Club celebrates stalwarts' service

18:26, Mar 16 2014
Zonta Club
FOUNDERS: Long-serving foundation members of the Zonta Club of Timaru, from left, Beverley Ward, Alison Jordan and Sylvia Fenton were recognised for their 25 years in the club at an area meeting held at Seven Oaks on Saturday. 

Long-serving members of the Zonta club of Timaru have been recognised for their time and efforts with the women's organisation.

Foundation members Beverley Ward, Alison Jordan and Sylvia Fenton were surprised with a special presentation of flowers during the area meeting on Saturday.

Mrs Jordan said it was very much a surprise to receive the flowers and recognition because she did not expect anyone to make a fuss over the achievement.

The three women have been involved with the Timaru club since it started in 1989 and each has served as president.

Zonta is an international organisation that aims to improve the status of women in the community and worldwide.

Mrs Ward said it was satisfying to do good things r to help other women throughout the world.


Through their efforts with international projects they have enabled poverty-stricken girls to go to school and helped stop female mutilation in Africa.

Mrs Ward said she had"thoroughly enjoyed" her time with the club and would stay on as long as she could.

The opportunity to meet other women from a variety of careers was a high point for Mrs Fenton, who was the club's first president.

Zonta Club of Timaru members include teachers, nurses and even the house surgeon at the hospital.

Current Zonta Club of Timaru president Anne Rich said all three women had put in a huge number of volunteer hours during their time with the club.

"We are very proud to be honouring them and to celebrate their efforts on a local and international scale," Mrs Rich said.

The Timaru Herald