Zonta District 4


We Empower Women


District 4 is a District of “Firsts”-first Club (Buffalo) in 1919 and first International Club (Toronto) in 1927.

Governor Bonnie Clesse

In this centennial biennium, we continue EMPOWERING WOMEN.  A Central idea that allows for honouring our past while … focusing our actions on our future.  In District 4 we wish to build bridges not only between our past and future but between clubs and districts.

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D4 Events

Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9, 2019

North American Interdistrict Meeting

Dallas, Texas, USA

This photo of Hyatt Regency Buffalo is courtesy of TripAdvisor.

Sept 27 – 29, 2019 Buffalo, NY

D4 Conference 2019

Hyatt Regency Buffalo / Hotel and Conference Center, 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA

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D4 Club Events

Zonta 100 – Summer Solstice Event, June 21st

ZC of Grand Island Announce Zonta 100 – Summer Solstice Event The Erie County Commission on the Status of Women (ECCSW) and the Zonta Club of Grand Island invite you to join us on Friday, June 21st, the first day of the summer, for a celebration to honor those...

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ZC of Brampton-Caledon Zonta Classic June 20, 2019

   Join us for this worth-while fundraising event in aid of mental health support services for women. $130.00 per golfer Registration begins at 12 noon and includes a barbeque lunch. Tee off time at 1:30 pm for nine fun holes of golf followed by dinner and...

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D4 Biennium

Centennial Activities

The D4 Travelling Flag Project

Zonta International District 4 Gov. Bonnie Clesse, left, and Zonta Club of Buffalo President Mary Vacanti display the District 4 Traveling Flag, at the club’s business meeting on Feb. 19. (Photo by NKSK Photography)

The D4 Travelling Flag Project

The Flag will be travelling to all six D4 Areas and its 35 clubs over the Centennial biennium.  The flag was unveiled in Buffalo, NY on November 25, 2018, with the officially signing by Governor Bonnie Clesse & ZC of Buffalo President, Mary Vacanti on February 19, 2019.

The District 4 Centennial Travelling Flag begins the second leg of its journey. The flag will be in Area 3 for the months of April and May. The flag will also be displayed at District 4’s three Workshops.  The Flag has completed its journey through Area 1.

Fort Erie Area Club President Judy Kramer with Barb Ruegg signs D4 Travelling Flag on April 17, 2019. Photo taken by club member.

D4 Centennial Travelling Flag is presented to Area 1 & 2 Workshop attendees on April 27, 2019. Photo was taken by D4 member.

Area 2 Director, Brenda Graham passing the Travelling Flag to Area 3 Director, Jenny Johnston.  Photo taken by Scott Johnston in Burlington, ON on April 9, 2019.

Travelling Flag at the Kenmore Club Lucky Number Dinner on 4/10/2019 pictured are Area 3 Director, Jenny Johnston, Kenmore Club member Katherine Gugino, and Kenmore Club President Janet Biondolillo.  Picture taken by Club member Sue Murphy.

Fort Erie club members; Maria Abliberti Wilma Storm, Kathy Smith, Ethel Baer, Barb Ruegg and Judy Kramer with Centennial Flag on April 17, 2019. Photo taken by club member.

Travelling Flag proudly desplayed at ZC of Grand Island’s Fashion Show. Left to right: Donna Monaco, Liz McPhail, Sue Brusino, Lyn Laman, Karen Keefe, Denise Dunbar, Stacey Watt, Andrea Moreau, Linda Kutzbach, Ricki Harper, Agnes Becker.

D4 Committee

Information Posts

District 4 Committees are eager to assist you. Follow the links for more information, material and resources.  

January is Amelia Earhart Month

Zontians all over the world will celebrate the uncompromising spirit of Amelia Earhart throughout the month of January. As one of our most famous Zonta members, we commemorate her birthday on January 11. We still wonder what happened to Amelia Earhart. Did the...

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Foundation Ambassador’s District 4 Challenge 

The Foundation Ambassadors for District 4 are challenging our members to put $2.00 per week away from Sept 1st 2018 to the end of Sept 2019 when our District Conference will be held in Buffalo. You will have saved $100. US dollars for our 100th celebration. If you...

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Zonta International & District 4

Mission & Vision


Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.


Zonta International envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential.

In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men.

In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.

Various advocacy campaigns to bring awareness to ending gender violence.

Service projects such as assembly of birthing kits for women in developing countries.

Club celebrate and host special events to bring attention to women’s issues and to raise funds for local and global initiatives.

Over 810 Members,  15 Z Clubs &

1 Golden Z Clubs

Locally & Globally

Empowering Women

Service & Advocacy

Members in District 4 offer service and advocacy to both their local and international communities through a wide range of service projects and events.  Our members regularly support functions to acknowledge International Women’s Day and Zonta Rose Day, on the 8th March, and United Nations International Day for the Elimination of violence against women, November 25th.

District Members

District Clubs

District Areas

Members World Wide

Your Applause Please

amazing Women in D4

Areas 1, 2 & 3 Canadian Award Winner

Timea Nagy, Founder of Walk With Me Canada Victim Services, author & human trafficking survivor.

Timea was nominated by the Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo.

Timea’s Bio

Areas 3 & 4 American Award Winner

Mary Travers Murphy, Executive Director, Family Justice Center

The Zonta Clubs of Cheektowaga-Lancaster, Buffalo, and Hamburg-Orchard Parkall nominated Mary.

Mary’s Bio

Areas 5 & 6 American Award Winner

Susan Evans, philanthropist, author & ovarian cancer survivor.

Sue was nominated by the Zonta Club of Bradford.

Sue’s Bio


Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship 

Katie Chen was nominated by the ZC of Kitchener-Waterloo and awarded the D4 JMK award for Women in Business scholarship for $1500.  Katie goes to Western University and is studying accounting, business and finance. This ambitious woman stood for our district in the ZI JMK scholarship award selection in the fall of 2018.

Meet Our 2018 District 4 YWPA Winner
Sanah Handu

Sanah was selected as the Zonta Club of Washington County, PA Young Women in Public Affairs Award recipient and advanced to the District where she was awarded our District’s YWPA winner in May 2018.

Meet Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship winner from District4

Emily Rae Gleeson

Emily was selected as one of 10 2018 Zonta International Fellows.  Emily is studying Aerospace Engineering at Ryerson University.  

D4 Members Serving on

Zonta International committees

Kathleen Douglass, Leadership Development Chairman

Holly Anderson, Amelia Earhart Fellowship Committee Chairman

Lori Robinson, Leadership Development Committee

D4 recognition at

64th Zonta International Convention

The ZC of Niagara Falls, NY was awarded first place for the Zonta International Service Award.  Their project is entitled ‘It’s Not Your Fault – Sexual Assault is a Crime Project.’ 

The ZC of Waterloo was acknowledged at Convention for their contribution of $20,000+ USD to the Zonta International Foundation.

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Let’s build District 4


Zonta 100 Years


Governor Bonnie Clesse
District 4 Governor
2018 - 2020

Governor’s Desk

Tony Dean, Canadian Senator, stood in the Senate today to recognize Zonta and the Amelia Earhart fellowship.

Statement on the 100th Anniversary of Zonta Clubs

On June 6, 2019, Canadian Senator Tony Dean acknowledges Zonta, its importance, and the work being done.  Senator’s Dean’s statement.

District 4 Elected Officers

2018 – 2020 Area Directors

District 4 Board

D4 Archived Monthly Posts

D4 Zonta Calendar

June 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Little Women at the Kavinoky Theatre
  • North American Interdistrict Meeting
  • BC Zonta Classic Nine and Dine
  • Zonta 100 Summer Solstice Event

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D4 Communications

Why Zonta?


WHY do we do WHAT we do:  We believe in making the world a better place by working toward gender equality in a supportive community of like-minded people.

HOW do we do WHAT we do?  Through service and advocacy in our communities and internationally.

WHAT do we do?  We empower women.

Zonta Issue 2 2019

Let Us Learn Madagascar

Eid bi Eid (Hand in Hand) – Final Oasis

Ending Child Marriage

ZI has committed to support the UNICEF/UNFPA Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage.

A different road to take: Ending child marriage

ZI Governing Documents 2018

Invitation to Chicago

Zonta District 4