Schedule of Events

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FRIDAY 3 July


Summer Splash Mixer

All first-time attendees are encouraged to attend this event to mix and mingle with fellow Zontians before the official opening of convention. We also invite our seasoned convention goers to welcome them and offer a friendly Zonta smile. Your advance ticket will get you one glass of Summer Splash punch, with a cash bar available for other options.

Note: First-Timers' Orientation will be held preconvention via webinar.

 

SATURDAY 4 July


Awardee Program

Past recipients of the Amelia Earhart Fellowship, Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship, and Young Women in Public Affairs Award are invited to come together for a half-day event prior to the Opening Ceremony. This is an opportunity for our Zonta awardees, from the district and international level, to connect and extend their professional network. 


Open Forum
All members are invited to attend the Open Forum prior to the Opening Ceremony for a conversation with your Zonta International Board members. Key topics will be announced closer to convention. 

 

Opening Ceremony

Convention officially opens with our traditional flag procession and colorful native dress. Join us for these festivities plus entertainment and keynote speakers. Your convention committee promises they have special plans in store for you in honor of centennial celebrations – you will not want to miss it.

Toast to 100 Years
Follow up the Opening Ceremony by raising a glass to honor the Zontians who have come before us. Join us for a celebratory Centennial Toast and reception before enjoying the sights and sounds of a Chicago Fourth of July. Your advance ticket includes one glass of sparkling wine or a non-alcoholic beverage with a cash bar available for other options with light hors d’oeuvres served. Registration is required.

Friendship Dinners
Are you looking to experience the diversity of Chicago’s restaurants? Relax and enjoy the company of fellow Zontians and we will take care of the reservations. Friendship Dinners are secured restaurant spaces chosen by your preferred fare. Select your choice for these ticketed dinners during registration.  


SUNDAY 5 July

Delegates Training
All delegates and alternates must attend this training to learn their responsibilities during convention and to familiarize themselves with the voting system.

Candidate Speeches/Meet the Candidates
Hear candidates’ presentations and follow up with “Meet the Candidates,” where Zontians can personally speak with those running for international leadership positions.

Celebrate on the Lake
Nothing could be finer than dining on a cruise ship on Lake Michigan on a summer night. Enjoy views of the best skyline in the world while enjoying dinner, a DJ and fireworks on a multi-story luxury ship with an open rooftop deck. Seats are available for 1,200 guests. This event will sell out so register early to reserve your spot. 


MONDAY 6 July


Elections
Elections are a delegates-only event. Delegates and proxies will be sent all the details related to the election process in the months leading up to convention from the Elections Committee.

Governors Homecoming Reunion
All governors past and present are invited to register for this homecoming event at the Union League Club of Chicago. For 140 years, this exclusive club has been a catalyst for action in nonpartisan political, economic and social arenas so it is the perfect spot to honor the tireless work of our governors. Include your biennium of service when you register so you can be seated with your class and remember to pack your class pins.
Note: Transportation to the Union League Club is on your own.

Meet Chicago Women
Meet Chicago Women is your opportunity to visit with women leaders of Chicago in various realms of work. Enjoy an evening of networking while learning about these outstanding organizations. A final list of participating organizations will be issued closer to convention so indicate on your registration if you are interested in reserving a spot. Light food and transportation will be included for all locations. Due to the nature of this event and anticipated interest, this opportunity is only open to Zontians.

Friendship Dinners
Are you looking to experience the diversity of Chicago’s restaurants? Relax and enjoy the company of fellow Zontians and we will take care of the reservations. Friendship Dinners are secured restaurant spaces chosen by your preferred fare. Select your choice for these ticketed dinners during registration.  

 


TUESDAY 7 July


Memorial Service
This solemn ceremony pays tribute to the Zontians who have passed during the biennium. Governors can learn how to submit the names of all Zontians in good standing who are to be recognized on this website. All members are welcome to attend.

Foundation Centennial Anniversary Celebration
It will be our privilege to show appreciation for the generosity of our Zonta International Foundation donors with an invitation only event at the spectacular Chicago Cultural Center. This historic, landmark building showcases the world’s largest Tiffany dome and will serve as a stunning backdrop as we recognize districts, clubs and individuals for their unwavering support for our programs and also as the platform to thank those who joined in on the Centennial Anniversary Endowment Campaign by making a significant gift to the endowment fund.. Invitations will be issued closer to convention. 


Meet Chicago Women
Meet Chicago Women is your opportunity to visit with women leaders of Chicago in various realms of work. Enjoy an evening of networking while learning about these outstanding organizations. A final list of participating organizations will be issued closer to convention so indicate on your registration if you are interested in reserving a spot. Light food and transportation will be included for all locations. Due to the nature of this event and anticipated interest, this opportunity is only open to Zontians.

WEDNESDAY 8 July

2020-2022 Leadership Luncheon
Our organization is nothing without our leaders. This luncheon serves as a time for our 2020 – 2022 International Board, governors and international committee chairmen to come together for introductions and inspiration. 

Centennial Anniversary Closing Dinner
Celebrate the closing of the Centennial Biennium with a memorable evening at the jewel of Chicago – the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. Seen in countless movies and recognized for its impressive dome, this venue offers unique views of Lake Michigan and the city. After dinner, stay for the entertainment and fireworks and make memories. Seating is limited to 1,400 and will be based on first-come, first served.