Club History

yellow roseZonta Foothills Club of Boulder County Made in 1982

Founder Betty Cox

Founder Betty Cox

Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County believes in a future  that is anchored in supporting, protecting and mentoring young girls.  Since our charter in 1982 we have been an active part of our Boulder Community as we support the mission of Zonta International. The potential of our club was the vision of Betty Cox, a current member who traveled to Denver to participate in that club’s activities and soon she took matters into her own hands. With her guidance and determination Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County was chartered on March 22, 1982 in Boulder Colorado, Charter Number 1006.  The club was formed with twenty charter members and our sponsor club was The Zonta Club of Boulder County.

gingerbread houseThe club worked hard to raise funds and provide service to support women in need.  It was a holiday tradition to find members gathered for days in the Bev Hackbart’s basement covered with powdered sugar and icing to work on our main fundraiser. We sold Gingerbread Houses to friends and family and enjoyed the camaraderie as well as the proceeds. Over the years we supported organizations like Safe House, St Vrain Safe Shelter, MESA, There With Care and Dental Aid. (See Our Beneficiaries for complete list.) We served on the steering committee that founded Boulder’s Imagination Library program together with Foothills United Way and Boulder Rotary. To date this program has distributed more than 85,000 books to5,000 preschool age children throughout Boulder and Broomfield Counties. We’ve worked with Boulder Reads to provide literacy training to adults and helped Attention Homes with funds as well as volunteer support.

Kathryn Rippeteau Greenwold, Niskayuna, NY

Kathryn Rippeteau Greenwold, Niskayuna, NY

2000 was a huge year for our club. We decided to change our fundraising approach and decided to take on an event Zonta Foothills of Boulder County joined forces with The Cantabile Singers for a concert to benefit two of Zonta’s children’s charities, Blue Sky Bridge and Voices for Children. Held on March 4, 2000, this program was accompanied by an exclusive Boulder-area exhibit of “Child Abuse Quilts: Reviewing and Healing the Pain of Child Abuse.” This was a breath-taking exhibit with original creations of artists around the country to focus attention on child abuse and awed the audience. Our millennium concert raised over $8800 from ticket sales and corporate sponsorships. On June 1, 2000 Robert Farr, Music Director of The Cantabile Singers, and Bev Sears, President of Zonta Foothills, awarded checks of $4400 to each beneficiary.

In 2009 we created the Zonta Foothills Foundation.  As a 501c(3) we exponentially enhanced our fund raising efforts.

Bev Hackbart

Bev Hackbart

Boulder is an amazing community; according to statistics provided in “Boulder County Trends” published by the  Community Foundation of Boulder County, we are ranked first in the nation for the highest percentage of women with higher education degrees.  We can be proud of that, but it makes our obligation to ensuring educational opportunities for all women and girls in our community even greater.  During its 30 years our club’s mission has been to help women and girls thrive, and education plays a key role in that survival . We have supported projects like the Amelia Earhart Scholarship, which last year awarded 6 very talented young female aerospace graduate students $10,000 each to study at The University of Colorado. We endowed the Bev Hackbart Scholarship; as a memorial for a dedicated member it is awarded annually to help single moms at CU pay for  undergraduate expenses.  We had developed a strong and lasting relationship with the Boulder Valley School’s Early Childhood Education Program (Teen Parenting). Through almost $14,000 in funding over 5 years, mentoring, advocacy and other support we have partnered with this program to help unwed teens continue their education while receiving the support they need to succeed.

mentorIt is from these projects that Zonta EducateZ was born in 2010. Knowing that we had always supported education our club decided to formalize that focus and establish a projects with the goal of supporting the education of at risk women and girls in Boulder County. Zonta EducateZ has chartered the PantherZ Club at Boulder High School, matched our club members up with Boulder High  girls who need a little extra support and encouragement. Currently we have eight active mentor pairs working together.  We have also created and maintain seven  Free Lending Libraries at local food banks and schools. Our most proud accomplishment is the endowment of the Zonta EducateZ Scholarship which in fall of 2015 will see the first beneficiaries receive funds. This scholarship will help women return to college after leaving school to raise families. Our Zonta EducateZ project the winner of the District 12 Service Recognition award and  selected as a finalist for the Zonta International Service award.

zonta 100 aniversary logoOur support of Zonta International goes beyond our local club.  Since our charter many members have served ZI as Area 3 and District 12 Directors,  and committee members   Kay Meyer, our club past president has served as District 12 Governor and also as Advocacy Committee Chair with Zonta International. Ann Hodgson is currently the Area 3 Director. We hosted the Area 3 meeting in 2010 for the six Area clubs and will host the District 12 Conference in September 2015. We send delegates to the Zonta International Convention biannually where they help to select Zonta International service projects and vote on issues affecting the organization around the world.

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