The name Zonta is derived from the Lakhota (Teton Dakota) word of the Native American Sioux peoples, meaning "honest and trustworthy".
Zonta's emblem is a composite of several Sioux symbols.
THE ZONTA COLOURS
Zonta was conceived in autumn, and its colours reflect that time of year - Mahogany and Gold.
1980s A special yellow rose was created for Zonta International by English rosegrower
R Harkness & Co. Ltd. A Hartana Rose, it was first introduced at the 1984 Zonta International Convention in Sydney.
There is a Zonta Rose Garden at Parliament House in Canberra which was planted with 200 roses to mark the Bicentenary of Australia in 1988. The Zonta Club of Ballarat contributed roses to that garden, and to the Zonta Sensory Garden featured in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.
1990s In the spring of 1997, the Denmark Zonta Clubs undertook a rose project with
the leading Danish rosegrower Mr. Martin Jensen, who offered them another new breed of rose produced by the Harkness nursery, the Harflow. This was introduced at the 1998 Zonta International Convention in Paris.
2000s In 2007 Dutch rosebreeder LEX+ developed a new Zonta Rose, the Zonta+,
which was introduced at the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Convention in Rotterdam.
The Zonta Rose appears in civic, memorial and private gardens throughout Australia.
Wherever your country of birth, whatever your faith or creed, give thanks for the meal we share today in Zonta fellowship.
But remember, too, those who have no food today;not with guilt that we have so much,
but with hope that, through Zonta service, they too may come to share the same peace and harmony.
Tricia Summerfield, Zonta Club of Perth