Zonta Club of Pontiac-North Oakland, is one of over 1,200 clubs of Zonta International, a worldwide service organization. Founded in 1919 in Buffalo, New York, Zonta takes its name from the Lakota Sioux Indian word meaning “honest and trustworthy.” Zontians volunteer their time, talents and treasure to local and international service projects that are designed to advance the status of women through service and advocacy.

Locally, we are women and men living or working in the Pontiac North Oakland area who support the mission of Zonta. We hold a monthly business meeting to plan fund-raisers, service projects and advocacy efforts. A second program meeting is held most months offering topics of education or hands-on service opportunities.

We are committed to sending a delegate to International Conventions which are held every two years and District Conferences and Governor Summits that are held in alternating years.

Meetings are held the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.  

Ongoing Local Service Projects:

  • Haven of Oakland County – Center providing programs for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault 
  • Grace Centers of Hope Women– life skills programs for the Women’s After Care Program at Grace
  • Career Dress– non profit providing women appropriate clothing/accessories for interviews and work place
  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer– yearly walk to raise funds for breast cancer research
  • The Ellen Dolsen Memorial Scholarship– annual Non-Traditional Scholarship granted to a local applicant working to further their education effort to return to the work force
  • Michigan Abolitionist Project – Working to prevent modern day slavery through education and awareness
  • Days for Girls – Increasing access to menstrual care and education.  Mission is to Reach Every Girl. Everywhere. Period. 

We Also Support Zonta International Service and Education Programs

Additional Programs

KIVA – micro loans

As a club we are also committed to providing monies to micro loans through Kiva.org.   We have been participating since 2009 and have lent funds to women in 24 countries.  We have micro loans outstanding for 6 women in El Salvador, Pakistan, Colombia, United States, Kenya and Puerto Rico.  All are being paid back and their loans are in good standing.  We are proud to support women worldwide !!!

March 8, International Women’s Day and Zonta Rose Day

Each year the Zonta Club of Pontiac North-Oakland celebrates March 8, International Women’s Day and Zonta Rose Day by surprising selected women at their place of work with a certificate and yellow rose.  Recipients are chosen because they have made a difference in the lives of local women through their career choices and dedication.  March 8 is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.  Zonta clubs around the world honor this day with deliveries of yellow roses to outstanding women.

We raise money through fund raising events and donations. Two thirds of the money we raise stays in our local community and one third supports Zonta’s international projects. We partner with organizations in our community to expand service and support to women in our area. We continually update our community service and work to include hands on service in addition to our fund raising and donations to various organizations.

In 2013 we established a Zonta Pontiac-North Oakland 501(c)3 Foundation. The purpose of this foundation is to receive monies and disburse monies allocated for all service projects.  No administrative funds are disbursed through our Foundation. 


We support Zonta International’s scholarship programs to help empower women through education. To learn more follow the links provided below.
For any additional questions contact us.


  • Amelia Earhart Fellowship
    • Zonta annually awards up to 30 Fellowships of US$10,000 each to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences. 
  • Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship
    • Zonta helps women pursuing undergraduate and master’s degrees in business management with 37 scholarships of US$5,000.
  • Young Women in Public Affairs Award
    • Zonta recognizes young women for demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service with 37 awards of US$5,000.
  • Women in STEM Scholarship
    • Zonta encourages women to pursue education, career opportunities and leadership roles in technology with US$5,000 scholarship awarded each biennium. 

As a member of Zonta International, we partner with UN Agencies to advocate for safe, violence-free societies throughout the world, Our current projects, voted on at our biennial International Convention, are as follows:



About Us

President: Barb Swartzel

Chartered 1927