Zonteyre e-news June 2022

Presidents Report

Presidents Report: May 2022

Rosii Pedler

After putting together my Annual Report it has highlighted what an amazing year we have had, despite Covid still on the agenda and causing disruptions. We have mostly met face to face. It was however disappointing to cancel our Womens Brunch.

Over the last 12 Months we have achieved:

• Celebrating Women Luncheon with Kelly Taylor and Joelene

• The 16 Days of Activism Dinner with Guest speaker Paul Bartley

• A very successful Film Fundraiser

• Birthing Kit Day and the making of 200 kits

• Breast Cushion Morning

• ZONTA School Awards of $250 each to the 4 Lincoln Schools

• Yarredi Pamper Packs and a $250 donation for emergency

• Amelia Earhart celebration with local pilot Jacquie Giles

• Dr Barry Kirby Foundation donation

• Zooming in to the National Conference at Bendigo

This together with a group of inspirational women speakers who continue to educate and inform us: Susan Doyle, Jenny Podoorozhnaya, Kristen Lawler, Cari Shuster, Sarah Stobart, Linda Bick, Jacquie Giles, and Kelly Taylor to name a few.

AREA 2 WORKSHOP 14 MAY New Opportunities Attended by Kaaren and myself

Last Saturday Kaaren and myself attended the New Opportunities Workshop. This is always a great opportunity to put faces to names and to look at what other Zonta groups are doing Statewide. This was an enjoyable event held at the Payneham Library, hosted by the Zonta Club of Adelaide, Flinders. District Governor Sandra Burns and Area2 Director Chris Frick spoke. Throughout the morning members from Area 2 clubs had the opportunity to showcase’ successful projects. (It doesn’t seem that long since we were meeting in Cummins).

Eronwy Edwards talked about supporting women and girls, from the first project 98 years ago! From helping Hungarian refugees, Training, Health, Education and Agriculture. Girls in Peru, Let us learn Madagascan. End child marriage, Amelia Earhart Fellowship, Women in Business, Young women in Public Affairs to name a few. Clubs are requested to give 1/3 of their funds raised locally to the Foundation.

After lunch we were challenged by Carole Theobald, Futurist/Leadership Coordinator to consider Climate Action Now! She certainly made it real! She has sent us the link so we may look at this next Meeting.

We looked at the issue of Electoral ‘conflates’ for advertising? Where will they all go??

We also have The National Conference in Hamburg Germany coming up and we were encouraged for our club to pay and to get a group of us together to watch some of it.

Long Lunch: We agreed on taking back the Long Lunch this year. Over the last month a small group has worked intensively to organize and plan the success of this event.

I am incredibly thankful for the support, enthusiasm and commitment of our Members who together form our amazing team. The Long Lunch group has been a very enthusiastic team, as is all our other groups. It is really important that everyone needs to get behind us.

We need you all!!

Regards Rosii Pedler

April Guest Speaker – Equine Enhanced Well being: Sharna Hardie

Sharna Hardie, counsellor and founder of Equine Enhanced Wellbeing delighted Port Lincoln Zontians at the recent Dinner Meeting held at the Tasman Hotel.

Sharna, a qualified Social Worker, mother of three girls aged 16, 15 and 11, business and life partner to her husband has recently launched her new project which combines two of her passions – Therapeutic Social Work and horses. 

Sharna, has provided therapeutic counselling for 23 years, currently working for Centacare in Port Lincoln. Sharna is excited about the new dimension Equine Therapy will bring to Port Lincoln and surrounding areas and says it will compliment the mainstream services she continues to offer through Centacare. 

Sharna shared stories of her life long passion for horses and how one of her first purchases when she had her own income was Jade, a horse she maintained love for and a relationship  with until sadly Jade passed away only three weeks ago. Sharna and her family own 4 other horses from aged from 8 to 34 years, which will bring both newness and wisdom to her therapeutic practice and allow Sharna to match the right horse to individual clients.  

Sharna provided insight into Equine Therapy which, although relatively new in Australia, dates back to times of the Greek Gods. A myriad of research studies have demonstrated the extremely positive results of Equine Therapy including  when working with children with disabilities, return service men and women, in the treatment of anxiety and depression, and therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Sharna reported that her therapeutic services will be tailored specifically to individual clients with an intake and assessment process occurring to ensure that it is a suitable form of therapy for the individual. Sharna expressed her strong ethical obligation towards her horses and is mindful how their wellbeing can be impacted by the internalisation of trauma from others. 

Sharna is accepting private referrals and enquiries for clients aged 6 years and over and, is also accepting NDIS referrals. Sharna is a very experienced therapist across all age groups from the very young to the very elderly.

Zonta members were delighted to learn of Sharna’s new venture and a high level of interest was shown by those present. Equine Enhanced Wellbeing provides an exciting opportunity to provide much needed therapeutic resources in our local community. Sharna can be contacted through her Face Book page “Equine Enhanced Well Being” or by telephone on 0488 723 171.

Sharna Hardie, Therapeutic Counsellor spoke to the Port Lincoln Zontians regarding her new service “Equine Enhanced Wellbeing” at the April Meeting

Area 2 Workshop Report

by Rosii Pedler

“On Saturday Kaaren and myself attended the Area 2 Workshop. New Opportunities. It is always enjoyable to hear what other clubs are doing and I know we came away with many ideas. It was also great to put faces to names.

Several groups showcased what is being done in their Clubs, ie

  • ZC Adelaide – Young Women Leaders
  • ZC Adelaide Hills – Expect Respect Website
  • ZC Gawler – Womens’ Studio
  • ZC Adelaide Torrens – Baby Bundles
  • ZC Lower Eyre – Pathways to Success
  • ZC Adelaide Flinders – Food for Thought
  • ZC Noarlunga Southern Vales – ACT Magnets
  • ZC Mt Barker – Mentoring

The main guest speaker was Carole Theobald. D23 Futurist and Zonta Says No chair. Carole gave us a look at the big picture of Climate Change and how women and children will be impacted by the climate issue that will continue if we do nothing. I will attempt to send a copy of the powerpoint to all members.

Carol also reminded of us of the two main objectives of Zonta:

  • Advocating for women’s rights
    • Advocate for gender equality and climate action
    • Work with men to stop violence before it begins
    • Connect and learn from Indigenous Peoples
    • Close the gender Super Gap and digital divide
    • Engage with local disaster resilience planning processes
  • Inspire more female leaders
    • Encourage more women into all levels of government
    • Encourage more women to speak up and speak out
    • Support women on their leadership journey in Zonta, at work, and community – Promote Zonta’s award programs that inspire the next generation of leaders.

We were encouraged to go back to our Club and tell our members to “Go in once a month to the ZI website and keep up to date with what is happening. Also remember the POWER of your voices, write to your politicians. Remember through the Zonta world we can make a difference!

Port Lincoln Bendigo Bank Long Lunch

The Port Lincoln Long Lunch began in 1998 and it was initiated by the Zonta Club of Port Lincoln to celebrate the “abundance” of local produce as well as the local talented chefs and musicians. 

The Zonta Club of Port Lincoln were thrilled to once again be apart of this significant Port Lincoln event. Although the event has now evolved so that it is completely run by the participating venues, each year a charitable organisation is involved to sell bus passes and other goodies which helps to raise funds for their projects. 

The Port Lincoln Long Lunch is a collaboration of hospitality venues in Port Lincoln, giving the community the chance to experience local produce, wine, beer and local musicians in a single day event. 

Zonta Club of Port Lincoln continued the tradition this year through celebrating the diverse array of delicious food and wines the region has to offer while raising awareness of the Zonta Club of Port Lincoln and the work Zonta undergoes to support the community.

Raffles, lucky squares, mystery prize envelopes and yellow bears along with bus passes were sold at venues throughout the day, with proceeds going back to the Zonta Club, to support local projects that help to support the health and wellbeing of women and girls. 

The Zonta Club is grateful for the community’s support, and particularly thanks the non-member volunteers who assisted us at each venue on the day. It was a successful day for the club, not only raising awareness of the incredible work of Zonta, but also raising funds to support our projects.

Farewell Terral

It was a sad occasion to farewell long-term member Terral Coote. Terral has been a valued member of our club for a significant amount of time and has a passion for Advocacy work. Terral was heavily involved in our 16 Days of Activism events, including the very successful dinner which has been held over the last few years. We will certainly miss her friendship and contributions to our club. We wish Terral all the very best for her move and new adventure!

Terral is farewelled by President Rosii and Secretary Pam. Terral has been an extremely valued member of Zonta Port Lincoln.

Zonta magazine 

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


Sending all members who may have celebrated their birthday during the last few months a very Happy Birthday! I hope I can get back on track celebrating individuals with a new membership list soon!

Important Upcoming Dates

June 19th – Tentative Date for re-scheduled planning meeting at Dutton Bay Woolshed

June 28th – Dinner Meeting at Grand Tasman Hotel – 6.00pm for 6.30pm start

Until next time,

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

Zonteyre e-news October 2021

Presidents Report

It has been a very quiet month except for the ZOOM Conference. This was a great opportunity for all of us to attend and not have to travel. Despite our plan to meet at the Tasman, fell through, some of us were able to Zoom in from the comfort of our own homes. Several of us met

with the Lower Eyre group and were able to watch on the big screen. A big thank you to Kaaren who was our delegate and had planned to attend the Conference in Bendigo, but due to Covid lock-down was unable to go. Also another big thank you for her writing up a Report of the Conference. We all need to be supporting the Film ‘Six Minutes to Midnight’ to be held Sunday 31 October, as this is one of our few fundraisers for the year. Bring along as many friends as you can. Remember to book in!The 16 Days of Activism Dinner is progressing well. Mark this date in your diaries. November, 6.30 for a 7.00pm start. Paul Bartley is the guest speaker. Welcome to our new member Hazel Manning, we are really looking forward to working with you.We all received the ‘Core Competencies Development for Zonta Leadership’ document. This looks like a very useful tool that will help us save time in developing skills and abilities in Leadership for our group. Also a huge thank you to Jo Carmody for taking on the position of Treasurer.

Kind Regards
 Rosii Pedler

Guest Speaker – Yarredi Services: Kristen Lawler
and Mish Di Pinto

At our September meeting, Port Lincoln Zontians were joined by local Yarredi Domestic Violence Service staff Mish Di Pinto, Kirsten Lawler and former member Jo Wilkins.

Mish Di Pinto and Kristen Lawler provided an informative presentation to members at the September meeting

Kristen introduced herself as the Project Officer for the planned Womens Wellbeing and Safety Centre. This is a new initiative which will provide a safe place for women at risk or experiencing abuse or domestic violence. The Centre will provide access to services in addition to providing a safe space for local services to meet the needs of vulnerability women in the local community.

Kristen informed members that the Centre was born from a State Wide Round Table Conference and communities were empowered to develop a framework unique to
their communities needs. This has been the project for Kirsten. The development of a framework has been funded by a Grant from the Offie of Women, but ongoing funding will need to be sourced from alternative means.

Kristen is hopeful that the Port Lincoln Centre will be operational by January 2022. Whilst Yarredi is the lead agency, SAPOl, Centacare, Dept Human Services, Family Violence Legal Service, Aboriginal Family Support Service and SA Housing Authority are crucial partners.

The Women’s Wellbeing and Safety Centre will be located at 34 Mortlock Terrace. This location is ideal being situated close to Yarredi and next door to Centacare Catholic Country SA.

In addition to providing a wrap around service for vulnerable clients, the Centre will provide access to computers, an environment for networking and connecting, with the plan to extend services to include extras such as stress management, massage, and financial services.

Kristen provided some shocking statistics in relation to domestic violence in Australia including:1 woman a week is murdered as a result of DV; 1 in 3 have experienced DV since age 15; It is estimated that Domestic Violence costs the economy is $22 billion pa.

Kristen is keen for support with items to furnish the kitchen area including cooking pots, coffee cups, toaster, kettle and much more. If you can help, please contact Kristen at Yarredi.

Mish provided members with an update on the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme. Mish reported that the scheme has been extremely successful with Yarredi Domestic Violence Counsellor Beth Lohmeyer assisting those in an intimate relationship to identify if their partner has a history violence which may put them at risk.

Mish stated that 1000 applications to the scheme in South Australia have resulted in a disclosure being made to the applicant that their intimate partner may pose a risk to their safety and wellbeing. Mish reported that the goal of the scheme was for clients (98% whom are women) to be empowered to make informed decisions about their intimate relationships. It is reported that approximately one application per week leads to disclosure of risk in the local region (Oak Valley to Whyalla). It is important to note that if you are concerned about someone, you can make a third party application to the scheme. Yarredi will make direct contact with the person at risk if a disclosure of risk is indicated.

New Members Receive Badges

It was with much pleasure that two of our newest members received their name badges at the monthly dinner meeting from President Rosii. Welcome aboard Kaaren and Hazel!page3image23343920

Girls not Brides – An Important Message from
President Sharon Langenbeck Ph.D.


“In the four minutes it takes you to read this letter, almost 100 girls under the age of 18 will be forced into a marriage.

We know the data. Globally, nearly 650 million girls and women alive today were married as children, and COVID-19 and school closures have put an additional 10 million girls at risk of becoming child brides before the end of the decade. No matter how many ways we look at the data, one fact remains: a key way to keep girls out of early and forced marriages is to keep them in school. Every year that a girlremains in secondary school her chances of not entering an early or forced marriage drops by six percent.

In July of this year, Girls Not Brides released a thematic brief, Girls Education and Child Marriage that explains the very delicate relationship between the two. The report states: The relationship between child marriage and girls’ education works both ways. Decisions around them are complex and influenced by a variety of factors. For example, a girl may drop out of school for an unrelated reason and then find marriage is the only option open to her; or the decision for her to get married may force her to drop out of school.

There is no easy solution to this problem, and we know it will take long- term, concerted efforts to end this harmful practice. Through our support of the Global Programme to End Child Marriage and actions at the national, state and local levels, we are making a difference. Please read on to learn how our support for the Programme is already changing minds and lives.

Our Zonta Says NO campaign is another great opportunity to raise awareness of the issue of child marriage. I am looking forward to seeing how you are saying NO to violence against women and girls this November. Follow our social media channels and bookmark ZontaSaysNO.com to see the actions that our clubs are taking for the 16 Days of Activism. Be proud of your work and the strength you bring to our fellow women and girls.

It has been about four minutes. What are you going to do for the next 100 girls?”

Zonta International Conference 2022

Zonta International 65th Conference in Hamburg, Germany is open for registrations! Should you not be able to join fellow Zontians in Hamburg, a virtual attendee option will be available.page5image23359680

Zonta Says NO!

November 25th will soon be upon us. Family and friends will appreciate being given the opportunity to share this dinner with you, so remember toinvite them along!

Easy to purchase tickets by scanning the QR code with your phone, or visit the website: HTTPS://ADELAIDETICKETS.COM.AU/EVENT/ 14448

Zonta magazine 

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


Sending all members who may have celebrated their birthday during August, September and October our very best wishes. We hope that you were just a little spoilt and had a wonderful day.

Important Upcoming Dates

November 25th – 16 Days of Activism Dinner 6.30pm

December 3rd – Christmas gathering at home of Julia & Gary Collins: details to come!

February 5th – Planning meeting 10.00am

Until next time,

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