Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley hosts its newest Z Club’s installation

On 24 January, in celebration of the International Day of Education, the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley hosted the installation of its newest Z Club from Canyon High School. 

"Changing Course, Transforming Education" is this year's International Day of Education theme, and its purpose is to strengthen and welcome the revival of effective education. COVID-19 has created a generation that has suffered in learning where educational institutions had to cancel classes and extracurricular activities. The club hopes that students will flourish in this new "normal" and enhance their education.

Club President Nicole Miller presented the installation on ZOOM and Facebook. Many Zonta leaders attended the event, such as Zonta International President Sharon Langenbeck. Ph.D., who congratulated the newest Z Club with a moving speech. 

They were also joined by Linda Storli, the Assistant Clerk of the William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board and Shellie Holcombe, Principal at Canyon High School and other staff members. 

Dr. Cherise Moore, a member of the William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board, shared a few extraordinary words welcoming the students of Canyon High School to the Z Club program. Maria Cooper and Ryanne Meschkat, Canyon High School Z Club advisors, introduced the Z Club board and installed the officers and members of the Z Club. Each student received a yellow rose and other items.

At the end of the presentation, Area 3 Director Gloria Salas, on behalf of District 9, welcomed the Z Club into Zonta with an emotional ending to the evening.

The club is proud to sponsor the  Z Club. It will provide these students with guidance and mentoring to offer opportunities to improve the lives of women and girls here locally and internationally. 

Along with Zonta International, the club believes that young women and men are essential to achieving gender equality and ending violence against women and girls worldwide. They believe in investing in youth development and mentoring young leaders to do this now and for generations to come. They also encourage young people to prepare themselves to assume responsibility and leadership roles globally. 

Through the opportunities Zonta provides, they hope that its Z Club members will strive to promote fellowship and understanding among all people of the world. The purpose of the student club is to offer opportunities for young people to develop communication and leadership skills, promote career exploration, and encourage members to participate in the community, school and international service projects.