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Principles of Governance & Membership Dialogues. Keeping Zonta Relevant. Zonta Pillars of Governance. Convention Articles of Incorporation Bylaws of Zonta International Rules of Procedure of Zonta International Elected Leaders Policies Operations Manuals.

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Principles of governance membership dialogues

Principles of Governance& Membership Dialogues


Keeping zonta relevant

Keeping Zonta Relevant


Zonta pillars of governance

Zonta Pillars of Governance

  • Convention

  • Articles of Incorporation

  • Bylaws of Zonta International

  • Rules of Procedure of Zonta International

  • Elected Leaders

  • Policies

  • Operations Manuals


Zonta pillars of governance our convention

Zonta Pillars of Governance:Our Convention

The Zonta Convention is the highest decision-making level of Zonta


Zonta pillars of governance our documents

Zonta Pillars of Governance: Our Documents

  • Articles of Incorporation

Zonta in Legal Terms

The Essence of Zonta

What Zonta Does and How We Do It

  • Bylaws of Zonta International

  • Rules of Procedure of Zonta International

  • Policies

  • Operations Manuals


Zonta pillars of governance our bylaws

Zonta Pillars of Governance:Our Bylaws

Zonta composes its own bylaws and decides what shall be in them


Zonta pillars of governance our bylaws1

Zonta Pillars of Governance:Our Bylaws

Bylaws are Reviewed Each Biennium


Principles of governance membership dialogues

Zonta Pillars of Governance:Our Bylaws

What is so Important it Should be in Zonta Bylaws?


Keeping zonta relevant1

Keeping Zonta Relevant

Does it Belong in Policies or Manuals?

Does it Belong in Bylaws?


Steps leading to convention

Steps Leading to Convention

  • The Bylaws and Resolution Committee will receive and consider proposals resulting in a report to the Zonta International Board of Directors

  • The Zonta International Board of Directors reviews the report and makes recommendations on each proposal

  • Members will receive a final report, including all proposals and ZI Board recommendations

  • At Convention, Delegates discuss and vote on proposals


Membership dialogues

Membership Dialogues

Potential Change: All members were invited to express opinions about where they see the future of membership going…


Membership dialogues1

Membership Dialogues

Highlights – Results of the Membership Survey

  • 4,621 members took the survey

  • 70% of which have already held an elected office

  • A majority of 70% would accept new members who have no profession of any kind as long as they are passionate about our mission

  • A large majority favors accepting former Golden Z Club members and JMK/AE recipients right away as full members

  • A large majority favors some kind of classification system

  • 1,500 respondents answered to the open-ended question and mainly addressed having a flexible classification system and a flexible invitation policy


In which country do you live

In which country do you live?

How many years have you

been a Zontian?


If this is applicable at which level s have you held an elected office

If this is applicable: At which level(s) have you held an elected office?


To become a member you should not need an invitation a simple sign up should be sufficient

To become a member, you should not need an invitation. A simple sign-up should be sufficient.

People should be able to join Zonta without an invitation as

long as they meet the membership criteria.


Zonta should offer some type of associated membership that does not require meeting attendance

Zonta should offer some type of associated membership that does not require meeting attendance.


Principles of governance membership dialogues

There should not be a requirement for a prospective member to have a profession of any kind as long as he/she is passionate about our mission and willing to actively pursue the mission.

You can be a decision maker without being a manager or recognized professional.


You can only call yourself a decision maker if you are a manager at the executive level

You can only call yourself a decision maker if you are a manager at the executive level.

Having decision making experience should continue to be

a requirement to become a member.


Principles of governance membership dialogues

The classification system that makes sure we have members from different professions is essential to Zonta.

The current requirement for clubs to have a one fourth (1/4)

diversity of classifications of professions ensures we

have an interesting mix of professions.


Principles of governance membership dialogues

A former Golden Z Club member or JMK/AE recipient should be eligible to become a club member even if he/she has not yet attained a decision making position


Principles of governance membership dialogues

Are there any final thoughts on membership or is there another specific topic or question you would like to discuss with members and the Zonta International Board?


Focus on membership dialogues

Focus on Membership Dialogues

Next Steps

  • Continue to follow the Membership Dialogues conversation on LinkedIn and Twitter

  • Watch for comprehensive results to be released with more detail

  • ZI Board will discuss this information at their Board Meeting in November 2013


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