We Empower Women


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.

Building for Our Future

District 4 Workshop 2020

Presentations Held Online

Saturday, June 20, 2020 – Online Learning Session 2

District 4 President’s & Leadership Training

Lori Robinson, Immediate Past Governor & ZI Leadership Development Committee Member

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 – Online Learning Session 3

District 4 Treasurer’s Training

Carol Spedding, D4 Finance Chair

Saturday, August 15, 2020 – Online Learning Session 4

District 4 Membership Development

Sheena Poole, Lt. Governor-Elect Incoming Membership Chair

Celebrate Zonta & D4 Online!

July 4 – 8, 2020 Chicago, IL

Call to Conference Sept. 2021

Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

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D4 Service – May’s Club

D4 Service – May’s Club

Zonta Club of Bradford - Area 5Chartered: 1954 President: Fran Steward   Bradford Club members were busy lending a helping hand at Care For Children. Bicycle helmets and safety information were sorted and prepared for the Kindergarten Bicycle Safety Program....

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Governor Janice May

Governor Janice May

Reporting from the Command CentreGovernor Janice May Update Greetings District 4! It is hard to believe the biennium is quickly coming to a close. Transitions, Changes & New Opportunities. We have seen and participated in all! Congratulations to the biennium’s...

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Comfort/Discomfort – Sew Hungry May 2022

Comfort/Discomfort – Sew Hungry May 2022

Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 is delighted to host in partnership with the Putman Family YWCA Hamilton a textile art exhibit about gender-based violence."Comfort/Discomfort" by Jenny Iserman Putman Family YWCA - Ottawa St Community Room - Dunsmure Rd entrance May 10 - 15...

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ZC of Kenmore Joins Helen Lapp Society

ZC of Kenmore Joins Helen Lapp Society

Helen Lapp volunteered at a County Congregate Dining Room at the Kenmore Methodist Church. She soon realized there was a need for delivering food to members who could no longer get to the dining room. She began to deliver meals to those people and recognized there was...

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D4 Service Update

D4 Service Update

I would like to thank my committee Judy Powers, Jennifer Bliss, Ann Marie West and Faria Latif for their work this biennium in helping to promote service projects in our district. We hope the presentations we provided at conference, in two workshops and two D4 Service...

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ZC of Kitchener-Waterloo Film Festival

ZC of Kitchener-Waterloo Film Festival

Zonta Film Festival (ZFF) is an annual event in Uptown Waterloo that showcases award winning, inspiring and thought-provoking films, made by women, highlighting incredible stories and important global issues. This is the tenth year this wonderful event has been...

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ZC of Rochester In-person Fundraiser

ZC of Rochester In-person Fundraiser

Standing: Sierra, Edna, Nancy, Batavia member, Bonnie Clesse, Batavia member, Elaine Barkowski Sitting: Mary Yunker-Batavia, Governor Janis Durmis – Erie, Diane Balaban-Olean Zonta Club of Batavia Lucky Numbers Luncheon March 19, 2022  Sierra, Edna and Nancy had a fun...

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D4 Biennium

Centennial Activities

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 travelling to all six D4 Areas and its 35 clubs over the Centennial biennium.  The flag was unveiled in Buffalo, NY on November 25, 2018, with the officially signing by Governor Bonnie Clesse & ZC of Buffalo President, Mary Vacanti on February 19, 2019.

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 and International organization with in chartering of the ZC of Toronto in 1927.

ZC of Toronto 

Zonta Club of Toronto dated 1928. Photo taken by Pringle & Booth Limited of Toronto.

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 International Recognized by Prime Minister of Canada

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

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.

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!

Your Applause Please

amazing Women in D4

Congratulating Our Canadian Centennial Award Winner

Canadian 2019 Centennial Country Award Recipient.

Judy Gorton, ZI Director & Karin Eckart, Hamilton 1 President present Dr. Jacobs with the Centennial Award.


Dr. Beverly Jacobs

Dr. Jacobs’s Bio

Congratulating Our District 4 Centennial Award Winners

Three District 4 Centennial Award Winners are:

ZC of Kitchener-Waterloo, ZC of Niagara Falls and NY ZC of Rochester

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.

Timea’s Bio

Areas 3 & 4 American Award Winner

Mary Travers Murphy, Executive Director, Family Justice Center

The Zonta Clubs of Cheektowaga-Lancaster, Buffalo, and Hamburg-Orchard Parkall nominated Mary.

Mary’s Bio

Areas 5 & 6 American Award Winner

Susan Evans, philanthropist, author & ovarian cancer survivor.

Sue was nominated by the Zonta Club of Bradford.

Sue’s Bio


Meet Our 2019 District 4 & Zonta International YWPA Winner

Amal Qayum

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 Zonta International.  Congratulations Amal!  

D4 Members Serving on

Zonta International committees

Kathleen Douglass, Leadership Development Chairman

Holly Anderson, Amelia Earhart Fellowship Committee Chairman

Lori Robinson, Leadership Development Committee

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 719 Members,

33 clubs,

15 Z Clubs &

1 Golden Z Club

Locally & Globally

Empowering Women

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.

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