Arlene Wohlgemuth

Women who were the first to fill a position in Johnson County will be celebrated during a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at the Cleburne Conference Center, 1501 W. Henderson St.

The event is hosted by the Zonta Club of Johnson County.

Zontian Barbara Yoder said the luncheon will celebrate women who were courageous enough to step out and be the first to do something in Johnson County, including:

• Vera Calvin, mayor of Burleson.

• Nell Dixon, executive director of the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce.

• Stephanie Pribble, firefighter for the Cleburne Fire Department.

• Mary Ann Hayden, president of Zonta Cleburne.

• Sydney Hewlett, judge of the 18th District Court.

• Belinda Linstrum, president of the Cleburne Rotary Club.

• Katherine Raines, mayor of Cleburne.

• Arlene Wohlgemuth, state representative of Johnson County.

“It is important to celebrate firsts such as this because women need to empower and celebrate each other’s accomplishments, strength and diversity,” Yoder said. “These firsts are also an important part of Johnson County’s history.”  

Yoder said Zonta clubs throughout the world have been asked to host local celebrations to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Zonta International.  

“All through the last year, Zonta International  has been drawing comparisons to how much progress women have made in the last 100 years,” Yoder said. “This includes everything from achieving the vote to gaining the right to have credit, changes in job opportunities and then more control over women’s health issues. Nov. 8 is exactly 100 years and is also International Women’s Day as established by the United Nations.”

Zonta Club of Johnson County supports programs and services such as the Johnson County Family Crisis Center, sexual assault forensic nurses at Texas Health Cleburne and local scholarships.  

Additionally, Zonta Club of Johnson County joins the other 1,200 international clubs to work on #Zontasaysnotoviolence and #nochildmarriage projects.

“I hope that former Zonta members will join us at this luncheon,” Yoder said. “It will be fun to remember our club’s beginning and the many women that have contributed local service.”

Tickets for the event cost $20. To RSVP, call Zonta member Carolyn Smith at 817-556-8255 or email her at carolyn.smith281@gmail.com.

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