The origin of the word "Zonta" is from the language of the Sioux Indian. It was adopted in 1919 as the Zonta International name to symbolize the combined qualities of honesty and trust, inspiration and the ability to work together for service and world understanding.

The Zonta emblem is an adaptation and composite of several Sioux symbols which, when superimposed, take on a special significance for Zontians. The separate elements of the emblem and their meanings are shown below.

Zonta International emblem

Indian symbol which means in the Sioux language: to be illuminated by a ray of light, sunshine or flash of radiance - and so, by extension "inspiration"..

This Sioux symbol means "to band together for a purpose" or "to stand together" - in a word, "loyalty". With loyalty, individual members band together into clubs, clubs into districts, and districts into Zonta International

This is a Sioux way of saying "to carry together". Carrying together
is a most important ingredient for the accomplishement of Zont's purpose: to work
for the advancement of understanding, good will and peace through a world fellowship of business executives and professionals.

This is the Sioux symbol for "shelter". Zonta's many service projects are in a real and broad sense shelter for someone or something. And service is
synonymous with Zonta. This symbol therefore lends itself importantly in significance and design embodying Zonta's aims and aspirations


The symbolism of the square is not exclusively Sioux, nor indeed is it exclusively
Native American. It perhaps dates back even further than all of these other
symbols in its representation of "honesty" and "trust" - strong and vital qualities
with which to bind together the parts of the whole.






Zonta Traditions

ZONTA'S COLOURS are Mahogany and Gold
ZONTA'S FLOWER is the yellow rose.
ZONTA'S PIN is a symbol of our bond in Zonta. The Zonta pin is to be worn on the left side. The gavel is worn up while serving as president , down after term is completed.