Highlights from the Convention in Yokohama Japan

As usual the Convention was phenomenal. It is hard to express in words what it is like to go to an International Convention. There is the excitement of seeing old friends and meeting new ones. The opening ceremony is always something that makes one proud to be a Zontian as well as an American as Zonta was started by a forward group of Americans and now extends around the world to 66 different countries. It is always a great thrill when someone from District 6 carries the US Flag. This year our own Jackie Beaudry carried the flag that then stood by the flag of our international President’s country Sweden and the host country Japan.

Before the actual opening ceremony, a group of Japanese Drummers took the stage and gave a spectacular performance. These young men have been all over Japan and the world and won many contests. The most interesting fact about these young men was that they are one of the Z-clubs of Japan. The incoming Governor of Japan was so proud of these young men and believe me she had every reason to be they did Zonta well.

The memorial service was inspiring. A Japanese violinist used her talents to help celebrate the Zontians that are no longer with us. Each Governor carried a yellow rose for the Zontians in their districts that passed during the past biennium. Governor Tammy carried District 6 Rose to represent our sisters and friends who we will all miss and see again in the future.

For myself there were two other especially exciting things. One was of course my instillation as your governor. I am excited and thrilled to serve as your governor for the next two years. I am also scared so you will see me call on all of you for help. I thank you

ahead of time for your help.    The other thing that really excited me was being able to see, rather up close, the Empress of Japan. It was an honor and something I will never forget. Now it is time to get my heads out of the clouds and down to work.


Elaine Rynders

Governor District 6

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