Message from the District Governor

My dear fellow Zontians,

Thank you for this golden opportunity to serve Zonta and you as your District Governor for the Biennium 2016-2018. To be Governor of one of the premier districts in the Zonta world is a great privilege and with that privilege comes responsibilities. I look forward to addressing the challenges ahead and being given the golden opportunity to work with you. I am confident that together we will be able to further the mission of Zonta International.

The challenge for us is how we can ensure that ZI continue to be relevant as we celebrate our centennial in 2020. Strengthening every single link of our organization to maintain our sustainability and achieve long lasting impact in the lives of women and young girls continues to be a big challenge. But I believe in the power of concerted efforts. We cannot do everything but each one can do something. I ascribe to the position that leadership must begin at the club, which in turn influences the area, district, and international levels. Effective leadership is crucial not only to make a difference in the organization but to satisfy the members working within the organization. A united effort evokes a stronger message and a stronger impact to society. In this way, Zonta can have a more distinctive social identity that resonates our united purpose.

Guided by Zonta International's goals, and District 17's biennial theme: "One Vision, One Mission, One Voice, One Movement: A Season of Weaving D.R.E.A.M.S.," I have identified and developed six (6) focus areas, namely:

Directions for a Better Future for All:
  • Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering All Women and Girls
  • Global/Local Impacts
    Support for ZIF's International Service Projects Local Actions in the Club Level
  • ZI's Centennial Anniversary
Resources: D17 maintains resources to support ZI's mission and vision fulfillment
Empowerment thru Educational Opportunities
Advocacy: D17 is a leading advocate of women's rights
Membership: D17 builds and sustains a vibrant global membership
Service: Zonta's service programs reflect on and enhance its mission

In closing, I appeal to you to help me respond to the call of our Zonta International President Sonja Hönig Schough. "Let Zonta's voice be heard. Women's rights are human rights --- Human rights are women's rights. Let us continue to work together with service and advocacy. Together we can achieve a better world."

District Governor
Biennium 2016-2018