Presidents Report: May 2022
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.
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.
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!
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