The 10th Annual Zonta Women of Achievement Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, November 21 at the Plaza by Ray's. The Sponsor Expo will begin at 10:30 am and the Luncheon will begin at 11:30 am.  To celebrate 10 years of recognizing women for their accomplishments, a focal point of the luncheon will be honoring women in the military.

For more information, tickets or sponsorship opportunities call (573) 334-8884 or email

The Women of Achievement Luncheon is Zonta's largest fundraiser of the year.  One-third of the proceeds are given to Zonta International to help fund programs that help women across the globe.  The remaining two-thirds stays local - right here in Cape Girardeau - to help women in need. 

In 2013 more than 400 people attended the Zonta Women of Achievement Luncheon. The focus of our event is to honor and recognize local women for their accomplishments and contributions to our community.  We also unveiled our Club's newest partnership with the Haitian-American Caucus in Haiti.

The 2014 Celebration Award Winner:  Colonel Kimberlee P. Joos

Kimberlee commands the 17th Training Wing at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas.  She is responsible for overseeing the training over 14,000 firefighting and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance warriors annually for the United States Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, other government agencies, and allied nations.  She also has responsibility for three separate units in California, Arizona and Florida.  She manages assets of over $1.09 billion for the government and has an annual operating budget exceeding $106 million.

Kimberlee received her commission in 1991 through the Air Force ROTC program at Southeast Missouri State University where she earned her degree in psychology.  She is a master intelligence officer who has served at all levels of U.S. Air Force operations. 

The 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner:  Diane Howard

Diane has been an attorney with the Limbaugh Firm since 1984.  She is a graduate of Mississippi University for Women and obtained her Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University of Law. Before entering private practice, she served on active duty with the United States Navy (JAG Corps) as a criminal prosecutor and then served in the Naval Reserves for 21 years.  Diane served as Commanding Officer of three Units prior to her retirement, including two that were assigned to the Office of the Judge Advocate General in Washington, DC.  She retired from the Navy Reserves in 2005 after 25 years of total military service with the rank of Captain.

Diane has served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Missouri Bar and has been active in many legal and not-for-profit organizations. In 2000, she was recognized as the Cape Girardeau Zonta Club "Woman of Achievement.” 

The 2012 Zonta Women of Achievement Award Nominees are:

Sandra Bollinger

Lisa Cook

Abbie Crites-Leoni

Laurie Everett

Kathy Hecht

The winner is chosen by another Zonta club in our district to ensure complete impartiality and will be announced at the luncheon.

Tickets to the luncheon are $30.  Click Here to Purchase Ticket(s) / Sponsorship or purchase through a Zontian! 

PO Box 204    Cape Girardeau, Missouri  63702