A Message From our District 10 Governor Sheryl Flanagin

“Zelebrating” on the Bayou

As promised, those “good times” definitely did roll at our 70th Zonta D10 Conference! I’m so glad that many of you attended and sad that others missed it. I’ll share some of the highlights with you.

First, Zonta Club of Lafayette was the ultimate host. Everything ran smoothly and the club members were helpful and gracious. And, if you missed their Friday night host event, you missed a great time—Cajun food, Cajun band, and lots of laughter and dancing.

The conference began with our impressive flag ceremony brought to us by Karen and Linda McNallen and Barbara O’Reilly. How fortunate we are that Zonta Club of West Hidalgo shares these flags with us!

The opening session also recognized our Zonta District 10’s Centennial Recognition Award to Faith House, a domestic violence crisis center and shelter based in Lafayette and serving seven parishes throughout central and southern Louisiana. During the conference, D10 Zontians donated $2050 in cash and gift cards to Faith House.

Of course, we also took care of the business of our district. The following were elected to serve on our 2020-22 district board: Governor, Carole Moffatt; Lt. Governor, Connie Davis; Area One Director, Marcelinda Williams; Area Two Director, Terri McJilton; Area Three Director, Patty Chimene. Lisa LeBlanc will serve as the secretary. The nominating committee elected were Sheryl Flanagin, chairman; Connie Stierstorfer, and Barbara Behal.   Our district will be in good hands in the upcoming biennium.

During the conference, we learned of our scholarship recipients, heard reports from the area directors on activities of our clubs, and received membership information from Lt. Governor Moffatt.  We also enjoyed a presentation by Judy Kautz on her trip to Madagascar, where she saw the difference Zonta is making with our Let Us Learn Madagascar program. It was great to have this first-hand report from one of our own. And, we had that lively open forum with much sharing of concerns and ideas with our ZI representative, Mari McKenzie. Clubs were also encouraged to take the common action on November 8 to post the ending child marriage graphic on their Facebook pages and ask members to share.

The awards banquet was a fitting end to a great conference. Weren’t those two young singers phenomenal? And, of course, we had awards.

Advocacy: Division I— 1st Johnson County; 2nd Fort Smith; 3rd Austin. Division II—1st Houston; 2nd Fredericksburg; 3rd Central Oklahoma.

PR&C: Division I—1st Fort Smith; 2nd Austin; 3rd e-Club USA2.  Division II—1st Fredericksburg; 2nd Central Oklahoma; 3rd Houston.

Membership: Division I—1st Fort Smith; 2nd eClub USA2; 3rd Austin. Division II—1st Fredericksburg; 2nd  Central Oklahoma; 3rd Houston. Banner award—Parker County.

Service: Division I—1st Johnson County; 2nd Fort Smith; 3rd Austin. Division II—1st Brownsville; 2nd Houston; 3rd Central Oklahoma.

And, the coveted traveling hat went to Central Oklahoma with 14,256 miles. Congratulations to all!

As this year ends, I hope you and yours enjoy a wonderful holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you at our area meetings in the spring.

All my best,

Sheryl Flanagin
Zonta D10 Governor