Zonta Club of Fort Smith enlightens new member's understanding of International Service Projects
Seeing the local impact of the club's service and advocacy actions is easy, but the global impact is sometimes hard to perceive. With new members joining annually, the Zonta Club of Fort Smith, USA, decided to increase the appreciation of the Zonta International Service Projects for their new and current members.
The club decided to expand on the global impact of the Let Us Learn Madagascar project. Club President Kim Vann prepared a jar for the project to be available at each meeting for members to donate as much as desired. Kim also gave new members a short presentation about the Madagascar project for several months, which was a huge hit.
A new member exclaimed, "I was amazed to see the scope of this project and other projects of Zonta International!"
The club felt fortunate to have former International Director Judy Kautz share her experiences on the Zonta trips to Madagascar. Members were fascinated by what Zonta has meant and continues to mean to that area.
Introducing the global impact of the Let Us Learn Madagascar project successfully opened members' minds to the true impact of Zonta. It also made it possible for members to make additional donations, collecting an amazing total of US$380.
Although the club always donates one-third of its service money to Zonta International, they will gift the full amount to the Zonta Foundation for Women due to this exercise.