Membership in Zonta International and the Zonta Club of Franklin Area is by invitation only. We are an international women's organization dedicated to advancing the status of women locally and globally. Membership is a responsibility that requires time, resources, and financial commitments.

Membership Eligibility and Classification

Membership is open to executives or professionals in a recognized business, institution, or professional occupation. They must be working at least 50 percent of a normal week and willing to support the objectives of Zonta International. Member classification is based on occupations and the Zonta International classification system which is based on the International Standard Classification of Occupations.

Our Invitation

We invite you to attend and participate in our dinner meetings, fund raisers, and special activities. This will allow you to get to know our dynamic members and assess your interest and eligibility in Zonta. The better you get to know us (and we get to know you) the better you can assess if Zonta is a best fit for you.

Member Responsibilities

As a member, you are responsible for regularly attending club and relevant committee meetings. You must pay all dues, fees, and assessments promptly. You will be called upon to serve in leadership roles and give your time, talent, and enthusiasm to the organization. You are also responsible for identifying and recommending prospective new members.

As time and resources allow, you are encouraged to also attend area, district, and international meetings, workshops, conferences, and conventions. We are an active service organization in Franklin Area and are committed to making a difference in the status of women in our community.

Membership Process

The membership process is very straightforward. The membership committee reviews your application and determines if you meet the eligibility requirements. These requirements include you must be an executive or professional in a decision-making position in a recognized business or profession working at least 50 percent of the normal work week. The committee then forwards the application for review and approval at the next monthly board meeting. If no member protests or questions your eligibility, you will be mailed a letter inviting you to join our club.

Member Benefits

v Zontians make connections with executive women from other professions, broadening their knowledge about the community and other organizations.

v Zonta offers members various opportunities to participate in community and international service and advocacy projects.

Origin of the word Zonta

v "Zonta" is derived from a Lakhota (Teton Dakota), a language of the Native American Sioux peoples, word meaning honest and trustworthy. It was adopted in 1919 to symbolize the combined qualities of honesty and trust, inspiration and the ability to work together for service and world understanding.

v The Zonta slogan: Fair, Square, Every time, Everywhere

v Zonta colors: Mahogany and Gold

v Zonta flower: Yellow rose

v Zonta membership pin: Symbol of our bond in Zonta, worn on the left side

Zonta Code

v To pledge myself to uphold and practice the ideas of Zonta.

v To honor my work and consider it an opportunity for service.

v To increase the measure of that service by consistent self-improvement.

v To contribute by study and action to the improvement of the legal, political, economic and professional status of women.

v To work for the advancement of understanding, good will and peace through a world fellowship of executive women in business and professions united in the Zonta ideal of service.

v To keep ever before me the best of all creeds: "Whatsoever you would that men should do unto you, do even so unto them."

Additional Information

Contact Sylvia Kochler, Membership Committee Chair, at

June 25 - 30, 2010ZI Convention
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