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Amelia Earhart

Supporting women in aerospace-applied sciences and engineering

District 4 is committed to sponsoring one Amelia Earhart Fellowship each biennium.

DISTRICT 4 IS HONOURED TO ANNOUNCE EMILY RAE GLEESON AS A 2018 AMELIA EARHART FELLOW SCHOLAR.

EMILY’S BIO

Cruising For Amelia

Travel and help sponsor US $10,000 for one Zonta International Fellowship from our district. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where did the idea for a fundraising cruise come from? Why a cruise?

Twelve years ago, my husband and I were on a cruise and met some people who were raising money for a local philharmonic orchestra through cruise donations. As the Zonta District 4 Amelia Earhart chair, I had set a goal for that biennium to increase the visibility of the Amelia Earhart Fellowship and to also increase the amount of money donated for the Fellowship by the clubs within District 4. I had a target goal of $10,000 or to raise enough money within the district to support one Amelia Earhart Fellowship. After speaking to the chairperson for the philharmonic group, I thought that it sounded like a fun way to raise money for the Fellowship and a wonderful way to network with other Zontians.

How long have the Amelia Earhart Cruises been happening?

The first fundraising cruise to benefit the Amelia Earhart Fellowship occurred in 2007. The cruises have since been planned every other year or in odd numbered years. This was designed so as not to compete financially with the even numbered years when members may want to attend the Zonta International Conventions.

In what ways does the cruise focus on Amelia Earhart?

For each Zonta cruise, I prepare a “goodie” bag which I deliver to the cabin’s of the individuals traveling with the Zonta group. In the bag is information about the Fellowship and some biographical material about Amelia Earhart. I stay in contact the travel agent that is handling our group and obtain the names and cabin numbers of the Zonta “sailors”. I then email these individuals and introduce myself as the District 4 Amelia Earhart Chair and the cruise coordinator.

Where have the cruises gone?

To date, there have been 6 Zonta District 4 Amelia Earhart Cruises.

January 2007 Eastern Caribbean

January 2009 Western Caribbean

January 2011 Hawaiian Islands (Land and Sea)

October 2013 Croatia, Greece and the Greek Islands

September 2017 British Isles (England, Ireland, Scotland, and France)

January 2018 Southern Caribbean

May 2019 Spain

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