What is Zonta?
The founding of Zonta International occupies a unique moment in women's history. Established in Buffalo, New York, USA in 1919, early members were among the first generation of college-educated women, the first generation of North American women to vote, and a part of the growing, though still comparatively small, legion of women entering the workforce.
Over the decades, Zonta International has grown into a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women. There are nearly 30,000 members in nearly 1,200 clubs in 67 countries all over the world.
The name Zonta is derived from a Sioux Indian word meaning "honest and trustworthy." Zontians actively work to improve the status of women, both internationally and locally. Zonta International has worked as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with the United Nations since the U.N. was established in 1945.
The Zonta Club of Frederick
was chartered in 1930. It is part of Zonta International, District 3, Area 3. Our membership represents some of the most distinguished business and professional careers, including: certified public accountants, lawyers, social workers, artists, medical practitioners, and business owners.
Zonta is Unique
Zonta differs from other service clubs because it offers an environment where women of diverse professions and ages can join together in membership, fundraising, networking, and hands-on service projects to benefit local, regional and international communities.
When We Meet
Our monthly meetings are now being held at the Frederick Elks Lodge #684 at 289 Willowdale Drive. It is a dinner meeting on the 2nd Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m.
Annual dues are $135. (Dues to International, District 3, and Zonta Club of Frederick are included).
"Our common goal is to advance the status of women worldwide...We see the fruits from our labor."
- Anne-Lynn Gross, a past president of Zonta Club of Frederick
When invited to attend a meeting in 1985, Gross said she was impressed with how members shared a common goal and worked as a team on projects. "It grew in my heart...You become more cognizant of what's going on in the world and what (Zonta) is doing for women."