Zonta District 9 2011 Conference Information


Conference content is maintained by the 2011 Conference Committee. Please contact the Conference Committee for more information.

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2011 Online Conference Forms and Documents:

Invitation to Zonta District 9 2011 Conference
Invitation to Zonta District 9 2011 Conference
  1. Online Request for Workshop Proposal - Closed
  2. Online Request for Club Presentation - Closed
  3. 2011 Delegate Form
  4. Online Conference 2011 Invitation Brochure
  5. 2012-2014 Budget
  6. Finance Cover Letter
  7. Nominee Booklet
  8. 2009 Adopted District 9 Rules of Procedure
  9. Proposed 2011 Amendments to District 9 Rules of Procedure
  10. Call to Conference - including workshop schedule & dine-around
  11. Printable/fillable Registration Form - for NON-online registrations only
  12. Zonta Marketplace Vendor Invite & Registration
  13. Zonta Marketplace Club Invite & Registration
  14. Pre- & Post-Conference and Spouse Activities

Post Conference information will be posted soon, including workshop materials!


Conference 2011 Registration Online Form: 
Member Online Registration Closed

  • Gov. Laura's Message
  • Guest Event Registration
  • Guest Speakers/Events
  • Conference Schedule
  • Dine-Around
  • Workshops

Dear Fellow Zontians:

It is with great pleasure, excitement and pride that I, on behalf of the District 9 Board and 2011 Conference Committee, extend a personal invitation to each of you to attend the 2011 District 9 Conference. The conference will be held in Long Beach, California, at The Hilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center from Oct. 6-9, 2011.

We will welcome Jacqueline Beaudry, Zonta International Director, as our International Representative to District 9. Ms. Beaudry will be in attendance to support, teach and share her experiences as a Zontian which, in turn, will enhance our conference experience.

The conference is keeping with our biennium theme of “Connecting Members to the Heart of Zonta through Service, Advocacy and Friendship.” You will experience the “Heart” of Zonta when you attend over 16 workshops designed to teach, encourage and enhance your knowledge as a Zontian, and three Keynote Luncheons with topics relating to our mission of Service and Advocacy. At the business sessions, we will conduct District 9 business, including the election of our future leaders.

The “Heart” of Zonta includes friendship and FUN and there will be plenty for everyone! We have a FUN Committee and they have been very busy planning lots of fun activities that will give you an opportunity to meet new Zontians and develop new friendships. We will have a Dine Around, Zonta Marketplace for retail therapy, Taste of Italy and a drawing for a registration fee to the ZI Torino Convention. There are more surprises, but you must attend in order to enjoy!

My wish for the 2011 District 9 Conference is to be a members’ conference. We asked for your feedback and we listened. The conference is for YOU because you are the “Heart” of Zonta and I guarantee you will leave with a renewed spirit for Zonta and our mission “to Advance the Status of Women Worldwide through Service and Advocacy!”

I look forward to seeing each of you in Long Beach. 

Warm Regards,
Laura Peters
Governor, District 9 Zonta International



Guests and/or significant others of Zonta members and non-Zontian individuals who are interested are encouraged to attend the following public events. Events can be purchased below

Event Registrations are closed. Thank you for your support!


Guest Speakers and Events



Dr. Lois Frankel - Corporate Coaching International

Dr. Lois Frankel is president of Corporate Coaching International and author of three "Nice Girls" books—a must-read for women who want to win the respect and success they deserve. She is a sought-after public speaker for her witty, warm and practical presentations that simultaneously engage, educate and entertain.

Dr. Frankel is the founder of two non-profit organizations, MOSTE: Motivating Our Students Through Experience and Bloom Again Foundation.


Maria Suarez

"Sold in America"

Maria Suarez is a victim of human trafficking who was "sold" into slavery for $200 at the age of 16. She endured five years of torture, rapes, beatings, and mental, physical, emotional, sexual and spiritual abuse by the man who had bought her. She was falsely accused of killing her enslaver and faces deportation, even though her felony conviction was overturned in 2003.

Service Project: Girls Robotics

Robotics Service Project

A special Girls Robotics Project will be demonstrated on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 6, featuring girls from the SCV Boys & Girls Club. This project is already being done by several clubs in District 9 and is very successful in engaging girls in math and engineering. Plan to participate so you can learn how it is done and take back information for your club. Seasoned Zontians will help each team, so you don't need any experience. You just need to arrive by Thursday noon so you can participate on a team!

A Taste of Italy

To honor District 9's own International President Dianne Curtis, conference participants will have a chance to preview the 2012 International Convention in Torino Italy. Each member who books a Thursday night room will receive a passport to "travel" to multiple Italian cities (locations around the hotel) to taste a variety of cheeses, olives, antipasto items and wines. Passports will be stamped at each "city," and guests with fully stamped passports will be eligible to win the cash value of one International Convention registration fee (estimated value $400-500) for Torino, Italy, in July 2012. 


Pre & Post Conference Activities

Long Beach Scene

Best known as the home of the Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach is also conveniently close to destination spots in Orange County and Los Angeles. Plan some time before or after the conference to experience this charming city or take a quick getaway to Catalina Island.  Long Beach is the perfect destination or jumping off place! Look for a special invitation for a Friday evening event for spouses and significant others and more details about pre/post conference options at www.zontadistrict9.org.


Sharon Lagenbeck - Zonta International Chair of Amelia Earhart Program Committee

Sharon Langenbeck, Zonta International chair of Amelia Earhart Program Committee, a 1977 and 1978 Amelia Earhart Fellow, and a member of the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley, will discuss the Amelia Earhart Fellowship and its impact on Zonta International, on us as individual Zontians and finally, the impact and significance to humanity.

Part of her presentation will be taken from Dr. Langenbeck's recent presentation to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.

Joining Dr. Langenbeck will be Dr. Candace Kohl, a 1969 Amelia Earhart Fellow and member of the Zonta Club of Newport Harbor.  

In a special moment during this luncheon, the new District 9 Amelia Earhart Fellows will be presented their wings by Governor Laura Peters, International Representative Jacqueline Beaudry and Dr. Langenbeck.

Special Workshop Opportunity for Zonta Club Leadership Teams

"Sitting on Top of a Three-Legged Stool: Strategic Thinking for Club Leadership Teams"

presented by Denise Pizzulli-Kirwan This workshop will guide club leadership teams in assessing the strengths of the three areas vital to successful clubs: service programs, membership, and fund development. Ms. Kirwan will help teams develop a strategic approach to build on their club's strengths and address the areas of concern.

Denise is senior partner and founder of TracksGlobal Business Consulting. She has expertise in organization development, human resources, strategic consulting and executive coaching.

This workshop is limited to five club leadership teams with five to six members each. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. It will be repeated Thursday and Sunday afternoons. Contact Peggy Edwards for a reservation for your club (pegwards@pacbell.net).

Governor's Reception and Gala

Jacqueline Beaudry, ZI/ZIF Director 2010-2012

Join Governor Laura Peters, International Director Jacqueline Beaudry, and the District 9 Board as they congratulate and install the newly elected officers and board. This fun-filled Saturday evening will long be remembered as we pay tribute to those current and future leaders of our District 9.

Jacqueline Beaudry, ZI/ZIF Director 2010 - 2012 Jacqueline Beaudry is a member of the Zonta Club of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A member of Zonta International since 1987, she has served in numerous positions at the club and district levels, including club president, area director, lt. governor, governor and district foundation ambassador, in addition to various committee chairmanships for her club and district. Most recently, she was Chairman of the Zonta International Foundation Development Committee.

Ms. Beaudry holds a Master's of Science in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from the State University of New York in Buffalo, New York. She has more than 30 years of professional experience in human resources management in public and privately held manufacturing companies.



Thursday, October 6, 2011

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. - District Board Meeting
   Zonta Marketplace Set-up

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. - Registration Open

1 – 3:30 p.m. - Workshop: Strategic Planning for Club Leadership Teams
   Z-Bots: Hands-on Demonstration of a Zonta-based Robotics Program for Girls

1 – 6 p.m. - Zontaplace Market Open

3 – 4 p.m. - Delegate Training

4 – 5 p.m. - Delegate Training
    First Timer Orientation

5:50 – 7:30 p.m. - Reception

7:30 – 10 p.m. - A Taste of Italy FUN! Event

Friday, October 7, 2011

7 – 9 a.m. - Continental Breakfast
   Zonta Marketplace Open
   Registration Open

7 – 8 a.m. - Delegate Training

8 – 9 a.m. - First Timer Training

9 – 11:30 a.m. - Opening Business Session

12 – 2 p.m. - Luncheon – Dr. Lois Frankel

2 – 5:30 p.m. - Zonta Marketplace Open

2 – 3:30 p.m. - Workshops

3:30 – 5 p.m. - Workshops

5 – 5:45 p.m. - Area Meetings

6 – 10 p.m. - Dine Around (Optional)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

7 – 9 a.m. - Continental Breakfast
   Registration Open
   Zonta Marketplace Open

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. - Delegate Voting

9 – 11 a.m. - Business Session – Fund Raising

11 – 12:30 - Workshops

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. - Zonta Marketplace Open

12:30 – 2 p.m. - Luncheon – Dr. Sharon Langenbeck & the Amelia Earhart Fellowship

2 – 4 p.m. - Business Session

4 – 5:30 p.m. - Workshops

6:30 – 9:30 p.m. - Governor's Reception & Gala

Sunday, October 9, 2011

8 – 9 a.m. - Memorial Service

9 – 10:30 a.m. - Business Session – Service Focus

10:30 – 12 p.m. - Brunch – Maria Suarez – "Sold in America"

12 – 1:30 p.m. - Workshops

12 – 3 p.m. - Workshop: Strategic Planning for Club Leadership Teams

1:30 – 3 p.m. - District Board Meeting



an Optional Friday Evening Activity for Your Culinary Enjoyment

The restaurants listed below offer a variety of cuisines and a festive and/or elegant dining experience. All are accessible using the "Passport" bus that links Long Beach's finest destinations and attractions. The restaurants located on Pine Avenue are a 10-15 minute walk from the Hilton.

The Conference Committee will make group reservations for these locations, based on sign-ups through the registration process. Arrangements have been made for participants to receive individual guest checks at each restaurant.

L'Opera Ristorante

101 Pine Ave.
Long Beach,CA 90802
(562) 491-0066
Price range for entrees: $12-$36
Atmosphere/Dining Style: Reserved, elegant
With vaulted ceilings and jade marble columns accenting the historic "L'Opera" building, this warm and elegant Italian restaurant showcases what happens when old world tradition meets new world creativity.

Sevilla Restaurant, Tapas Bar & Club

140 Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 495-1111
Price range for entrees: $7-$29
Atmosphere/Dining Style: Casual, fun
Sevilla offers a casually elegant contemporary Spanish ambiance in its authentic Tapas Bar restaurant that features Spanish and coastal cuisine, and a nightclub that features live music and dancing each night.

Gaucho Grill

200 Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 590-5000
Price range for entrees: $11-$32
Atmosphere/Dining Style: Casual Gaucho Grill serves up culinary classics with
Argentine flair. Gaucho Grill's main courses run the gamut from classic American and Italian specialties to traditional Argentine.

Alegria Cocina Latina

115 Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 436-3388
Price range for entrees: $5-$20
Atmosphere/Dining Style: Casual, fun
Enjoy Latin American fare in a casual yet elegant atmosphere at Alegria Cocina Latina. With small plates that start at five dollars (tapas-style), you can order a few small dishes or a more substantial entrée in the $13-$20 range.

George's Greek Café

135 Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 437-1184
Price range for entrees: $8-$30

George's Greek Café offers healthy, traditional, fresh, homemade Greek dishes, which are prepared daily from scratch. With a variety of items under $10 and most under $20, this casual restaurant welcomes all who seek a Mediterranean culinary experience.

King's Fish House

100 W. Broadway Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 432-7463
Price range for entrees: $12-$48
Atmosphere/Dining Style: Relaxed, casual
If you are craving seafood, King's Fish House has a variety of options for you, from shucked oysters to lobster and shrimp dishes and sushi offerings. There are even a few non-seafood dishes for the land-lovers.

Octopus Japanese Restaurant

200 Pine Ave. #C
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 901-2100
Price range for entrees: $10-$30
Atmosphere/Dining Style: Casual, hip
For the fan of Japanese cuisine, Octopus offers a variety of menu options and combinations in a modern setting. Most items are under $20, with many sushi rolls under $5 and a Sashimi Chef's Special for $30.

The Sky Room Restaurant

40 S. Locust Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 983-2703
Price range for entrees: $21-$43
Atmosphere/Dining Style: Art Deco, elegant
The prestigious Sky Room, located atop the historic Breakers of Long Beach Hotel, features Californiaeclectic cuisine with a 360-degree view overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the downtown Long Beach city skyline. If you want the view but are not very hungry, the small plate menu provides options under $20.

Parker's Lighthouse

435 Shoreline Village Drive
Long Beach, CA, 90802
(562) 432-6500
Price range for entrees: $19-$48
Atmosphere/Dining Style: Casual, elegant
Located on The Point at Shoreline Village, Parker's Lighthouse offers a remarkable view and globally inspired cuisine prepared with ingredients derived from local sources, including fresh, seasonal seafood and produce.

Sir Winston's Restaurant & Lounge at the The Queen Mary

1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 499-1657
Price range for entrees: $29-$49
Atmosphere/Dining Style: Reserved, elegant
Sir Winston's offers a five-star dining experience with spectacular views aboard the Queen Mary. Culinary creations include old-school classics prepared with a contemporary twist, as well as seafood and vegetarian options.

2011 District 9 Conference Workshops


Workshop Name



“The Meeting Will Come to Order!”

Christy Moore

Zonta Club of East Valley,
District 9 Parliamentarian

The goal of this workshop is to bring parliamentary procedures to life!  Christy
will help participants understand the basic concepts and develop skills to make and process clear motions. She will focus on common problems and misunderstandings about our friend Roberts and his Rules of Order

Stuff you Never knew about the ZI Service Projects

Laura Peters

District 9 Governor
Zonta Club of Newport Harbor

Have you ever wondered how the ZI Service Projects are selected?  Do you know how the Service Projects are monitored by ZI?  This workshop will give you a behind-the-scenes peek into the world of the ZI Service Projects.

Slavery - the Modern Scourge

Sandra Kirkpatrick

Zonta Club of Newport Harbor

Yes, slavery exists in this country, in this county and in your city. American girls are enslaved, not just foreign domestic workers. Sandy will present an overview of human trafficking today and her personal experiences fighting it.

You Were Elected Club Treasurer and…NOW WHAT?

Darleen Lyons

Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley,
District 9 Finance Committee Chair

If you are your club’s treasurer or are interested in running for that office, Darleen will show you the ropes.  Learn what is expected including treasurer responsibilities; reporting; budgets; dues invoices; and communicating with ZI and D9.

Handling Stress and Taking Care of You!

Karen Maleck-Whiteley

Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley

Are you: Stressed and overwhelmed? Too busy to take time out to de-stress? Always taking care of everyone else first and feeling left out?  Learn tools you can use daily to help yourself reduce stress, create calm, and be healthier. 

Sharing Leadership Best Practices

Jacqueline M. Beaudry

Zonta Club of Milwaukee
Zonta International Director

Jackie will draw on her extensive background, as well those of the participants to share tips on qualities of leadership.  In addition, the group will explore ways to strengthen our organization by utilizing the best in each of us.

The Power of Personal Influence: Effective Communication Skills

Dr. Victoria Tallman

Designed to motivate and inspire, this interactive workshop will enhance your life, both professionally and personally. Participants will take a self-assessment to determine personality style. Dr. Tallman will deconstruct each style and discuss the psychological imprint that each one has to offer.

The Greatest Generation to Gen Z:  Maximizing Multigenerational Membership

Phyllis Walker

Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley

Phyllis will lead an interactive workshop identifying the strengths of generations comprising  he membership in Zonta Clubs. Discussions will include how to maximize communication and better understand the strengths of each generation for a more effective and dynamic club.

Growing Your Sphere of Influence: Making Friends and Funds for Zonta Clubs

Lois Bauccio

Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley,

Create messages and relationships to ensure successful fund development for your club.  Subjects for review will be comprehensive development planning for the Zonta calendar, creating a case statement, the art and power of listening, and the marriage of marketing and fundraising for maximum positive results.

Telling and Selling The Zonta Story
How powerful PR can inform, engage and energize our members and communities

Nickie Bonner

Zonta Club of Burbank,
District 9 PR Chair

Frustrated about Zonta’s lack of visibility? Disheartened that no one seems to know about important work we do? Worried about membership retention and growth? Good news! With technology transforming our lives, there have never been as many ways to inform, engage and energize our members and communities. Participants in this workshop will learn how to build and tell a strong Zonta story, understand traditional and emerging communication channels and formulate a communications plan for their club.

The Facts About Foundations:
Is a 501(c)3 Right for your Zonta Club?

Nickie Bonner

Zonta Club of Burbank,
District 9 PR Chair

Many American Zonta clubs have followed the lead of Zonta International and formed tax-exempt charitable foundations to raise money and make community grants. There are many advantages, including the ability for clubs to attract larger donations and apply for grants to fund programs. But there are also responsibilities and costs. Participants in this workshop will learn the pros and cons of forming a foundation, what’s involved to get started, and the application process to gain a 501(c)3 designation from the IRS.

Getting the Most from the Internet & Your Website

Debbie Schmidt

Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley,
District 9 Web Master & IT Chair

This workshop will benefit members from beginners to the more advanced.  Participants will learn about internet marketing and marketing materials, including hosted and professional websites, marketing rules, email blasts & surveys, tips and tricks for web design, website standards, and designing and coordinating marketing materials. There will also be an introduction to back-end applications including databases and why and how we need to collect data and how it can be leveraged.  Data is your friend!

Legislative Awareness & Advocacy

Panel to be determined

Hear from people that monitor legislation and advocate for policies that will improve the lives of the people they serve.  Understand the implications of advocacy on your 501 (c) (3) foundation and club funding. Learn how to develop an advocacy plan for your club.