NEWLY installed president of the Zonta Club of Cebu 2 Petite Garcia said teamwork and shared leadership are crucial to achieving the goals and objectives of the organization.
Speaking after her installation as club president, Garcia said Zonta Club of Cebu 2 is built on a time-tested foundation of strong leadership, participatory and collaborative membership, and the members of the board of directors are fortunate to lead a group that is fully committed to the Zontian ideals of service and advocacy for the empowerment of women and gender equality.
Garcia credited past successes to the leadership of former club president, the late Elena Chiongbian Young, and the other past presidents as well as the collective efforts and cooperation of the club members.
As a result of the challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Garcia exhorted the members of the club to innovate with smart solutions to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the club’s ability to remain relevant to the community it is serving and be responsive to the needs of the group’s partners and beneficiaries.
The new president stressed that there is a need to crank up what is considered the one key strength of Zonta—the diversity in skill sets, vocations and professions across members, many of whom are successful business leaders and professionals.
Garcia was installed as club president by Zonta International District 17 lieutenant governor Ofelia Bautista during the installation ceremony held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 via Zoom.
Aside from Garcia, also installed were Edwina Wu as vice president for internal affairs and lawyer Mae Elaine Bathan as the new member of the board of directors.
The installation ceremony also featured an inspirational talk by human resources executive and professional coach Mia Zamora.
Zamora discussed the topic, “Purposive Leadership.” She explained that the current pandemic can be considered a “Black Swan” phenomenon, because it is rare and unexpected and carries a catastrophic impact.
The crisis generated by the pandemic, she said, provides an opportunity for individual members to assess themselves and determine how each one can connect to Zonta’s mission of empowering women through service and advocacy.
According to Zamora, Zonta Club members would have to identify what they could commit to help the club fulfill its advocacies.
She ended her talk by saying, “Service to humanity is the best work of life.”
The welfare of women is foremost among the goals of the club when extending assistance to the community; thus, dignity kits (female hygiene kits) have become an important component of donations given to the evacuees from the Guadalupe creek and the Naga landslide victims. The most recent celebration of the 18 Days of Activism To Say No to Violence Against Women highlighted Republic Act 11313 or the Safe Spaces Act at the Mandaue City BJMP, and the women persons deprived of liberty were recipients of dignity kits.
Zonta Club of Cebu 2 stepped out of the box, and expanded its service to the community in the early days of the campaign against Covid-19 by supporting the government’s efforts to contain the spread of the infection in the city through its partnership with the University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society Cebu chapter and the Cebu City Government for the information drive. This was done through a recorida, a van going around places with public address system, playing recorded messages on how to protect oneself from getting infected with the virus that causes Covid-19.
The most recent celebration of the 18 Days of Activism To Say No to Violence Against Women highlighted Republic Act 11313, or the Safe Spaces Act. The principal author, Sen. Risa Hontiveros, calls the law a “game changer.”