Membership Rights and Responsibilities

You have the Right to know – the structure, the finances, and the purposes of Zonta;

  • You have the Right to question — what we do, how we do it and why, as well as the authority for doing what we do;
  • You have the Right to disagree — in accordance with Parliamentary Laws and procedures of Zonta;
  • You have the Right to be heard — during discussions, at meetings in committees;
  • You have the Right to decide — on issues, on projects, on expenditures, on candidates;
  • You have the Right to vote — on motions and elections, at meetings or by ballot when appropriate;
  • You have the Right to lead — through committee chairmanships or elected officer or directorship;
  • You have the Right to represent your club at District or International gatherings if the club elects you to do so;
  • You have the Right to share — the privilege of membership with others you feel qualify;
  • You have the Right to the fellowship of all Zontians regardless of race, creed or color in this club and all clubs throughout the world; And with every Right there is a Responsibility,
    and these perhaps are what make the difference between an active, progressive club member and one who just belongs.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • You have the Responsibility to be informed — you must acquaint yourself with the accomplishments as well as the goals of Zonta;
  • You have the Responsibility to attend meetings — and to make up missed meetings by attending other club’s meetings, Area, District or International events. Of course, business
    obligations and illnesses are excused absences, but must be expressed before the meeting, if possible. The club cancellation procedure is that you call before 12:00 noon on the
    Friday before the meeting, otherwise you will be charged for your dinner.
  • You have the Responsibility to support all fundraising events of the local club. Zonta is a service organization for the community both local and worldwide. EVERY club member must
    cooperate in our annual fund-raiser by selling the number of assigned tickets. If this is not possible, you must pay the profit portion for each ticket.
  • You have the Responsibility to voice your opinion, for your opinion is valued and may give a line of thinking and reasoning overlooked.
  • You have the Responsibility to pay due on time.
  • You have the Responsibility to respond when necessary to any questionnaire or correspondence authorized by Zonta.
  • You have the Responsibility to serve — with honesty when asked and that means in roles you are qualified to fulfill or in the use of talents you possess.
  • You have the Responsibility to seek other qualified executives to propose for membership. If you do not feel comfortable in explaining the goals and purposes of Zonta and
    particularly the International involvement, request a more knowledgeable member to assist you.
  • You have the Responsibility to participate in Area and District events and International meetings whenever possible.
  • You have the Responsibility to be familiar with Zonta’s Code, the objects of Zonta and the bylaws that govern us all.
  • You have the Responsibility to share the fellowship of Zonta to its fullest because only then can the spirit of Zonta show in your life and thus inspire others to join in our quest to
    improve the status of women and work for world-wide peace.