Our vision

  • Zonta International envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential.
  • In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men.
  • In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.

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District 6 News

Kankakee ZClub

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The Z Club meets at the Bourbonnais Library on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Our Z Club will be assisting the Z Club Committee with the Salvation Army Bell Ringing on December 15th. Thank you to the committee and Z Clubbers!

Pictured below are the students who attended the recent Z Club meeting celebrating their “New Year”. z-club

16 Days of Activism

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaigns
25 November – 10 December 2016

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From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991.
“Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” is a Zonta International campaign to raise awareness of and increase actions to end violence against women and girls around the world.
The campaign, which began in November 2012, features the service and advocacy actions of Zonta clubs and districts to prevent and end violence against women and girls in their local communities. It also highlights Zonta International’s ongoing efforts to end violence against women and girls through the Zonta International Strategies to End Violence against Women (ZISVAW) program and through Zonta’s partnerships with the United Nations and its agencies.
Visit ZontaSaysNO.com.

Joliet ZClub News

Fearless Females ZClub is in full activity mode. We are grateful for their participation in Take Back The Night, Festival of Culture and the women and Girls Health Expo.

Exxon will host ZClub members, Thursday November 3rd for Lunch and Learn 12-12:30 p.m. session with their Professional Women Network, Tricia Simpson will facilitate this meeting. Zontians are invited to attend. RSVP to Ross, helen@comcast.com

Pam Hunte is the November speaker for the ZClub. This talk on Zonta International will initiate the ZClub fundraiser for the international projects. Dave’s coffeecakes are the fundraiser. Order forms will be available at the next meeting.

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Notes from the Governor

GOVERNOR’S MESSAGE

Thank you to all who attended Fall Conference.  By “Adding Your Voice”, you helped to make it a successful event.  Please carry your enthusiasm and knowledge home to your Clubs.  Remember the “Call to Action”; every Zonta member needs to be actively engaged for us to have healthy, vital clubs.

To those who did not attend, my challenge was to encourage active engagement by every member.  I defined “actively engaged” as being a passionate supporter of our mission and willing to give of your time, talent, and energy to support Zonta.

I offered the following checklist of important considerations in achieving and maintaining an actively engaged member:

  • “Right Fit” – vetting process for prospective members
  • Orientation/Training/Refresher Courses – Knowledge equals Comfort
  • Evaluation – How does the member want to contribute
  • Challenge Members – Get out of a rut and refresh
  • Be Flexible – Offer options for involvement
  • Show Your Impact – “Meet” the women you serve.
  • Show Appreciation – Say “Thank you”
  • BE RESPECTFUL!

I look forward to seeing you at Spring Workshop and invite you to the 2017 Fall Conference October 13-15th in Madison Wisconsin.  Note: It’s Badger Homecoming Weekend so book early!

Adding Your Voice……

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Governor for the next biennium. I am part of a leadership team, which has a good mix of individuals with prior District Board experience and fresh new faces with new ideas and energy. I’m sure I speak for them when I say we are looking forward to these next two years.

Tamara Hagen District 6 Governor 2016-2017

Tamara Hagen
District 6 Governor
2016-2017

However, before we look forward, I’d like us to look back to the last biennium. We can be proud of many achievements and should use the momentum gain from them to propel us into the future.

We developed a District Strategy, the Virtuous Zonta Circle, to emphasize the inter-connection and synergistic energy of coupling Service, Advocacy, community awareness, and membership. We saw increased cross-club and strategic partner collaborations such as the Area 4 Zonta Says No Advocacy march and St Charles, Geneva, Batavia’s LunaFest. We surveyed and trained members on Advocacy skills and found; 1) we do more advocacy then we realize and 2) Telling Your Story is powerful and easier than you think. We added to our ‘Next Generation of Zonta’ pool with new Z and Golden Z Clubs. While official biennial Membership statistics revealed no growth, we also had no loss in overall membership. Therefore, the initial 5% growth did buffer our end of the year losses.

Now let’s look forward. “What do we want to look like in the next 100 years?” To keep our Clubs and District vital, we need to build on these achievements to meet our challenges.

We have an aging membership with several Clubs not only small but feeling old and tired. The Evanston Club recently disbanded for just that reason. Insular clubs are at risk also since they miss out on re-vitalization through networking and Zonta education at workshop and conference. Leadership “burn-out” and hesitancy by Club members to step up to Leadership roles is prevalent in many of our Clubs. Club projects and fundraisers also have a tendency to get old, tired and no longer relevant to our members or the community. And, the age-old “What is Zonta?” still is a problem.

Again, let’s look back and not be discouraged. We have our past achievements to build on as we deal with these challenges. Network, share, collaborate, and step up to these challenges and our Clubs and District will be stronger and better ready for the next 100 years. Your new leadership team is eager to address these challenges, but remember it is the responsibility of every member to “Add Your Voice” to the effort. For “If not now, then when?” and “If not you, then who?”

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