Who We Are

District 15, which is comprised of 34 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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GOVERNOR

Cherie Johnson, Governor

Cherie Johnson, Governor

Roscommon Area

District 15 Board

Gail Johnson, Lt. Governor

Gail Johnson, Lt. Governor

Pontiac-North Oakland

Ruth Helwig, Parlamentarian

Ruth Helwig, Parlamentarian

Mt. Pleasant

Jennifer Yontz,  Treasurer

Jennifer Yontz, Treasurer

Big Rapids

TBD, Secretary

TBD, Secretary

TBD

Area Directors

Raquel Reed  Area 1 Directors

Raquel Reed Area 1 Directors

Iron Mountain/Kingsford

Cindy Vickery, Area 2 Director

Cindy Vickery, Area 2 Director

Midland

Lisa Poma, Area 3 Director

Lisa Poma, Area 3 Director

Owosso

Bridget Robinson, Area 4 Director

Bridget Robinson, Area 4 Director

Lenawee

2020-2022 Biennium Appointees & Committee Chairs/Coordinators

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

Membership
Gail Johnson
Pontiac-N. Oakland
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

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.