Welcome to Zonta International District 1

From The Desk of the District Governor

Written by Joanne Puopolo District 1, Governor Elect 2016 Zonta International


District 1 Newsletter

First, I want to start by thanking Past Governor Sharon Leavitt for her dedication, Zonta spirit and for all the accomplishments of the District to date. We know this is a very difficult time for her so let’s take a moment to keep Sharon and her family in our thoughts.

We will continue to work on completing our goals and carry on the important work of our organization and upholding the traditions of Zonta. Spring is not quite in the air, but spring workshops are on the horizon and the Area Directors are working diligently to prepare great programs and Zonta clubs in the District are working on upcoming events focusing on International Women’s Day and Zonta Rose Day! There will be so many great opportunities coming up to support our District clubs. Be sure to check out our “Save the Date” section of this newsletter and our district website.

I would also like to take this opportunity to let you know that the new and improved Zonta International website is nearing completion. The new website has a sleek, updated design and will have many new features for example; The Local Impact feature will showcase exactly how Zonta clubs are empowering women through service and advocacy in their local communities, Z and Golden Z clubs will have their own pages that clearly identify them as student clubs and show how they impact their local and global communities, Membership Testimonials will feature the diversity of our members while celebrating the benefits of being a Zontian and it be much easier to navigate. ZI will send the entire membership an email announcing the new site when it goes live so stay tuned!


Dear members of District1

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Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2016 14:16 Written by Sharon Leavitt Past District Governor District1 2014-2016 Monday, 25 January 2016 00:00

As you all know from my letter sent out earlier this month I have ended my biennium early. Effective this Feb 1st your governor is now Joanne Puopolo and Lt Governor Elizabeth Hart.

I want to assure each member that we have spent the last month working for a smooth transition and the board has worked hard to insure the goals set for this biennium will be continuing.

Governor Joanne has been involved in all our goal setting and is very much up to date with what is going on throughout the District.

I would like to first thank the board for all they have done. This past year and a half together we:

1) Had two very successful fall conferences
2) Had our first of many president retreats
3) Worked very hard to create a line of communication between International,  District and the clubs
4) Made sure 5 members of our board were in Canada for the Area 3 spring retreat (part of our district goal to work closer with all clubs)
5) Ensured area directors are having regular monthly phone calls with our club presidents and visiting clubs along with our membership chair; that effort will continue.
6) Published the district newsletter; the next is scheduled for the end of February and one following in May
7) Have received updated bylaws from most clubs; the remaining will be collected by May
8) Have all clubs on board working with Joanne, Liz and the rest of the board on Membership; while still behind, we feel we are on the right track for increases.
9) Established an advocacy blog and the advocacy chairs are doing a great job communicating with the members . As I understand all clubs are pushing their own programs or working with another club in joint efforts.
10) Encouraged all clubs to submit their projects for the service award competition; the district service committee is screening those submissions and will forward its recommendation to Joanne and to International by Feb 8th.

This has been such an exciting 18 months; we have accomplished much. It is my great pleasure to have met and worked with so many amazing District1 members . Special thank you to the board and committee chairs for jobs well done and most importantly thanks to the membership for the many many thoughtful cards and emails and all the kind words.
Remember I have left the office of Governor however as I told the board I am still chair of the District nominating committee and my eyes are on you all.
Sharon Leavitt
Past District Governor
District1 2014-2016

YWPA Awards open for applicants

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Written by Jennifer Kerwood

Greetings Fellow District 1 Zontians from the District 1 YWPA Chairman

Many of you have begun your club’s Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship program, and for other clubs, I hope you will consider getting involved this year!  This international award honors young women aged 16-19 who are committed to leadership in public affairs:  policy, government and volunteer service.  Clubs select an awardee in their areas, and the individual club winners compete for a $1,000 District Award.  The District awardees are then in contention for ten $4,000 awards.  Our district has had great success in putting forward candidates who have won at the international level – including last year’s winner from the Zonta Club of Halifax!!

Click here for a link to all of the information on the ZI website.  You will find not only the application, but judging guidelines, sample posters, press releases and certificates. Clubs participating in the program must choose the club winner and forward it to me for consideration for the District Award by April 1st. Complete applications must be received by April 1st in order to be considered for the district and international awards.

Lastly, if you or anyone in your club is interested in serving on the District committee, please let me know.  We’ll be reviewing and rating the club winners in the month of April, and we need a few sets of eyes.

Please contact me if you have any questions or if I can help in any way – Thank you!


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