2014 Convention Photos

Take a look at the 2014 Convention Gallery for more shots of District 6 in action in Orlando!

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District 6 Zontians gather at the ZI convention in Orlando, Florida

We start Friday with an opening ceremony…

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Jackie Beaudry carrying the Zonta Flag at the opening ceremony

 And a district 6 meeting…

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Gavel being passed from Linda to Donna

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International Director Liz Woodgate addresses D6 attendees

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Donna Conant is installed as District Governor by Jackie Beaudry

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Incoming ZI President Maria Jose Landeira Ostergaard addresses D6

We pose for a District 6 photo (twice!)

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District 6 Friday photo

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District 6 Sunday photo

 

District 6 members participate in the Rose 5K

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District 6 walkers and runners, EARLY Saturday morning

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A surprising photo op with ZI President Lynn McKenzie after our run!

 Business sessions start on Saturday…

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Sally Bean makes her candidate speech seeking election to the ZI board

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District 6 Delegates occupy three rows as they listen to the business matters presented

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We are rewarded with an exercise break, which turns into more of a dance break!

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Delegates from the Ottawa Club prepare for the day’s voting

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D6 members enjoy a coffee break

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The oldest Zontian magazine displayed at the 100th anniversary booth

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The display of Zontian magazines over the years at the 100th anniversary booth

District 6 is again well represented on the stage

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Jackie Beaudry is thanked by outgoing ZI President Lynn McKenzie for her service to ZIF and a successful fundraising biennium

On Tuesday night, we enjoyed the closing banquet

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The newly elected ZI board is installed, with D6 represented by Sally Bean on the left end.

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Our outgoing and incoming Governors are recognized on the stage

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

Workshop Cycle Ends Zonta Year

The highlight of the end of the Zonta year is the Area Workshops. This year the theme was Relevant Voices/Relevant Clubs. All 5 Workshops focused on the use of Social Media and interacting with the Millennial Generation. There was a heavy emphasis on interactive sessions on the several different types of popular social media with time to get set up with sites such as Facebook and Instagram. Younger Zontians, often Millennials themselves, guided us through which site is most popular with which age group and helped with hands on training and answered questions. Many of us set up new accounts particularly with Facebook during these sessions. I even plunged into Instagram.

Here is some advice from Ashley Conard, daughter of incoming Area 4 AD Lisa Conard, who attended and actively participated in the Area 4 Workshop.

1) Facebook and Twitter accounts are a great place to start using only a few social media platforms. LinkedIN is a powerful platform to attract business women. Track the stats for your accounts.
2) Set up Skype for your Club so that members can attend meetings when away OR so that others can host a meeting from afar.
3) Your Webpage should have a list of members and what they do professionally. It should include a list of like-minded organizations that share our vision. Post your upcoming events with QUALITY Pictures. Add a page where a few of your members share their WHY Zonta and reasons why someone should join Zonta (leadership training, skills development etc.). Add buzzwords to get individuals attention like a link to UN WOMEN.
4) Don’t forget the low-tech approach. Make a list of whom you want to recruit and reach out to them personally, invite them to events or a meal. Young people come for food and interesting conversation about issues.

Submitted by
Tamara Hagen
D6 Governor.

Governor’s Message

Communication – a means of connection between people to impart or exchange information or news. Seems straight forward and in this day and age of electronic devices should be easy. Right? Well, as it turns out, that has been the biggest frustration for the Board members this biennium. The reasons vary from inaccurate contact information to blatant avoidance with non-returned emails and phone calls. This leads to vital information not being shared in a timely fashion and individuals being frustrated by “nagging”, both giving and receiving. Everyone is busy but please try to enhance the communications across our District. We need to help ourselves help each other. Share updated contact information, send newsletters to the Board and the District Presidents, post your events on your social media, and respond to emails or phone calls in a timely fashion even if it’s just to say, “I got this but am really busy right now and will get back to you later”.

While reviewing our District Goals, the Board found that the lack of sharing has made it hard to track our progress. Take for example the goal to interact with more like-minded men’s organizations to promote our mission. We know it happens but tracking the extent and with whom is hard. Our general sense is that it happens mostly in unstructured ways such as participating in a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes events. The one shining example we can point to is the Kankakee Truck Wrapping project.

We do not have to re-invent the wheel or go this alone. I suggest you investigate the UN Women’s HeForShe project at www.HeForShe.org. This project was launched in 2014 with the intent to actively bring men in to the conversation on how to build gender equality.

It’s mission statement reads: “The World is at a turning point. People everywhere understand and support the idea of gender equality. They know it’s not a women’s issue, it’s a human rights issue. And when these powerful voices are heard, they will change the world. The time for change is now.”

“HeForShe is uniting people around the world to stand together to create a bold, visible force for gender equality. And, it starts by taking action right now to create a gender equal world.”

The HeForShe campaign is mobilizing individuals ranging form CEO’s and Heads of State to the person on the street to take steps to make gender equality happen. Zonta International encourages us to use this campaign to build more bridges with traditionally male dominated business and organization.

The HeForShe website has Action Tool Kits for your next steps. These include activities you can take in your daily life or your Club can develop as projects. Please consider this resource in our efforts to empower women.

Conference 2017 Highlights

The Annual Fall Conference convened in Madison Wisconsin over the weekend of October 13-15, 2017. There were 119 Zontians and 6 guests in attendance. President Elect Susanne von Bassewitz represented Zonta International at Conference. Attendees appreciated interacting with her throughout the weekend.

As the business meeting for the biennium, your delegates approved the 2018-2020 Biennial budget and elected the incoming leadership team of: Elaine Rynders – Governor, Anna Weselak – Lt. Governor, Cheryl Trudeau – Treasurer, Susan Bruzan – AD1, Donna Ambrose – AD2, Marsha Bennett – AD3, Lisa Conard – AD4, and Janice Corrigan – AD5. The Nominating Committee members are Tamara Hagen, Chair, Christina Plotzke, and Dorothy Suther. Board/Committee reports and a review of our District Goals updated us on the status of the District.

Woven throughout the Conference was an emphasis on the Centennial Anniversary Celebration (CAC). This kicked off with a presentation by President Elect Susanne von Bassewitz and CAC Endowment Committee Chair Jackie Beaudry on Friday evening and ended with District CAC Chair Yvonne Chalfant presenting an interactive session Sunday morning to stimulate ideas for Club and District activities centered around the 100 year Anniversary. This Celebration will culminate at the 2020 Convention hosted by District 6 in Chicago.

Zonta International Foundation was highlighted at Conference with Denim Day donations promoted on Saturday. Zonta International Development Chair Sally Bean presented her visit to Madagascar with President Sonja Honig Schough for a project site visit last summer. The members were inspired and the weekend donation to ZIF was a record $11,000!

Matching or Conference theme of “Empowering Our Voice”, the Saturday Key Note speaker and workshop moderator, Veronica Ruekert, discussed how women are perceived as they speak. She noted that women speak less in discussions and decision-making conversations even at the level of Congress or the Supreme Court. Her workshop focused on effectively using our voice to speak assertively.

This year our District had 4 AE Fellows, two from Purdue and two from U of I – Urbana-Champaign, and 3 were able to attend and speak at Conference. These women were awesome and inspiring. They stayed for the whole Conference and many members were able to interact with them. No less awesome were our Scholarship and Award winners, the District AND International YWPA recipient and the District JMK recipient. It was a pleasure to have their families attend and see the Award Ceremony.

A new feature at Conference this year was a service activity, The Period Project. Members were asked to bring or send donations of feminine hygiene products and underwear. During Hospitality Friday evening, these supplies were packaged into 150 Period Packs. The outpouring of donations was overwhelming! We not only made the Packs but had enough supplies left over to fill a pickup truck. The Period Pack and all the supplies will be donated to a Madison homeless shelter for families, The Road Home.

In spite it being the weekend of Friday the 13th with several incidents (2 rear end crashes- no one seriously injured, 1 AE Fellows car dying, and a speeding ticket), the Conference was a success with a lot of energy, engagement and fellowship.
Save the Date now for next year’s Conference hosted by Area 3 in Fairview Heights Illinois the weekend of October 5-7th.

Submitted by
Tamara Hagen
Governor

ZONTA INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER

Macy’s Charity Challenge
We are participating in the Macy’s Shop for a Cause Charity Challenge, a friendly fundraising competition raising money for causes like ours. Help the Zonta International Foundation win the grand prize of $100,000 by donating, through 1:59:59 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, 9 August.

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