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.

District 6 News

Celebrate Zonta International Rose Day

Zonta Rose Day, which coincides with International Women’s Day on 8 March, is a day to reflect on the voluntary work done by Zontians empowering women worldwide.

yellow rose 1We invite you to celebrate Zonta Rose Day by making a donation to the Zonta International Rose Fund in honor of someone who has made an impact in your life. By honoring a family member, friend, colleague or mentor who has positively impacted your life with this donation, you will continue supporting projects and programs that help women achieve a life free of violence and empower them to overcome gender barriers that hinder their access to health, education and professional advancement.

When you donate to the Rose Fund between 5 February and 6 March 2015, we will email your honoree a virtual yellow rose bouquet and your special message to let them know that they have made a difference in your life.

To make your donation to the Rose Fund, follow these easy steps:
Go to www.zonta.org/donate.
Designate a gift amount and choose the Rose Day Fund in the dropdown menu. Then click, “add donation.”
Enter additional information, billing information, payment information, your tribute recipient’s first and last name, and add your personal message in the description box.
Check the box, “mail a letter on my behalf to” and enter your tribute recipient’s address.
Click “Donate Now” at the bottom of the page.

If you prefer to mail in your donation, download the mail-in contribution form.

For assistance, or if you have any questions, please contact Zonta International Development Manager Bonnie Wolinski at bwolinski@zonta.org or call 1+630-928-1400, ext. 222.

The Zonta International Foundation is a 501c3 organization registered in the United States; contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by USA law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for this contribution. Please retain this receipt for your USA tax records. Tax deductibility outside of the USA is dependent on local tax regulations.

© 2015 Zonta International Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

District 6 Jane M. Klausman Award Winner

The Zonta Club of Alton-Wood River held their December meeting on December 18, 2014. It was a great celebration for two reasons.  The Club celebrated the holidays, which brings out the best in all people especially Zontians. And they also celebrated the District 6 Jane M. Klausman winner, Jasmine Scott.

klausman2014Jasmine joined the club’s celebration as she received her JMK certificate and award of $1000. She was very gracious and a real delight to be with that evening.  As a student at Eastern Illinois University, she is striving to do great things with her life.  She, with the assistance of one of her professors, has started a business. She plans to spend her next semester in Europe studying.  The JMK award will go toward making the semester a success.

In the above picture, you can see Jasmine accepting the certificate and check from the Area 3 Director, Elaine Rynders.  Elaine also presented Jasmine a $50 check from the Zonta Club of Alton-Wood River.

January – Amelia Earhart Month

Celebrate AE Month this January

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Help women get their wings.
Use the materials below to celebrate Amelia Earhart month this January. Honor Amelia by sharing information about our AE Fellowship to women in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering or make your donation today to the Amelia Earhart Fund.


Today, women remain a distinct minority in science and engineering, representing approximately 10 percent of professionals in these fields. The Amelia Earhart Fellowship program helps talented women, pursuing advanced studies in the typically male-dominated fields of aerospace-related sciences and aerospace-related engineering, achieve their educational goals. The Fellowship enables these women to invest in state-of-the-art computers to conduct their research, purchase expensive books and resource materials, and participate in specialized studies around the globe. Amelia Earhart Fellows have gone on to become astronauts, aerospace engineers, astronomers, professors, geologists, business owners, heads of companies, even Secretary of the US Air Force.


Since the program’s inception, Zonta has awarded 1,438 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$8.6 million, towomen from 70 countries.   Established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, the Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. The Fellowship of US$10,000, awarded to 35 Fellows around the globe each year, may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.






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Notes from the Governor

January Notes

Donna Conant

Donna Conant
District 6 Governor

District 6 Zontains were very active and visible this fall, both in our communities and on social media, saying NO to violence against women.

As Zontains, we strongly believe in the power of education.  We recently recognized scholarship/fellowship awards winners from Distinct 6: one Jane M. Klausman award recipient and two Amelia Earhart (AE) Fellows. Most clubs are now accepting applications for the 2015 Young Women in Public Affairs Award, and will soon be accepting applications for the 2015 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business District scholarship award.

We are gearing up for our own learning, sharing ideas and successes, as well as  collaborating across Zonta clubs at five Area workshops this March & April. Those who attended recently report these are well worth the one day investment – gaining actionable ideas and high energy to bring back to their clubs. I hope to see you there.

I am inspired by our dedicated professionals in District 6 working together to empower women and girls through service and advocacy.

2014 District Conference

Donna Conant

Donna Conant
District 6 Governor

What a high energy start to the biennium with our District Conference in October! Our passion for Zonta’s vision and making it a reality was evident all weekend.

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