History of Club

The Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area was chartered October 15, 1953. The charter dinner took place at the American Legion Hall. Early club fundraisers were rummage sales plus an annual salmon and ham dinner. Service projects included $1,000 scholarships for female students pursuing a nursing or teaching degree, funding for local non-profits and volunteering at local libraries and nursing home. 

Since its chartering, the Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area has brought together businesspeople and community members willing to volunteer their time to raise money, advocate and provide direct service to women in need. In the past 70 years the Club has raised and distributed over $1,000,000 to local and international service projects and scholarships. The club is open to women and men and serves all of Coos County. The Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area is part of Zonta International.

Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a global organization dedicated to empowering women through service and advocacy.  There are 1,100 Zonta clubs in 63 countries. 


Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.


Zonta International envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential.

In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men.

In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.