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Zontians attend North American conference

By Staff | Jul 17, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Members of Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva at the Zonta NAIDM in Texas. Standing, far left, Nancy Dreher; Judy Langley and Nola Theiss, third and fourth from left; and Karen Pati, far right; seated, center, Linda Robison; and Zonta International President Dr. Susanne von Bassewitz, left.

Five members of the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva recently attended the Zonta NAIDM (North American Inter-District Meeting) in Dallas, Texas.

Reports from the members – President Judy Langley and longtime members Linda Robison, Karen Pati, Nancy Dreher and Nola Theiss – will help in guiding the continued operations of Zonta San-Cap, which is already recognized as one of the most successful chapters in the Zonta world and one of the leading contributors to Zonta International for its global initiatives.

Held in the United States or Canada on the year in which there is no Zonta International convention, the conferences are an opportunity to meet other Zontians, share ideas and gain new knowledge. One offering was workshops such as “Leadership Development: Training Skills for Zontians” and “Ending Early Marriage – A Strategy Session for North America.”

Pati participated in a breakout session, “Sharing Best Practices of E-Clubs,” a new direction for

Zonta. E-clubs use technology such as video conferencing like Zoom in a situation where the members have difficulty meeting in person.

PHOTO PROVIDED Zontian Karen Pati, a past club president, assisted with registration at the conference

“If a presenter is sharing something onscreen, all Zoom participants can see it at the same time,” Pati said.

Theiss, who has led the club’s advocacy for ending human trafficking since 2004, will report on “Reaching Gender Equality,” an issue underlying the accepted fact that women’s rights are the main indicator of the state of development in a society.

Langley focused on ways to celebrate and promote the Zonta International Centennial. Founded in 1919, Zonta will mark its 100th birthday on Nov. 8, followed by a year-long celebration with events worldwide.

“In addition to recognizing members of our communities who advance the status of women, we are encouraged to partner with other organizations to create meaningful events which will benefit these communities and also raise awareness of Zonta,” Langley said.

She brought home ideas that will help Zonta San-Cap fulfill this goal this year and into 2020.

The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva is a service organization of professional women working together to provide hands-on assistance, advocacy and funds to empower women and girls on the islands, in Lee County and around the world through Zonta International. For more information, visit www.zontasancap.com.