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

District Fall Conference

District News

2019 Fall District Conference

September 20 – 22, 2019, Indianapolis, IN

At the Zonta Disrict 6 Fall Conference hosted by Area 4 members celebrated the Zonta International Centennial. We were honored to have special guest Christina Rylander Bergqvist-ZI Director District 21 from Sweden. In support of the ZI bienniam project to End Child Marriage, Keynote Speaker Donna Pollard, Founder of Survivors Corner, presented her organization’s goal of helping victims of child marriage. She shared her personal experience of being a child bride.

Conference attendees were greeted by a sixteen wheeler with the Zonta Says No theme. Zonta Club of Kankakee launched this campaign to celebrate their 60th Anniversary a few years ago.

Former Zonta District Governors Centennial Toast 

Left to right: Tamara Hagen, Donna Conant, Linda Hiltabrand, Yvonne Chalfant, Sally Bean, Jackie Beaudry and Peg Dowling. 

Steve Hoekstra, owner of Hoekstra Transportation accepts a District 6 Centennial Award for wraping a number of semi-trailer trucks with the Zonta Says No logo. The trucks bring awareness to human trafficking in the trucking business. He is joined by Christina Rylander Bergqvist, far right, ZI Director District 21 who is from Sweden.
The dinner began with a presentation of the colors by a Jr ROTC group made up of all girls from a local high school. They joined us for dinner. Governor Elaine presents YWPA award to Catherine Carranza-Bahena from Peoria, IL.
Tamara Hagen, past District 6 Governor gave a presentation on her site visit to the Let Us Learn Project in Madagasgar, a partnership between ZI International Foundation and UNICEF.

In Memorium:

Zontian Cornelia Hodges

A couple of weeks ago I learned of the death of a long time Zontian Cornelia Hodges at age 95. She was special to our district for many reasons. Cornelia was a long time Zontian with her home club being Springfield.  She served as our District Governor from 1972-1974 and was also International President from 1982-1984. Many of us remember the wells in Sri Lanka. That was pushed by Cornelia. She will be sorely missed.

I was able to attend a memorial for Cornelia on December 7 in Breese, Illinois. I met several people who new her well and because of her also new Zonta well. I learned a great deal about this amazing lady. I wish I had met her more than just briefly at the Orlando convention. Zonta was her life.

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Notes from the Governor

Message from Governor – December, 2019

2019 District Conference

On September 20 – 22 was held in Indianapolis, In. We conducted our district business and also celebrated the 100th anniversary of Zonta. There were about 110 Zontians form all over the District as well as our International guest Christina Bergqvist.

As we pulled into the hotel parking lot, we were greeted by an 18 wheeler with the Just Say No wrapped around it. The dinner was started by presentation of the colors by a Jr ROTC group made up of all girls from a local high school. They then joined us for dinner, what a great way for them to be mentored by our group.

We carried out our business with the election of the upcoming board of directors
and passed a budget for the next biennium. We then had an open forum where
Christina was brave enough to take on any and all questions. For some of our
younger members this was great education about Zonta. It was also a learning
experience for Christina as well.

We met our District 6 International Young Women in Public Affairs and learned
about her plans.

On Sunday the conference ended with an invitation to next year’s Convention and
next year’s conference which will be in Joliet. Sundays hi light was Tammy giving
us an up date on her trip and ZI project Learning Madagascar.

Submitted by Elaine Rynders, District 6 Governor

Governor’s Message – May 6, 2018

As the biennium draws to a close, I’d like to express my sincere thank you to all members of District 6 for allowing me to serve as your Governor. It has been an honor and a privilege. I’d also like to thank the members of the D6 leadership team. They are an incredible bunch of individuals who served the district tirelessly for the last two years. We are luck that any of them are continuing to serve in the next biennium. With our Centennial Anniversary Celebration and the 2020 Convention in Chicago, District 6 has a lot to look forward to in the next biennium.

Tamara Hagen
D6 Governor 2016-18

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