Zonta Committee Descriptions


The main responsibilities of the advocacy committee are:

  • Advocate to influence laws and attitudes that affect women with the goal of assisting women to develop their full potential.
  • Define, organize and conduct advocacy activities focusing on recognizing women’s rights as human rights and on preventing violence against women.
  • Develop resources for members to be effective advocates in their communities.
  • Report on successful advocacy outcomes through the Zonta International website.
  • Work closely with the district advocacy committee and club service committee.
  • Cooperate with other like-minded organizations to educate people about legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional issues which affect the lives of women and girls in their community.


The main responsibilities of the Service Committee are:

  • Recommend action in accordance with the Objectives of Zonta International and Zonta International’s biennial goals to empower women through international and local service projects.
  • Inform the membership of the biennial international projects and programs and their progress during the biennium.
  • Encourage the club to contribute one-third of funds raised locally to the Zonta Foundation for Women to support Zonta International’s service and educational award programs.
  • Encourage members to make individual contributions to the Zonta Foundation for Women.
  • Propose a service budget and service activities to the board for recommendation to the membership.
  • Conduct service programs and solicit and encourage club members to participate.

Membership & Programs

The main responsibilities of the membership committee are:

  • Define goals for recruiting new members and monitor progress towards those goals.
  • Encourage every member to identify prospective members and invite them to meetings and events.
  • Adhere to the membership approval process in the Bylaws of Zonta International.
  • Identify a mentor for each new member and facilitate the new member’s involvement in club activities.
  • Communicate with the district lieutenant governor, who is the district membership chairman, as appropriate.
  • Maintain updated record of club membership, including members’ classifications.


The responsibility of the communications committee is to issue various channels of communications. Different target groups need different messages provided via different channels.

Reasons for communications:

  • To become better known in the community.
  • To educate the public about Zonta, our mission, vision, goals.
  • To recruit new members.
  • To rally supporters or the general public to action for Zonta’s cause.
  • To announce an event.
  • To celebrate anniversaries or other special occasions.
  • To raise money to fund Zonta’s projects and programs.

Communication may be internal, i.e., directed towards Zontians, or external, directed towards other stakeholders or other entities.

Depending on the activity, the communications committee uses these steps to determine how to communicate each issue as needed:

  • Identify the purpose of the communication.
  • Identify the audience.
  • Plan and design the message.
  • Consider the available and requisite resources.
  • Plan for obstacles and emergencies.
  • Strategize how to connect with media and others who can help spread the message.
  • Create an action plan.
  • Decide how to evaluate the plan and adjust it, based on the results of carrying it out.


The Fundraising committee is responsible for:

  • Determining the Club’s fundraising goals and activities based on the Zonta International Biennial fundraising goals and strategic goals while taking into account the context of Zonta International’s mission and responding to local needs.
  • Organizing and executing fundraising activities.
  • Encouraging club members and community members to participate in these activities.
  • Encouraged to contribute at least one third of all net service monies raised locally to the Zonta Foundation for Women in support of the biennial fundraising goals.


  • Document the history, functions and development of Zonta COB since its inception.
  • Ensure the preservation of Club records per retention policy.
  • Material in the collection include: administration papers; records of prominent individuals within, or relevant to, the organization; paper or electronic materials; minutes; correspondence; financial and other records; photographs; databases; film and sound recordings; and other donated items.


Administer and manage the ZCOB scholarship programs.

  • Educate members and public on ZI and ZCOB scholarship information.
  • Work with communications to disseminate scholarship information.

YOUNG WOMEN IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS AWARD “YWPA” awards are made to young women ages 16 through 19 who are enrolled in an educational institution, have shown superior leadership skills and a strong commitment to public service and civic causes, and who meet certain other criteria. Applications submitted through the Birmingham Alabama club.

JANE M. KLAUSMAN WOMEN IN BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIPS These scholarships were initially funded by a 1998 bequest from Jane M. Klausman, a member of the Zonta Club of Syracuse, New York. They are awarded to women of any age pursuing undergraduate or master’s degrees in various business-related fields at accredited institutions. Applications must be submitted through a local Zonta Club.

AMELIA EARHART FELLOWSHIPS Established in 1938 in honor of former Zontian and famous aviator, Amelia Earhart, these fellowships are awarded to women pursuing doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering or space sciences and meeting certain other criteria. Over US$10 Million has been awarded to women in 73 countries. Applications must be submitted directly to ZI.

Golden Z – ZCOB sponsors, partners with , and assists University or College-level Golden Z Clubs as needed. Scope is determined each year. The UAB Club is currently inactive.e

Z Club – Promote and sponsor High School Z Clubs as needed. Sponsors will work closely with the High School Club to determine needs and support level. The ZCOB currently sponsors the Montevallo High School Z Club.

Amelia Earhart – The committee works collaboratively with the 99’ers organization to coordinate an annual Amelia Earhart fundraising function that occurs each January.

Hospitality – Coordinate food and amenities for in-person meetings and/or events.

Nominating (Short-term commitment in Feb/March of each fiscal year)
It is the responsibility of the Nominating Committee to nominate one or more members for each office or directorship to be filled at the annual election.

  • Prepares the slate of candidates for the elective positions.
  • Encourages club members to nominate candidates for elective positions.
  • Contacts prospective nominees, informs them of the duties of office and obtains their consent to serve if elected.
  • Nominates one or more members who meet the prerequisites for each elective position to be filled.
  • Reports the slate of officers, directors before the election meeting.
  • Maintains confidentiality of discussion of prospective nominees.
  • Informs the club president of the slate immediately after the slate is prepared and before the club’s election meeting.
  • The chairman presents the slate at the club’s election meeting or at a prior meeting if required by club rules.

Officer Descriptions
For more information on officer descriptions refer to the link below: https://www.zonta.org/images/docs/MyZonta/Governance/Manuals/ZontaClubManual.pdf