To celebrate International Day of Education, the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley hosted the installation of their brand new Z Club for Canyon High School on January 24th.
Zonta Club of SCV President Nicole Miller introduced the installation which took place over Zoom and live on Facebook. Many Zonta notables attended, including former International President Dianne Curtis, District 9 Lt. Governor Debbie Angwood and Zone 3 Director Gloria Salas.
Zonta International President Dr. Sharon Langenbeck, a member of the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley, also congratulated SCV’s newest Z Club.
Notables in attendance included fellow Zontian, former mayor and city council member Marsha McLean, Linda Storli of the William S. Hart Union High School School District Board of Trustees, Shellie Holcombe Principal of Canyon High School, and Timothy Hopper, Ilona Anderson , Jaime Foderaro and Wendy Aird, Vice Principal at Canyon High School.
Hart District Council’s Dr. Cherise Moore also shared some amazing words to welcome Canyon High School students to the Z Club program.
Canyon High School Z Club counselors Maria Cooper and Ryanne Meschkat introduced the Z Club Board of Directors and installed the Z Club officers and members. Each student received a yellow rose and other souvenirs.
The Zonta Club of SCV sponsors the Canyon High School Z Club and will provide students with guidance and mentorship to provide opportunities to better the lives of women and girls here locally and internationally.
During the installation ceremony, Miller quoted the words of Amanda Gorman, American poet and activist and winner of the National Youth Poet: “There is always light. If only we were brave enough to see it. If only we were brave enough to be. The quote was from Gorman’s poem read at Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration, “The Hill We Climb.”
At the end of the presentation, Gloria Salas, on behalf of District 9, welcomed the Z Club students from Canyon High School to Zonta with an emotional end to the evening.
Established in 1948, the Z Club program is one of Zonta International’s oldest programs. Z Clubs help high school students develop leadership skills, promote career exploration, and encourage members to participate in community, school, and international service projects.
The SCV Z Club Zonta Club Committee is made up of Vice President Beth Heiserman, Dr. Cherise Moore and Nicole Miller. If you want to know more about the Z Club service project, visit SCV Z Club area.