Meet some of our members:
Ellen Spaeth, Past District 5 Governor
“Our hands-on service projects such as the pampering night at Tender Mercies, our Bethany House birthday parties, and the many other incredible events allow me to touch the world in my own way.”
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio as the niece of long-time Zontian Joan Mettey, Ellen gained exposure to the Zonta Club of Cincinnati at an early age as a volunteer for events. To further nurture her love and admiration for the club, she became an official member in 2003.
Shortly after her induction, Ellen joined the logistics committee for Quilts for Change, the biggest club event during that time. In her own words, “…being on that committee made me feel very connected to the club. Working together with all the women in the group was a great experience.”
During her time in Zonta, Ellen has served as a Zonta District 5 Governor (2014-2016), Lt. Governor (2012-2014), Zonta District 5 Area 2 Director (2012-2014), Zonta Club of Cincinnati President and board member, and is the founding chair of the club’s Technology Committee.
To all potential Zontians, this is Ellen’s advice to you: “Joining the Zonta Club of Cincinnati means getting connected to fabulous women in Cincinnati. You will just be amazed at what we do when we are together. We stand for friendship, service, and international impact.”
“Being in Zonta has made me a better person by making me a woman of service to others. The high quality of women in this organization has been a gift to my life. If you are looking to give back to the community and make the lives of women better, be a Zontian!”
Glenda Carota, a Zontian for over 10 years, has served in many roles during her time in the club, including Club o President (2010-2012) and Club Secretary (2004-2006).
As president, Glenda introduced the Wine & Dine Scholarship Fundraiser aimed at increasing the club’s yearly Ann Rasche Scholarship fund as well as its membership. Now in its sixth year, the Wine & Dine has successfully become the biggest fundraising event for the Zonta Club of Cincinnati. As Glenda describes, “…it is great to see such a talented group of women work together each year for this admirable cause.” Glenda is very passionate about women’s empowerment through education. Working to successfully execute each year’s Wine & Dine brings this passion to life.
Glenda served as the Zonta District 5 Secretary and the District 5 Service Committee chair, where she spearheaded a highly successful event to raise awareness about Zonta International’s Amelia Earhart Fellowships.
“Zonta is an awesome way to give back to other women while doing what I love. We are TO-GET-HER: To get other women to join us as we pursue success and growth in ourselves and for others. Zonta is all about doing whatever needs to be done to empower each other.”
Immediately following her membership in 2010, Pat began serving on the Service Committee. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Pat was drawn to the club for its commitment to service, professionalism and the impact it makes both locally and internationally.
Pat is the immediate past Club President. Her love and passion for service and outreach keeps her connected to the vision and members of the club. As the past Service Committee Vice Chair and Board member, Pat organized events such as the Beauty Night at Tender Mercies - an event dedicated to pampering the residents of the home.
“I admired Zonta prior to my membership. The opportunity to network with women who share similar values is worthwhile.”
Joan, a rooted member of the club has worn many hats over the course of her years as a Zontian. She has transitioned through various roles such as treasurer, president-elect and president among others.
Championing the service mission of the club, Joan laid the foundation for a strong ongoing partnership between the club and the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Cincinnati. Zonta’s annual Christmas gifts to clients of VNA is an event club members look forward to each year.
As part of her tenured experience with the club, Joan has attended several international conventions, as she recounts, “…each year I am truly impressed with our international flags ceremony and the unity among Zontians from various countries to achieve the same goal.”
When asked why Zonta, Joan’s response was simple, “We positively impact women worldwide.”