2019 56th District 4 Centennial Conference

147 Registered Attendees, 41 Acrredited Delegate Votes, 34 First-Timers, 31 Clubs Represented, 9 Past Governors, 8 District Officers, 3 Days of Business, 2 Nights of Fun, 1 Zonta International Director & D4 Liaison.

Many new friendships established & former ones rediscovered.

The following images have been taken by Karen and Nathan Keefe, Conference photographers and D4 Historian Mary Yunker.  We welcome additional photos to add to our Conference Gallery.  Please forward engaging, fun and significant imges to [email protected].

District 4   PRE-Conference BUFFALO TOUR

Friday, September 27, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Zonta Club of Buffalo organized pre-conference tours on Thursday & Friday prior to conference registration.  Friday a group toured Buffalo, NY, including Forest Lawn Cemetary the resting place of Zonta’s founder Marian de Forest.  Zonta International Director Judy Gorton assisted several Zonta members recognized Marian’s vision by laying a floral wreath on her grave 100 years after Buffalo’s Charter. 

District 4   Conference Begins

Friday, September 27, 2019, 3:00 – 5:50 PM.

Conference attendees register while club delegates and alternates register for Conference and Credentials.  Everyone selects a handcrafted conference bag created by Stitch Buffalo that is filled with items for the weekend; a program, Buffalo attractions, and a goodie bag of treats donated by District 4 Area Directors.

The first Business Session Begins

District 4 officers, club delegates & alternates and conference attendees settle in on Friday, September 27, 2019, at 3:00 PM for the first business session.  The posting of colours, national anthems, proclamation, conference invocation, roll call, formal greetings, and the beginning of district business starts off the weekend.  Nominated candidates offer short speeches for delegates to familiarize themselves with the candidates for voting early Saturday morning.  The first business session closes and there is a short time for respite before the evening festivities begin.

Jackie Davis, Singer

Jackie Davis sang the American, Canadian & Australian national anthems during the opening  ceremony of the 56th District 4 Conference in Buffalo, New York.

Zonta International Director & District 4 Liaison Judy Gorton

District 4 ZI Liaison, Judy Gorton address Conference attendees on Friday afternoon.

Governor Bonnie Clesse

Governor Bonnie Clesse welcomes Conference attendees and begins the 56th District 4 Conference.

District 4 Nominated Candidates

Nominated candidates await their turn to address D4 officers, delegates and conference attendees on Friday afternoon.

D4 Conference   Friday Evening Dinner

Conference Attendees Dine at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo 

D4 Conference  Friday Evening entertainment

Entertainment by Diva by Diva, A Celebration of Women.  The cast included a few Special Divas.

Troupe includes special D4 Diva

Jenny Johnston Area 3 Director (2nd from Left)

Troupe includes special D4 Divas

Janice Cushner (white top), Mary Vicanti, ZC of Buffalo President (yellow rose), & Ann Marie West, Area 6 Director (2nd from right).

D4 Conference   2nd Business Session

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

D4 Conference   Zonta Store

Small & Large Amelia Earhart Basket Raffle 

D4 Conference   3rd Business Session

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

D4 Conference   Historical Display Panels

Created by Mary Yunker, D4 Historical Committee Chair and Diane Balaban, Area 5 Director.

D4 Conference   Gala

Saturday Evening Reception, Dinner, Keynote Speaker & Entertainment. 

Governor Bonnie Clesse, ZI Director & D4 Liaison Judy Gorton & Governor-Elect Janice Durmis. (left-right)

Treasurer Marcia Bliss, Area 1 Director Brenda Graham & Area 2 Director Nita McCown.

Area 3 Director Jenny Johnston, Area 5 Director Diane Balaban & Area 6 Director Ann Marie West. (left-right, absent Gina Orsini)

Conference Chair, Toni Majiack (left) & Buffalo Club President, Mary Vacanti. (right)

Past Governor, Joanne Raymond and D4 Historian, Mary Yunker.

Past Governor, Sandra Cronk, ZC of Hamilton 1 and Catherine Bobesich, ZC of Oakville.

ZI Amelia Earhart Chair Holly Anderson and Past Governor Daisy Waters.

Buffalo President Mary Vacanti and Past International Director and Buffalo club member Dr. Vivian Cody.

Mary Vacanti, ZC of Buffalo President, Cheryl Hopper, ZC of Washington Past President & Janet Dell, Area 4 Director-Elect.

ZC of Kitchener-Waterloo members dress for the occasion. Katlin Thompson, President Jane Newman & D4 Parliamentarian Kris Fletcher. (left-right)

Dressed for the 2019 D4 Conference Gala.

D4 Conference Gala Attendees Dressed for the Era.

D4 Gala toast & address by ZI Director and D4 Liaison, Judy Gorton.

D4 Conference Gala Dinner.

Gala Decor.

Gala Sweet Treat.

D4 Conference Gala Attendees & Partners.

D4 Conference Gala Dinner Guests.

D4 Conference Gala Dinner Guests.

Conference Gala Keynote Speaker, Jacquie Walker.

News 4 anchor and reporter Jacquie Walker visits with Zonta District 4 Historian Vivian Cody, who was dressed as Zonta founder Marian de Forest during the Gala Dinner of the District’s 56th Conference in Buffalo. 

Conference Gala Keynote Speaker, Jacquie Walker and her Partner.

D4 Conference Gala Entertainment.

D4 Conference Gala Entertainment, Ladies First Jazz Big Band.

D4 Conference Gala entertainment & dancing.

Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo.  Members include Past ZI Advocacy Committee Connie Deckert, Past ZI Service Committee Joan Westcott, Muriel Omand-Naylor, D4 Parliamentarian Kris Fletcher, Club President Jane Newman, Katlin Thompson, Elizabeth Sproule, Dee Croft, Past Governor Joanne Raymond, Area 1 Director Brenda Graham.

D4 Conference Gala Attendees.

D4 Conference Gala Attendees.

D4 Conference   Memorial Ceremony

Sunday, September 29, 2019.  Honouring the Passing of D4 Members since 2017.

D4 Conference   4th Business Session

Sunday, September 29, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Final day to applaud and award those extraordinary women and girls in District 4.

D4 Conference   Call to Conference 2021

Governor-Elect Janice Durmis announces Diane Balaban, Conference Chair and Area 5 will host the 2021 District Conference in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Our Centennial Conference

Zonta District 4