Zonta District 15 March 2019
Official Zonta Mission: Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

District 15 is waiting anxiously for your Young Women in Public Affairs nominees. This is a great scholarship, and it's not too late to nominate a deserving young woman.  Governor Joy needs to receive by April 1!!

Zonta International's YWPA Award recognizes young women, ages 16-19, who demonstrate superior leadership skills and a commitment to public service and civic  causes,  and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life. 

Ten (10) international scholarships of US$4,000 each and up to 32 district/region scholarships of US$1,500 each are awarded each year. Applications must be submitted through a Zonta club. To download the 2019 YWPA Award application,  click here.

We are nearing the March 31 deadline...don't miss this Centennial Anniversary Grant Opportunity!

Follow this link for details. $300,000 has been designated for one-time or ongoing projects to empower women! What a gift we could provide a local organization.


Area 1 & 2
Hosting: Zonta Club of Gaylord Area 
Saturday, May 4
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Otsego County Library
700 S. Otsego Avenue
Gaylord, MI

Please print the attached registration form and send your check or money order to:

Phyllis Mead
Zonta Club of Gaylord Area
PO Box 2203
Gaylord, MI 49734
OR order tickets online by clicking here.
Area 3 & 4
Hosting: Zonta Club of Fenton
Saturday, April 27
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Denise's Wixom Grill
29710 S. Wixom Rd.  
Wixom, MI 48393

Please print the  attached registration form  and send your check or money order to:
Zonta Club of Fenton
PO Box 481
Fenton, MI 48430
OR order tickets online by clicking here.

For a downloadable flyer and agenda, click here.


March 11-22, 2019 - CSW 63 - Commission on the Status of Women at the UN Headquarters

March 31 - Centennial Anniversary Grants due. For more info, click here. For the grant preparation form, click hereDon't forget to select a nonprofit partner for this $5,000 grant. 

April 1 - Young Women in Public Affairs nomination due to District Governor. For info and application, click here.

April 27 - Spring Workshop, Areas 3-4, Wixom

May 4 - Spring Workshop, Areas 1-2, Gaylord

June 7-9 - North American Inter-District Meeting in Dallas, TX.


"Whether you are talking about education, career or service, you are talking about life. And life must really have joy. It's supposed to be fun." --Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Identify your "WHY?" -- in Zonta and in life. My "WHY?" is based on gratitude and my desire to share time and resources in thanks for all the blessings I have received. Zonta allows me to share JOY by empowering women through Zonta. I, in turn, receive even more JOY as I meet new people, make new friends and see the results of our efforts locally and around the world.

Our Zonta International President Susanne von Bassewitz said it best: "We all believe in making the world a better place by empowering women and we find JOY in doing this in a community of like-minded people that even extends to other nations
and cultures."

Join us at your area workshop this spring where we will work to find our personal "WHY Zonta?" that we can share with others and strengthen our organization for the future!

Zonta International Foundation Report  
Bonnie McArthur - Foundation Ambassador
Thanks to all who donated to the Rose Day Fundraiser. What a wonderful way to honor a woman friend or mentor in your life. I am sure many women were pleased and touched by the thought. All money collected through that campaign went into the Rose Fund -ZIF's unrestricted funds that are used to complete the shortfall in any of our promised projects this biennium. As of the end of February, we are at 133% of the $200,000 goal, putting us in good shape. This is a great fund if you want your individual gift to go to "greatest need."
The first year of the biennium will soon be over, and only 14 of our 37 District 15 Clubs have sent in their Club contributions. That is just 37.8% as of the end of February. Presidents, PLEASE remind your treasurers to send in your pledged amount by May 15 so they can be recorded for this year. It would be outstanding to be at 100% this first year.
Lastly - hope to see many of you at the Area Meetings where I will be sharing our current Zonta International Foundation projects and can answer questions you might have. The Area Meetings promise to be fun and informative. In the meantime - happy spring!!

Who is Eligible?
Women of any age, pursuing a technology degree or closely related program full time and who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field.  Only those graduating in December 2019 or later will be eligible for this year's award.

Women not enrolled in a university, who are pursuing continuing education in IT or a closely related field, are also eligible to apply with certain restrictions.

These scholarships can only go to candidates that are recommended by clubs.  One way your club can provide a candidate for the District level is to designate one of the scholarships you are already giving as a Women in Technology Scholarship.  Your scholarship recipient would not only benefit at the club level but the door would be wide open for her to receive educational assistance at the District and International level.

Log in to and go to Just scroll down to find the documents.
Patty Johnson, District 15 Coordinator
Women in Technology Scholarship


Dear District 15 Zonta Clubs,

As discussed at the Fall Summit 2018 I am supplying a letter to be edited with your own club information to submit to your local college and universities that have business programs. We need to get the word out about the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. As well, I am supplying an exhaustive list of colleges and universities so our district can divide and conquer and get the information out. Our goal is to get more than one application submitted.

The deadline for the application to our Governor is July 1, 2019. However, since I am the representative for the district I would like to receive the submissions by June 1, 2019. This gives me time to go through the applications and decide which one can be sent forward to our Governor. So, each club can set their own individual deadlines, as long as we get them in in time.

Thank you for working on this with me and I look forward to seeing more applications this year.

If you see any colleges or universities on the list that are not appropriate for this scholarship please let me know so I can revise the list. Since I don't live in Michigan this was a large Google search.

My information:         Jenny Pelisek - Zonta Club of Chatham-Kent
Here's the link:

Here is the list of colleges with business programs. 

Here is the letter to be personalized and used to send to area colleges. 

Z and Golden Z Club
Emma L. Conlon Service Award 2019 Application
Z and Golden Z Club members, I trust you kicked off 2019 with a big bang.  Service is an important part of the Z and Golden Club activities throughout the year to help end violence against women and one of the keys to achieving gender equity.  Z and Golden Z club members please take advantage of the opportunity to apply for the 2019 Emma L. Conlon Service Award.   
The Emma L. Conlon Service Award recognizes Z and Golden Z clubs whose projects and programs best express the ideals of Zonta International to empower women through local and international service and advocacy. Awards are to be used for the clubs' service projects. First, second and third place awards are given to both Z and Golden Z clubs. First place clubs receive US$1,000; second place clubs receive US$500; and third place clubs receive US$250. An additional award of US$250 is awarded to one Z club and one Golden Z club that have been chartered for less than two years. 
More information on application criteria can be found online.
If you have any questions, please contact me at  I will be happy to assist you. 
Warm Regards,
Linda Logan
District 15 Z and Golden Z Committee Chair

Denise Sylvester/ Hilary Henley

Zonta International District 15 is part of the Equal Pay Coalition. As a coalition member, we have been invited to work with Governor Whitmer on advancing equal pay. We are working with the Governor's office for an alternative event on equal pay when the Michigan legislature is in session. Just a reminder - the Michigan legislature is not in session on April 2; the rally at the state Capitol on Equal Pay Day has been postponed.

April 2, 2019 is Equal Pay Day. Clubs are encouraged to participate in Equal Pay Day. Equal Pay Day is the date in the year by which women must work to earn what men earned in the previous calendar year.
What can you do to support Equal Pay Day on April 2 at the club level?

Wear Red to symbolize how far women have come and how women and minorities are still 'in the red' with their pay.

Contact your local government and encourage them to issue a proclamation that April 2 is Equal Pay Day.

Work with a local company and encourage them to recognize Equal Pay Day by offering a discount, equal to the difference in pay between women and men.

Have a guest speaker join your club who has been impacted by unequal pay.

Encourage businesses to self-audit to determine if they are underpaying women and minorities.

Contact your Representative and encourage them to support Equal Pay Legislation.

Be sure to share your story of your Equal Pay Day activities!

Zonta 2000-2009

2000 - With the addition of Cameroon, Guinea and Benin, Zonta is in 71 countries around the world.

2004 - Zonta welcomes clubs in Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Australia, Switzerland and Russia and 4 new Z Clubs. Zonta now is 1,253 strong.

2005 - Zonta Club of Toronto remembers charter member Doris Tucker who passed away at age 93 with an award to fund women's education. The club raised $75,000.00 CAD with matching funds from the Canadian Government and a private donation.

2006 - Zonta celebrates its 85th birthday and the 70th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's flight from California to Hawaii. 

2007 - Zonta takes a position on Trafficking of Women and Girls. Zonta asks clubs to be effective advocates and opinion leaders on this issue by partnering with like minded groups to inform the public.

2008 - Zonta Convention is in Rotterdam and Zonta International asks all members to register on the website.

2009- One of Zonta's service projects for the biennium is reducing Obstetric Fistula in Liberia. Of the 536,000 maternal deaths in 2005, 99 percent were in developing countries.


District 15 Fall Conference
October 18 - 20, 2019

Booking is open for accommodations only at the Motor City Casino. Click here. For more information, contact Kristine Armaly at


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The Zonta Farmington Novi club has been busy the past few months!
First, we were able to submit a Centennial Grant to Zonta International. Partnering with First Step: Project on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the grant is entitled:

First Step/Zonta - Multi-Lingual Resources to Help Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Second, club members hosted a Valentine's party at the First Step shelter for kids and moms. Residents enjoyed a dinner and finished with frosting Valentine's cookies. A good time was had by all!

Finally, Zonta Farmington Novi will be hosting the  25th Annual Steppin' Out in Style fashion event, which will be held April 28 - 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Laurel Park Place mall in Livonia, MI.

Tickets, sponsorships and details are here


To purchase tickets, click here.


You and your guests are invited to the
"Women Who Care - Women Who Share"
Spring Luncheon

The focus this year is to honor "Unsung Heroes" and the non-profit 
organizations they represent. Donations received will be provided to an organization called Days for Girls. They empower women and girls 
worldwide through sustainable menstrual care and health education. 
With your help, Days for Girls can reach Every Girl. Everywhere. Period.

Please bring with you one or more of the following donation items:
1. Underwear: 100% cotton, only briefs or hipsters 
(No thongs, boy shorts, or images on them), girl sizes 8, 10, 12, 14, 
women sizes 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
2. Washcloths: 100% cotton, dark colors are nice, but they will be 
dyed white.
3. Gallon FREEZER ZIPLOCK BAGS: no sliders, only Ziplock brand.
4. Hotel sized soap: about 1.5 oz., any brand 
(usually what people have from trips).
5. Joann's GIFT CARDS: We buy fabric by the bolt and ONLY when 
there is an awesome sale. We also buy rotary cutter blades, 
cutting boards and PUL (waterproof fabric).

Saturday, April 13, 2019
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Tickets $40.00* The Iroquois Club
43248 N. Woodward Ave
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48300

All proceeds support the Zonta Club of Pontiac-North Oakland Foundation.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

For a flyer, click here.

For a sponsorship form, click here.

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Rochester Hills, MI 48306
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