Celebrating Ten Years as Zonta Club of Oak Brook

On May 12, 2022 members of the Zonta Club of Oak Brook gathered to celebrate their 10th anniversary with community friends, members from other Zonta clubs, and reminisced and shared some of their clubs history.

Charter Members, Sponsor Joliet Zonta Club, and 2012 ZI D6 Governor

A special ‘Thank You’ to Zonta Club of Joliet for celebrating with us. They sponsored us in2012 and coddled us for an entire year as we blossomed into a club. And, thanks to our 2012 Zonta International District 6 Governor Yvonne Chalfant who conducted our beautiful and memorable Charter Ceremony! It was wonderful to have them come up to join us in the gathering.

Sponsor Members of Joliet Zonta Club 2012 ZI D6 Governor

We were honored by Zonta International President join in our celebration!

First Board Members

International President  ZI D6 Governor

Announcing 2022 YWPA Awardee. . .

Congratulations to our 2022 Young Woman in Public Affairs Award recipient, Catherine Tang, Junior at Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Illinois!

Catherine Tang

Catherine’s involvement in Public Affairs is outstanding. Catherine’s involvement Public Affairs within her high school includes School Safety Committee, Model United Nations Club, and Varsity Debater. Catherine also has stellar Public Affairs experience  outside her school, beginning as a volunteer, later rising to a paid intern, at the office of Illinois State Representative Jonathon Carroll. She serves as Newsletter and Communications Head of the Sex Ed Initiative; volunteers to help judge and manage tournament brackets for Chicago Debates, a not-for-profit working to give students from lower-income families an opportunity to participate in debate; volunteer tutors middle schoolers in math and history for Project: Vision, a not-for-profit that helps youth in Chicago and surrounding communities; and works one-on-one with ESL students, many if whom are recent immigrants from China or Latin America. She participated in the Youth Ambassadors Program to Argentina and Chile, is a peer mentor for the Experiment Digital: Climate Change & the Environment, and serves as an Executive Board member of the World Language Honor Society. We wish her a wonderful Senior year at Glenbrook North and in all her future educational and professional pursuits.


Accepting Applications for Zonta JMK Scholarship

Zonta Club of Oak Brook is now accepting applications
for 2022 JMK Women in Business Scholarship

Click to download: Zonta Club of Oak Brook – 2022 JMK Application

2022 International Women’s Day Breakfast (Virtual)

International Women’s Day Virtual Breakfast
March 8, 2022
Hosted by

You’re cordially invited to join us for a virtual breakfast via zoom in celebration of International Women’s Day 2022. Grab your coffee and get your day off to a meaningful start with 100 area professionals.

Mary Nagel, Keynote Speaker

Mary Nagel, Visiting Assistant Professor, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology will discuss Underage Marriage in Illinois including the legal implications for the underage spouses.
Pay by check payable to:
Zonta Club of Oak Brook | PO Box 4642 | Oak Brook, IL 60523
Download the Breakfast flyer: International Women’s Day Flyer 2022 (2)
Any questions can be directed to the breakfast email address:

Day 16: 16 Days of Activism – Human Rights Day 2021

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December, the day the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.

The United Nations’ theme of Human Rights Day this year is “EQUALITY – Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights”—which relates to Article 1 of the UDHR: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

“Our objective at Zonta International has always been for women to be treated equally,” said Zonta International President Sharon Langenbeck. “As long as inequality exists, human rights will be abused.”


For the last 16 days, Zonta members around the world have been advocating to end gender-based violence through the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign. Zontians in nearly 20 countries lit up monuments in orange, created public displays to build awareness, held webinars and workshops to educate their communities, and so much more.


Day 15: 16 Days of Activism – Potential to End Child Marriage

Although our 16 days are coming to their end, by no means have we ended our fight to End Child Marriage. The impact of its end would be exponential and allow for girls to be children, not brides.

Day 14: 16 Days of Activism – Child Marriage Myths

Some may think that child marriage doesn’t impact the US… but unfortunately it is everywhere. Let’s End Child Marriage.

Day 13: 16 Days of Activism – Child marriage and a cycle of poverty

Child marriage impacts every aspect of a young girls life and perpetuates the cycle of poverty. Let’s End Child Marriage.

Day 12: 16 Days of Activism – Child Marriage Increases Risk for Violence in Girls’ Lives

Child marriage also puts girls at risk for violence throughout the rest of their lives. This includes not only sexual and physical violence, but also psychological and emotional violence.

Day 11: 16 Days of Activism – Health Impact of Child Marriage

Another aspect of a girl’s life that is impacted from child marriage is her health. The devastating consequences are shocking, real, and upsetting.