Activities  Before & During Conference

Visit the Spirit of Womanhood


Judy Gorton


Buffalo Yours To Discover

Buffalo has many attractions to offer from Canalside, the Outer Harbor, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House, Shopping, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Gallery etc. for you to see during Friday afternoon and Saturday.

Visit: Buffalo Business & Architecture and Things to See & Do and Explore Buffalo to locate tours of various sites of interest around the city.

The Conference Committee will be happy to help you find things that are of interest to you.  We hope you will enjoy your time in Buffalo!

SENECA FALLS TOUR & Lunch – Modified Plan – Full

Depart the Hotel at 8:30 AM Thursday, Sept 26 car caravan – 14 participants pre-registered.

We will see the film in the Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park  and the Wesleyen Chapel where the Declaration of Sentiments was signed in 1848  and also visit the National Women’s Hall of Fame  to which Marian de Forest was inducted in 2001.

Includes lunch at the Parkers Grill & Tap House

After lunch, there is time to shop on the main street of this quaint town or revisit the Museum to see the exhibits. Seneca Falls is the model for Bedford Falls in the film “It’s a Wonderful Life” and there is a museum dedicated to this film that can be visited.

Tea and coffee will be available after lunch at Parker’s Grille House until the transportation departs at 4 PM. 


Meet our Zonta International Liaison, Judy Gorton

The Thursday night International Reception is an opportunity to mingle with other Zonta members among low tables/chairs, and high tables to chat and mingle in the Regency’s Sun Garden Room. There will also be a few couches in the room and cash bar to make it just a little more comfortable.  This reception from 6 to 9PM, and not dinner, will offer food such as Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki, Greek Salad, Caprese Salad, Italian Meats Calzone, etc.

Judy Gorton’s Bio

A committed Zontian for 30 years, Judy has served as governor, lieutenant governor, area director and club president.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Education, Judy has always been a passionate advocate for education and early learning. After a career change, Judy joined the State Public Service where she remained for 28 years until her retirement in 2017. As an experienced senior executive working in both the corporate world and the not-for-profit sector, Judy held positions of chief of staff and principal adviser to four Ministers in the West Australian Government with portfolios in women’s interests, early education, child protection, community services and volunteering.

Judy’s personal interests include spending time with family—particularly her two young grandsons—travel, politics and lifelong learning.

FRIDAY MORNING BUFFALO TOUR – space open until Full

Discover the places of interest to Marian de Forest, the founder of Zonta.

yThe tour will stop at the Statler Hotel, where it all began, for a photo op at the plaque commemorating the site where Zonta was started.  A specially prepared tour of Forest Lawn Cemetery highlighting important women residents will follow,  before laying a wreath on the grave of Marian de Forest.

The tour returns to the hotel by approximately noon.

Space is limited to 30 people.  Space still available contact Gail Willsky for more information.

Cost: USD 24 (not included in Conference Fee.)

We hope you will enjoy these activities.