Z Clubs and Golden Z Clubs
Z Clubs (for high school) and Golden Z Clubs (for college) are student clubs. These clubs help students develop leadership skills, promote career exploration, and encourage members to participate in school, community, and international service projects.
Z Clubs are actively mentored by Zonta Clubs. Zonta members assist Z Clubs with its projects, and Z Clubbers help with Zonta projects. This gives Z Clubbers a chance to work with professionals and business owners in our community.
The clubs choose their own fundraising and service projects each year, although each club has its own unique “signature” projects which they have repeated annually.
Established in 1948, the Z Club program is one of Zonta International’s longest-running programs. There are Z Clubs and Golden Z Clubs all around the world – US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Bahamas, and numerous countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia. 25 different countries in total have Z Clubs, including one in Lebanon. There are Golden Z Clubs in 22 countries.
SWOCC Golden Z Club
Southwestern Oregon Community College Golden Z Club started in 2010. The SOCC Golden Z Club is currently in a rebuilding mode post COVID. In the past they have delivered yellow roses to professors or staff who inspired them on Zonta Yellow Rose Day/International Women’s Day March 8th. They continued to deliver hand decorated Valentine’s Day cookies and in 2022 these went to local medical professionals for Thanks in their hard work during the COVID crisis.
North Bend High School Z Club
North Bend High School’s Z Club was created in 2017. NBHS Z Club reintroduced the old tradition of selling homecoming “mum” corsages in the school’s autumn colors of brown and gold.
Other activities include a food drive for the Salvation Army, participating in the Coos Waffle Project at the Nancy Devereux Center, beach cleanups as well as a school mental health program to send positive “feels good” notes to students and staff. The NBHS Z Club partnered with the NBHS Culinary Arts Program in a successful Pizza Party for a Cause! Fundraise for Ukrainian refugees, raising over $7,500.
Marshfield High School Z Club
Marshfield High School’s Z Club was established in 2008 and has become know as a “Community ACTION Club.”
In the 2021-2022 school year, the club was selected by the MHS school administration to manage the Community 101 Program which is funded by the Oregon Community Foundation. The club received $5,000 for distribution to charitable organizations in their community. The Z Club students identify issues they care most about, research nonprofits who are addressing these causes. They solicit and review grant applications, conduct site visits and select grant recipients. A great learning and caring activity!