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Zonta on the Move Podcast Premiere Episode: Listen now

The premiere episode of the Zonta Club of the Joliet Area's new podcast, Zonta on the Move, is now available for streaming from podcast platforms Google, Apple, Spotify and Stitcher.

For the premiere, ZCJA PR Chair and Executive Producer, Bonnie Winfrey, interviewed several guest speakers. Bonnie welcomed and introduced fellow co-hosts, Zontians and PR Committee members Pat Perrier and Lisa Pappas, as well as ZCJA President Beth Colvin. Next, we heard from ZCJA member and Zonta District 6 Area Director Mary Baudino, who explained the Zonta organization, which has more than 27,000 members in 62 countries world-wide.

Our featured speaker was Bram Kleppner, great-nephew of Amelia Earhart, the most famous Zontian of all. Amelia joined Zonta in the 1930s prior to her disappearance and had a profound impact as a woman in the aviation field. Because of that legacy, Zonta International established the Amelia Earhart Fellowship program in which a US$10,000 Fellowship is awarded annually to up to 30 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences. Since the program’s inception in 1938, Zonta has awarded 1,704 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$11.3 million, to 1,275 women from 76 countries.

Mr. Kleppner, CEO of Danforth Pewter, delighted us with stories and history of his family, with a long line of fierce women, including his 91 year old mother and her mother, Amelia's sister, Muriel. Their mother was amazing in her own right, having been one of the first women to have successfully climbed Pike's Peak.

Links to more platforms coming soon!

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