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A ‘far out’ Zonta installation

Christine Miller installed as Zonta president in 1960s-themed event

Posted: June 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley past presidents sing “Zonta SCV” to the tune of Alice’s Restaurant during the the club’s annual installation of officers held at Le Chene French Cuisine Restaurant.

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It was a “groovy” night at Le Chene French Cuisine Restaurant as Christine Miller was handed the president’s gavel by outgoing Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley President Jo Ann Rodriguez.

The Return to Woodstock theme was celebrated in psychedelic fashion by more than 50 Zontians and guests during the dinner installation.

A musical tribute — “Zonta SCV” — was presented to much laughter and applause by the Zonta Club’s past presidents with musical accompaniment by Lois Bauccio on guitar and Cindy Kittle.

Installed with Miller were President-elect Laura Peckham, first Vice President Michelle Woodfork, second Vice President Cheryl Hawkins, Treasurer Barbara Meyer, Recording Secretary Karla Edwards and immediate Past President Jo Ann Rodriguez.

Installed as directors were Barbara Cochran, Phyllis Walker, Cheryl Wasserman, DaAnne Smith and Judy Penman.

Nominating Committee members are Suzie Alziebler, Jo Ann Rodriguez and Christine Sexton.

Installed as Zonta Foundation members were Terry Kanowski, Alicia Estrada, Adele Macpherson, Lois Bauccio, Vicki Oren, Mary Ree, Phyllis Walker, Christine Miller and Laura Peckham.

The installation was conducted by Nickie Bonner, Zonta District 9 Public Relations chairwoman and Lieutenant Governor-elect.

As each officer was installed she was presented with an herb, in reference to the popular 1966 Simon and Garfunkel song  “Scarborough Fair” which included the lyrics: “parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.”

The 1960’s theme was conceived when it was learned that Miller attended Woodstock in 1969.

Miller worked in one of the medical tents during the legendary festival, and didn’t participate in the actual festival.

Pat Willett was surprised to find herself named Zontian of the Year.

The honor is voted on by a committee of past Zonta of the Year members. It is bestowed on the Zonta member who has been nominated by other Zonta members for the valuable services she has performed for the club in the previous year.

The award was presented to Willett by Nancy Albrecht, a previous Zontian of the Year.

Willett, a past Zonta president, is also involved in numerous other nonprofits in the SCV. She is the 1999 SCV Woman of the Year. She also is a foster parent and works internationally in bringing aid to impoverished areas.

The Zonta Club of SCV was founded in 1957 and has more than 70 members who work with a variety of nonprofits in the SCV donating time and funds.

For more information about the Zonta Club of SCV visit 


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