District 11- 2008 Area meeting. Bringing Zonta Into Focus. Agenda. Spotlight on our focus Zonta’s Service/Advocacy Projects Zonta’s Uniqueness Zonta Mission and your Club Bylaws Zonta Mission and Time Management (time permitting). Zonta’s mission “IS” our mission.
Bringing Zonta Into Focus
“IS” our mission
Zonta International is a global service organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women throughserviceand advocacy.
The objects of Zonta International are:
Answer: By having committees
There are 5 required committees
Article XII Section 8 - Committees
Status of Women Service Committee
It shall recommend action in accordance with the Objects of Zonta International to improve the status of women, promote legislative awareness, advocacy, and equal rights. It shall coordinate service programs authorized by the convention. It shall promote international service projects sponsored by Zonta International and administered by the Zonta International Foundation, and shall encourage and support local service projects.
Incoming ZI President Beryl Sten has worked with ZI UN Representative Jackie Shapiro to select projects that will successfully help women in need.
Here are the agencies ZIF will work through in the coming biennium, if these projects are approved at the upcoming convention:
UNIFEM United Nations Development Fund for Women
UNICEF United Nations Children’s Fund
UNFPA United Nations Fund for Population Activity
1. SAFE CITIES FOR WOMEN: GUATEMALA & EL SALVADOR ($600,000)
2. PREVENTION OF MOTHER TO CHILD HIV TRANSMISSION IN RWANDA ($600,000)
Clearly prevention of violence against women (VAW) and women’s health are the focus of our ZIF projects for the next biennium.
(Reference the District 11 website~www.zonta-district11.org Committees when discussing this section. The Service webpage is to assist clubs at the local level. Go into the Status of Women Service Project Proposal questionnaire.)
Service Project Information – Local projects
District and Club Service Project report updates. If you have successful service projects to share with other Clubs, please notify our Service Coordinator Jo Anne Garcia-Melendez.
Area Zonta Clubs Join Forces for Healthy BirthsRead more about the project (pdf) Congratulations to all the Zonta Clubs!
Australian Zonta Clubs Work Together to Provide Birthing Kits and Breast Cushions
For the full story click http://www.zonta.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=9646 (pdf)
1,000 Safe Birthing Kits Going to GuatemalaArea 6 Zonta Clubs will be shipping 1,000 safe birthing kits to an NGO in Guatemala in April, 2007. Working together, the Sarasota, Bonita Springs, and Sanibel-Captiva clubs obtained the needed supplies, directions, and contacts and all the Area clubs held or will hold assembly work days to put the kits together. Congratulations ladies!
How do we define “Service Hours”?
“Service hours” refers to actual hours spent delivering an activity to individuals or groups outside of Zonta. It does not include hours spent at Club meetings or hours spent in fundraising activities. It includes the total number of hours the club has taken part in service. The time determination is based on the time commitment for the project, rather than the number of participants. For example, if a club has agreed to provide volunteers at a women’s rape crisis center for 10 hours per week for 3 weeks, then the hours recorded will be 30 hours (10 hours at 3 weeks). It does not matter if two members spend 15 hours each or 5 members spend 6 hours each.
“Service hours” does not include time members spend on projects that the club has not formally adopted as a club project, even though these may be consistent with Zonta’s aims. It does include the hours spent planning for the club service activity.
Created by Zonta District 11 for clubs use, to assist in determining whether the local project is within Zonta International mission for the service projects.
The following page may be used by the Status of Women Service Committee to assist in developing club service projects.
The following should be considered when researching proposals for service projects:
* (found in ZI’s Bylaws and website)
** (found on District 11’s website)
*** (found in Zonta Club Manual and ZI’s website)
**** (determined through the use of a membership survey)
B. Zonta’s Objects:
C. Zonta International Resolutions
D. 2006-2008 International Service Program Projects
E. District 11 Resolutions
1 Name of recipient
2 Description of project
3 Describe how this project meets the Zonta objective above: (See A, B, C, D, or E)
4 Money amount proposed ______________________________________
5 Number of hours proposed ____________________________________
6 Identify which category this project will meet in the annual report
7 Quantify the project goal
Club focused service projects examples
Zonta focuses on enhancing the status of women. Note: so do other organizations, but the following 3 things make Zonta unique.
Using the -
Zonta Club sample Bylaws in the Club Manual
Your Club Bylaws
Answer the questions in your handout.
2/3 vote of the members present and voting must approve the bylaws.
In Article II, Objects.
Nonsectarian; Nonsectarian means “not confined to or affiliated with any specific religion or group adhering to a distinctive doctrine or to a leader”. Nonpartisan means “not controlled or influenced by, or supporting, any single political party”.
(Article III, Policy, Section 1)
Note that the definitions are from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
“An Honorary Member shall be entitled to all membership privileges of the Club except those of: (1) holding an elective office or directorship;
(2) making motions and voting; or
(3) representing the Club as a delegate or alternate.”
(Article IV, Membership, Section 1 (c)).
The Club Board, by either a majority or two-thirds. (Article IV, Membership, Section 2 (c))
For life after 5 years’ of membership.
(Article IV, Membership, Section 4 (a))
The Annual Meeting is held in March, April, or May for the purpose of receiving reports, board installation/election, and other business.
(Article V, Section 2.)
A special meeting may be called by the President and shall be called upon the written request from 5 club members.
(Article V, Section 3)
Either one fourth or one third of the members. (Article V, Section 4)
Note that a majority of the club board members constitutes a quorum for a board meeting.
(Article VI, Section 3.)
The Club Board can act upon routine questions, make recommendations to the Club, receive committee reports, and perform duties required by ZI, club bylaws and rules of procedure, but shall not determine policy, authorize projects and donations, or adopt the budget.
(Article VI, Section 2)
Officers shall have experience in a decision-making capacity. The president must have been a member of the board for at least one year, except in new clubs.
(Article VII, Section 2)
The Vice President will perform the duties of the President. The President-Elect becomes President at the conclusion of her term as President-Elect.
(Article VII, Section 8, (b) and (c))
The Nominating Committee may be elected at the club election meeting, in December or January. (Article VIII, Section 1)
Standing committees shall be: Finance, OMC, PR & communications, Status of Women Service, and United Nations.
(Article IX, Section 1 (a))
The club president will appoint the chairs, subject to approval by the board.
(Article IX, Section 2).
To start the process of suspension or expulsion, a complaint in writing must be made to the club board against the member who has acted in a way to injure the good name of Zonta or to hamper its work.
Note that the verbiage in this article is taken directly from the ZI Bylaws.
use your manual!
Let’s take a 15 minute Comfort Break
Thank you for your participation and enjoy the rest of the area meeting.