Please consider stepping up to Leadership

Have you thought about taking the next step in your Zonta life? Would you like to learn more about leadership: public speaking, conducting meetings, governance, and decision making? Perhaps you would like to work with diverse groups, build relationships with Zonta members from both Canada and the USA and develop strong friendships with other Zonta leaders.  Click here to see what our past and present leaders have to say about their experiences.


The Nomination Committee
Chairman: Sharon Leavitt, Bangor
Joan Lanzillo-Hahesy, Chelsea
Kathryn Patterson, Halifax

Elections will be held at the formal District Conference scheduled October 20-22, 2017 in the Berkshires.  Successful candidates will take office in June 2018 and hold that office for two years or until a successor takes office. The district board consists of the elected governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer and area directors, and a non-voting secretary appointed by the governor.

Zonta International Bylaws (Article XIII Districts Section 6 Officers) spell out the qualifications for nominees:  Each elected officer shall be a classified member of a club, shall have served at least two years in an elected club office and/or have been a district committee chairman. The governor, lieutenant governor and area directors shall have served at least one year as club president. An elected officer shall hold no other elective position at district level.

Below is a summary of elected roles. Please reference the Zonta International District manual for full details on roles and responsibilities for each position. The Nomination Committee is looking for a minimum of two candidates for each position.  The nomination form should be submitted to the committee no later than August 15, 2017.

Read more: Nominations are open for the 2018 – 2020 Zonta District 1 Board

call to action examples

The United States' Administration has made the devastating decision to end all U.S. support to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). UNFPA works on the frontlines of more than 150 countries to end child marriage and female genital mutilation and provide critical services like pre-natal care and safe childbirth, voluntary family planning, and midwife training. UNFPA is the organization Zonta works with on the project in Niger to prevent early marriage and in Liberia, Zonta International has partnered with UNFPA to treat and prevent obstetric fistula.

Zonta International president, Sonja Hönig Schough and Zonta International Advocacy Committee Chairman Maria José Landeira Oestergaard have now addressed the impact of this action by the US Administration in a formal statement. Click here to read the policy statement.

Zonta Clubs, we encourage you to take action and contact your legislators to advocate for the reinstatement of full U. S. support for UNFPA! Find contact info through this site:


 Save the date for our OFFICIAL District 1 Fall Conference of the biennium!  Date: October 20-22, 2017

Location: In the Berkshires, Western Massachusetts USA
Theme: Making our VOICES Heard to Further Zonta’s Mission!
As available details will be posted at:

The 2017 Zonta International North American Interdistrict Conference (NAIDM) 
Presentation material (PDFs) for the various workshops are now available for download.
Click here

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