With the D4 Conference quickly approaching, the Committee has been working to ensure a positive conference experience for all attendees.  You can find the latest information and details on the conference on the D4 website.  However, I wanted to reach out to you all on a few issues to keep you up to date on the latest developments. Conference Registration There is still time to register for the conference.  Learn about the latest issues, meet fellow Zontians and visit the city where it all began.

Conference Registrations

Registrations are still being accepted through August 24th. All you need to do is click on the following link to registerhttps://zontadistrict4.org/d4-conference/

Hotel Reservations

Since the Hyatt Hotel is booked to capacity, the Committee has arranged for a block of rooms at an alternative site.  The alternative hotel is the Wyndham Garden Buffalo Downtown Hotel, which is located at 125 High Street for the nights of 9/27 and 28.  The cost per night is $149 plus 13.75% tax.  Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-999-3223 and indicating that you are reserving a room under the Zonta Conference block.  If you have a car, parking is available for a $18 fee per night. The hotel is a short distance from the Hyatt.  You have a few options available for transportation to the Hyatt.  It is about an 8-minute walk to the Hyatt or take a 3-minute walk to Main St. to the Rapid Transit station.  You will then ride on the Rapid Transit to the next station at Fountain Plaza which will stop at the Hyatt.  The Wyndham also offers a shuttle which may be available upon request.  For additional information about the hotel you may want to check out their website at https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/wyndham-garden/buffalo-new-york/wyndham-garden-buffalo-downtown/overview The block of rooms will expire on August 20th.

Saturday, Dinner Gala

A Dinner Gala will take place on Saturday evening, September 28th.  Since it is Zonta’s Centennial Anniversary, the gala is being opened to guests, including Zonta members who are not attending the conference. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and entertainment by the Ladies First Jazz Big Band.  Jacquie Walker, News 4 Anchor will serve as the Mistress of Ceremony. Saturday Dinner Gala reservations are being accepted through September 7th.  Seating may be limited due to ballroom capacity. Reservations can be made by using the following link  https://zontadistrict4.org/d4-conference/d4-conference-online-registration-webpage/  Payment information is also included at this site.

Celebrating at the Centennial Gala

Since 1919 and the first gathering of Zonta women, fashions have changed.  Considering, Saturday evening is all about the Centennial, you may want to recreate and dress in period attire or come in the latest fashion. Create your own fashion statement!!

Conference Parking

Just a few tips on parking.  If you are an overnight guest at the Hyatt Hotel and need to park your car, there is a $20 fee for each day.  There is unlimited access to take your vehicle in and out during your stay. Alternative parking options are available.  The Augspurger Ramp is located within close proximity to the Hyatt Hotel.  Parking for a 24-hour period is $8.  (Please be advised that the parking ramp is not responsible for any theft or damages)  For a full list of other alternatives and prices, click on the following link; https://en.parkopedia.com/parking/garage/augspurger_ramp/14202/buffalo/?arriving=201908181400&leaving=201908181600    Street parking is also available but varies by day and location.  Also, if you plan on any street parking, please install the app, Buffalo Roam https://www.buffaloroamapp.com on your smartphone to pay for parking.

Conference Refunds

Sometimes life happens!  If due to unforeseen circumstances, you are unable to attend and are requesting a refund of your registration fees, please contact us as soon as possible.  This is to ensure that the committee can plan, reserve and make commitments with the hotel to ensure all conference costs are covered. There will be a $50 cancellation fee if a refund request is made after September 15th.  Please send any requests for refunds via email to Irene Majchrzak at [email protected]

Looking forward to seeing you at the conference and celebrating one hundred years of Zonta!

Irene Majchrzak Chair, 2019 Conference Chair