District 2 takes on multiple projects to celebrate Zonta’s Centennial Anniversary

In anticipation of Zonta’s Centennial Anniversary, District 2 undertook several projects.

A contribution was made to Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association to support the building of a permanent memorial/museum, which will honor the suffragists who endured harsh conditions and abuse to win voting rights for American women.

The memorial will provide awareness and education about how their courage, methods and commitment led to the passing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The name of Zonta District 2 will appear on the memorial.  

A wooden and brass flaming torch was created bearing the District 2 logo and centennial icon, plus a list of club names, numbers and join dates. The torch was passed from club to club in reverse charter order, remaining with each club for a month. The oldest club had the honor of bearing the torch to the District Conference, which was held in the Olympic town of Lake Placid, NY, where the Zonta Club of The Adirondacks meets.

Each club held centennial celebrations in their hometown during their time with the torch. To see images of the torch passing, search #Zonta100yearsD2 on Twitter and Facebook.

Since early education of women and girls is essential in the pursuit of gender equality and empowerment of women, Zonta International District 2 Governor Irene Orton started a book blog, where reviews and recommendations are posted in hopes that clubs would undertake a local service project to make these books available to women and girls in their communities.  

Several district 2 clubs created a brief video showcasing the history of their club, which appears on their website and the Zonta District 2 YouTube Channel. Snippets of these videos are included in a longer, 26-minute narrative and look back at the world when Zonta was formed and District 2’s role in Zonta.

The celebration continued with a Centennial-labeled sparkling white wine produced by Lakewood Vineyards, a business owned by a member of the Zonta Club of Watkins Glen-Montour Falls. 

Lastly, all of the district’s clubs chose a decade from the 100 years of Zonta to present a delightful centennial women’s fashion show at the District Conference. It was fascinating to see the evolution of women’s fashion trends.  

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