Governor’s Letter June 8, 2020

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Zonta International District 4 Governor’s Letter, June 8, 2020


Dear District 4 Zontians, 

YWPA GOOD NEWS: Tonight I received an email from Awards Chairs Alyce Van Patten & Beth Zak. Sarah Rolling, ZC Cheektowaga-Lancaster’s candidate for the YWPA Award has won a $1,500 ZI Scholarship. Congratulations to Sarah & to ZC Cheektowaga-Lancaster for sponsoring her. Thank you to the D4 Awards Committee for facilitating & judging the candidates. 

ZI BOARD MEETING: This morning, I received ZI Liaison Judy Gorton’s Highlights of the Board Meeting. ZI Board approved three items: New Confidentiality Policy & Form; Updated Finance & Audit Manual & Updated Advocacy Definition Policy. They also discussed Convention business, including Convention Cancelation Costs; Fundraising & Impact of COVID-19 on Clubs; Voting & Elections; Donor Recognition & ZIF projects & Educational programs. 

GOVERNORS MEETING: Zonta International President Susanne began her District Governors Meeting with Membership Statistics. As of April 30, 2020 we have 27,994 Zontians in 1,152 clubs worldwide. That is 523 fewer than on May 31, 2019 – a net loss of 1.83%. On the plus side, while it is not the hoped-for increase, it is a smaller loss percentage that from 2018-2019. Young Professionals registrations are successful: increased from 298 t0 377, a 26.51% increase. Another success is on the ZI Goal to oppose Child Marriage: over 250 clubs took actions toward ending this harmful practice. 

CONVENTION: Registration includes 1,186 Delegates & 934 Alternates representing 995 clubs. Delegate training materials are being developed. Only delegates may make entries in “Viewpoints” but they do not have to. They need to state whether their comments are Pro or Con. 

CONVENTION DATES: June 19 – 23 Delegates may post Viewpoints / June 30 – July 4 All can see Candidates’ Videos / June 30 – July 8 All members can see Viewpoints / July 9 – 12 Voting Runoff if needed / July 15 Election Results are announced. / July 17 Board & Governors are Installed. 

CONVENTION CANCELLATION: All registrants were emailed this week. Wire payments will be refunded in 3 weeks. Cards of less than 120 days will be refunded. Those in the US of over 120 days will receive a check within 3 weeks. Those outside US must complete a form. ZI has filed with our insurance company for reimbursement for our losses. They are also negotiating with major accounts like the hotel. 

NEW ZI WEBSITE: was launched on June 8. Watch for ZI emails in 1 – 2 weeks. There is now only One site. The design has more white space & is more user-friendly. Landing Pages contain all relevant topics so you can just click on one. For compatibility, one vendor supports both our member data base & the website. Member Logins remain the same. Please visit & enjoy the design & easier use. 

Thank you All for your service in support of our members & mission. Congratulations & warm wishes for success to our new leaders. 

To all of you & your families, a wish for a healthy & happy summer, 


Bonnie Clesse
Governor District 4
Zonta International

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