The Zonta Rose

Big Rapids       P.O. Box 1088       Big Rapids, Mi. 49307              President:  Deborah Griffith

Zonta Club of Big Rapids, is one of over 1,200 clubs of Zonta International, a worldwide service organization.  Founded in 1919 in Buffalo, New York, Zonta takes its name from the Lakota Sioux Indian word meaning "honest and trustworthy."  Zontians volunteer their time, talents and energy to local and international service projects that are designed to advance the status of women.

Zonta gives you the chance to be a part of something much larger than yourself...

Zonta allows you to give of yourself to others, to actively participate in the selection of service projects to help your community, and to improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women worldwide.

Please Join Us..
We meet the 4th Tuesday of the month at The Gate (bowling lanes).
Dinner orders placed at 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6:00 p.m., Meeting and Program to follow
Guest Speakers are informative and entertaining

The Gate
706 Perry St.
Big Rapids, MI.  49307
           Past and Present Events and Fundraising

The Zonta Club of Big Rapids Area will hold their 7th Annual Fashion Show this year on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 6 pm at the Clear Lake Golf Club.

Volunteer models will showcase clothing this year from J. C. Penney’s, Maurice's, Peebles and possibly the new Serendipity Store that is coming to Big Rapids.  The dinner is catered by Pere Marquette, tickets are $40 and are available from Big Rapids Zonta Club  members and will also be available at Patterson's Flower's and the old Pioneer Store after August 23rd.

Zonta Club of Big Rapids Area recently donated ‘Grab-n-Go’ Bags that will be donated to area homeless teens.  The bags are filled with personal hygiene items donated by club members. 

     Zontians Against Poverty  -  ZAP!

On October 9, 2014 the Zonta Club of Big Rapids led its annual campaign to help stamp out poverty by organizing a community food drive of non-perishable food.  Community members and Zontians gathered at the Anna Howard Shaw memorial statue, adjacent to the Big Rapids Community Library at
5:00 p.m.  Food donations and checks gathered from the event were donated to Wise, Manna Food Pantry,
Angels of Action and Project Starburst.

   Listen here to Audio about our ZAP Event
January is Amelia Earhart Month!  The club celebrated by enjoying pizza and Amelia Earhart birthday cake while watching the movie Amelia


November 6, 2014 at 5:30 p.m., Grunts Brothers invited the Zonta Club of Big Rapids members to be pourers at their annual wine tasting.  The event was held at the Clear Lake Golf Course.  This was a fun event and Grunt Brothers made a generous donation to the Big Rapids Zonta Club for our participation. 


BIG RAPIDS – After holding their biggest fundraiser of the year members of the Zonta Club of Big Rapids already are focused on what they can do next to benefit the community. The group’s fourth annual fashion show, which drew 120 guests, raised nearly $3,000 to be used for Zonta’s community service projects.


Big Rapids Zonta Club members Yo Bellinger and Stacey Jackson represented the Big Rapids Zonta Club at District 15 Fall Conference.  The club had a very successful raffle.


Pink Zebra Fund Raising Party was held at our regular October meeting.  Proceeds will be used to help support our clubs general fund.


Breast Cancer Pillows made by Big Rapids Club Members were delivered to the Wheatlake Cancer Society.


In 2014, under the leadership of President Merilee Hill-Kennedy, the Big Rapids Zonta Club has begun work with other community organizations to help educate and citizens and stamp out human trafficking.

The Zonta Club of Big Rapids held their 6th annual Zonta Fashion Show on Monday, August 24th.  This year's event drew over 100 guests and the profits earned will to go to the new library at the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District's Special Education Center.  Many fashion show attendees also brought books to be donated to school's new library.  Volunteer models showcased clothing, jewelry and accessories from local businesses including JCPenney's, Fairman's Apparel and Rogers Jewelers.  Several area businesses and members of the Zonta Club of Big Rapids also donated items for the events silent auction. 

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Big Rapids Zontians.....Very Good Stuff!