Zonta Club of Brownsville are Members of Zonta International.
The Zonta Club of Brownsville was chartered in November, 1959. The new service club was composed of women who were recognized as leaders in their businesses and professions.
Frances Echo was elected the first president of the new club. She served as president until 1961 at which time Mattie Hargis was elected president. Mattie went on to become District 10 Governor in 1976. Mattie was seen as the “icon”and “soul” of the Zonta Club of Brownsville. There wasn’t a thing that Mattie did not know about Zonta and many of us were fortunate to have her as our mentor.
In the 1960”s, the Zonta Club of Brownsville sponsored a Tea and Style Show. Members invited women from the community so that they could get acquainted with the mission of Zonta International. This event continued through the ‘90’s.
During the early years, our Club started a fundraiser called “Las Casas Hermosas Tour of Homes”. We started in the Spring. It was a huge success. Eventually, we changed it to December to kick off the holiday season. The community looked forward to it and we have had success with this event every year. This, along with bake sales and garage sales were our fundraisers for many years.
In the 1970’s, one of our members, Kathy Jennings, introduced the idea of playing “bingo”. That is, that we become one of the sponsors and recipients of the BINGO profits for our given bingo nights. This decision has been good for our club as it has enabled our club to meet our goal of helping to sponsor projects and support like-minded organizations who work towards advancing the status of women, both in our community as well as internationally.