Service Projects that Make a Difference to People in Leelanau County

In addition to helping support Zonta International Service projects, the Zonta Club of Leelanau County has a long history of service to residents of Leelanau County and surrounding counties.

Young Women in Science Scholarship

For high school girls attending school in Leelanau County. Each spring the scholarship recipient gets to spend two days on the Inland Seas ship, including an overnight stay, to learn more about the health and welfare of the Great Lakes and the threats posed to this valuable resource of our area. Applications are available from the school counselors.

Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship

The Young Woman in Public Affairs(YWPA) Awards are 1 – $1,500.00 and 1 – $750.00 for Leelanau County high school seniors with a particular interest in public affairs and understanding of women’s issues.  Applications are available from the school counselors during February and March each year.

The 2016 Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship winners are Emily Beyer of Suttons Bay of High School and Emily Burgess of Lake Leelanau St. Mary High School.  Emily Beyer will be attending Kenyon College.  Emily Burgess will be attending Grand Valley State University.

Career Day

Each Spring, eighth grade girls from schools throughout Leelanau County attend an annual Career Day sponsored by the Zonta Club of Leelanau County. On April 21, 2016 we celebrated the 20th year of this important annual event with 71 local girls in attendance. During the morning and afternoon sessions girls talked with professionals from throughout the area who hold jobs in what were once thought to be non traditional fields for women. Typically Career Day focuses on occupations in math, science and technology.

Lunch is followed with a talk by a woman who plays a leadership role in her field.

Additionally presenters talk with young women about wellness, making healthy life choices and on self-esteem.



—Construction industry

“The Zonta Career Day provides young women with the confidence that any and all careers are open to them. It shows students the importance of math and science as a vital part of their education.”—Northport mathematics teacher Liz Lint


Mastectomy Comfort Pillows

Whether it’s a breast biopsy or a complete mastectomy, breast cancer survivors often experience pain in the area where they’ve had surgery. That can be particularly painful at night lying in bed or when sitting in a car with a seat belt strapped across the chest.

For years the Zonta Club of Leelanau County has been making heart-shaped comfort pillows that can be used next to the body to provide a cushion.

During the 2015-2016 year volunteers sewed over 150 mastectomy pillows. Pillows are donated to Munson Hospital’s breast care center and distributed to women who have surgery there.