Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta International is in 63 countries with more than 30,000 members in over 1,200 Clubs. Zonta’s world is divided into 32 Districts of which we are District 4.

On November 8, 1919 in Buffalo, New York, Marian de Forest, along with other prominent women leaders, forged ahead to begin the Confederation of Zonta Clubs. In 1927, when the Zonta Club of Toronto was chartered, the name was changed to Zonta International.

Zonta takes its name from the Lakota Sioux Indian word meaning “honest and trustworthy”.

Zonta has a long and well respected history of service provision to women, and is a key advocate for women’s’ rights. Zonta works in partnership with United Nations agencies, and like-minded organizations to address issues that impede the achievement of equality and empowerment, and to address gender violence in all its forms.



District 4 is a District of “Firsts”-first Club (Buffalo) and first International Club (Toronto).

It is comprised of 39 clubs in a region that includes Western Ontario, Western New York, and Western Pennsylvania. The District is divided into six areas, each with an Area Director who is a member of the District Board.

Spring Workshops are held each year to update members on the latest procedures and information on activities within Zonta. Three are held covering the Northern, Southern and Central areas allowing Zontians to attend within a reasonable distance from their homes. District Conferences are held in the odd-numbered years and provide opportunities for Zontians to interact with each other while conducting District business.

Members in District 4 provide service 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.


Interested in Membership?

Are you a business executive or professional who seeks to:

  • Improve the Lives of Women Worldwide?
  • Promote Women’s Human Rights and Equality?
  • Share with other Professionals?
  • Form International Friendships?If you answered yes to these goals and would like to join us in this important work , Zonta Club membership may be for you. Contact our membership chair at [email protected]


Interested in Scholarships?

Read the qualifications on our Awards page, and if you would like to contact our awards chair, email [email protected].

Zonta International Welcome Handbook


Zonta District 4