The Zonta Club of Miami Lakes is an organization of business and professional women dedicated to improving the circumstances of women at all stages of life, both locally and globally, through community service and fundraising.  
The individual Zonta club is the basic organizational unit of Zonta International. Clubs are organized with 20-100 members or Zontians, who pursue Zonta's mission and goals through service and advocacy and fund-raising efforts. Each club operates under the direction of an elected club president and elected club board. 

We are designers, directors, doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, lawyers, managers, nurses, real estate agents, reporters, travel agents, business owners and more.   We all share a commitment to working or women's rights and gender equality. 
Our Club History

The Zonta Club of Miami Lakes was chartered in June,1984. Since that time, we have grown and strengthened our club while focusing our projects on Zonta’s mission of advancing and improving that status of women. With our fundraising efforts, we have raised and contributed thousands of dollars to local charities as Casa Valentina, Message from Marli, Women’s Breast Health Initiative, CHARLEE, Women in Distress, and Women’s Fund. In recent years, our Service Projects have benefitted local organizations such as Florida(now Woman’s) Breast Health Initiative, Lotus  House, Honey Shine, Save A Life, Woman’s Alliance, Girl Power, and GAP (Girls Advocacy Program). Our projects and fund raising continue to get bigger and better.
Zonta Club of Miami Lakes is a part of District 11 and Area 3 of Zonta International.

Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a global nonsectarian and nonpartisan organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 31,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 64 countries and geographic areas, Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs aimed at fulfilling Zonta's mission and objectives.  


  • To improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local level through service and advocacy.

  • To work for the advancement of understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of executives in business and the professions.

  • To promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

  • To be united internationally to foster high ethical standards, to implement service programs, and to provide mutual support and
    fellowship for members who serve their communities, their nations, and the world.

Our President's Welcome

I am honored to be the current president of the Zonta Club of Miami Lakes.  I am a widow with two grown daughters and three grandchildren.  I have lived in South Florida for many years.

I am retired from my professional life as a Registered Nurse. My career was focused on surgical nursing, ophthalmic nursing and nursing management. I was part of the University of Miami team at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute where our expert nurses and myself helped train residents and fellows to become successful  Ophthalmologists in the USA and International medical communities. After leaving the hospital I worked with ORBIS International as the Manager of Volunteer Recruitment. ORBIS is an NGO that has a flying Eye Hospital that trains and educates surgeons in the developing world.

This background led me to join Zonta International so that I could continue to empower women worldwide through service and advocacy. Our local Zonta Club of Miami Lakes is made up of a diverse group of professional women who work together to make a difference for women and girls locally and around the world.

Sally Whitton, President

I hope you will think about joining our local chapter. We have a dynamic group of likeminded women who pool their skills and strengths to make a difference to women in need. Locally we partner with non-profit groups such as: Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative, Lotus House Women’s Shelter, Habitat for Humanity Women Build, and assemble birthing kits for the Footprints Foundation. We work to bring awareness to protect women against violence and raise awareness and community recognition of Human Trafficking.

Our local chapter is part of 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries with over 30,000 members as part of a global organization.  With this strength it is possible to empower women around the world to make life changes, avoid homelessness and stop violence toward women.


Come join us to contribute to the advancement of women worldwide. We meet the fourth Thursday of each month; excluding July and December. We usually meet at Shula’s Hotel on Main Street. To learn more about Zonta International  visit or locally browse our site  and/or our facebook page….zontaclubofmiamilakes

We look forward to welcoming new members who bring their individual energy, skills and expertise.

Best Regards,

Sally Whitton, President

Zonta Club of Miami Lakes

Zonta Club of Miami Lakes Foundation, Inc., 501(C) 3—EI # 46-1460193

Meet Our 2019- 2020 Board

Peggy Hicks
Dionne Stephens
Grethel Kunkel

1st Vice President

2nd Vice President


Cathie Inman


Marie Korenstein


Maria Crowley

Past President

Maria Martinez


Gunnila Crawford


Joyce McIntosh