History

Zonta Club of Jefferson City, Missouri

The executive director of the Girl Scouts Council, a judge, an owner of a photography studio, an attorney, a physician, several state administrators’, and local business owners. Women in these fields, among others are members of the Zonta club of Jefferson City. They are also the professions represented by the charter members of the club in 1947.

It all started when a field representative of Zonta International acquainted a group of local executive and business women with the aims and objects of the Zonta organization. It was the 192nd club organized by the international association. After a number of preliminary meetings at the Hotel Governor, the group of 20 women organized a charter on April 17, and Mrs. Eula B. Hadlick, a local attorney, was elected president.

Several dignitaries were invited to speak at the charter dinner; including the Governor, Chamber of Commerce president, the local Rotary club president and the vice chairman of Zonta International.

The original minutes showed the fee to join was five dollars and the club collected 10 cents from each member for the purpose of defraying incidental expenses such as postage. The committees of the club included: attendance, membership, program and publicity.

 

How we celebrated our 60th Anniversary…

The club solicited help from the local newspaper early in 2007. The News Tribune ran advertisements for the club prior to the celebration seeking information and photographs of charter members. Several letters, photos and email were received from descendants, former employees and friends of charter members.

A poster was made of the photos and excerpts from the letters were shared at a press conference held on March 8, in conjunction with International Women’s Day. Two local women shared memories of some of the charter members and Senator Carl Vogel presented a proclamation to the club in honor of the anniversary.

At the March membership meeting, a more detailed PowerPoint presentation was delivered, scrapbooks from the archives were displayed, and each member was given a crystal diamond paperweight with the anniversary logo etched on the front.

Janet Wear-Enloe, president, and Holly Schroer, co-chair of the Yellow Rose Luncheon, gave the presentation to one of the local Rotary clubs as well.

A full page feature story ran in the News Tribune on the anniversary of the club’s formation. Many photos of charter members were included on Sunday, March 25, 2007.

To cap off the anniversary celebration, Melanie Blunt presented a proclamation from Governor Blunt to the club at the Yellow rose Luncheon on Tuesday, May 15, 2007. The club selected the theme, “Celebration of women in Flight” in honor of the club’s 60th anniversary and Zonta’s most famous member, Amelia Earhart.

 

Charter Members, March 25, 1947

Miss Margaret Dadey, Executive Secretary, Girl Scout Council Mrs. Jeanette Vance, Capital Commercial College Miss Lucille Witesides, RN, Director of Public Health Nursing Judge Agnes Mae Wilson, Commissioner, Public Service Commission Mrs. Grace Turbyfill, Turbyfill Hats Miss Ethel Stone, Stone Insurance Agency Miss Sugar Roer, Manager, News Tribune & KWOS Miss Johnnie Riner, Librarian, Public Library Miss Edith M. Noonan, Assistant Secretary, Capital City Building and Loan Association    
Miss Alta Motter, State Supervisor, Home Economics Miss Laura Layher, Executive Secretary, State Board of Nurse Examiners Mrs. Bertha Nan Carroll, Superintendent, Women’s Prison, Farm No. 1 Mrs. Lourine Jones, Auditor, Tweedie Footwear Corp. Dr. Inez Boucher, Osteopathic Physician Miss Hetty Joach, RN, Cole County RR School Nurse Mrs. Alma English, English Studio Mrs. Louise Dampf, Executive Secretary, Cole County Red Cross Dr. Lena Baker, Physiotherapy Mrs. Eula B. Hadlick, Attorney