Woman of the Year

The 2019-2020 Woman of the Year award was given to member, Donna Zanzola.   Donna has been a member since 1995 and has been very involved with the club, most recently serving as Chair of the Archives Committee. She was an integral part of the Club’s joint 100 year celebration with the Kiwanis Club of Joliet event, collecting and organizing mementos and pictures of the Zonta Club of Joliet Area’s history and displaying it all beautifully at the joint event held at the Joliet City Museum on February 13, 2020.

This year’s celebration was different from past years due to Covid-19.  Zonta members met on May 11, 2020 and held a car parade past Donna's house and she, along with her husband Al and neighbors, celebrated outside. Zonta Club of Joliet Area’s President, Helen Hester-Ross presented Donna with a plaque and flowers.


1986 Helen Harshbarger 

1987 Dorothy Cryder 

1988 Carmela Castagna

1989 Dianna Gliwa

1990 Wanda Onstad

1991 Charlotte Baker

1992 Mohra Gavankar

1993 Jane DeWitt 

1994 Judith Freund Vavrus 

2019-2020 Honoree

Woman of the Year Past Honorees

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2004 Kathy Giegerich

2005 Beth Ann May 

2006 Mary Baudino 

2007 Pat Perrier

2008 Dinah Archambeault

2009 Yolanda Reyes

2010 Bonnie Horne 

2011 Rita Weiss

2012 Beth Colvin

2013 Mary Lancaster 

2014 Peggy Field

2015 Cathy Lowery

2016 Helen Hester Ross 

2017 Kristine Schlismann 

2018 Catherine Adamowski

2019 Pam Hunte

1995 Pam Davis Gorcowski

1996 Helen Sarsfield 

1997 Emita Ostrem

1998 Ta Wilson 

1999 Jan Larsen

2000 Lora McGuire

2001 Bonnie McElroy

2002 Dianne Harmon

2003 Karen Lega