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New Members, new Officers, new Foundation Board!

During our May meeting, we welcomed three new members into our Oak Brook club. We are very proud to have inducted Jeannie Pezan, Yemi Onibokun (previously a member and Secretary of the Zonta Club of Ibadan in Nigeria) and Juli Campagna.

Jeannie, Yemi, Juli

Incoming President Barb expressed our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to outgoing President, Mary Nagel, for all she has done in her term a club president while serving as both Zonta District 6 Representative to Zonta International USA Caucus and the Zonta International Chair of Bylaws and Resolutions Committee.

Oak Brook member and Zonta International District 6 Area 1 Director, Mary Kay Nelsen, installed our new club officers: President Barb, Vice President Emily, Treasurer Kathy, Secretary Jeannie, and Director Linda. (new Director Myra not pictured). Congratulations to all our new officers. All members are looking forward to a wonderful club year!

Installation of our Zonta Foundation of Greater Chicago Board members were installed by our freshly installed club President Barb (not pictured). ZFGC Board members include: President Linda, Vice President Mary Kay, Treasurer Peg, Secretary Anna, and Director Mary.


Jane M. Klausman Scholarship Available

Zonta Club of Oak Brook is now accepting applications for the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship.
Click to download the 2023 Zonta Oak Brook  JMK Application.
Before applying, please download and review details in the JMK Scholarship Description document.

Zonta International offers 37 international scholarships of US$5,000. Each club award recipient is elevated to its corresponding district level, and each district/region may submit one applicant for consideration for an international scholarship.
Deadline for submitting the application to Zonta Club of Oak Brook is May 31, 2023.
Questions may be sent to:

Because Zonta International believes in gender equality, the Jane M. Klausman (JMK) Women in Business Scholarship program helps women pursue undergraduate and master’s degrees in business management and overcome gender barriers from the classroom to the boardroom. The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels.  Since the program’s inception, Zonta has awarded 713 scholarships, totaling more than US$1.8 million, to 559 women representing 70 countries.



NEW – Zonta Women in STEM Scholarship

Zonta Club of Oak Brook is now accepting applications for  Zonta International Women in STEM Scholarship.
Click to download the 2023 Women in STEM Application.
Before applying, please download and review details in the Women in STEM Scholarship – Oak Brook Club Description. Deadline for submitting the application to Zonta Club of Oak Brook is June 9,2023.
Questions may be sent to:

The Zonta International Women in STEM Scholarship
encourages women to pursue education, career
opportunities and leadership roles in STEM fields. The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels. Each Zonta district/region may submit one applicant for consideration for an international scholarship.

The Zonta Club of Oak Brook recipient will receive US$1500. A single candidate from each of Zonta’s 31 districts and one region will receive an award of US$5,000 from Zonta International.

Women of any age and nationality, pursuing a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) degree program at an accredited university/college/institute, who
demonstrate outstanding potential in the field and are living or studying in a Zonta district/region, are eligible.
▪ Online students are also eligible to apply if enrolled at an accredited university/college/institute.
▪ Students must be enrolled in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through
the final year of a master’s program at the time the application is submitted to the local Zonta club. Applicants must be in school at the time the scholarship funds are disbursed and must not graduate before April 2024.
▪ Previous district and international Women in Technology Scholarship recipients may not apply for the Women in STEM Scholarship.
▪ Applicants for the 2023 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship may not also apply for the 2023 Women in STEM Scholarship.
▪ Club members and individuals with direct membership with Zonta International and employees of Zonta International and Zonta Foundation for Women, and their family members (ancestors, descendants, adoptees, siblings, nieces or cousins, and those of their spouse or co-habiting partner), are not eligible to apply for the Scholarship.
▪ Golden Z club members are eligible to apply.
▪ Applicants from geographic areas within a Zonta district/region where no clubs are located will be considered and are eligible to apply for the international scholarships via a Zonta district/region.


#LovePurse Service Project

Our Service Committee collected purses and personal items to fill purses from those attendees who generously donated to our #LovePurse Project at our International Women’s Day Breakfast on March 8. We extended the project through the end of March and filled twelve lovely purses with all kinds of personal necessities for clients of the Metropolitan Family Shelter DuPage. Thank you to the Service Committee and all our fabulous donors!
People reached
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International Women’s Day Breakfast 2023

Zonta Club of Oak Brook Young Women in Public Affairs Award Applications Available

The goal of the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to encourage young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a young woman’s commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the empowerment of women.
Applicants aged 16-19 on 1st April each year, studying at a secondary school, college or university in a Zonta district/region, or who are studying elsewhere but are citizens of a Zonta country at the time of application, are eligible to apply. The application process must start with a Zonta club.

Download the 2023 application form: Zonta Club of Oak Brook 2023 YWPA Application FINAL
(Applications are due by February 28, 2023, to:

Applicants are asked to reflect on their voluntary commitment to their school and to their community and the problems limiting the empowerment of women in their own country and worldwide. The Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award Program looks to the young women of today to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Zonta International, with world headquarters in Oak Brook, IL, USA, is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. The Young Women in Public Affairs Award is one of many programs for women and girls sponsored by Zonta International. The Award is funded by voluntary contributions to the Zonta Foundation for Women Young Women in Public Affairs Award Fund.

More “Good Byes”

Anna Weselak, a charter member of Zonta Club of Oak Brook, ended her term as Governor of District 6, celebrating with all the District 6 Convention Delegates with a luncheon in Hamburg.
Thank you, Anna for your leadership during a very challenging time around the world! And thank you to those ladies who represented those clubs who could not attend by carrying proxy voting privileges for other clubs !

Welcome back home to all!

And BIG THANK YOU to our own Oak Brook Delegates who represented us at Zonta International Convention 2022!!!
They cast votes for our own club and carried proxies for other clubs in Zonta District 6 so that our District 6 was fully represented.

2022 Zonta International Convention

Auf Wiedersehen nach Hamburg!
Zonta International Convention 2022 came to a close in Hamburg, but the memories are strong in the hearts of those who were there.
Our Oak Brook Club members expanded their Zonta
knowledge, refreshed their pride in its history, began
new Zonta friendships, and joined their voices with
other Zontians in planning the organization’s future.



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.