A Message From our District 10 Governor

I hope this message finds each of you well and enjoying a summer full of activities that fill your soul with joy!  I have had a busy summer myself, first attending the North American Inter-District Meeting (NAIDM) in Indianapolis and then holding our summer board meeting in Houston.  The 2024 NAIDM had a rich offering of informative workshops, excellent speakers and was a fabulous time to connect with other Zontians.  The entire Zonta International Board was able to join us in Indianapolis and it was wonderful interacting with them and getting to know them better.  I intend to create a short summary of my NAIDM experience and share it with you soon.  The board meeting in Houston was very productive as your board continued preparations for the business side of the district conference.  We also took stock of where we are toward our biennial goals and made plans to finish the biennium strong!

The world of Zonta seems to continuously move forward, providing many opportunities to connect with one another while we work to build a better world for women and girls.  Below is information I hope you will find helpful as you make your Zonta plans.  Remember to use #ZontaD10{anything} when posting about your activities to make it easier to find your postings.  Also, remember to use ZI’s Share Your Story platform to tell others about your wonderful activities.

  • Zonta District 10 Conference, 20 – 21 October, Houston, Texas. Please save this date and plan to attend our 72nd Zonta International District 10 Conference.  The festivities begin with a reception the evening of 19 October and end with a banquet on the night of 21 October.  The Zonta Club of Houston has been anxiously anticipating your arrival and welcome you to a weekend of connections, education, a little bit of business and a lot of sharing of ideas as we embrace the theme:  Let Your Dreams Take Flight – Build a Better World for Women and Girls!
  • Zonta International Unveils Our Strategic Plan. All Zontians received an email on 21 July with a link to the much-anticipated ZI Strategic Plan.  ZI will host workshops on 9 and 17 August to provide additional context about Zonta International’s Goals and Strategies for 2030 and Beyond. 
  • Leadership Development Workshop, 19 August via Zoom. The fourth Leadership Development Session is scheduled for 19 August via Zoom from 10 -11AM.  Please plan to join the Leadership Development Committee as we work to instill the necessary confidence to become a Zonta leader.
  • Discussion with Tracy Matheson, Project Beloved Founder, 3 October via Zoom. District 10 has a goal of packaging Beloved Bundles for distribution to Sexual Assault Centers in our local communities as a combined Advocacy, Service and Membership Drive project under the Zonta Says No  The discussion with Tracy will be recorded so clubs can share it as part of a bundling activity in conjunction with other 16 Days activities. 
  • 16 Days of Activism, 25 November – 10 December. Zonta International encourages all clubs to focus on the Zonta Says No campaign and to Orange-the-World during this time.  It was so exciting to see pictures of clubs in District 10 and all over the world taking action in orange in 2022.  Let’s make a bigger splash of orange in 2023!
  • Educational Awards. Applications received for ZI’s Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) award are currently being evaluated.  The District 10 package will be forwarded to ZI by 15 September.  Applications for the Jane M. Klausman (JMK) Women in Business award are due to District 10 by 15 August and to ZI by 15 October.

Kind regards,
Connie Davis
Governor, District 10
Zonta International