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2017-2018 Funding Request Application & Information

The Zonta Club of the Joliet Area is a chapter of Zonta International, an organization of business and professional individuals whose mission is to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. The Zonta Club of the Joliet Area raises money to support programs that improve the status of women in the Joliet area as well as international programs. Over the past eight years, we have chosen one local organization every two years and have provided funding to that one organization over the two year period. In 2017-18, we have decided to fund more than one organization and provide donations to multiple organizations. 

We are pleased to announce the launch of our application process for our 2017-18 Zonta Club of the Joliet Area Funding Commitments. In addition to reading this Memo, you should complete the 2017-18 Funding Application. Copies are available on our website at . To help you determine whether to apply, we offer the following information:

 * We anticipate two distributions with a round taking place this spring with awards being in the $1,000-$1,500 range. We anticipate a second round of distributions in the spring of 2018 with awards being in the $2,000-$3,000 range.

 * Our funding priorities are: Programs in health, education, or human services that serve the needs of women and their children in the Joliet area.

 * 501 (c) (3) status and you must be located in the Joliet area or serve a significant number of women and children in the Joliet area.

 * Application Deadline is March 24, 2017.

Zonta is a service organization and if your nonprofit is not chosen to receive funding we would still like to know if there are opportunities for our club to support your mission through service projects.

FOR QUESTIONS regarding the application process, or any difficulties, CONTACT: Service Committee Chair, Rowena Klein-Robarts at


Funding Application

Zonta Club of Joliet’s Festival of Culture a Huge Success

On October 24th, the Zonta Club of the Joliet Area hosted their first Festival of Culture event at the Jacob Henry Victorian Ballroom. The event featured individually-owned restaurants providing over 200 guests with small samples of food from around the globe and other activities emphasizing Zonta and the Joliet area’s diversity.  October 24th also marks United Nations Day, which is especially significant to Zontians worldwide as Zonta International advocates on global issues primarily through the United Nations (UN) and Council of Europe.

festival-of-cultureThe event had a great turnout with over 250 tickets sold and total proceeds for the fundraiser exceeding $9,400. The money raised at the festival will go towards local service projects dedicated to empowering women.

“We would like to extend our utmost gratitude to Sue Bornhofen and her staff at Jacob Henry Victorian Ballroom for helping us with this event as well as the vendors who donated their time and food to ensure the success of the Festival of Culture,” said Mary Baudino, Fundraising Committee Co-Chair for the Zonta Club of the Joliet Area.

The following local vendors were featured:

  • Traditions Bar & Restaurant, Joliet
  • Al’s Steak House, Joliet
  • Aisha’s Southern Food, Joliet
  • Mamma Onesta’s Italian Restaurant, Lockport
  • Little Saigon, Shorewood
  • Mashallah’s Restaurant and Mart, Plainfield
  • Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant, Romeoville
  • Milano’s Bakery, Joliet

After a successful debut, The Zonta Club of Joliet plans to make the Festival of Culture an annual event to continue celebrating Joliet’s diversity and empowering local women.

About the Zonta Club: Zonta International was founded in 1919 and has now grown to over 30,000 members in 68 countries, including those in the Zonta Club of the Joliet Area. This organization is committed to empowering women worldwide by improving the status of women on local and global levels through service and advocacy.



December 13, 2016

Joliet Country Club

1009 Spencer Rd. Joliet, IL


Filet Mignon or Chicken Marsala

$35.00 a person

Cash Bar

RSVP to Kathy Giegerich @ by December 6, 2016

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Bring a wrapped gift, get a gift. Funny, weird, something you have already (re-gifting is encouraged).

NHBW & Zonta to hold Women & Girls Health Expo October 29

The National Hook-Up of Black Women and the Zonta Club of Joliet have joined forces to advance the status of women and girls in the Joliet area community by hosting the Women & Girls Health Expo on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Joliet Central High School Student Center, 201 E. Jefferson Street in Joliet.  Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the first 200 registrants will receive a tote bag.

This free public event will provide both educational programming and access to community resources, and will include lunch, music, and free giveaways. Babysitting will be available for children ages 3 to 7 years old who must be toilet trained.  Parents must bring their own supplies.

The Women & Girl’s Health Expo will kick off with a group Zumba Dance Session, followed by programs built around tracks for different age groups. Speaker topics will include self-care, mental health, social media, financial health, health awareness, and healthy eating suggestions.

A variety of health screenings will also be available, such as HIV testing, blood pressure screenings, and diabetes screenings.

“We believe that when women and girls in our community are healthy and thriving, our community as a whole will thrive,” said Debra Upshaw, President of the National Hook-Up of Black Women, Joliet Chapter.

After spending the day with an amazing array of speakers, community resources, and exciting activities, Expo attendees will gain tools and ideas needed to help lead a healthier, happier life.

If you have any questions regarding the Expo or are interested in sponsoring the event or being a vendor, please contact Debra Upshaw, President of the National Hook-Up of Black Women at (815) 509-0063 or “The Zonta Club of Joliet is honored to work in partnership with the National Hook-Up of Black women to host this event,” said President Yolanda Reyes.  “By coming together, we are stronger than ever, and have the potential to really raise awareness surrounding health issues that impact the women and girls in our community.”


About the National Hook-Up of Black Women The Joliet Chapter of the National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc, was founded in 1991 under the direction of Dorothy J. Campbell. These concerned women saw a need for an active and collective voice on women’s issues in the Joliet community.  NHBW Joliet Chapter carries out the national mission locally by creating an atmosphere which enables women to effect meaningful changes.  NHBW works to improve the quality of life, facilitate family preservation, achieve self-empowerment, and promote economic development. For more information, please visit:

About the Zonta Club of Joliet The Zonta Club of Joliet which was established in 1973 has been dedicated to improving the lives of women locally and globally through service, advocacy, and fundraising. The Zonta Club of Joliet is a member of Zonta International – located in Oakbrook, Illinois. Founded in 1919 in New York, it has been committed to “empower women worldwide by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local levels through service and advocacy”. There are over 30,000 members in over 67 countries and we are proud to be a part of it. For more information, please visit


The Zonta Club of Joliet hosts first-ever Festival of Culture to celebrate diversity and support women’s rights

The Zonta Club of the Joliet Area is hosting their first-ever Festival of Culture on Monday, October 24, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Jacob Henry Victorian Ballroom, 15 S. Richards Street in Joliet. This exciting event will bring locally-based restaurants to provide over 200 guests a small tasting of cuisine from around the world. Talented performers will also share music and dance from their diverse cultures during this lively festival sure to excite the senses. Proceeds will go towards local service projects dedicated to empowering women.

“We are excited to launch this Festival of Culture event to highlight the global connection and the diversity within our own communities,” said Mary Baudino, Fundraising Committee Co-Chair for the Zonta Club of the Joliet Area. “The monies raised from this event will help the Zonta Club of the Joliet Area support our many local service projects to improve the status of women.”

Take part in celebrating the Joliet area’s diverse community and supporting women’s rights at the Festival of Culture.  Cost to attend the event is $25/person if purchased prior to event or $30/person at the door; children 5 years old and under are admitted free.  For ticket purchase, please call 815-302-6295 or

Cuisine Tasting
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