Zonta Rose Day
The first Rose Day of the Zonta Club of Corvallis was on International Women's Day, March 8, 1999, as a way of honoring members in our community who make a difference. Each year, the Corvallis Zonta Club recognizes individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution in the efforts to empower women or to provide leadership in addressing community social issues. Those selected are given a rose in celebration of their work.
The Status of Women Committee organizes our Rose Day event. It selects a theme each year, accepts nominations from club members for the yellow roses, orders them, prepares them for delivery, and coordinates the deliveries. Each rose and bouquet includes a card thanking the individual or organization for its achievements : “On this International Women’s Day, the Zonta Club of Corvallis thanks you for …” Members volunteer to hand deliver the roses throughout Benton and Linn Counties.
For the 2019 Rose Day, the Zonta Club of Corvallis recognized those who Ending Homelessness: Recognizing Those Individuals and Organizations That Work Toward Reducing and Ultimately Ending Homelessness.
Themes are listed by year:
2018 Those who address challenges and create opportunities in achieving gender equality and the improvement of women and girls.
2017 Empower and Celebrate Racial and Cultural Diversity
2016 Interaction Therapies Through Music, Art, and Animal-Assisted Recoveries and Care
2015 Youth Mental Health Services
2014 Elder Abuse
2011 Human Trafficking
2010 Women’s Health Care
2009 Helping Women Who Are Returning to School
2008 Promoting Women’s Leadership
2007 Volunteers who Work to Improve Housing for Area Residents
2006 Volunteers Against Substance Abuse
2005 Volunteers Working to Reduce Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
2004 Hunger in Benton County
2003 Those Who Volunteer With People with Special Needs and Developmental Disabilities
2002 Volunteers for International Activities in Our Community and Around the World
2001 Recognizing the Difference You Make in the Lives of the Children You Touch
Members of the Zonta Club of Corvallis prepare yellow roses for Rose Day