Zonta International is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
To celebrate this occasion, the Zonta club of Montreal, Canada will be passing a torch throughout New York. The local Rome Zonta will be receiving the torch at 5:30 tonight in front of the Rome, NY sign at Fort Stanwix.
Following the passing of the torch, there will be reception at The Savoy Restaurant at 6 p.m.
The first Zonta Club was founded in Buffalo in 1919 by group of businesswomen under the leadership of Marian de Forest. It was organized along the lines of the Rotary Club, with one woman from each business classification admitted to the local club and all members required to give 60% of their time to the “work under which they are classified.”
By 1923 clubs had been established in New York City, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio.
The national president was Harriet A.
Ackroyd of Utica.