LACONIA — "Zonta Reflections: Here's Looking at Us!" was the theme of the 65th Annual Zonta International's District 1 Fall Conference held October 25th-27th at the Doubletree Bedford Glen in Bedford, Massachusetts.
The District includes clubs in the New England states and Nova Scotia. Five members of the Zonta Club of the Lakes Region attended: Micheline Roy of Laconia, current Lakes Region president who served as club delegate to the conference, Shirley Perry of Gilford, current Lakes Region treasurer and also 2012-14 District 1 Secretary, Phyllis Corrigan of Gilford, local club board of directors member and Nadine Salley of Tilton and Cheryl Dorfman of Laconia who are both Past District 1 Governors. Ms. Salley currently serves on the local club board of directors and Mrs. Dorfman is the current District 1 Foundation Ambassador.
The conference hosted Zonta International Director, Gabriella Samaro Paphitis from Cyprus, as well as outstanding and inspiring high school student leaders from the Malden, MA YMCA Youth in Government Project.who serve in model governments at the local, state, and national levels. Conference sessions highlighted the current "Zonta Says NO" to Violence Against Women Campaign underway worldwide to bring attention to the issue of domestic and gender based violence. Other presentations focused on advocacy and public relations initiatives throughout the district. Just over $7,000 was raised through a silent auction and club and individual donations to support the Zonta International Foundation service projects and educational awards.