Zonta Club of Longview recently honored Glenda Johnson as a “Woman of Achievement” at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts.
Longview is the recipient of Ms. Johnson’s competence, dynamism, and commitment to community service. Johnson is a member of the First United Methodist Church where Dr. Ray James is pastor. She joined Zonta Club of Longview in 1987. Since then, she devoted several years to making the community a better place. She is a mentor, teacher, and a woman of relevance. She sees women playing important roles in society.
“Women were often encouraged to be secretaries or teachers and nothing more. However, women need to be aware of the huge opportunities this world offers. They need to know they can do anything they want to do,” she said. “Women are to be brave and do what they think is impossible because there are women who support them.”
Johnson has over three decades of teaching, at Pine Tree ISD, Trinity School of Texas and Letourneau University. She also serves as a mentor. Johnson enjoys empowering people. “It’s a blessing to give back to the community and see others be successful,” said Johnson. According to Johnson, she wants to ensure that the women in East Texas area can live to their fullest potential. Therefore, she wants a society where women have a fair chance at reaching their goals.
Johnson was thrilled at the award. “It is a little overwhelming but a true blessing,” said an enthused Johnson. “To know I am a part of this great organization has me speechless.”
Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. According to their website at www.zontalongview.clubexpress.com, the objectives of the Club are:
*To improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local level through service and advocacy.
*To work for the advancement of understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of executives in business and the professions.
*To promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
*To united internationally to foster high ethical standards, to implement service programs, and to provide mutual support and fellowship for members who serve their communities, their nations, and the world.
Her faith is paramount. Johnson quoted her favorite bible verse. “It is better to give than to receive,” (Acts 20:35). “It is the belief that makes it all possible.”