The Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area is celebrating the centennial anniversary of Zonta International on Friday, November 8, 2019. – The public is invited to a free community event at the historic Egyptian Theater. Doors open at 5:30 PM with program at 6:00 PM. Program includes a celebration of Zonta’s 100 year history, with community speakers, prizes, and birthday cake served by the student members of the Southwestern Oregon Comm. College Golden Z Club and Marshfield and North Bend Z Clubs. Egyptian Theatre concessions, along with Taco Bar and beer, and wine from Sharkbites Restaurant will be available for sale. Sea Breeze Chorus will be singing songs from the 1900’s and Pam de Jong will serve as MC. The program ends with the showing of the Academy Award winning 2018 documentary film short, “Period. End of Sentence.” This 25 minute film set in Hapur, India follows a group of local women leading a quiet sexual revolution to improve women’s lives. By the film’s end, men and women alike will be cheering! Film is appropriate for all age groups. – “We are pleased to invite the public to this free community celebration to honor Zonta International’s 100th Birthday. We want to give back to this community who is so supportive of the Coos Bay Area Zonta Club,” said Club President Karen Costello. Zonta International is a worldwide organization that has empowered women and girls through service and advocacy for 100 years. Founded on November 8, 1919 in Buffalo, New York, by a group of forward-thinking women who were not satisfied with the predominantly social nature of many women’s organizations of the day. Instead, Zonta’s founders envisioned a women’s service organization that would advocate for laws and policies that ensure gender equality and help every woman and girl realize her full potential. Through continuous engagement over almost 10 decades, Zonta International has become a respected and reliable agent of civil society. Zonta International is a non-governmental organization with general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area was founded in 1953. Best known for their annual Celebrity Dinner and Auction Fundraiser, our Little Red School House School supply project and our financial support to local nonprofits and scholarships. Mark your calendar for the 2020 Zonta’s “Celebrity Prom” Fundraiser to be held February 29, 2020 at the Mill Casino.