Schedule of Events

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Monday | Tuesday


FRIDAY 29 June


Share Your Story Festival

Begin your convention journey with inspiration from your fellow members! The Share Your Story Festival will spotlight compelling service, advocacy and membership stories delivered by select clubs from the Pacifico's National Convention Hall main stage. The fun, fast-paced session will provide creative ideas for you to take back to your own club. 


District Meetings
District meetings are an opportunity to meet with Zontians from your district/region, to connect, discuss pertinent district matters and prepare your members to gain the most from convention. 


First Timers Orientation

First-time convention attendees are invited to a special welcome and orientation.


Delegates Training

All delegates, alternates and proxies must attend this training to learn about their responsibilities during Convention and to familiarize themselves with the electronic voting system.


Yakatabune Hamashin, Tempura Course - Optional Ticketed Dinner

Enjoy delicious, freshly-prepared dishes with a beautiful night view of Yokohama from Hamashin, a dining experience on a yakatabune, a traditional Japanese houseboat. Styled like a Japanese inn with beautifully woven straw mats, the yaktabune smoothly glides through the water, offering both a comfortable ride and an unforgettable experience.


SATURDAY 30 June


Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony is the official beginning of Convention and includes the impressive flag parade, featuring the colors from Zonta’s 66 countries, and keynote speeches addressing Zonta’s key priorities.


Lunch Options
Zontians may add bento boxes for lunch to their registration (30 June, 1 July, 2 July, 3 July) or choose to venture out to local restaurants.


Japanese Tea Ceremony
Get acquainted with a Japanese traditional Tea ceremony by a Sen schoolmaster who is a member of the Zonta Club of Kyoto II.


Business Session
Sessions cover a range of business topics including elections, organizational reports, bylaws, keynote presentations, biennial goals, recognitions, information on International Service Projects, etc.


Candidate Speeches/Meet the Candidates
Hear candidates’ presentations and follow up with “Meet the Candidates” where Zontians have the opportunity to personally talk to those candidates running for international office.


Heichinrou, Chinese Dinner – Optional Ticketed Dinner
Heichinrou, meaning, “a place welcoming distinguished, good people,” first opened in 1884 in Yokohama’s Chinatown and is the oldest Chinese restaurant still operating in Japan. The restaurant is considered one of the finest examples of Cantonese cuisine and features luxurious meals, including seasonal dishes only offered for a short time.


Governors Reunion Dinner
All past governors up to the 2016-2018 Biennium can register for this invitation-only dinner. This is a ticketed event where invitees will enjoy fresh cuisine along with heart-warming conversation.


SUNDAY 1 July

Elections - Delegates only

This is a delegates-only event; no one else will be admitted. Elections will start promptly at 8:30 AM. Seating will begin at 8 AM. Once the doors are closed, they will not reopen until the election results are affirmed by the Elections Committee.

 

Business Session
Sessions cover a range of business topics including elections, organizational reports, bylaws, keynote presentations, biennial goals, recognitions, information on International Service Projects, etc.


Marine Rouge, Western BuffetOptional Ticketed Dinner
Climb aboard the Marine Rouge and dine while you cruise through the Port of Yokohama. See the beauty of the city from the water as you dine with your fellow Zontians.

 

PIPs Dinner
All Past International Presidents (PIPs) are invited to an invitation-only dinner.


MONDAY 2 July


Memorial Service
All Zontians are welcome to attend the memorial service to remember those Zontians who have passed away during the 2016-2018 Biennium. To submit a name for the memorial, please visit www.zonta.org.


Business Session
Sessions cover a range of business topics including elections, organizational reports, bylaws, keynote presentations, biennial goals, recognitions, information on International Service Projects, etc.


Workshops

Attracting Attention for Service and Advocacy through Social Media

Collaborative Members Equal a Better World for Women

Influencing Decision Makers - Zonta Club Advocacy

Club Presidents Leadership Training


Foundation Reception
This special reception will recognize districts, clubs and individual Zontians for their generous support of the Zonta International Foundation during the 2016-2018 Biennium. This is an invitation-only event.


TUESDAY 3 July


Business Session
Presentation of 2018-2020 Biennial Goals and Projects and programs.


Closing Ceremony
Join your fellow Zontians at this final business session in celebrating the closing of the 2018 International Convention. The highlights of this ceremony will include the installation of the 2018-2020 ZI/ZIF Boards, International Nominating Committee and governors and recognition of the 2016-2018 ZI/ZIF Boards and Governors for their work and time dedicated to Zonta International this biennium.


Sayonara to Yokohama - a Grand Gala Dinner
Enjoy the hospitality of the Zonta clubs in Japan for an elegant evening of Japanese culture, featuring Noh theater masters Kurouemonn Katayama and Shingo Katayama and award-winning soprano singer Michié Nakamaru. This will be an opportunity to visit one last time with your fellow Zontians from all over the globe as we say ‘Sayonara’ to Yokohama and the 2016-2018 Biennium, and welcome the beginning of Zonta’s centennial anniversary celebration!