Helping Women of the World: Zonta Club of Lansing

Celebrating its 90th birthday this January is the Zonta Club of Lansing. Organized in 1922, this chapter of the Zonta Club was a spin-off from the Detroit club — one of the original nine Zonta clubs. From its early beginnings with only 29 members, Zonta Club of Lansing has grown over the years and sponsored eight more local clubs including Owosso and East Lansing. Zonta Clubs are dedicated to advancing the political, economic, health and professional status of women. “Zonta has become a passion for me, a fire burning in my belly,” said Zonta Club of Lansing Vice President Melody Atwood. Zonta Club of Lansing is involved in many programs helping women both locally and worldwide, and one international project worked with Zonta clubs in Ghana. The project started with training a group of women on how to start their own business and keep it running. The profits they made would then go on to help another woman for the same program. “That program, I’m happy to say, started right here at the Lansing club with some members who were in the education field,” Atwood said. One local program wrapped up just last month. It was called $5 Make A Difference where every Zonta Club member was given 5 dollars, and they could do what they wanted with it. The goal was to make someone else’s life better. Atwood’s contribution was making a painting, selling it and donating that money to charity. The club also held an event last month for breast cancer awareness. Two hundred hand-crafted pillows were presented to the American Cancer Society director, Julie Renner. These pillows were then distributed out to local cancer centers for patients. Zonta Club of Lansing will also be participating in the Silver Bells in the City parade this month. The club will have a line of floats representing Zonta Club over the decades. Atwood has been with the Zonta Club of Lansing since 2008 and will become president of the club in June. She has big ideas for the club and wants to see the organization ready to grow. “I’m an idea person,” she said. “The bigger we get, the more we can do to help, not only our community, but the whole world. A lot of what we do is about friendships and good networking; we have a great bunch of ladies. We need people with ideas and those who are willing to give.” To get involved with Zonta Club of Lansing, contact Melody Atwood at (517) 881-6737 or visit

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