In the news: Zonta Club of Chatham-Kent honors sisters with family legacy of empowering women with Centennial Anniversary Award

The Zonta Club of Chatham-Kent, Canada, District 15, is celebrating its centennial year by presenting awards to a group and an individual to recognize their commitment to empowering women in our community.

The Ursuline sisters of Chatham-Kent received the Zonta International Centennial Community Award at a special Zonta anniversary event 9 Nov. at St. Paul’s Congregational Church. Zonta (Chatham-Kent) President Joyce Reissner and Zonta District 15 Governor Joy Smith from Michigan were on hand to present the award to Ursuline leaders Sr. Sheila McKinley and Sr. Theresa Campeau.

Reissner said the award is well-deserved for the Ursuline Sisters, who have a proven record of empowering women.

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Zontians from Australia and New Zealand celebrate Zonta’s Centennial at inter-district conference

More than 750 Zontians from Districts 16, 22, 23 and 24 (Australia and New Zealand) gathered to celebrate Zonta’s Centennial Anniversary and enjoy fellowship and friendship at the inter-district conference in Brisbane. District meetings preceded the celebrations.

Zontians were honored to welcome Zonta International President Susanne Von Bassewitz to the conference and listen to her speak about Zonta projects, especially Zonta’s signature project to end child marriage. They were also privileged to hear some amazing young women give excellent presentations during the weekend.

Past international presidents from Districts 16, 22, 23 and 24 were acknowledged for their contribution and commitment to the organization.

The Opening Ceremony was spectacular with evening activities, a cocktail party and a formal conference dinner, being highlights of the weekend.

It was a time to celebrate with Zontian friends from throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Zonta Club of Leilehua celebrates Zonta’s Centennial with governor proclamation

The Zonta Club of Leilehua in Hawaii, District 9, celebrated the centennial anniversary of Zonta International on Zonta’s birthday, 8 November.

Hawaii Governor David Y. Ige proclaimed the day “Zonta International Centennial Day” in his Ceremonial Room at the Hawaii State Capitol. He also noted the club had recently celebrated its 65th anniversary. A reception was held afterward.

District 3 honors Zonta’s Centennial Anniversary at 2019 district conference

District 3’s 2019 Conference theme was, “The 100 Year Bridge: Putting Knowledge and Ideas into Action to Achieve Gender Equality.” The program cover included a bridge with women in dress representing and crossing the last 100 years.

The district’s Centennial Torch was passed from the centennial committee chairman to her daughter—both from different Zonta clubs in the district. The torch is now visiting each club until the Convention. 

Three District 3 clubs received a Zonta International Centennial Anniversary Grant and were applauded along with the mention of the USA Centennial Anniversary Awardee. 

The District Centennial Award was presented to the club of the leader of a non-profit organization that is a safe house for women. Further centennial information was included in a presentation of the Centennial Anniversary Endowment Campaign and the Zonta International Foundation’s projects.

Additionally, members and Zonta International Director Lalivan Karnchanachari wore teal throughout the conference, and everyone celebrated with a special centennial cake at a gala dinner.

District 10 presents Centennial Anniversary Award to domestic violence crisis center

District 10 selected Faith House, a nonsectarian domestic violence crisis center and shelter based in Lafayette, Louisiana, as their district’s centennial awardee.  The presentation occurred during the district’s 70th conference on 18 October, during which members donated US$2,050 to the Zonta International Foundation.

Pictured are Zonta International Treasurer Mari McKenzie; Kim Hawes, District 10 centennial coordinator; and Billi LaComb, executive director of Faith House.