Who We Are

District 15, which is comprised of 35 clubs located in Michigan, USA and Ontario, Canada, is a charter district, part of all of the history of Zonta.  We are one of the original three districts, and were the first interstate and international district.

Our mission is best seen through the service and advocacy efforts of our clubs and members impacting the lives of women and girls in communities across the globe. Zonta International is a global community of more than 28,000 women and men in nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 61 countries.

 

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LEADERSHIP

Governor’s Message

Greetings and welcome to the website for District 15 of Zonta International.

I am delighted to serve as Governor of District 15 for the 2020-2022 biennium. It is a special and unique time in Zonta history and the world we live in. I join hands with more than 750 members who make up the 35 clubs of District 15, and I am excited to further the legacy of service that has provided a positive impact in our local communities since 1919.

It is truly a challenging and exciting time, but we will empower ourselves and those around us while supporting and promoting the vision of our International President, Susan Lagenbeck. As we undertake this special journey, I am especially looking forward to working collectively with each club. Under the District theme, “Back to the Future” we will enjoy and work toward meaningful membership, meaningful service projects and meaningful advocacy efforts.

As Zontians our actions demonstrate that we believe we must “be the change we want to see in the world.” Accordingly, we will continue in the direction set forth by the founding members to address issues such as human and civil rights, social and educational disparities, as well as health, political and financial inequities. We are committed to addressing issues that impact all women and girls, both locally and globally.

Please feel free to visit Zonta.org for additional information regarding Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation, our international leadership, our international programs and herstory.

Thank you for your interest in District 15 of Zonta International.

In Zonta Service,

DeAnna Cambridge
District 15 Governor 2020-2022
Zonta International

District 15 Board

DeAnna Cambridge, Govenor

DeAnna Cambridge, Govenor

Michigan Capital Area

Lani Ochs, Lt. Governor

Lani Ochs, Lt. Governor

Charlevoix

Lisa Hulbert, Parlamentarian

Lisa Hulbert, Parlamentarian

Midland

Jennifer Yontz,  Treasurer

Jennifer Yontz, Treasurer

Big Rapids

Linda Burns, Secretary

Owosso

Area Directors

Lynne Reed & Raquel Reed  Area 1 Directors

Lynne Reed & Raquel Reed Area 1 Directors

Iron Mountain/Kingsford

Gail Johnson, Area 3 Director

Gail Johnson, Area 3 Director

Pontiac-N. Oakland

Janice Beyer, Area 2 Director

Janice Beyer, Area 2 Director

Traverse City

Colleen Kuxhaus, Area 4 Director

Colleen Kuxhaus, Area 4 Director

Southfield

2020-2022 Biennium Appointees & Committee Chairs/Coordinators

Foundation Ambasador
Marilyn Valeri Colton
Pontiac North Oakland
d15zifoundation@zonta15.org

Membership
Lani Ochs
Charlevoix
d15membership@zonta15.org

Service Committee
Jennifer Watkins, Flint 
Pam Washington, Troy South Oakland 
d15servicechair@zonta15.org

District Historian
Karen Armaly

Detroit I
d15historian@zonta15.org

 Bylaws & Resolutions
Cherie Johnson, Roscommon
Lisa Hulbert, Midland
d15bylaws@zonta15.org

Public Relations
Kathy Bardins
Petoskey Area
d15prchair@zonta15.org 

 United Nations
Katie Burgess, Detroit 1
DeAndra Larkin, Flint
d15un@zonta15.org

Nominating Committee
Celina Shoji, Chatam Kent
 Joy Smith, Lenawee
Pat Barber, Detroit 1
d15nominatingchair@zonta15.org

Advocacy & Legislative Awareness
Denise Sylvester
Roscommon
Hilary Henley
Chatham-Kent
d15laa@zonta15.org

Finance Committee
Jennifer Yontz
Big Rapids
d15finance@zonta15.org

Webmaster
Cindy Vickery
Midland
webmaster@zonta15.org

Z & Golden Z Club Coord.
Diedra Boles & Linda Logan
Michigan Capitol Area
d15zclubs@zonta15.org

Centennial Anniversary Coordinator
Karen Armaly
Detroit I
d15centennial@zonta15.org

Photographer
Grace Chang

Troy – South Oakland
d15photographer@zonta15.org

Leadership Development

Jacquie Gudmundsen & Jackie McCarroll
Pontiac North Oakland
d15leadership@zonta15.org

Young Women in Public Affairs Coordinator
Connie Currier, East Lansing
Andrea Hamlar, Southfield
d15ywpa@zonta15.org

Amelia Earhart Coord.
Liliane Haddad
Lenawee County
d15ameliacoord@zonta15.org

Jane M. Klausman Coord.
Bonnie McArthur, Pontiac N. Oakland
Jennny Pelisek, Chatam-Kent
d15jmkcoord@zonta15.org

Women In Technology Scholarship
Patty Johnson
Ludington
d15WTSC@zonta15.org

 

HISTORY OF DISTRICT 15

District 15 is a charter district, part of the history of all Zonta.  We are one of the original three, and the only interstate district at the outset.  Our initial club was Detroit, whose delegates help to write the by-laws of Zonta.  Our district was named the Western District in the first phase, and included the charter clubs of Buffalo and Rochester, NY, Erie, PA and Detroit, Michigan, as well as Lockport, NY.  In 1922, Seattle, WA was added and by 1923, the district had 18 clubs, including new clubs in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Toledo and Cleveland, thus becoming the largest district. 

In 1926, we became District D with 26 clubs in Michigan, Ohio, Kansas City, Missouri and Indianapolis, IN. Lower Canada was added to our district.  In 1929 we became District II with two regions – A. with clubs in Michigan and Ohio and B. with clubs in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.  In 1930, Windsor, Ontario was added to Region A and Zonta became international. WE remained the first district to reach beyond the North American continent, with the addition of Sydney, Australia.

On the score of service, Pontiac, Michigan, in its first year opened a Day Nursery for the children of working mothers and supported it for years until eventually the Community Chest took it over as a public function.  Saginaw, MI sponsors a Girl Scout Camp, whose site they purchased.  Detroit worked out a series of cards, usual material gathered from every Zontian everywhere who answered a questionnaire, then compiling the information and classifying it, for use in Vocational Guidance of girls at the high school level.  These cards were distributed to school libraries across the country. Every conference, every convention, every service report at every level shows the district represented by maximum service hours, and funds contributed for education, child welfare, geriatrics, civil defense, and every conceivable type of community service.

In 1947, we became District V at the 26th annual conference held in Mackinac Island. With the redistricting approved, District V was to include Michigan, Ohio, Canada to the north and that part of Kentucky to the south. District V included 18 clubs, 13 of which were from Michigan/Ontario.

With continued growth and redistricting, District V became District 15 in 1962.

District 15 continued to grow to its current size of 35 clubs. Our members have held leadership positions on the International Board and Committees, and we look forward to the next century of service.