Tickets are on sale for the Aberdeen Zonta Club's annual Rose Luncheon at 11 a.m. Jan. 28 at the Ramada Inn.
The gathering will feature entertainment, a silent auction and door prizes. Tickets are $15 with the cut-off date for ticket sales Jan. 13; call Mary Davis, 605-226-0534.
The Rose Luncheon is one of the Zonta Club's two major fundraisers each year that raise money for scholarships. Every October the club members sell See's candy.
The Zonta Club of Aberdeen, a group of 19 executive women in business and the professions, was organized in 1953. Worldwide, there are nearly 33,000 members in more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs. One of Zonta's main goals is to improve the legal, political, economic, educational and professional status of women around the world.
Zonta International corroborates with the United Nations, especially with UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) and other governmental agencies.
The Zonta Club of Aberdeen sponsors scholarships for local students at Northern State University and at Presentation College through endowment funds at both colleges. These scholarships are for a nontraditional female student with financial need. Each year Zonta also sponsors a scholarship for Young Women in Public Affairs for high school students each year. Some of the recipients advance to area competition.
Zonta International established the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship program to encourage undergraduate women to enter careers and to seek leadership positions in business-related fields.
Zonta Club of Aberdeen is a sponsor of Safety Town for kindergartners, along with the Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department. The group also provides financial support for Safe Harbor and other local charities benefiting women and children.
The Aberdeen Zonta Club meets at 6 p.m. every fourth Tuesday at the Ramada Inn. The 2010-11 officers are Kathy Knudsen of Groton, president; Jacki Omland of Aberdeen, vice president; Lavonne Miller of Aberdeen, treasurer; and Colleen Callum of Aberdeen, secretary. Board members are Dorene Nelson of Groton and Gloria Smith and Estelle Grote, both of Aberdeen.