Engaging in Zonta

Best Practices, Strategies & Resources

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One important advantage of membership in Zonta is being part of a global organization with an international district.  Connecting with clubs and their members in your own area and across the border is a way to expand your personal and professional experience.

Visiting and Supporting Other Clubs & Members

‘Going it alone’ is acceptable but consider what you are missing when not interacting with other clubs and members.

Visit Clubs

If you invite other club members to attend your meetings, guest speakers, and events will increase the likelihood of a reciprocal invitation.  Tap into sharing ideas for events, contacts for guest speakers and event participants.  Observe how other clubs conduct meetings.  Is there a way to improve how your club operates and increase the enjoyment of your members?

Supporting Members

    The district board and committees are comprised of members from your clubs.  These members have invested time and effort to improve the operation of the district and help our clubs.  Show your support by attending the district online sessions, events, or projects they lead.

    Sharing Material

    Each club has its own strengths and weaknesses.  Sharing what you do well while accepting assistance from others in the weaker areas of your club will be a benefit to your membership.  

    The main complaint among clubs and members is time constraints.  We can decrease the workload by sharing what we do with others.  

    • Has changing your meeting structure increased the enjoyment of members?
      • Share what you did.  
    • Has your membership drive resulted in an increase in membership?
      • Share how you did it.
    • Has your club increased your social media following?
      • What drove the increase?
    • New marketing material has increased community awareness of your club.
      • Share the material to help other clubs. 

    Resources

    Participate in ZI & D4 Online Sessions

    District 4 and Zonta International are offering numerous online information sessions.  Take advantage of attending from the comfort of your home and at zero cost.

    Zonta International

    This biennium ZI is showcasing a monthly one-hour interview with a remarkable woman.  Registration links are found on the websites of ZI-News, D4-Committee Resources-Advocacy. 

    District 4

    District 4 will continue to offer D4 Learning (1.5 hrs), Talks (1 hr), Training (1.5 hrs) & Book Club (1 hr).

    These sessions have been developed by District 4 committees to help clubs.  The committees have spent considerable time and effort to identify content that will be of benefit to you. Please consider supporting them through your attendance. 

    Attend District 4 Spring Workshops

    Each spring in the months of March and April our district & area clubs hosts two or three workshops.  This is an opportunity for club members to travel within their own area to meet other members, enjoy fellowship and attend sessions to obtain the latest Zonta information.

    Area 1 & 2 Spring Workshop

    The Area 1 & 2 2022 Spring Workshop will be hosted by the ZC of Brampton-Caledon on Saturday, April 30th from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM.

    More information to come.

    Area 3 & 4 Spring Workshop

    The Area 3 & 4 2022 Spring Workshop will be hosted by the ZC of Grand Island on Saturday, March 26th from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM.

    More information to come.

    Area 5 & 6 Spring Workshop

    The Area 5 & 6 2022 Spring Workshop will be hosted by the ZC of Olean on Saturday, April 2nd from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM.

    More information to come.

     

    Resources

    Past Gov. Bonnie with history display
    Stratford Store
    Kenmore Zonta Store in K-W
    K-W Store
    Jamestown Workshop Discussion Groups
    Committee in The Marvin House Hall
    2019 Workshop Jamestown Event Gift
    D4 Workshop Jamestown Evening Dinner 1
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    Attend District 4 Conference

    There are multiple reasons for attending our district conference.  To conduct business, form new friendships, learn new things, and experience Zonta from beyond your club.

    Conduct District Business

    Each club has the responsibility to assign the appropriate number of club delegates and alternates based on club size to participate in business sessions.

    During business sessions, delegates hear and vote on proposed budgets and changes to District Rules of Procedure that in turn affect how club business is conducted. This is also an opportunity for clubs to put forward proposed changes they wish to see made at the international level.

      Develop & Rekindle Friendships

      The advantage of belonging to an international district is to meet new people and form friendships beyond your own club.

      District Conference is attended by the ZI Director and liaison to our district. A casual Internation Gathering is held on the Thursday night before the conference.  This is an excellent time to meet an international member.  

      An important part of our conference is developing new and rekindle existing friendships in person.  While we have the ability to communicate via telephone, email and now online meeting programs, thanks to COVID-19, giving each of us the ability to see and hear from those at a distance.  There is still a no better experience than meeting people in person.

      Learn New Things

        District 4 Conference attendees can participate in workshops and learning sessions.  These sessions are chosen based on clubs’ needs, new information or campaigns from Zonta International or District 4.  It is of benefit to your club for club attendees to participate in as many different sessions as possible to bring back new information to your club.

        Resources

        District 4 Conference Official Opening of Business Session 1
        Conference Bag & Treats
        Laying Wreath on Marian deForest’s Grave
        D4 Conference Dr. Cody Prepares Flag Parade
        Dr. Beverly Jacobs receives Zonta International Centennial Award for Canada
        2019 D4 Conference Gala
        D4 Conference Gala ZC of Kitchener-Waterloo
        D4 2019 Conference Zonta Store
        2021 Electronic Conference September 24 - 25th
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        Attend the North American Inter-District Meeting

        This gathering is held in odd years of the Zonta biennium in a host district’s community.  

        Members from across North America congregate to learn new things and meet new people, including our International Board, who often hold a board meeting after the event.

        Why Attend?

        This gathering is held from Friday evening to Sunday noon and often at quite a distance from your club.  If you have the ability to attend, it is worth it.  The programs offered are exceptional, and the experience of being with 150+ Zonta members in one location is a treat and a little closer to home than convention.

        Again the benefit to belonging to an international organization is the opportunity to experience and learning from others beyond our own clubs and communities.

        D4 at 2021 NAIDM with President Sharon
        2021 NAIDM Attendees
        NAIDM-2019-D4-Leadership
        NAIDM Hotel Embassy Suites Courtyard
        NAIDM Leadership Training
        Leadership Development 1
        NAIDM Leadership Training Presenter & Facilitators
        NAIDM Leadership Training 2
        NAIDM 2019 D4 Attendees
        D4 NAIDM 2019 Ann Marie & Kari
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        Attend Zonta International Convention

        There are multiple reasons for attending our International Convention.  Similar to attending a district conference; the convention is just that much bigger and with greater opportunities. To conduct business, form new friendships, learn new things, and experience Zonta from beyond your club and your country.  Yes, you get to travel internationally!

        Save the Date

        Join Zonta International for our 65th Convention

        25 – 28 June 2022
        Congress Center Hamburg
        Hamburg, Germany

        Conduct International Business

        Each club is responsible for assigning the appropriate number of club delegates and alternates based on club size to participate in business sessions.

        During business sessions, delegates hear and vote on proposed budgets and changes to our governing documents that affect how our district and club business is conducted. This is also an opportunity for club delegates to support proposals our clubs and district put forward at the district conference.

          Develop & Rekindle Friendships

          The advantage of belonging to an international organization is meeting new people and forming friendships from multiple countries.

          The International Convention is attended by the ZI elected board, committees and staff. There are multiple opportunities to meet with them at convention.

          Communicating to those at such a distance and variety of time zones is typically accomplished by email or online meeting programs; convention allows that in-person experience.

          Learn New Things

          Like District Conferences, attendees can participate in workshops and learning sessions.  It is of benefit to your club for club attendees to participate in as many different sessions as possible to bring back new information to your club.

          Resources

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          D4 at 64th Convention
          Convention 2018
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