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 Leaders elected for 2016-2018


Elected by club delegates at the District 6 Conference were the following leaders for 2016-2018: (Pictured from left to right) Dorothy Suther – Area 4 Director (Indianapolis); Carol Braford Area 5 Director (Kankakee); Cheryl Trudeau – Treasurer (Kankakee); Pam Duane – Area 2 Director (Madison); Michelle Miller – Area 3 Director (Mascoutah); Anna Weselak – Area 1 Director (Oak Brook); Elaine Rynders – Lt Governor (Alton-Wood River); Governor – Tamara Hagen (Madison). Terms start July, 2016.

Zonta International & District Awards Presented

As Zontians, we strongly believe in the power of education. At our conference we recognized 2015 Zonta award winners from District 6.

Sivaranjani Seetharaman (University of Notre Dame) is presented her Amelia Earhart “wings” by Zonta International (ZI) Director Catherine McEwan (on right); Donna Conant (left) and Dorothy Suther (second from right) extended congratulations on behalf of  District. ZI awarded 35 Amelia Earhart fellowships in 2015 for post graduate studies in the aero-sciences.  (read more:  Amelia Earhart Fellowship )


Ananya Murali (center) is presented with the ZI Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Certificate by ZI Director Catherine McEwan (right). Donna Conant (left) presented her with the District YWPA Certificate. Ananya spoke on her activities with leadership and anti-bullying. She has held anti-bullying camps in Wisconsin and India. She was one of 12 girl scouts in the country that were chosen to speak on a panel at the United Nations. (read more:  Young Women in Public Affairs Award )

Pictured are Sandra Anderson, 1993 AE Fellow and member of Zonta Club of Madison (left); Leslie Goddard portraying Amelia Earhart (center); Sivaranjani Seetharaman 2015 AE Fellow (right).


Unable to attend the conference were:

  • Natasha Bosanac from Purdue University – awarded her second Amelia Earhart Fellowship.
  • Kosovka Spreca from Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI. is the recipient of the District’s Jane M. Klausman award. (Read more: Jane M. Klausman Women In Business Scholarship )


Zonta District 6 Says NO to Violence Against Women

Members in District 6 are stepping out in a big way to Say NO to Violence against Women. Pictured are District 6 Zontians at District Conference on Oct. 10, 2015.  Plans are well underway for  the 16 Days of Activism 16 Days of Activism, November 25-December 10, 2015.


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Notes from the Governor

Notes from the Governor

It was wonderful to see so many District 6 Zontians at our District 6 conference in Normal Illinois! It was full of energy, purpose and passion for Zonta and our mission. We learned from experts and each other to become more effective as leaders, clubs and areas, creating a stronger Zonta community.  I am inspired by such dedicated professionals in District 6 working together to empower women and girls through service and advocacy. Thank you to everyone who participated in the conference, and big thanks again to the conference committee for their outstanding work.

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.

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