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, educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, lawyers, managers, nurses, physicians, real estate agents, reporters, travel agents, business owners and more. Some of us work full time, and others part time- a few of us are retirees. But what 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

May, 2020

Dear Zisters:

“We are all in this together”...and thank goodness we have Zonta friends surrounding us, such strong and resilient women. In these changing times we can point to creativity, individual talents and friendships as strengths. It is nice to have our Zonta members for support and friendship. Please reach out to any of us if you need help or support.

Our Gala Event has disappeared for this year but we can trust it will come back stronger and better. Many thanks to our Gala 2020 Chairperson, Maria Martinez, for her hard work and time devoted on this event. Raising of funds is key to our accomplishments. We have some work to do as things begin to open up this summer. Let’s get an early jump on reaching out to our sponsors for next year.

Normalcy is just around the corner we can only hope sooner rather than later. We never imagined we would go through something like this pandemic but we find ways to adapt. Remember patience is a virtue.


Sally Whitton

1. Slate of new officers

  • Installation

  • Board orientation

  • Plans for the new year 2020-21

2. Membership renewals by May 25th (can be paid using the options outlined on our DUES page linked here) .

  • We learned how important it is to lean on someone

  • Collegiality and camaraderie is our strength as an organization

  • A common goal unites and helps us contribute to changing the lives and status of women in need. With focus on health, homelessness and stopping violence against women. 

3.   Summer planning

  • Coming back strong in tumultuous times

  • A need to raise funds to support the important work we do

  • A good time to look at past accomplishments and choose wisely our way forward. Choose ways that will make us stronger, wiser, and able to rebound as a better club.


4.  Present the winner of the Ida Snow Award

  • Getting nominations from as many as possible. Need your input.

  • We honor our founder by selecting someone who is outstanding in her commitment and service to Zonta Club of Miami lakes.

5.  Complete our donation to Lotus House

  • Annually we collect toiletries and things to make life easier for women transitioning to homelessness and life changes.

  • Bring items to Sally Whitton’s house

  • When we can, a small group will deliver them to the Lotus House staff.

6. End of the year survey – COMING SOON!

  • Helps in future planning

  • Suggests new directions

  • A way to choose how you can get involved: committees, officers, newsletters, photos, and ideas.

My wish is, you are all safe and let’s all be thankful for what we have as many others struggle. I look forward to seeing everyone even if we must be six feet apart. Please take care and think of others.

Your President, Sally Whitton


2020- 2021 Board

Maria Martinez

1st Vice President

Cathie Inman


Maria Mederios


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Magaly Rubio

2nd Vice President

Gunnila Crawford


Audrey Watkins


Helen Brown


Grethel Kunkel


Maria Crowley

Past President