Our History

75April 24, 1940



Furniture and scholarships at University of Tampa
USO work with the Red Cross War Bond Sales


Entertained patients of Tuberculosis Hospital
Established Blood Bank at Tampa General Hospital
Supported Community Chest, Salvation Army and Easter Seals


University scholarships continued
Furniture and volunteers for Helping Hand Nursery
Collected silk stockings to ship to war widows in Japan who made silk flowers to support their children
Scholarships for Girl Scout Summer Camp


Assisted in registering aliens for the Federal Government
Established an International Interpreters Directory
Volunteered at the Girls Juvenile Home
Organized four Junior Girls Service Clubs- Z Clubs
Supported YWCA Building Fund and Foreign Student Exchange Program
Honored in 1959 as the Club with the most outstanding Service Program in Zonta International World


Participated in raising money to build the Zonta Branch Girls Club of Tampa
Added scholarships for the new University of South Florida
Supported new educational TV station, WEDU
Six Z clubs established the “Garden of Essence” for the blind
Gathered medical supplies for the Albert Sweitzer Hospital in Haiti


Established Braille Reading Room at University of Tampa
Developed film for Police Department on increase of narcotic use
Salvation Army Christmas Toy Store
Continued support of Girls Club
Organized two International ZONTA CLUBS in South America
Supported Foster Grandparents Program


Collected household items for victims of Hurricane Camille
Organized a new ZONTA CLUB in Barranquilla, Columbia, South America
Hosted Girls Clubs of America Regional Conference, and persuaded them to move their regional office to Tampa
Christmas gifts were sent to the county hospital
Five members served on the YWCA Board


Raised funds to purchase a facility for the Zonta Girls Club
Sponsored telethon for American Cancer Society
Supported Community Service Bazaar


Zonta Girls Club outgrew new facility; raised $175,000 to build a new, larger club
Increased scholarship program
Added support to Alternate Education for pregnant teens and Special Olympics


Developed a Career Assistant Program
Adopted Women’s Survival Center for abused women and children
Added support of the Judeo-Christian Health Clinic
Continued support to Foster Grandparents/ Senior Companion Program
Celebrated 50 Years of Service To The Tampa Bay Community


Published international cookbook, What’s Cooking in the Zonta World, to continue support for the Zonta Boys and Girls Club and Zonta International Projects
Added Literacy Project- Family Reading Festival
Began award for Young Women in Public Affairs
Continued Jane Dowdell Memorial Scholarship Grants
Added support to Ronald McDonald House- lodging for parents whose children are seriously ill


Continued support for Zonta Boys and Girls Club
Jane Dowdell Memorial Grants
Young Women in Public Affairs Award
Support of Judeo-Christian Clinic, Ronald McDonald House, Child Abuse Council, Easter Seals Literacy Program
Environmental “Save The Birds” Program
Tax Preparation for the Elderly
”Huggers and Rockers Program for The Spring
ZISVAW Program (Zonta International Strategies to Eradicate Violence Against Women and Children)


Raised $17,000 for playground equipment for the Zonta Boys and Girls Club
Young Women in Public Affairs Grant awarded each year
Jane Dowdell Memorial Grants
Continued support for Ronald McDonald House, The Spring of Tampa Bay and Zonta Boys and Girls Club
Continued support for Zonta International Projects
Memorial Tea to support health projects at the Judeo-Christian Clinic
Continued support of International Human Trafficking Institute, Dress for Success and PACE School for Girls

Since 2000, The Zonta Club of Tampa has presented a “Status of Women” Award at the annual Zontastic Luncheon to an outstanding woman in the Tampa Bay Area. Among the women we have honored most recently:

1999 — Helen Gordon Davis
2000 — Nancy Ford
2001 — Mabel Bexley
2002 — Dr. Sylvia Campbell
2003 — Pam Iorio
2004 — Pat Ellington
2005 — Liz Kennedy
2006 — Jan K. Platt
2007 — Pat Frank
2008 — Dottie Berger MacKinnon
2009 — Belinda Womac
2010 — Jane Castor
2011 — Lissette Campos
2012 — Kelly Murphy
2013 — Rose  Ferlita
2014 — Betty Castor
2015 — Dotti Groover-Skipper
2016 — Stacie B. Harris


Our 75th Anniversary Celebration

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