Established in 1948, the Z Club and Golden Z Club program is one of Zonta International's longest-running programs. Z clubs and Golden Z clubs help high school, college and university students develop leadership skills, promote career exploration and encourage members to participate in community, school and international service projects.

With the help of experienced Zonta sponsors, who provide resources, information and guidance, Z club members (high school students) and Golden Z club members (college or university students) work to improve their society and the world. Z club and Golden Z club members plan, organize and participate in unique activities designed to meet the needs of members, their schools and the community, while emphasizing an international outlook and strong international relations.  There are currently more than 320 Z clubs and Golden Z clubs in 20 countries around the world.


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Zonta Clubs

  • Sponsor a new Z or Golden Z Club Authorization Form | doc
  • Why your club should sponsor a Z or Golden Z club | PPT

* As a club sponsor of a Z club or Golden Z club, the sponsoring Zonta club pays the initial charter registration fee and the yearly renewal fee to Zonta International.

Z and Golden Z club materials

Letterhead stationary: Z Club Golden Z Club

Envelopes: US No. 9 | International

Colored Logos: Z Club | Golden Z Club

Z and Golden Z club Bylaws | pdf


Emma L. Conlon Service Awards (Contest for Z and Golden Z clubs)
Award Description
Established in 1962 at the Zonta International Convention in New Orleans, Lousiana, USA, the Emma L. Conlon Service Award is a contest for Z clubs and Golden Z clubs. Named in honor of Past International President, Emma L. Conlon, who graciously underwrote the Award for Zonta International, the Emma L. Conlon Service Awards recognize those clubs whose projects and programs best express the ideals of Zonta International through local and international service and advocacy to advance the status of women worldwide. First place clubs receive US$1,000; second place clubs receive US$500; and third place clubs receive US$250. The award money is to be used for the club's service projects.

Z clubs and Golden Z clubs who have performed service projects in each of the three categories:

  • School Service
  • Community Service
  • International Service

Application Process
After receiving the approval (signature) of the sponsoring Zonta club president, Z clubs and Golden Z clubs submit applications to Zonta International Headquarters. The Zonta International Z and Golden Z Club Committee recommends six recipients (first, second and third place for both the Z clubs and Golden Z clubs) to the Zonta International Board of Directors in the month of June. During this same month, the Zonta International Board approves the international recipients.

2016 Deadline
All application materials must be received by 30 April 2016. Applications that are incomplete or late due to postal delays, transmittal by third parties, or other circumstances will not be considered. Submit a completed application to: Zonta International Headquarters, Attn: Martina Gamboa, Programs Senior Coordinator, 1211 West 22nd Street, Suite 900, Oak Brook, Illinois 60523 or via email to programs@zonta.org.