Zonta International was founded in Buffalo, New York in 1919. Today Zonta clubs exist in 68 countries and geographical areas but the International headquarters are located In Oakbrook, Illinois, a stone's throw from Oak Park.
The Zonta Club of Oak Park was organized in February 1934 and received its charter on May 26 of that same year. The charter was presented by Cora E. McKenzie of Cambridge, MA, who was serving as the President of Zonta International. In 2009 we proudly celebrated our 75th anniversary.
In 2004 we created the Zonta Oak Park Foundation, Inc., our 501 c 3 "giving" entity. Over the years our club has made donations well over $250,000 to local organizations and to international projects that better the lives of women.
With great regret and due to changing times, our club has disbanded as of May 2012 after many years of advocating on behalf of women. If you are interested in joining Zonta, please visit the District 6 website for more information about local clubs.
Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.