2017 Legislative vists at the State Capitol with Senator Fred Risser

With the recent Hollywood film industry scandal and World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away - there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress.

2018 International Women’s Day Theme — #PressforProgress

Afternoon of Action 
Thursday, March 8, 2018 – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm 
U.S Bank Building on the Capitol Square -- 1 South Pinckney St., Madison, WI 53703State Capitol Room 400 NE -- 2 East Main Street, Madison, WI 53702

Practice your advocacy skills by visiting with state elected officials and/or staff at the State CapitolFor more information contact Gail Zalewski at gailzale@mwwb.net

  • Women’s Health
  • Violence Against Women
  •  Human Trafficking
  •  Women’s Economic Independence.
  •  Social Justice as Ecological Well-Being

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Holiday Service Project

Zonta volunteers wrap Christmas presents for DAIS shelter residents

DAIS and Zonta Volunteers Harvest Garden Vegetables

Zonta Service Committee members and DAIS volunteer gather
vegetables for DAIS dinners.

2017 Zonta District 6 Conference in Madison

Zonta District 6 Members from Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin attend conference in Madison on October 13-15, 2017.

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Vicki Carman Brown, Past President, Zonta Club of Devonport, Tazmania

On July 27, four club members met downtown with a Zontian from Austrialia. They enjoyed lunch on the square, then toured the State Capitol. Vicki shared her club's annual report and presented us with a lovely autographed book about Tazmania. Be sure to look for it at the August meeting! From left:  Laura Curtiss, Vicki Carman Brown, Kathi Vos, Sylvia Poppelbaum and Nancy McCulley.

DAIS Third Year Anniversary Open House

Madison Zontian Kathi Vos and DAIS Executive Director Shannan Barry at Open House 

Zonta members got together on Monday, June 12 for the annual Mix & Mingle in the Rose Garden Event. It was held again this year at the beautiful home and garden of member Sherry Klinkner. A relaxing time for members to visit with each other while enjoying delicious food and wine.

Zonta Member JoAnn Gruber Hagen Wins 2017
 YWCA Leadership Award

JoAnn Gruber-Hagen was presented with a 2017 YWCA Women of Distinction Leadership Award on May 23 at Monona Terrace. She is the founder of SlaveFree Madison, a coalition affiliated with the Zonta Club of Madison that raises awareness about human trafficking and mobilizes community actions to eliminate it. Her leadership on anti-human trafficking legislation has changed state policy and practice. As Zonta’s Advocacy Chair, she’s built strategic partnerships to address pressing women’s issues. She has empowered women and girls through advocacy training on issues related to women’s health, sexual assault, domestic violence and women’s economic security, and organized legislative visits at the Capitol.  As a mentor and tireless advocate, JoAnn’s encore career volunteer contributions have made a significant difference.

About SlaveFree Madison - SlaveFree Madison (affiliated with Zonta Club of Madison) is a Madison area coalition that raises awareness about local and global human trafficking and motivates the community towards actions to eliminate it. We bridge knowledge with action. Our focus is local. Our awareness is global. 

Members of Zonta Club of Madison and SlaveFree Madison celebrate JoAnn Gruber-Hagen’s award

2017-18 Zonta Officers

Zonta Club Madison Officers: Deborah Thompson, Pat Harrington, Marge Hamann, Sandra Anderson, Kathi Vos, Sheila McGraw, Laura Curtiss and Zonta District 6 Governor, Tamara Hagen.

2017 Young Women in Public Affairs
 Scholarship Award Winner

Scholarship recipient Chloe Stoddard with Pam Duane, Scholarship Committee Chair.

The Zonta Club of Madison has awarded the 2017 Young Women in Public Affairs Award of $500 to Chloe Stoddard of Oregon, WI. The scholarship is aimed at pre-university or pre-college students (ages 16-19). Chloe is a 2016 graduate of Oregon High School.  During the past year, she took a Global Citizen Year and served as a volunteer teacher in Maharashtra, India where she lived with an Indian host family and immersed herself in the culture.

 Chloe will be attending Stanford University this fall where she plans to major in International Relations and minor in Spanish and Classical Studies or Arabic.  In the future, she would like to join the Peace Corps to work in Latin America and attend law school to study Human Rights and Immigration Law. We are proud to make the award to Chloe and wish her all the best in the future.

 About the Young Women in Public Affairs Award 

The Award is designed to encourage more young women to participate in Public Affairs and Political Life. Applicants must show their active commitment to volunteerism and provide evidence of their volunteer leadership achievements, as well as their dedication to advancing the status of women worldwide.

Zontian Fatou Ceesay Wins Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Award 

Fatou with keynote speaker Martin Schreiber, former Wisconsin Governor, author, advocate,
 and family caretaker

Friends and family members of Fatou Ceesay at Award ceremony

Zonta member Fatou Ceesay, owner/operator of Cairasu Home Care was recognized by the South Central Alzheimer’s Association on May 9 for her significant work in impacting legislation and services that benefit others. She servies as an Alzheimer’s Ambassador to Congressman Mark Pocan. With Fatou’s help, Congressman Pocan has become a partner in the Alzheimer’s cause by signing onto proposed legislation which will have a positive effect on people living  with dementia and their care partners. Fatou has served as a key volunteer and board member for the South Central Wisconsin chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association she has increased the advocacy efforts on both the federal and local awareness. Fatou moved to Madison from Gambia, West Africa to join her family and attended Edgewood College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Service - Beautiful May Baskets for Seniors

Thank you to Zonta Volunteers: Annette Knapstein, Nancy McCulley, Katherine Dellenbach, Jody Alston, Sonya Lindquist, Nancy Abraham, Pam Duane and Michele Vosberg 

In a partnership with the West Madison Senior Center and the East Madison/Monona Coalition of the Aging, Zonta of Madison has provided 30 deserving senior women with May Baskets. Our goals were simple, to brighten up their spring and show them how much Zonta women care. On April 22, 2017 nine women gathered to assemble the baskets which included items such as kitchen towels, washcloths, potholders, body wash, lotion, notecards, stamps, silk flowers, and of course, chocolate! This is the second year Zonta has created May Baskets and the Service Committee plans to do them again in 2018.


International Projects


Amelia Earhart is just one notable member of Zonta International. Will you be the next?  
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Local Advocacy Projects


  Learn how Zonta Club of Madison works together to empower women in local and worldwide communities. 

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