Zonta Club of Anchorage History

The Early History of the Zonta Club of Anchorage The Zonta Club of Anchorage, Alaska was chartered on August 29, 1961 with 51 members. Virginia Augestad, a charter member is still active today.


EARLY PROJECT – Anchorage’s First Airport Information Booth

On May 28, 1962, General Jimmy Doolittle was on hand to sign the book for the opening of the Anchorage International Airport Information Booth. Avis Rent-a-Car donated space to the Zonta Club of Anchorage for the booth in the lounge of the terminal building, where it was easily accessible to all inbound and through flights. Zonta members familiarized themselves with tourist and housing information to air tourists and new arrivals. A file of linguists was established for travelers not familiar with the English language. Anchorage Chamber of Commerce members, agencies and local clubs donated strollers, buggies, cribs, jumpers, toys, childrens’ books and disposable diapers for the comfort of travelers. The booth was enlarged, moved and eventually there were two booths. Zontians spent many hours volunteering at the Information Booth. Now the booth is staffed by volunteers from the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Our first fund raiser consisted of selling raffle tickets for one of Fred Machetanz’ paintings, done especially for the club. The money went to a scholarship for training practical nurses called “The Dorothy Thompson Scholarship” in memory of a member. The first fund raiser earned over $400.00.

Virginia Augestad, a charter member with a guest at the 50th Anniversary Party in 2011.

A Brief History of the Zonta Club of Anchorage