THE Zonta Club of Toowoomba Area Inc was chartered as a club of Zonta International in 1978. Current membership is around 60 and includes business and professional woman from many backgrounds.
The club is part of Zonta International, a global organisation of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.
More than 30 000 members belong to more than 1200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries and geographic area. Zonta International envisions a world in which women's rights are recognised as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential.
Toowoomba Zonta first vice-president and Fundraising Committee chair Kathryn Galea said she became involved through a good friend.
"I had been to several functions over the years and had admired the work of Zonta," Ms Galea said.
Seniors Newspaper reporter Jennifer Graham asked Kathryn if she would share some of her personal and career history with our readers:
A: "I was born in Longreach and then my family moved to Warwick where I attended the Presbyterian Girls College. I completed a degree in Bachelor of Agriculture Science at the University of Queensland.
I am married to Victor and between us we have six children - four boys and two girls. The youngest is currently in Year 10 at Toowoomba Grammar School.
My career has taken me on an interesting journey. I was one of the first females employed by the NSW Department of Agriculture as a district agronomist and was based in Orange. I then lectured at the University of Queensland in weed science, agronomy and horticulture. I was the inaugural chair and then CEO of Condamine Alliance Natural Resource Management group.
I am currently based in Toowoomba, working with the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, as the Queensland Sustainable Agriculture Facilitator.
My responsibilities are with agriculture and landcare across Queensland. My job has allowed me to have wonderful experiences such as visiting sacred sites in Western Queensland, visiting the islands of Torres Strait and flying by helicopter out to the Great Barrier Reef and landing on a remote island.
Q: What can women gain from their association with Zonta?
Members have the opportunity to become involved with projects that make a real difference in the everyday lives of women, cultivate friendships and networking and mentor women in the community.