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Lynn McKenzie's Celebratory Dinner

18 August, 2014

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Celebrating 25 years of service - Lynn McKenzie ONZM

What a happy occasion!

Zontians, guests, family and friends from all around New Zealand gathered to celebrate 25 years of service by Lynn McKenzie ONZM, devoted to Zonta not just in New Zealand but around the world.

The dinner function, at the Wellington Club was hosted by Colin Walker and organized by the Zonta Club of Wellington member, Barbara Pope. The evening was ably managed by Janine Gould, Zonta’s Area 2 Director and member of the Zonta Club of Wellington. Tributes to Lynn’s talents, stalwartness and leadership flowed throughout the evening.

Lynn, now the immediate Past President of Zonta International and The Zonta Foundation, was the first New Zealander to hold the two year President’s role. She was quite overwhelmed by the tributes that covered her quarter century with Zonta.

President Agnes Espineda spoke “of the huge commitment Lynn had made to Zonta worldwide but how she never forgot her local club”, and presented a special gift on behalf of the Wellington Club. Governor Janette Irvine, also spoke and presented a gift on behalf of Zonta International and District 16 and Annette Boddy, a long standing Wellington member, presented a bouquet.

There was so much catching up and chatting going on amongst those present that nobody wanted to go home! Thank you Lynn for your exemplary contribution and putting New Zealand on the world stage!!

Agnes Espineda
President,
Zonta Club of Wellington

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON ZONTA INTERNATIONAL

With more than 30,000 members belonging to nearly 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries, Zontians volunteer their time, talents to improve the lives of women and girls through service and advocacy. Zontians believe women’s rights are human rights and that every woman should be able to live to their potential.

ZONTA CLUB OF WELLINGTON

The Zonta Club of Wellington has been serving the women of Wellington and others in New Zealand and internationally since 1969 and has 40 members. Zonta Club of Wellington’s current projects and scholarships include:
-Zonta Science Award (since 1990), a biennial award for an emerging female scientist
-Young Women in Public Affairs Award – for girls at high school
-Hutt Valley Teen Parent Programme
-Families in Cultural Transition, run by Refugee Trauma Recovery.

District 16 Project (New Zealand wide) 2014-2016:
-The Sophie Elliott Foundation. Providing funding of $24,000 for the books to be offered to students who do the “Loves Me Not” workshop.

Zonta International 2014-2016 International Service Projects and ZISVAW Projects:
-Eliminating Obstetric Fistula in Liberia in partnership with UNFPA
-HIV-Free Generation in Rwanda in partnership with US Fund for UNICEF
-Gender Responsive Schools in Vietnam in partnership with UN Trust Fund
-Delaying Early Marriage in Niger in partnership with UNFPA
-Voices Against Violence in 12 Countries in partnership with UN Women.

For information on Zonta in New Zealand go to http://www.zonta.org.nz/

look at us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ZontaClubOfWellington
or email wellington@zonta.org.nz

ENDS

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