Zonta District 17 Goals 2016-2018


One Vision, One Mission, One Voice, One Movement. A Season of Weaving D.R.E.AM.S.

D =   Direction for a Better Future for All

R =   Resources

E =   Empowerment through Educational Opportunities

A =   Advocacy

M =   Membership

S =   Service

Our Club Vision & Mission 2016-2018


Zonta Club of Laguna, a member of Zonta International District 17 Area 5, envisions itself as the organization of choice of wo/men who believe in empowering women and their families through service and advocacy. It will serve as a catalyst, a conduit, and a channel that will enable its members to share the best of themselves, combining brilliance of minds with selfless service in making gender equality a reality. It envisions a world where women's rights are human rights and every woman and young girl will have access to resources for them to actualize their full potentials.

Club History

The birth of Zonta Club of Laguna (ZCL) came about under the inspiration of two Zontian stalwarts, Area I Director Donnie Salvador and Justice Leonor Ines Luciano of the Zonta Club of Mandaluyong - San Juan. On December 16, 1990 the charter was successfully presented and the officers and members were formally inducted. Mrs. Pilar Alberto became its first president. Her early demise on March 18, 1992 caused the organization's premature weaning from its charter president. She left a multi-purpose building at the heart of Biñan. The year 1992 came as a time for getting more organized, a time for re-orientation, a time for sorting out priorities.

A new set of officers led by Dr. Mercedes Oliver for Biennium 1992-1994 took over. The new president set her goals for the organization and was dedicated to harness the talents, resources and affiliations of all Zontians to be able to live up to the worthy ideals of the organization. Among her key projects were as follows: (1) continuing feeding program for children in depressed areas; (2) active espousing of zero - waste technology; (3) piglet dispersal program; (4) paper mache, a home-grown industry; (5) pro-poor health program; (6) scholarship program; (7) Sining Zonta '93 "Save Mother Earth; (8) Zonta markers at strategic places; (9) perfection of deed of donation for the Alberto Hall. ZI District 17, Area 1 Director Luz Lacson presented an Outstanding Award to the Zonta Club of Laguna on May 27, 1994.

Dr. Eleonore Calupitan, a noted civic leader and professor became the Club's third President in June 1994. However, she was unable to finish her term. With her sudden resignation in February 1995, the Vice President, Dr. Nieva Almeda-Olivares assumed the presidency on August 12, 1995.

A socially-oriented and competent physician, she set her priorities in consonance with the theme of the Zonta International Chief Folalle Solanke-the-triple H- "Health, Human Rights and Harmony." The program goals of the club for 1995-1996 were: improving the physical well-being of underprivileged families through the provision and maintenance of local health services; strengthening of environmental care through its clean and green projects, promoting local economic growth through its livelihood projects and raising the literacy level through non-formal education classes and provision of scholarships to deserving grade school and high school students.

For the biennium 1996-1998, President Olivares set the goal to work against the proliferation of abuses and violence against women and children and alleviation of the sufferings of the needy-the uneducated, the undernourished, the abandoned, the elderly, the sick and the victims of calamities. These laudable and outstanding service-oriented projects won for the Club from District Governor Anna Kwong the "Most Promising Young Club of District 17" during the 9th District Conference held in Cebu on November 8, 1997.


June 20, 1998 marked another transition in the organization with the installation of the Club's new set of officers and directors. Dr. Lourdes Almeda-Sese, a committed, dynamic and hardworking executive and educator, was installed as the Club's fifth president by District 17 Governor Brenda Tanjutco. When she took over the reins of the Club, Dr. Sese devoted the organization's resources, time, energy and zeal in improving the communities which it serves, reaching out to more people in need and influencing more lives with consequences that are far-reaching and permanent. She initiated and implemented projects for the advancement of the status of women and children; identification, prevention and treatment of violence against them; their health and nutrition care;




education including values formation and livelihood skills development and internationalism in line with the United Nations Celebrations of the Declaration of Human Rights, 1998 Year of the Oceans and 1999 Year of the Older Persons. The Club introduced new service projects like the Continuing Literacy and Livelihood Education Program (CLLEP) which received a plaque as the "Most Promising Livelihood Project." Through the inspiring leadership of the President, the club received the Outstanding Service Award, 4th Place from Governor Brenda Tanjutco in Hongkong on November 6, 1999. As President, Dr. Lourdes Almeda-Sese was bestowed a medallion for having excelled in her efforts to uplift the status of women.

Inspired by the Zonta mission, ZCL (Biennium 2000-2002) forges ahead with Mrs. Lourdes Cataquiz as ZCL President to continue the service projects that have been effective in advancing the status of women and to initiate/explore areas that will advance our mission. With the President's resignation due to pressing problems which affect her performance, Ms. Belinda TG. Cariño, the Vice-President assumes the presidency. The service projects lined up are generally being continued from previous leaderships, to wit: (1) Promotion of Women's Rights Program (PWRP); Continuing Literacy and Livelihood Education Program (CLLEP); Foods and Nutrition Program (FNP); Offshoot of Zonta-Bida Program; Search for Outstanding Women of Laguna Project (Advancement of the Status of Women); Community Outreach Pupils Program (COP); Mother and Child Empowerment Program (MACEP); Offshoot of CLLEP; Youth Development Program (YDP); Environment (ECP); (2) Women's and Children's Health Promotion Program (WCHPP); and others.

In 2004, Mrs. Rosita S. Celis was installed as torchbearer of the club. Her term took pride in carrying on primarily the Women's Rights Advocacy Program in close cooperation with the SMCL and Philippine Association of University Women. She also joined the Area 5 Presidents in launching the comics "Ako at ang Aking Karapatan." During her tenure, the SMCL Golden Z Club won another Emma Conlon Service Award for the 2nd time.

The torch was passed on in 2006 to Mrs. Claudette Mendiola-Cruz, who was the youngest installed ZCL president in the club's history. Filled with youth and vibrance, her presidency promoted and worked on the District 17's theme: "SMARTER Zontians: ZCL will strategize, measure, align, advocate and act, and realistically meet community goals, with teamwork, excellence through results oriented programs and projects. All on-going service projects were continued and strengthened, such as the CLLEP, MACEP, CODP, Pabasa sa Nutrisyon, and Tulong Dunong. Her term also introduced the Art for All which gave the club an opportunity to work for special children. A second Zonta marker was placed in Segunda Village, Bgy. Platero, Binan, Laguna. She also initiated affiliations and associations with other civic minded organizations. Her flagship project focused on breast cancer awareness and prevention through breast self examination sticker "dikit." In 2007, "Ako at ang Aking Karapatan" was launched in Laguna through her guidance and leadership. She also joined the Area 5 presidents' "Birthing Kit Project". During her term, the club garnered two project awards: one for the ZISVAW "Ako at ang Aking Karapatan" and another for the breast cancer awareness campaign. ZCL also won as the Most Outstanding Club (medium size category.)

In biennium 2008-2010, Dr. Divinia Lourdes R. Reyes, a socio-civic oriented and multi-awarded optometrist and, a genuine woman leader, known for her excellence, innovations and power of persistence, took a stride as ZCL's tenth president. Under her presidency, ZCL remains steadfast with the unyielding tasks and efforts that started twenty years ago: all service projects initiated by her predecessors are all standing tall and proud as they continue to empower women in specialized areas of concerns. We also witness landmark projects and advocacies that revolutionize our club's identity in the community while carrying on the District 17's biennial theme: Project ANGELS: advancing women's status, new clubs and new members, global empowerment, education opportunities, local actions and service with solutions. The ZCL, with Dr. Reyes in the frontline, took the lead in creating service projects with immediate and viable results advancing women empowerment in the grassroots level, by actively initiating a strong collaboration with the three local government units in the first district of Laguna, through its CEBDP and Legislative Awareness efforts. This biennium, ZCL organized and sponsored its 2nd Z Club, the Z Club of Alpha Angelicum Academy, in line with Zonta International's efforts to provide opportunities for the youth to develop leadership skills, explore career alternatives and improve global understanding through service. Noteworthy to mention is the consistent first place winning of the Saint Michael's College of Laguna Golden Z Club, in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010, and the Z Club of Laguna, second place in 2009-2010, of the prestigious Emma Conlon International Service Award. A notable "first" this biennium is the acceptance of two male members in the persons of Dr. Apolinario Alzona (dentist/orthodontist/ implantologist) and Dr. Arnel Asiño (physician/anesthesiologist), both noted socio-civic leaders and achievers in their chosen professional fields.

For the biennium 2010-2012, Florita A. Manuel was installed as ZCL's 11th president. During her term, ZCL worked under the banner of T.E.A.M. S.H.I.N.E., which aims not only to carry on the legacy of the past Zontian presidents, but also to conceptualize and implement new projects.

One of which is the "Micro-credit Project," which lends capital to financially-challenged but business-minded women. Another project is "Karapatan Mo, Alamin Mo," which provided free legal information and assistance to women. "Buntis Congress" provided free medical consultations and awareness seminars that focused on maternal and child health care.

During her term, ZCL received 12 awards including First Place, Club Governance Award, First Place, Z and Golden Z Participation Award, Second Place TEAM SHINE Achievement Award, and Second Place TEAM SHINE Advocacy Efforts Award.

Dr. Merlene M. Alon, a Reading and Math specialist, an academician and a committed school executive and administrator was installed as ZCL's 12th President. Under her leadership, ZCL has continued the legacy of its past presidents' unselfish dedication to serve women and their families through capacity building by means of mentoring and educating them particularly those belonging to the marginalized sector of society believing that through the empowerment they will definitely effect change in their own little ways not only in their respective families but in the community as well.

ZCL will continue to serve as a catalyst, a conduit, and a channel that will enable its members to share the best of themselves, combining brilliance of minds with selfless service, and truly make a difference.

Roster of Presidents



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Club Awards and Citations



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