6-8th Sept 2019  Honour and Empower

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Newsletter of the 2019 Australia and New Zealand Centennial Conference, 6-8 September


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Conference 2019


Zonta District 16
(New Zealand) is a leading organisation of professionals empowering women through service and advocacy.

Governors from District 16, 22, 23, and 24 invite all Zontians to the Australia and New Zealand Centennial Conference in Brisbane 6-8th September 2019.

Since the creation of Zonta International in 1919, we have dedicated the last century to empowering women and taking action to address the challenges of gender equality. To celebrate our achievements and honour our future work together, we welcome you to Brisbane 2019.

Souella Cumming, Sandy Venn-Brown, Jane Adornetto, Sharyl Scott

Governors: (L-R) Sandy Venn-Brown D22, Sharyl Scott D24,
Jane Adornetto D23 and Souella Cumming D16, with
Zonta International President Dr Susanne von Bassewitz (centre)

Honouring the past while focusing our actions on Zonta’s future.

Meet Zonta International President 2018-2020
Dr Susanne von Bassewitz and celebrate Zonta’s achievements together.

Important – Planning Your Trip

Registration will be from 8 am – 9 am on Friday morning, 6th September, and will be followed by District meetings, so it is important that you to plan to arrive in Brisbane by Thursday evening, 5th September.

Combined Conference Committee

Governors: Souella Cumming D16, Sandra Venn-Brown D22, Jane Adornetto D23, Sharyl Scott D24
Conference Coordinator: Naomi Reschke D23
Secretary: Jo Wittorff D23
Treasurer: Jill Lucht D22

Responsibilities: Oversight of the conference programme, venue and events.

District Conference Committee Chairs (Individual District appointments)

D16, Robyn Finlayson D22, Erica Majba D23, Barbara Horsfield D24

Responsibilities: District business such as:
Annual General Meetings
Annual Reports
Bylaws and Resolutions
Credentials and Elections

Conference Coordination Task Group

A conference task group under the leadership of Robyn Finlayson will be ‘on the ground’ in Queensland to assist with ‘the hands on actions’ for the conference.

Conference venue

The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) was opened in 1995 and is owned by South Bank Corporation on behalf of the Queensland Government. It is one of Australia’s premier venues for events, exhibitions and conferences and to date, has won 171 awards!

Take a virtual tour of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Accommodation around the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Looking for somewhere to stay?
The Rydges Hotel is interconnected to the convention centre and may be a good option for those with mobility issues:

There are over 72 hotels within four kilometres of the Centre. Search for hotels by their rating, proximity to the Centre or Brisbane Airport via this accommodation link.

We’re on Facebook!

/Zonta 100 Australia New Zealand

Have you ‘liked’ us yet and shared the link with your club?
Thank you to Jennifer Miller of District 24 who set up our Australia New Zealand Conference page and will work with Jan Lansberg (District 22), Jo Wittorff (District 23) and a District 16 PR rep to bring you conference news, history, celebratory posts and links to registrations etc, when available.

Share Your Story

Every day, Zonta club members all over the world are working to improve the lives of women and girls and, especially in this biennium, to showcase Zonta. These innovative and inspiring stories of service, advocacy, membership and centennial celebrations need to be shared.

We would love to receive your stories of exciting and successful projects and activities to enthral and encourage others. To have your story considered for inclusion, please nominate the category (service, advocacy, membership or centennial celebrations), explain what you do in no more than half a page and email it together with a photo to: zonta2019ausnzconf@gmail.com