Zonta’s Rose Luncheon Jan. 26

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Tickets are on sale for the Aberdeen Zonta Club’s annual Rose Luncheon, which will take place at 11 a.m. Jan. 26 at the Ramada Inn, 2727 Sixth Ave. S.E.

The gathering will feature a luncheon, entertainment, a silent auction and door prizes. The tickets are $15. The cutoff date for ticket sales is Friday. To buy tickets, call Mary Davis at 605-226-0534.

The Rose Luncheon is one of the group’s two major fundraisers each year. Every October the club members sell See’s candy. That activity and the Rose Luncheon raise money for scholarships funded by the Zonta Club.

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 in 68 countries and geographic areas. One of Zonta’s main goals is to improve the legal, political, economic, educational and professional status of women around the world.

To help reach these goals, Zonta International corroborates with the UN, especially with United Nations Children’s Fund United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and other governmental agencies, according to a news release.

Zonta International has established Zonta International Strategies to Eradicate Violence Against Women, a program to develop agendas to eradicate violence against women, to improve educational opportunities, and to increase awareness of violence against women and children.

The Zonta Club of Aberdeen sponsors scholarships for local students at Northern State University and at Presentation College through endowment funds established 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. Some of the recipients of these scholarships 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 co-sponsors Safety Town for kindergartners with the Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department. The group also provides financial support for Safe Harbor, the Salvation Army and other local charities benefiting women and children.

The Aberdeen Zonta Club meets every fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Ramada Inn. Officers for 2012-2013 are: Jacki Omland, Aberdeen, president; Mary Davis, Aberdeen, vice president; Lavonne Miller, Aberdeen, treasurer, and Dorene Nelson, Groton, secretary. Board members are Gloria Smith, Catherine Clinton, Joyce Beckler, all of Aberdeen, and Heather Wells, Conde.