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Employment History

Ballarat Arts Foundation

Ballarat Arts Foundation

Female Announcer
Ballarat Arts Foundation


International President
Zonta International

Zonta International

District Governor



Member of the International Board
Zonta International

Board Member

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Val Sarah ...

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Val Sarah


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Ballarat Arts Foundation president Val Sarah said Ms Rutters had "opened up the mindset" of the young performers.

Victorian Woman's Honour Roll

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Val SarahYear Added to the Honour Roll:2006

In 1962 and newly arrived from England, Val Sarah became the first female announcer on BTV6 in Ballarat.
The program she produced and presented focused on new opportunities for women created by the rapid pace of change.
Her 14 year on-air television career was in itself substantial, but it was just one part of more than 40 years work developing ways for women to become involved in the Ballarat community.
She has played a central role in building and supporting local organisations, starting the first of 19 Probus clubs in the area, providing advice and support to the Ballarat Arts Foundation and developing Ballarat's Learning City status.
However, her contribution has extended well beyond the boundaries of Ballarat.
Through her involvement with Zonta International, an international service organisation with a membership of 33,000 women and men in 71 countries, she has worked to improve the status of women through practical initiatives in health, education, micro-credit, leadership and justice.
Beginning as the Charter President of the Zonta Club in Ballarat in 1978, Val was later appointed International President of Zonta between 1998 and 2000.
In 2001 she became a national Committee member of the United Nations Development Fund for Women in Australia and was subsequently invited to be the organisation's adviser on marketing and sponsorship.
She is driven by the enormous potential she sees in young women.
"They have limitless energy to explore what life has to offer.They have talent, they are well disciplined, and they are our inspiration for the future."
Val was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in 2001, for her service to women internationally and her service to the Australian community through cultural, social welfare and youth groups. > > > >

Charter President Val ...

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Charter President Val Sarah and Balarat Zonta President Donna Campbell cutting the cake.

Thirty-five years have passed since Val Sarah chartered the Zonta Club of Ballarat.
Currently clubs across the world are compiling history for the centenary celebration in 2019, and Ms Sarah added, "It was as good a time as ever to celebrate the club's birthday."
"It actually started with five women who went to a Christmas party with the Kiwanis, which is an American service organization - at Christmas time in 1918," Ms Sarah said.
" In 1978 Elisabeth Lucas, who was a member of Zonta club of Melbourne, came to Ballarat with a group of 5 women who were used to organising clubs and before they came up they got in touch with other organizations to ask if they knew of any women who might be interested in joining," Ms Sarah said.
Ms Sarah was the charter president and there were 37 charter members. "It was lovely to have so many members because it allowed for a lot of variety of opinions, ages, life experiences, expertise and so on," she said. Ms Sarah went on to become an area director, then lieutenant governor; she was district governor for 87 clubs in Australia, New Zealand from 1986 to1988. " I was on the international board from 1992 to 2000 so I was international president from 1998 to 2000, which was really fabulous because it was not only the end of a century it was the end of a millennium- time to review everything to say wow we've achieved so much but we now have an opportunity with a new millennium to do something different," Ms Sarah said. " And things had changed rapidly because suddenly everything was on email, which revolutionised the way we communicated across the world - we no longer had to wait a month for mail to arrive!" Asked to pinpoint what she thought were the highlighted achievements for Ballarat Ms Sarah instantly picked the Sensory Garden, which is located in the Ballarat Botanic Gardens. " One of our members Bonnie McDonald was in Toowoomba and noticed their sensory garden and thought to herself there was room for one here so with some funding from our club and some funding from the Pinkerton bequest, the City of Ballarat helped us to create one," Ms Sarah said.
"We have celebrated making the millionth kit," Ms Sarah said.

28 May 1988: Charter Members of ...

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28 May 1988: Charter Members of the Zonta Club of Bunbury with Vice Area 6 Director Bobby Porter and Val Sarah, Zonta International District 23 Governor.

Charter President Pauline Vukelic receives the president's gavel from District Governor Val Sarah.
Vice Area 6 Director Bobby Porter installed the new Board and inducted members and District Governor Val Sarah was in attendance.

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