is synonymous with Zonta
and while some may not like the analogy you cant change the fact that she
was and still is an integral part of this service organization.
With over 30,000 in 65 countries, Zonta like most service organizations began humbly.
"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
"These five women just got to talking and said we should really start a service organization for women because the lives of women have changed completely after the war.
"They could have left it, they could have just chatted and said goodbye but they didn't"
was formed in 1919 in Buffalo, upstate New York in 9 different clubs and it spread quite quickly.
It became international in 1927 with the introduction of the Toronto 1 Club spreading to Vienna and into Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and Australasia.
The first club to be formed in Australia was in1965.
" 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
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
"We have celebrated making the millionth kit," Ms Sarah