I extend a hearty invitation for you to attend the upcoming Zonta International District 15 Electronic Fall Conference. I am excited and grateful for all the assistance, guidance and creativity of the planning committee, past governors, and Zontians from around the District to make our first electronic Fall Conference an overwhelming success. This year, the Fall Conference will provide many of the components of an in-person meeting, in a condensed format. We hope you will join us. We are excited about the electronic conference and certainly hope you are anticipating an amazing time,
Although all of us long for the fellowship with one another in person, our District 15 electronic conference will allow you to participate from the comfort of your own home – what a great benefit! It is my hope that the lower registration fee for the electronic conference will allow many more Zontians to participate. With no hotel, travel or meal costs, hopefully we will also bolster our giving to the Zonta Foundation for Women.
On behalf of the District 15 Board and the District Fall Conference Planning Committee, I hope you are excited as we are to go Back to Basics, Preparing for our Future. I look forward to your participation and extend my heartfelt gratitude for your continued support and commitment.
In Zonta Service,
Zonta International District 15 Fall Conference 2021
Welcome to the 2021 Fall Conference
First Business Session
The District 15 Electronic Conference will open with the traditional opening ceremonies: posting of the colours, flags, national anthems and introductions, Governor DeAnna Cambridge will make the Call to Order with followed by a warm welcome from Conference Chairperson Mary Ann Ferguson.
Welcome to Michigan and Welcome to Lansing
Welcome to the Great State of Michigan from Governor Gretchen Whitmer and welcome to the Capital City of Lansing from Mayor Andy Schor.
Zonta International Welcome
Zonta International President Sharon Langenbeck will send greetings from ZI.
Back to Business
District 15 Secretary Linda Burns will bring greetings and correspondence, and the roll call of delegates.
District 15 Parliamentarian Lisa Hulbert will announce conference standing rules.
State of the District
Plans will be shared for the remainder of the 2020-2022 biennium from the District perspective by District 15 Governor DeAnna Cambridge.
Update on District 15 Membership Committee activities, membership numbers, ZI Add Your Voice campaign, & other relevant information.
Membership Committee Chairperson
District 15 Committee Reports
Reports offered by the Credentials Committee, Registration Report, Conference Program, Acceptance of the 2019 Conference Minutes.
The District Nominating Committee will be announcing the newly elected 2022 – 2024 officers for District 15. This election will be held in advance of the conference and delegates will be required to vote online from October 11 to October 14, 2021.
Nomination Committee Chairperson
Foundation for Women
The committee will be updating the membership on campaigns of the past year and the current status of our district contributions to the Zonta Foundation for Women. Opportunities for members to donate will be available throughout the entire conference.
Marilyn Valeri Colton
Zonta Foundation for Women Ambassador
D15 Treasurer Report
Review of Treasurer & Finance Reports. Presentation of the proposed 2022 – 2024 biennial District 15 budget.
District 15 Treasurer
Close of the First Business Session
Friday Fun Night –
In the fabulous spirit of District 15, Friday Fun Night will offer an opportunity to let your hair down, engage with fellow Zontians (you can also invite guests) and enjoy some time together. This year, we have 4 options for your enjoyment. During registration select the option for how you would like to spend an hour of fun from the following:
- Virtual Wine and Cheese Experience with ONX at home (maximum 99)
- Comedy and Cocktails with Humorist Diana Jordan (maximum 100)
- Murder Mystery (maximum 50)
- BINGO (maximum 50)
Space is limited, sign up early. Guests are welcome to register for this portion as well.
Welcome & Opening of Conference Second Business Session
District 15 Governor
District 15 International Liaison, Zonta International Director Hortense Chekete will provide updates and information from Zonta International.
Presentation & voting of proposed changes to District 15 Rules of Procedure, District 15 Affiliation.
Back to Basics – Meaningfulness
Mini workshops to renew our commitment to the mission of Zonta and to enjoy our membership through Meaningful Service, Meaningful Advocacy and Meaningful Membership.
We will learn what is happening with the Zonta USA Caucus and the newly created Canadian Caucus during our Meaningful Advocacy segment.
We will be provided an opportunity to participate in a collective District Service project.
We will learn ways to take care of one another in our Meaningful Membership segment.
Back to Basics – Recognitions
We will reflect on our past with a beautiful service of remembrance to honor our members and former members that have transitioned.
We will pay tribute to our present by honoring the work of our current Zonta District 15 members, for membership longevity, member recruitment and outstanding service.
We will share in the joy of influencing our future by hearing from our very own District 15 and International YWPA winner.