2021 District 8 Conference

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Sessions that were video recorded
are available for viewing for 90days (till Jan 17th)
(Prior registration with login required to view contact Stephanie Adams with any questions)

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Transitions, Changes and New Opportunities

We invite all members of District 8 and guests to join us at our Electronic Conference, Transitions, Changes and New Opportunities,  Hosted by Zonta Club of Pocatello, with help from the Zonta Club of Blackfoot!

Elections will be held BEFORE the Conference via electronic voting.  Delegates will get full conference information via email. 

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Registration Thru October 10, 2021

**In order to receive conference materials via mail on time, registration is due OCT 1st. 
Late Registration is available October 2-10, 2021
**Late registrants may not receive conference materials in time

Registration cost is $100 US

Registration Includes:
Access to all presentations during the conference
Access to all presentations** for 90 days after conference
Attendance for District 8 Zoom Business Meetings**
Access to virtual fundraising events
Access to virtual after-hours hospitality events
Delivery of printed conference materials, swag and gifts
Access to all virtual booths
Opening & Closing Events

~Optional Add-On
Craft Project Fundraiser for Zonta Foundation ($10/kit)


Conference Agenda Summary

(See below or the Call to Conference for the full Agenda)



OCT  5-10, 2021 ELECTIONS TO BE HELD IN ADVANCE OF THE CONFERENCE BUSINESS MEETING – Delegates will receive voting training and information via email


OCT 14: LIVE AND SILENT AUCTION – Invite Guests, funds to benefit the Zonta Foundation for Women

OCT 15 & 16, 2021 DISTRICT 8 CONFERENCE To be HELD ELECTRONICALLY   See agenda below for details


Conference Speakers are being Added Daily.  Click the button below to get the latest updates



Virtual Gala And Silent+Live Auction

Oct 14th 6:45pm – 8pm

Benefit for the Zonta Foundation for Women

Zonta Foundation for Women

Bring friends, colleagues, prospective members and introduce them to the remarkable impact of Zonta’s International Service Projects.   

Gala Registration


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Friday Noon 
Indigenous Perspective

Randy’L Teton

Public Affairs Manager for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

Teton’s educational background includes U.S. history, Native American history, Museum Studies and Public Speaking. 
Randy’L currently serves as the Native Vote Coordinator for federal and state elections and is actively involved with several tribal and state organizations such as COLT (Coalition of Large Tribes) organization, American Indian Association (AIANTA) Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council (RMTLC) organization, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) organization, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) organization and National Congress of American Indian (NCAI).  
Randy’L received the Southeast Idaho Business Journal’s “Twenty under 40” award. Randy’L serves as a member of the Pocatello Rotary Club, as a tribal liaison to the Idaho State Historical Society,  member of the local city Chamber of Commerce, a Board member of Lillian Vallely Foundation (a Native American youth foundation).
In her spare time, she devotes her time with her three children and collecting Native American currency, specifically Sacajawea Dollar coins. 

UNICEF and International Partnerships and Programs

Kelly Procida

Partner Advocate UNICEF

Kelly Procida is a Senior Associate on the Global Cause Partnerships team at UNICEF USA.

Having worked at UNICEF USA since 2014, Kelly has worked with their Youth Engagement programs and was a Global Citizenship Fellow working with vol-unteers from across the United States. Now, in her current role Kelly works with NGOs and civil society organizations partnering with UNICEF USA to fundraise, advocate and educate their members on UNICEF’s work around the world and the impact they are making for children.

Child Marriage:  A Personal Story

Allison Wharton

Survivor Advocate

Ms. Wharton served four years in the  Royal Australian Navy Reserves.  She also spent two years as a community assistant in victims services: Grand Jury Ambassador, Domestic violence advocate, Forensic autopsy assistant.  After six years as a CNA in elder care and nursing she became a life coach and is presently retired. 
She was born in England in 1966.  She and her parents moved to New Zealand when she was almost two years old.  Her mother divorced and moved their family to Australia when she was nine years old.  She immigrated on a fiance’s visa to America at the age of sixteen.  She became a mother of four children; withstood 23 years of domestic violence before divorcing in 2004.

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ALL of these amazing speakers and topics.
 National and International Experts sharing their wisdom

Workshop Topics and Presenters:

  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous People, Alaska– Jessie Kitamura
  • Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention and Treatment: Changing Systems for Survivors, Leah Griffin – Survivor and driver of WA state’s new Rape-kit law.
  • What is MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women), Earth-Feather Sovereign  Washington
  • The Labour Movement and Reconciliation, Gina Smoke 
  • Zealous Inclusion: Diversity and Inclusion in Our Membership, Britt Vaughn, ZI District 9 Governor and DeAnna Cambridge, ZI District 15 Governor
  • Climate Connections With Women, Equity & Health and Climate Solutions– Connie Campbell, (Zonta Club of SPS)
  • How Men Are Different than Women, Financially Speaking, Lisa Adams (Zonta Club of Pocatello) and Ken Clark
  • Chasing Confidence, Allison Summers, CAE (Zonta International Executive Director)
  • Virtual Tour – Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
  • Changing the World Together, Mari McKenzie (Zonta International Treasurer/Secretary)
  • State of Title IX (Sexual Assault on Campus), Amy Klosterman – Title IX Lawyer
  • District Membership Update and Recognition, Deb Lal, (Zonta Club of SPS, District Lt. Governor)
  • Paying It Forward: How a Zonta Scholarship Led Me To The Miss America Stage, Shivali Kadam
  •  The Third Athena40 Global Conversations in the USA, “Women’s Leadership in Times of Crises”
  • You Are Needed: How to turn me into we!, Victoria Trabosh, Foundation Ambassador (Zonta Club of Portland)
  • Advocacy in the US – 6 Areas of Focus Zonta USA Caucus, Katherine Cleland, Zonta USA Caucus & District Advocacy Chair (Zonta Club of Everett)
  • Equal Rights Amendment, the Closest we’ve ever been – ERA Update, Katherine Cleland, District Advocacy Chair (Zonta Club of Everett)
  • Craft Project Fundraiser, Lexcie DeGiulio (Zonta Club of Pocatello)
  • Game Theory for Traffic Congestion, Satellite Formation Control and Supply Chains, Sarah Li, District Amelia Earhart Fellow
  • The Importance of Women’s Political Empowerment in Troubled Times, Dr. Catherine Bolzendahl, Oregon State University
  • The Afghanistan Crisis: How Undaunted Women is Supporting Afghan Refugees, Tressa Lacey, District 8 JMK Women in Business Scholarship Recipient
  • Pearson College: What Pearson Means to Its Students – Pearson Student Panel
  • Finding Courage in a Cow Suit — And Then Some, Billie Johnson
  • Strategic and Visionary Leadership, Merriann Forerst
  • The American Dream, Carolina Mejia
  • Vulnerability in Building Equitable Resilience, Shannon Fox
  • Zonta District 8 Election – Candidate Speeches
  • Pocatello Club’s Birthday Celebration

Parallel Sessions  Friday and Saturday

(final schedule to be published shortly, this is for illustration purposes only)

District 8 Conference Agenda (and Pre Conference)

District 8 Electronic Conference
Friday, October 15, 2021

9:00 am      Opening Ceremonies – LIVE SESSION in Main Platform
Welcome from International President Sharon Langenbeck
Morning Keynote Speaker Kelly Procida, UNICEF USA
10:30am       Business Session 1 via Zoom 
Welcome and Acknowledgements
“Changing the World Together” Zonta International Representative
Mari McKenzie
– Credentials Report
– Adoption of Conference Rules of Procedure
– Adoption of Conference Agenda
– Presentation of Compiled Financial Statements
– Presentation of proposed DIstrict 8 budget 2022-24,
Marie Jackson, District 8 Treasurer
– Proposed changes to District 8 Bylaws and Resolutions 
Genelle Hanken, District chair for Bylaws and Resolutions
– Proposed changes to District 8 Rules of Procedure
– Membership Report and Acknowledgements,
Deb Lal, District 8 Lt. Governor
Attendance Report for the Day                          Announcements

12:15pm       Business Meeting recess for the Day
12:30pm       Lunch and Keynote Speaker Randy’l Teton
     ** Consider buying your lunch from a women-owned business!
1:30–6:00pm    Recorded + Live Q&A sessions   Topics of Interest+ Speakers TBA
6:00pm          Zocial–Hosted by Business Women of Pocatello

Saturday, October 16, 2021

9:00am         Ceremony of Remembrance
 9:30am         Business Session 2 via Zoom
– Welcome
– Credentials Report
– Foundation Ambassador’s Report
– Election Results
– Attendance Report for the Day
– Invitations to Zonta International Convention
– Invitation to All District Workshop
– Invitation to 2023 D8 Conference
– Governor’s message
– Closing Video
12:00pm       Keynote Speaker, Idaho Survivor of Child Marriage; TBA
 ** Consider buying your lunch from a women-owned business!
1 – 6:00pm   Recorded + Live Q&A sessions   Topics of Interest+ Speakers TBA

All times are Pacific Daylight time 

Pre Conference Activities

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 7pm PT Z-meeting: 

  • Candidate Speeches and Conference Information Register for Zoom Link

After registering for this meeting, you will receive an email with details on attending.

Friday, October 1, 2021 
      12pm PT and 7pm PT

Delegate Training via zoom
(Link provided to delegates and alternates)

October 5 – 10, 2021

  • Election of Officers via Election Buddy

    Terri Turi, Credentials and Voting.

Information provided to delegates and alternates

 Thursday, October 14, 2021 7pm PT

  • Live and Silent Auction through Pacific Auctioneers  – Vicky Trabosh, Foundation Ambassador. INVITE GUESTS!! 
    • Funds raised will go to Zonta Foundation for Women
    • Watch for an email with more details!


Register Now!


JUNE 1, 2022 – MAY 31, 2024

Governor – Deb Lal (Zonta Club of South Puget Sound)

Lt Governor – Stephanie Adams (Zonta Club of Pocatello)

Treasurer – Antoinette Markley (Zonta Club of Grants Pass)

Area 1 Director – Natalie Steffler (Zonta Club of Blackfoot)

Area 2 Director – Lynda Zeman (Zonta Club of Olympia)

Area 4 Director – Margery Whitmer (Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area)

Area 5 Director – Carrie Blair (Zonta Club of Everett)

Nominating Committee Candidates: (vote for 3)
Maggie Calica (Zonta Club of Anchorage)
Lindi Quinn (Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area)
Jan Suess (Zonta Club of Olympia)
Kathy Venemon (Zonta Club of Pocatello)
Barbie Zipp (Zonta Club of Victoria)

Candidate speeches will be pre recorded and presented at the Zonta District 8 Z-Meeting September 14, 2021


As per Article 7, Section 8 of the Zonta International Bylaws, the position of Vice Area Director is optional.  Due to District 8’s declining membership numbers and the struggle that our clubs are having to fill leadership positions, the nominating committee is not presenting candidates for Vice Area Directors.

Watch the Candidate Videos