District 4 Centennial Biennium

100 Years of Empowering Women

Zonta International has been empowering women for nearly 100 years through service and advocacy. Starting back in 1919, Zonta’s founders worked to make a place for women at the table of professional organizations. For almost 10 decades, the work done by members at that table has been inspiring, motivating and life-changing. Now, in this biennium, Zontians honor those who have laid the groundwork for the future and empower the current and next generations to continue the mission.

Empowering Women

A central idea that allows for honoring the past

while… focusing our actions on Zonta’s future

Where it all began

During this Zonta biennium our District will be brainstorming and reaching out to our clubs to encourage development & implementation of celebrations that honour and empower our members, the women around us, and women globally.

Our District’s Centennial Project


The Traveling Flag Project


The traveling flag will move through our district’s six areas visiting each of the 35 clubs during this biennium. Club presidents will sign the flag along with the D4 Elected Officers. Along the journey the flag will rest at each of the three 2019 Area Workshops (Jamestown, NY, Kitchener, ON and Kenmore, NY), and in Buffalo during the D4 Conference from September 26 – 29th, 2019.  It will then resume its travel through the district until being brought to the 65th Zonta International Convention in Chicago, MO in June 2020.

The Flag began Its Journey

Zonta District 4 unveils Centennial Flag in Buffalo on Nov. 25, 2018 to kick off the Travelling Flag Project.


Zonta International District 4 Gov. Bonnie Clesse, left, and Zonta Club of Buffalo President Mary Vacanti display the District 4 Traveling Flag, at the club’s business meeting on Feb. 19. (Photo by NKSK Photography)

Zonta International District 4 Gov. Bonnie Clesse signs the District 4 Traveling Flag on 02/19/19. (Photo by NKSK Photography)

Zonta Club of Buffalo President Mary Vacanti signs the District 4 Traveling Flag on 02/19/19. (Photo by NKSK Photography)

The Flags First Stop – Area 1

ZC of Kitchener-Waterloo

Centennial Travelling Flag with ZC of Kitchener-Waterloo members on Monday, March 4, 2019, at their International Women’s Day Comedy Night.

ZC of Woodstock

Centennial Traveling Flag presented to ZC of Woodstock President Marg McBurney (right) by D4 Area Director Brenda Graham at IWD event in Woodstock, ON on March 6, 2019.

ZC of Stratford

Stratford Zonta Club at their International Women’s Day Breakfast on March 8, 2019.  This was also the handoff of the Centennial Travelling Flag to Area Director Brenda Graham.

ZC of Owen Sound

YZC of Owen Sound members with the District 4 Centennial Travelling flag on March 20, 2019. The flag then is being transferred to Area 1 Director Brenda Graham.

ZC of Guelph

Centennial Travelling Flag with ZC of Guelph members on March 30, 2019, during their Centennial ‘So They Can Go Home’ – Moccasin Service/Advocacy Project.

The flag Makes its way to area 3 clubs.

Passing on the Flag

Area 2 Director, Brenda Graham passing the Travelling Flag to Area 3 Director, Jenny Johnston” taken by Scott Johnston on April 9, 2019, at the IKEA parking lot in Burlington, ON.

ZC of Kenmore

Travelling Flag at the Kenmore Club Lucky Number Dinner on 4/10/2019 pictured are Area 3 Director, Jenny Johnston, Kenmore Club member Katherine Gugino, and Kenmore Club President Janet Biondolillo.
Picture taken by Club member Sue Murphy.

Area 3 Workshop

ZC of Kenmore Workshop Areas 3 & 4 May 4, 2019. Governor Bonnie and Past Governors. Photo by Donna Monano.

ZC of Fort Erie

Fort Erie Area Club President Judy Kramer with Barb Ruegg signs D4 Travelling Flag on April 17, 2019. Photo taken by club member.

ZC of Fort Erie

Fort Erie club members; Maria Abliberti Wilma Storm, Kathy Smith, Ethel Baer, Barb Ruegg and Judy Kramer with Centennial Flag on April 17, 2019. Photo taken by club member.

ZC of Grand Island

Travelling Flag proudly desplayed at ZC of Grand Island’s Fashion Show. Left to right: Donna Monaco, Liz McPhail, Sue Brusino, Lyn Laman, Karen Keefe, Denise Dunbar, Stacey Watt, Andrea Moreau, Linda Kutzbach, Ricki Harper, Agnes Becker.

ZC of Grand Island

Donna Monaco, President of the Zonta Club of Grand Island, signing the flag. Picture taken by Grand Island member on April 28, 2019.

ZC of Lockport

Sue Mawhiney, President Zonta Club of Lockport, NY. Photo taken by Jenny Johnston on 5/14/2019 at the Country Club of Lockport.

ZC of St. Catherines

Members of the Zonta Club of St. Catharines.  Photo taken by Jenny Johnston on 6/15/2019.

Area 2 – The flag’s Progress to Date.

ZC of Brampton-Caledon

July 30, 2019 International Day to End Trafficking. ZC of Brampton-Caledon participated in the largest media and advocacy awareness in Ontario together with collaborators, supporters and survivors. This movement across the Province by Courage for Freedom and Business and Professional Women was a positive response to the crisis of human trafficking and sexual exploitation of minors. (Left to Right) Kathleen Douglass, Lori Robinson & Margaret Geare, President.

Zonta Recognized by Prime Minister

Zonta International is recognized by the Canadian Government & Justine Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.

Zonta’s 100th Anniversary is Recognized by the Primier of Ontario

Zonta International’s 100th Anniversary is recognized by Doug Ford, Primier of Ontario.

ZC of eClub Canada 1

September 9, 2019. Zonta members stand with Mayor Crombie (2nd from left) and John Kovacs (2nd from right) holding the District 4 Centennial Flag.

ZC of Toronto 

Zonta Club of Toronto dated 1928. Photo taken by Pringle & Booth Limited of Toronto.

ZC of Toronto

Members of the Zonta Club of Toronto say goodbye to the District 4 Centennial Flag as it makes its way to the 2019 District 4 Centennial Conference on September 26 in Buffalo, NY.  The flag will travel to Zonta clubs in Area 5.

Centennial Media Kit

D4 Centennial Club Celebrations, Projects, and Initiatives

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) Centennial concert, “Sarah Chang Plays Brahms”

MARCH 03, 2019 at 2:30 pm CONCERT OF THE BUFFALO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA KLEINHANS MUSIC HALL 3 SYMPHONY CIRCLE, BUFFALO NY 14201 “SARAH CHANG PLAYS BRAHMS” Violinist Sarah Chang plays Brahms under the baton of Musical Director, JoAnn Falletta (RECIPIENT OF THE ZONTA CLUB OF BUFFALO Marian de Forest Community Service Award, 2001.) The BPO continues its exploration […]

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Our History

Do you know our history and where it all began?

More information on our District 4 History web pages.

Let’s Continue the Celebration Say Hello!

This message will be directed to the Centennial Committee.

Zonta District 4