Golden Z Club

The Golden Z Club is an individual collegiate branch of Zonta International located at the University of Illinois. The Golden Z Club at the University of Illinois is sponsored and supported by a professional branch of Zonta International located in Lincoln, IL. The Golden Z Club’s purpose on campus, in the surrounding community, and globally is to help, support, and encourage women and promote gender equality.

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The University of Illinois
The University of Illinois is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, Illinois, USA and is known as a public research-intensive university.  It comprises 17 colleges and offers more than 150 programs of study.


History of the Golden Z Club charted at the University of Illinois, USA

Golden Z at University of Illinois

Back row l-r: Suzanne Leeke – D6 Golden Z Chair, Carolyn Stump – Area 3 Director, Kelley Jacobsen, Ashley Zamora, Lissette Magana, Susan Harmon – Lincoln Club President, Linda Hiltabrand – District 6 Governor.
Front row l-r: Rachel Wrzek, Valerie O’Brien, Elizabeth Kahle, Audrey Maske.

On October 27, 2012 the Golden Z Club of the University of Illinois held its Charter Presentation.  ZI officially chartered the club on September 13, 2012.  The club is the first Golden Z Club in District 6.

At the Charter Presentation, six members were inducted into the club with four installed as officers.  Charter officers were President Elizabeth Kahle, Vice-President Kelley Jacobsen, Treasurer Rachel Wrzek, and Secretary Ashley Zamora.  Additional members were Recorder Audrey Maske, and Lissette Magana.  Valerie O’Brien served as University Advisor.  The club is sponsored by the Zonta Club of Lincoln, Illinois.

In their first semester at The University of Illinois the club held a public showing of the documentary MissRepresentation. The film explores how the media’s misrepresentation of women has led to an under representation of women in positions of power and influence. After the showing, a discussion was held exploring what the audience had seen and their own opinions on how the media has influenced the role of women in today’s society.  Later in the semester the club held a bake sale raising funds for a local women’s shelter. The club raised over 70$ which will be donated to the shelter to aide in their continual support of local women and families.

In 2013 the Golden Z-Club participated in The University of Illinois’ Community and Campus Day of Service, assisted their local women’s center, and organized a fundraiser to help end violence against women and girls in their local community.