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Notes from the Governor

Area Meetings Reflection

    As April showers were encouraging spring flowers, your Area Directors with the help from the host Clubs were busy hosting fun and informational Area Spring Workshops. Over 160 Zontians participated in Zonta networking, receiving information from District officers on Membership, ZISVAW projects, Zonta Leadership, and ZI updates. They heard about human trafficking and agencies offering help to individuals who have suffered from that awful activity. Area 1 members mixed shopping with service by purchasing $700 worth of items made by women recovering from trafficking.
    Each Workshop focused on PR and the media. Many notes were scribbled and questions explored on interacting with print, broadcast, and social media. Hopefully, several new ideas and resources will arise from this education. Be prepared to share any successes in this area at District Conference.
    As I attended each Workshop, I was impressed by the energy and sharing amongst participants. Thank you’s go out to the Host Clubs: Chicago Loop, Beloit, Lincoln, Indianapolis, and Belvidere. You did a great Job! You displayed flexibility (think venue flooding in Indianapolis), enthusiasm (think all new Lincoln Club members in attendance), and hospitality. I even learned about Horseshoe and Pony shoe sandwiches at a Friday night social gathering in Lincoln (think heart attach on a plate).
    For those of you who couldn’t attend this year, you missed a great opportunity to learn more about Zonta and network with fellow Zontians. Please make attending next year’s Workshops (renamed “fun”shops in Lincoln) a priority!

Gov. Tammy Hagen AD Michelle Miller Lt. Gov. Elaine Rynders Found. Amb. Donna Neal

GOVERNOR’S MESSAGE

Thank you to all who attended Fall Conference.  By “Adding Your Voice”, you helped to make it a successful event.  Please carry your enthusiasm and knowledge home to your Clubs.  Remember the “Call to Action”; every Zonta member needs to be actively engaged for us to have healthy, vital clubs.

To those who did not attend, my challenge was to encourage active engagement by every member.  I defined “actively engaged” as being a passionate supporter of our mission and willing to give of your time, talent, and energy to support Zonta.

I offered the following checklist of important considerations in achieving and maintaining an actively engaged member:

  • “Right Fit” – vetting process for prospective members
  • Orientation/Training/Refresher Courses – Knowledge equals Comfort
  • Evaluation – How does the member want to contribute
  • Challenge Members – Get out of a rut and refresh
  • Be Flexible – Offer options for involvement
  • Show Your Impact – “Meet” the women you serve.
  • Show Appreciation – Say “Thank you”
  • BE RESPECTFUL!

I look forward to seeing you at Spring Workshop and invite you to the 2017 Fall Conference October 13-15th in Madison Wisconsin.  Note: It’s Badger Homecoming Weekend so book early!

Adding Your Voice……

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Governor for the next biennium. I am part of a leadership team, which has a good mix of individuals with prior District Board experience and fresh new faces with new ideas and energy. I’m sure I speak for them when I say we are looking forward to these next two years.

Tamara Hagen District 6 Governor 2016-2017

Tamara Hagen
District 6 Governor
2016-2017

However, before we look forward, I’d like us to look back to the last biennium. We can be proud of many achievements and should use the momentum gain from them to propel us into the future.

We developed a District Strategy, the Virtuous Zonta Circle, to emphasize the inter-connection and synergistic energy of coupling Service, Advocacy, community awareness, and membership. We saw increased cross-club and strategic partner collaborations such as the Area 4 Zonta Says No Advocacy march and St Charles, Geneva, Batavia’s LunaFest. We surveyed and trained members on Advocacy skills and found; 1) we do more advocacy then we realize and 2) Telling Your Story is powerful and easier than you think. We added to our ‘Next Generation of Zonta’ pool with new Z and Golden Z Clubs. While official biennial Membership statistics revealed no growth, we also had no loss in overall membership. Therefore, the initial 5% growth did buffer our end of the year losses.

Now let’s look forward. “What do we want to look like in the next 100 years?” To keep our Clubs and District vital, we need to build on these achievements to meet our challenges.

We have an aging membership with several Clubs not only small but feeling old and tired. The Evanston Club recently disbanded for just that reason. Insular clubs are at risk also since they miss out on re-vitalization through networking and Zonta education at workshop and conference. Leadership “burn-out” and hesitancy by Club members to step up to Leadership roles is prevalent in many of our Clubs. Club projects and fundraisers also have a tendency to get old, tired and no longer relevant to our members or the community. And, the age-old “What is Zonta?” still is a problem.

Again, let’s look back and not be discouraged. We have our past achievements to build on as we deal with these challenges. Network, share, collaborate, and step up to these challenges and our Clubs and District will be stronger and better ready for the next 100 years. Your new leadership team is eager to address these challenges, but remember it is the responsibility of every member to “Add Your Voice” to the effort. For “If not now, then when?” and “If not you, then who?”

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.