Locally, the Zonta Club of Hilton Head Island, established in 1979, is an active Club providing assistance to and enhancing the awareness of local women's initiatives and advocacy opportunities.  We are proud of our 35 year history of service and financial support to area organizations that empower and improve the lives of women in Beaufort County.
Club members discover a significant personal benefit in the opportunity for fellowship and networking with other members.  Fellowship activities are held throughout the year.  All members are invited and encouraged to participate. 

Zonta of Hilton Head Island | Historical Timeline & Presidents


  • Founders: Martha Baumberger & Billie Lowe Rogers
  • Martha had been the Executive Director for Zonta International in Chicago for 8 yrs.
  • Billie was former Pres. Elect in Fredrick, MD.
  • 33 signatures on original Charter application dated 12-10-79

1980-1981: (BILLIE LOWE, President)

  • 40 Charter members inducted 1-26-80
  • International President, Evelyn De Witt, attended the Charter dinner
  • District XI Governor, Barbara Dean, attended the Charter dinner
  • Zonta Club of Savannah chartered on the same day (lunch)
  • Participated in funding the Zonta Int'l float in 1980 Tournament of Roses Parade
  • 1st Fundraiser - Car Raffle - Spring 1980
  • 1st Beneficiary of our local service project - The Child & Youth Development Center of HHI to benefit the scholarship fund
  • Washer & Dryer given to The Child & Youth Development Center
  • Career Day for local college girls
  •  Over 700 volunteer hours
  • Runner up for Governor's Cup
  • Zonta Banner was presented to Club at Xmas party, 1980
  • Billie Lowe & Martha Baumberger attended the 60th Anniversary of Zonta Int'l in Washington D.C.

1981-1982: (ELLIE DAGLE, President)

  • Won the Governor's Cup for outstanding chapter in District XI for achievements in service, membership Fundraising and fostering the objectives of Zonta International: Organized a Z Club at McCracken, provided a $1500 scholarship for continuing education for a Z Club member, for extensive work for The Child & Youth Development Center through scholarships and physical improvements and payment of tutoring needed for an island child with cerebral palsy. Also donated more than 1800 volunteer hours, worked the Celebrity Golf Tournament, the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, Hospice Program, McCracken School Face Lift, Camp Leo for the Blind & Tomfoolery.
  • Contributed $2400 to Muscular Dystrophy Assoc.
  • Presented Charlotte Heinrichs with an Honorary membership
  • Established yearly scholarships to a graduating Senior who exemplifies the ideals of scholarship, citizenship & leadership potential.

1982-1983: (ANN TEN EYCK, President)

  • Sponsored "Women Planning for the Future" seminar as a Service Project
  • Presented a $350. to Hospice Foundation
  • 6 members (including Ann Ten Eyck) attended the International Conference in San Diego
  • Ann Ten Eyck met the Queen of Sweden (Queen Sylvia, an honorary Zontian) at the International Conference
  • Sponsored a Gala Opening Party for the Community Playhouse benefiting Z-Club McCracken scholarship fund.

1983-1984: (GERRY DOERRING, President)

  • 70 members strong
  • Began Zonta Woman of Year award
  • Hilton Head Island hosts the District Conference 
  • 1st Vice President of Zonta International attended & addressed the District Conference
  • Liz Cartwright begins 4-year term as District Treasurer on the District Board.
  • The Child & Youth Development Center is renamed The Children's Center

1984-1985: (MARIA BRYANT, President)

  • Co-sponsored Day of the Child (Juvenile Diabetes Foundation event) with Van de Meer. Raised $3,000
  • Of 40 original members, 13 are still active
  • Co-sponsored with Southern Bank, a Business women's luncheon with SC Chief Economist, Barbara Feinn

1985-1986: (GERRY GRIFFIN, President)

  • Black & White Ball fundraiser generated $93.K

1986-1987: (AN GROSSHUESCH, President)

  • Awarded a plaque from MDA
  • Chartered Zonta Club of Beaufort
  • Started Zonta WOA award to be awarded to fellow Zontian

1987-1988: (ELAGENE TROSTLE, President)

Only President to be nominated and elected from the floor
Donated $32,500 to Service projects.

  • Z-Club at Hilton Head Prep
  • Mayor Baumberger proclaimed March 19th as Zonta Day
  • Black & White Ball
  • Awarded Governor's Cup for the 2nd time

1988-1989: (BARBARA CRAIG, President)

  • Hunting Island retreat was the first Intercity Retreat for HHI, Beaufort, Charleston & Savannah
  • Founder's Day Award to CJ Barbeau
  • Polo Day benefited The Children's Center, Planned Parenthood,
  • Manned phones during Jerry Lewis Telethon
  • Community Playhouse fundraiser for 2 Z Club College Scholarships
  • District Conference in Naples, Fla. Sept 89

1989-1990: (JANICE GRABY, President)

  • Radio Day netted $7800

1990-1991: (ELLIE DAGLE, President)

  • Ellie Dagle - Area 2 Director for 2 yrs.
  • Community Playhouse Fundraiser netted $6.K

1991-1992: (JANICE JOHNSON GLOVER, President)

  • Donated $10,000 to be split evenly between Boys & Girls Club, Children's Center, Planned Parenthood, Child Abuse Prevention Center and the Rape Crisis Center

1992-1993: (DEBBIE ROCHOW BERLING, President)

  • Began Women's Financial Information Program.
  • Organized Myrtle Beach Club
  • Plaque was given to Boy's & Girl's Club

1993-1994: (CJ BARBEAU, President)

  • Jazz Event netted $200 for Boy's & Girl's Club

1994-1995: (MARIE HARTIS, President)

  • Won 7 awards at the District Conference
  • "Secret Shoppers for the Mall" fundraiser
  •  Jazz Event Fundraiser
  • Boy's & Girl's Club award in Jan. 95
  • CJ Barbeau - Vice Area Director
  • Participated in the RUDAT production

1995-1996: (ANNETTE MARTINO, President)

  • Auction raised $25,000
  • Sponsored playhouse event
  • District Conference in Ft. Walton Bch.

1996-1997: (SALLY CARDAMONE, President)

  • District XI Conference held in Hilton Head
  • $25 K was pledged over 5 yrs to Boy's & Girl's Club for their building fund.
  • CJ was Area 2 Director
  • Kentucky Derby Party raised $$ for Access Network

1997-1998: (MISSY SANTORUM, President)

  • Awarded Zonta Woman of the Year
  • Playhouse fundraising event raised $9,100
  • Developed organization of Long Range Planning committee
  • Boys & Girls Club received $5000 of the $25,000 pledge for Zonta study center
  • Fastlane Track Club received $500.
  • Alice in Wonderland Relay for Life to honor Linda Hildebrand, a member who passed away the year before.

1998-1999: (ANDREA WOZNIAK, President)

  • Hosted District Conference in The Sea Pines Resort
  • Purchased a billboard on SC 170 to build awareness of CODA
  • Playhouse fundraising event raised $4,000

1999-2000: (CINDY TAULBEE, President)

  • 48 members strong
  • Z Club formed at HH Christian Academy
  • American Cancer Society's Relay for Life awards: Most $ raised by a team ($10,000), Most $ Raised by an Individual, Team Spirit and "Miss Relay for Life"
  • Celebrated our 20th Anniversary with a luncheon at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront
  • First golf tournament fundraiser (for ladies only) raised $9,000

2000-2001: (CAROLE HOWE, President)

  • Initiated the Capital Campaign for renovating The Children's Center
  • Chartered Zonta Club of Bluffton
  • Awarded the Governor's Cup in Sept 2001 for 2000-2001
  • Awarded "Organization of the Year" by the Chamber of Commerce
  • 2nd Annual Golf Tournament in Fall 2000 netted $7600
  • American Cancer Society's Relay for Life awards: Best Decorated Campsite & "Miss Relay for Life" & Most $ By an Individual
  • Participated in the town of Hilton Head annual St. Patrick Day Parade with our own "boat float".

2001-2002: (NANCY RIEDEL, President)

  • 3rd Annual Zonta Golf Tournament and Silent Auction at Indigo Run netted $16,000 total
  • Sponsored Girls Soccer Team
  • District Conference in Puerto Rico

2002-2003 (KAREN RYAN, President)

  • 4th Annual Zonta Golf Tournament at Indigo Run netted $16,000
  • District Conference in Sarasota
  • Runner up for the Governor's Trophy

2003-2004: (JEAN McELROY, President)

  • 5th Annual Zonta Golf Tournament netted $17,000
  • 11 Delegates attended the District Conference in Myrtle Beach
  •  Planned the Birthday Party for Myrtle Beach club at District Conference
  • Initiated LEAP program, changing the lives of many women in community
  • Planned and initiated a 2 day Board Retreat for outgoing/incoming Board
  • Awarded the Governor's Trophy for the 4th time