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Zonta: Dianne Curtis is named 2010-12 Zonta International president

Posted: July 10, 2010 8:55 p.m.
Updated: July 11, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Dianne Curtis of Santa Clarita was recently installed as the 2010-12 Zonta International president.

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More than 1,500 women from around the world recently gathered in San Antonio, Texas to celebrate the installation of Dianne Curtis of Santa Clarita as the 2010-12 President of Zonta International.

Curtis is a member and past president of Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley and was supported at the convention by 14 SCV club members.

The weeklong convention included seven business sessions scheduled over a four-day period to elect new officers and international directors, consider a number of by-law changes and resolutions, approve service projects and budgets for the upcoming biennium and hear from winners of Zonta International scholarship and grant programs.

The Convention approved three major international service projects for the 2010-12 biennium which included: $500,000 to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and gender-based violence in Rwanda; $500,000 to support elimination of obstetric fistula and the reduction of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in Liberia; and $500,000 for the Safe Cities for Women project in Guatemala City, Guatemala and San Salvador, El Salvador. All three major projects are being conducted in cooperation with various arms of the United Nations.

International delegates also approved $430,000 to help develop a comprehensive strategy to end burns violence against women in Cambodia, Nepal and Uganda, and $200,000 to ensure a gender-responsive humanitarian and early recovery response in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

The burns violence program already has been underway with demonstrated success, and will be continued into the new biennium.

The Haiti project seeks to protect women and girls from gender violence, which followed the January earthquake, and re-establish a shelter which was destroyed in the earthquake. The disaster also killed key staff members.

Officers who will serve with Curtis on the Zonta International Board for the coming biennium reflect the international scope of Zonta International.

Newly elected officers represent New Zealand, Denmark, New York, Germany, Canada and Japan. The SCV club carried four votes to the convention — two for the SCV and one proxy each for the Antelope Valley and Maryborough, Australia.

Zonta of SCV President Karla Edwards and President-elect JoAnn Rodriguez were the club’s voting delegates, with members Jami Kennedy and Phyllis Walker on call as alternates.

Other club members who attended the international convention included Nancy Albrecht, Pat Allen, Barbara Sterns-Cochran, Sharon Dawson, Cindy Kittle, Sharon Langenbeck, Darleen Lyons, Adele Macpherson, Vicki Oren and Pat Willett, plus un-Zons Bill Lyons, Loren Langenbeck and Tom Tucker.

Curtis was escorted to her installation by sons Dale and Jason and received her gavel from outgoing Zonta International President Beryl Sten.

Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta has more than 31,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 66 countries 

For information about Zonta visit www.scvzonta.org.

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