We Empower Women
ZONTA INTERNATIONAL IS A LEADING GLOBAL ORGANIZATION OF PROFESSIONALS EMPOWERING WOMEN WORLDWIDE THROUGH SERVICE AND ADVOCACY.
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.
D4 2019 Centennial
Conference Alert – August 14
DISTRICT 4 CONFERENCE ALERT – ACCOMMODATIONS UPDATE
If you have not been able to locate accommodations, a block of rooms has been set aside at the Wyndham Garden Buffalo Downtown Hotel, which is located at 125 High Street for 9/27-29/19. 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. 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 Night Gala
The 2019 Zonta District Centennial Conference is quickly approaching. The conference provides an excellent opportunity to join with other Zontians in addressing current issues while celebrating 100 years in the city where it all began.
As part of the conference, on Saturday night, September 28th, a Centennial Gala will take place. 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 August 24th. Seating will 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.
Consider joining the celebration and moving Zonta forward toward the next 100 years!
D4 2019 Centennial Conference Committee
Save the Date
Our Current & Past District 4 Governors can’t wait to see everyone at the conference in September and to show off the District Centennial Flag. You can follow the travelling flag on the district web site as it makes its way through our district .
The D4 Conference planning committee, led by Toni Majchrzak.
D4 Conference Committee Meeting June 15, 2019
D4 Conference Meeting Committee Members
Our District with clubs in both the USA and Canada is looking forward to a great centennial celebration at the D4 Conference in September.
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
Wyndham Garden Buffalo Downtown Hotel, 125 High Street, Buffalo, NY, 14203. Reservations 1-877-999-3223 Zonta Conference Block.
Conference Location: Hyatt Regency Buffalo / Hotel and Conference Center, 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA
What’s Happening in your Area?
D4 Club Events
Zonta in the summertime! The D4 Leadership Development Committee is offering you an opportunity to learn more about Zonta in a relaxed and casual location, at a time that works for you - your home, this summer! You can spend about 10 minutes once a month to be...read more
Message July 1, 2019 Dear Zontians, HAPPY JULY! July 14 is just 2 weeks - or - 14 days from now. That’s the registration deadline for our Centennial Conference at the Early Bird price of $225 USD. We’d like everyone to pay just $225 USD. After that, the registration...read more
NAIDM Gallery District 4 is well represented at the 2019 North American Interdistrict Meeting June 7 - 9, 2019. Eager to learn and meet other Zonta members from all over North America, including the Zonta International Board. Friday, June 7, 2019 NAIDM 2019...read more
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED TO MAKING OUR $ALAD RAFFLE A SUCCESS Your support enabled us to raise $1,006.00. That will keep each person's registration cost for our Centennial Conference at almost $10.00 less. This is helps to make the Conference more...read more
District 4 Governor Bonnie Clesse, left, visited the Corry Zonta Club in Area 5 on May 28 and presided over the installation of a director and the initiation of a new member. With Clesse are Corry Zonta Club President Sondra Crowell, center, and Donna...read more
Monthly Conference meetings have been occurring over the last two years. As this significant D4 Centennial Conference closes in on September 27, 2019, the Committee will be tweaking weekend events and activity details; while Governor, Bonnie Clesse will be fine...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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
The District 4 Centennial Travelling Flag begins the third leg of its journey. The flag will be in Area 2 for the months of July to September. The flag will make a special stop at the Canada-U.S.A border prior to the Centennial Conference. This event will signify Zonta becoming
Fort Erie Area Club President Judy Kramer with Barb Ruegg signs D4 Travelling Flag on April 17, 2019. Photo
D4 Centennial Travelling Flag is presented to Area 1 & 2 Workshop attendees on April 27, 2019.
Donna Monaco, President of the Zonta Club of Grand Island, signing the flag. Picture
Area 2 Director, Brenda Graham passing the Travelling Flag to Area 3 Director, Jenny Johnston. Photo
Fort Erie club members; Maria
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.
Sue Mawhiney, President Zonta Club of Lockport, NY. Photo
Members of the Zonta Club of St. Catharines. Photo
Zonta International announced the recipients of its Centennial Anniversary Grants.
District 4 Grantees are:
ZC of Kitchener-Waterloo partnering with Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region for the KW Zonta Poster Project.
ZC of Niagara Falls, NY partnering with Pinnacle Community Services for the Zonta Fresh Start Initiative for Passage House Project.
ZC of Rochester partnering with Resolve of Greater Rochester, Inc. for the Improving Safety and Empowering Intimate Partner Violence Survivors Project.
Almost 300 applications were received from 41 countries for the Centennial Anniversary Grant program, which was initiated to celebrate Zonta’s 100th year of service to women and girls.
Congratulations to the Zonta clubs of Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara Falls, NY & Rochester, as well to all clubs who submitted grant proposals!
District 4 Committees are eager to assist you. Follow the links for more information, material and resources.
District 4 Foundation Ambassador UpdateEach year on 8 March, we celebrate Zonta Rose Day in conjunction with International Women's Day. In many countries around the world, International Women’s Day is a day when women are recognized for their achievements regardless...read more
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...read more
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...read more
As part of the 16 Days of Activism, the Zonta Club of Batavia-Genesee County has arranged for the old Genesee County Court House on Main Street in Batavia to be lit with orange lights throughout the 16 days.read more
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Zonta International members raise a flag to kick off its campaign against gender-based violence Sunday at Niagara Square. (John Hickey/Buffalo News) Zonta Club gathering focuses awareness on violence against women By Mark Sommer | Published November 25, 2018 | Sunday...read more
Zonta and the United Nations Visiting the United Nations is always a great opportunity for Zonta members. In the past, many of our members had taken advantage of the League of Women Voters New York State (LWVNYS) UN Day which has been held in November....read more
CTVNews.ca Staff Published Thursday, October 11, 2018 10:40PM EDT To mark International Day of the Girl on Thursday, Plan International Canada urged Canadians to challenge the norms of gender inequality. “We’re having more and more honest conversations on the topic of...read more
CTVNews.ca Staff Published Thursday, October 11, 2018 12:01PM EDT Two in three Canadian girls say they have a friend who has been sexually harassed; more than 75 per cent of girls between the ages of 14 and 24 report experiencing gender-based...read more
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
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.
Members World Wide
Your Applause Please
amazing Women in D4
Our District’s Mentioned in The Zontian Issue 2
Congratulating Our District 4 Centennial Award Winners
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.
Areas 3 & 4 American Award Winner
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
Meet Our 2019 District 4 & Zonta International YWPA Winner
Amal’s nomination was submitted by Niagara Falls, Canada and was selected as the District 4 Young Women in Public Affairs scholarship winner for 2019 in May. In July, we received word that Amal was also a scholarship recipient from ZoInternational. Congratulations Amal!
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.