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2020 Zonta District 6 Fall Conference

So, who said it couldn’t be done!! I am so happy to say that District 6 was able to hold our Annual District Fall Conference in October. In many ways it did not look like any other conference we have had with masked faces, less members and social distancing. However, there were many things that were exactly like past conferences that included excellent speakers, workshops, programs, and a sisterhood of coming together in the spirit of Zonta. Whether you attended or not, I hope you feel more empowered to keep the Mission of Zonta alive through those who represented you and shared their conference experiences with you. Please go to the Zonta website and open the conference links posted there to view the conference events on your own or as a club meeting program. A huge thank you to the entire District 6 Board and Area 5 Conference Committee for turning “we can’t do that” into “we can do this!” Save the dates for the next

District 6 Fall Conference in Oak Brook, IL, October 8-10, 2021. Governor Anna Weselak

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Zonta Foundation for Women
Congratulations to District 6


Fellow District 6 members, we can be proud of our efforts to support Zonta and its work in our communities and around the world.

A heartfelt thank you is due to all those who heard the call and donated.  For our Fall Conference you donated $9,020 to the Zonta Foundation for Women. For the Every Member Every November Campaign $5,800 was added.  Adding in other gifts and club gifts, our district has raised through November, $29,219 this year for District 6.

Of course, we still have a way to go yet before the end of the biennium. Governor Anna and I hope to start Zonta’s next 100 years by raising $100,000 in this biennium.  It will be a challenge with Covid 19 dampening our club fundraisers, but I am constantly amazed by the creativity and enthusiasm that I see throughout the district.  We can do this!

Even with Covid hindering us in the last part of the 2018-2020 biennium, District 6 managed to raise over $110,000 for ZFW plus an additional $57,000 for the endowment.  You make a wonderful example for the Zonta world.

While the Centennial Anniversary Endowment Campaign is officially finished, Zonta continues to encourage endowment giving to help ensure Zonta’s future. It will be crucial to our stability and ability to face unexpected events. (Covid 19?)

Many of us have given more than once to support each campaign.  Thank You Thank You Thank You.  For those of you who haven’t yet made a donation, this may be the time to join your fellow District 6 members by making a donation.

Since Zoom is now our lives, please remember that I can be available to make a Zoom presentation for your club.

Happy Holiday season and stay safe

Dorothy Suther
Foundation Ambassador

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Congratulations 2020-2022
Zonta International
and District 6 Governor

Zonta International President Sharon Langenbeck and District 6 Governor Anna Weselak 

On July 17, 2020 Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation announced Sharon Langenbeck as their new ZI President. She served as President-Elect under outgoing ZI President Dr. Susanne von Bassewitz. She has previously served in many Zonta leadership roles. Also inducted at that time was Zonta District 6 Governor Anna Weselak. Check these links to learn more about these remarkable women.

Sharon Langenbeck

Anna Weselak

2020-2022 Zonta District 6 Board Officers




2020 District 6 Young Women in Public Affairs Award

Congratulations to Elizabeth Wong the 2020 Zonta District 6 YWPA recipient. More on Elisabeth and other Scholarship and Award Opportunities.  <More>



2019 District 6 Conference

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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.

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2020 Zonta District 6 Calendar

2020  Workshop Schedule

2019  Area 2 Workshop: Presentation by Zonta Madison member Mary Helen Conroy. District Foundation and Centennial Chair Yvonne Chelfant presented at all District Workshops.
Area 1      March 7 –  Hosted by Zonta Club of St Charles Geneva Batavia at  Lombardo, Illinois
Area 2     March 28 – Hosted by Zonta Club of Milwaukee, Milwaukee,  WI
Area 3     April 4 –       Hosted by Zonta Club of Alton-Wood River, Alton, Illinois
Area 4     April 18 –   Hosted by Zonta Club of Frankfort, Frankfort, Indiana
Area 5 –  March 21, TBA


2020 District 6 Conference 

October 9-11, Joliet, IL hosted by Area 5

In 1673, Louis Jolliet, along with Father Jacques Marquette, paddled up the Des Plaines River and camped on a huge mound, a few miles south of present-day Joliet. Joliet has numerous waterways, outstanding Historical Museum and the famous Rialto Theatre. The Theatre has been called one of the most beautiful theaters in the world. Call to Conference Registration information closer to Conference will include more details.