District 4 Centennial Biennium
100 Years of Empowering Women
Zonta International has been empowering women for nearly 100 years through service and advocacy. Starting back in 1919, Zonta’s founders worked to make a place for women at the table of professional organizations. For almost 10 decades, the work done by members at that table has been inspiring, motivating and life-changing. Now, in this biennium, Zontians honor those who have laid the groundwork for the future and empower the current and next generations to continue the mission.
A central idea that allows for honoring the past
while… focusing our actions on Zonta’s future
Where it all began
During this Zonta biennium our District will be brainstorming and reaching out to our clubs to encourage development & implementation of celebrations that honour and empower our members, the women around us, and women globally.
Our District’s Centennial Project
The Traveling Flag Project
The traveling flag will move through our district’s six areas visiting each of the 35 clubs during this biennium. Club presidents will sign the flag along with the D4 Elected Officers. Along the journey the flag will rest at each of the three 2019 Area Workshops (Jamestown, NY, Kitchener, ON and Kenmore, NY), and in Buffalo during the D4 Conference from September 26 – 29th, 2019. It will then resume its travel through the district until being brought to the 65th Zonta International Convention in Chicago, MO in June 2020.
The Flag began Its Journey
Zonta District 4 unveils Centennial Flag in Buffalo on Nov. 25, 2018 to kick off the 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)
Zonta International District 4 Gov. Bonnie Clesse signs the District 4 Traveling Flag on 02/19/19. (Photo by NKSK Photography)
Zonta Club of Buffalo President Mary Vacanti signs the District 4 Traveling Flag on 02/19/19. (Photo by NKSK Photography)
The Flag’s First Stop – Area 1
ZC of Kitchener-Waterloo
Centennial Travelling Flag with ZC of Kitchener-Waterloo members on Monday, March 4, 2019, at their International Women’s Day Comedy Night.
ZC of Woodstock
Centennial Traveling Flag presented to ZC of Woodstock President Marg McBurney (right) by D4 Area Director Brenda Graham at IWD event in Woodstock, ON on March 6, 2019.
ZC of Stratford
Stratford Zonta Club at their International Women’s Day Breakfast on March 8, 2019. This was also the handoff of the Centennial Travelling Flag to Area Director Brenda Graham.
ZC of Owen Sound
YZC of Owen Sound members with the District 4 Centennial Travelling flag on March 20, 2019. The flag then is being transferred to Area 1 Director Brenda Graham.
ZC of Guelph
Centennial Travelling Flag with ZC of Guelph members on March 30, 2019, during their Centennial ‘So They Can Go Home’ – Moccasin Service/Advocacy Project.
The flag Makes its way to area 3 clubs.
Passing on the Flag
Area 2 Director, Brenda Graham passing the Travelling Flag to Area 3 Director, Jenny Johnston” taken by Scott Johnston on April 9, 2019, at the IKEA parking lot in Burlington, ON.
ZC of Kenmore
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.
Area 3 Workshop
ZC of Kenmore Workshop Areas 3 & 4 May 4, 2019. Governor Bonnie and Past Governors. Photo by Donna
ZC of Fort Erie
Fort Erie Area Club President Judy Kramer with Barb Ruegg signs D4 Travelling Flag on April 17, 2019. Photo
ZC of Fort Erie
Fort Erie club members; Maria
ZC of Grand Island
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.
ZC of Grand Island
Donna Monaco, President of the Zonta Club of Grand Island, signing the flag. Picture
ZC of Lockport
Sue Mawhiney, President Zonta Club of Lockport, NY. Photo
ZC of St. Catherines
Members of the Zonta Club of St. Catharines. Photo
Area 2 – The flag’s Progress to Date.
ZC of Brampton-Caledon
July 30, 2019 International Day to End Trafficking. ZC of Brampton-Caledon participated in the largest media and advocacy awareness in Ontario together with collaborators, supporters and survivors. This movement across the Province by Courage for Freedom and Business and Professional Women was a positive response to the crisis of human trafficking and sexual exploitation of minors. (Left to Right) Kathleen Douglass, Lori Robinson & Margaret Geare, President.
Zonta Recognized by Prime Minister
Zonta International is recognized by the Canadian Government & Justine Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.
Zonta’s 100th Anniversary is Recognized by the Primier of Ontario
Zonta International’s 100th Anniversary is recognized by Doug Ford, Primier of Ontario.
ZC of eClub Canada 1
September 9, 2019. Zonta members stand with Mayor Crombie (2nd from left) and John Kovacs (2nd from right) holding the District 4 Centennial Flag.
ZC of Toronto
Zonta Club of Toronto dated 1928. Photo taken by Pringle & Booth Limited of Toronto.
ZC of Toronto
Members of the Zonta Club of Toronto say goodbye to the District 4 Centennial Flag as it makes its way to the 2019 District 4 Centennial Conference on September 26 in Buffalo, NY. The flag will travel to Zonta clubs in Area 5.
Centennial Media Kit
D4 Centennial Club Celebrations, Projects, and Initiatives
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