emma’s passion for the environment and nature is important to the family and Emma has undertaken some impressive projects at school to advocate for our environment. Sarah is now teaching Maths and Science at Navigator’s College, which is where Emma attends school. 

Sarah says that the COVID travel restrictions are making her feel a little isolated as she is desperate to return to Europe to check in on her parents and family.

Sarah says that she is not a huge planner but it is important to make the most of opportunities that come along, to be open “if things come along, they come along for a reason”. Sarah says that as a Christian she is always trusting in God’s plan. 

Every day you have the opportunity to learn and experience something and someone new. Seize the opportunity. Learn and experience everything you can, and use it to change the world”Rodney Willams Jnr

Celebrating Women of Achievement

Approximately 90 people attended the Celebration of Local Women at the Boston Bay Winery on June 27th. Guest speaker Jenny Podorozhnaya, local Psychotherapist, captured the crowds attention with her raw account of her own journey to business owner of Positive Future Self. Zonta was delighted to present the Awardees on the day and congratulate and thank Kellie Taylor and Jolene Miller for their incredible contributions to our community. Special thanks to Julia Collins and her committee for organising this outstanding event, and to Jo Hay for officiating on the day. Lunch, views, and company were second to none!

Film Fundraiser

Save the date! This is the only screening of this movie in Port Lincoln. Thanks to Lincoln Cinema for allowing us the exclusive event! Dame Judi Dench is always a crowd pleaser!


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Zonta Conference Newsletter Number 4

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Zonta magazine 

Historical issues of the Zonta magazine can be accessed here https://www.zonta.org/Web/News_Events/The_Zontian_Magazine


A very Happy Happy July Birthday to our President Rosii! We hope your birthday is filled with much love and happiness.

Important Upcoming Dates

July 25th – Film Fundraiser: Six Minutes to Midnight 2.30pm.

July 27th – Zonta Dinner meeting at Grand Tasman Hotel 6pm for 6.30pm start.

August 15th – Birthing Kit Assembly Day

Until next month,

Do note that our webpage for Zonta Port Lincoln is https://zontapl.wordpress.com

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