Z Club at Corvallis High School was organized in October of 2002 with 21 students. The first Z Club president was Jessica Bober, daughter of Zontian Pete Bober. The chartering ceremony was conducted by District 8 Governor Debby Arney on January 21, 2003, at The Clubhouse at Adair.
Early service projects included staffing Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services events, holiday tree decorating at Corvallis Caring Place, sponsorship of two Ukrainian orphans, an Easter basket for Jackson Street Youth Shelter, a prom fashion show at Timberhill Place Assisted Living, Halloween parties at The Regent Senior Living and Community Outreach Family Shelter, and collection of cell phones to benefit CARDV clients. A fun project to collect gently worn prom wear and assist with the Vina Moses prom giveaway began in 2012.
Annual service has included staffing and contributing a raffle basket for the Zonta Auction as well as organizing the Red Cross Blood Drive. Many of the members became first-time donors at age 16 and have continued to make regular blood donations.
Each school year, Z Club raises money in order to make donations to one or more local agencies. While car washes, bake sales and holiday gift wrapping are typical high school fund raisers, Z Club at CHS also staged a talent show at Imagine Coffee to benefit one of their favorite causes—Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build, which pairs female volunteers with female building professionals on construction sites.
Young Women in Public Affairs scholarship recipients:
Juliana Houston (2006)
Janell Rice (2007)
Joia Spatafora (2012)
Maysa Shakibnia (2013)
Madeleine Edwards (2014)
Z Club faculty sponsor: Jane Kiekel
Zonta advisors: Nancy Bryant, Deb Conety
District 8 awards: Multi-year Best Community Service Project for the Red Cross Blood Drive; 2012-13 G. Helen Brown Award “for outstanding service activities throughout the school year with strong participation by their members and received Zonta International recognition for fundraising and working the National Women Build Week with Habitat for Humanity, helping build a home for a local family in need. Additionally, a Corvallis Z Club alum and past co-president successfully organized a Golden Z Club at Arizona State University.”