Congratulations to Kaylee Stubbs, a student at Billings Senior High School, 2021 Zonta Club of Billings Young Women in Public Affairs scholarship winner!
Because Zonta believes that young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of public service, it offers the Young Women in Public Affairs Award, which recognizes young women, ages 16-19, for demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.
The YWPA Scholarship award was established in 1990. Since then Zonta has given 971 awards, worth a total of $1,109,250, to 819 young women from 58 countries around the world.
Ms. Stubbs was awarded $1,500 by Zonta Club of Billings, and advanced to compete at the District level for additional scholarship monies.
$1000 Box Sponsors:
Ross Family LLC
$500 Round Sponsors:
Stella Fong & Dr. Joe Dillard
Who we are...
The Zonta Club of Billings is comprised of executives and professionals dedicated to the advancement of women through education, economic stability, legal and legislative equality, health and wellness, both locally and worldwide.
The Zonta Club of Billings provides service to the community through domestic violence and human trafficking awareness, grants for community agencies, scholarships for students and volunteer labor for local non-profit organizations.
Zonta Club of Billings is a part of Zonta International.
Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta International envisions a world in which women's rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men. In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.
Zonta Club of Billings partnered with community leaders and organizations to bring two MMIP (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons) events to Billings, M. These events included the MMIP Community Gathering - a virtual continuation of last year's MMIP March. The event included drumming, singing, expert speakers & survivors from across the country, dancing, and an artist's introduction for the REDress Exhibit held at Sky Point in downtown Billings, MT
Red Dresses were installed and displayed in downtown at Billings' Skypoint Oct 4-18th. This exhibit was inspired by artist Jaime Black. You can read more about Jaime and her project here: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-haunting-red-dresses-memorialize-murdered-and-missing-indigenous-women-180971730/
In Memory of Our Beloved Lynn
Lynn Eggebrecht was a member, a friend and a mentor of Zonta for over 20 years. All who met Lynn described her as kind, compassionate, generous, and supportive. Her heart for others will forever be remembered. We will deeply miss her and her beautiful smile and laughter. Thank you Lynn for your love and years of service to your family, friends, your community and fellow Zontians ❤️.
In Remembrance of Lynn, Zonta is accepting donations. Funds donated will be used for a local project in Billings towards a cause we know she will love.
Donate In Memoriam of Lynn here:
"Nearly 100 years ago, founding member, Marian de Forest dreamed of an organization that would bring together women in executive positions and help them reach their rightful places in the professions that rarely had women leaders. Since the creation of Zonta International in 1919, our members have dedicated the last century to empowering women, both in and outside of Zonta."
BIG NEWS for YWCA and Zonta Club of Billings!!! Our club was awarded a special one-time 100 Year Anniversary grant to work on a special project with Billings' YWCA! Club has been awarded the maximum $5,000 to work with and recognize a charitable organization working to improve the lives of women and girls in our community.
Sponsored by Zonta- every spring @MSUB Peaks to Plains Park. A public event held by Zonta to bring awareness to human trafficking in Billings. We've partnered with the Yellowstone County Area Human Trafficking Task Force and other organizations to bring you this very special event. Hear from city officials, the FBI, organizations in the trenches and survivors. The event concludes with spreading Red Sand on MSUB campus to bring awareness to modern day slavery. Hosted by Zonta, MSUB, MSUB Women's and Gender studies and the Yellowstone County Area Trafficking Task Force.
SELF DEFENSE CLASSES
FOR WOMEN & GIRLS 13+
Water & Snacks Provided, Childcare Available. FAST teaches students to “flip the switch” and control their adrenal stress response in a way they will not be victimized. Adrenaline, when controlled, becomes the great equalizer and allows us to fight with ferocity and strength to prevail even under superior odds. Class Size is Limited to 20.
Civil ConverZation: #HearMeTooMontanaThank you to all our experts and attendees of #HearMeToo.#HearMeToo Panel
Motivated by the #MeToo movement, a community panel discussed the availability of resources in Montana to assist victims of sexual assault and harassment, how the assault and harassment affects the victims and their families, and the reasons why victims do not report the incidents. Continued public awareness with information sharing and storytelling is intended to end destructive behavior.
Tour De Fleur Billings, MT Zontians participated and volunteered in the annual Tour De Fleur with much decor and big smiles! The event benefits Billings TrailNet and celebrates women, spring and the joy of cycling.
In Loving Memory
Our hero Pat Jaffray featured on KTVQ for her support of the Montana Women's Run. Pat was a lifelong cheerleader for the Women's Run and had a goal of 10,000 entrants. She battled cancer and passed away. We run in her honor.
Thank you Pat ❤️. http://www.ktvq.com/story/35335613/the-spirit-behind-the-run
In Memory of Connie
Our friend and member Connie Wardell was strong! She had a spirit of giving and a heart for education. Connie had a laugh that filled the room. Her attention to detail kept us all on our toes. She was dedicated, loyal and giving. Her push for excellence was inspiring. She made us all better. Connie was talented, giving and tireless. Thank you Connie ❤️.