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.
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
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
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.
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
symbolism of the square is not exclusively Sioux, nor indeed is it
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
to bind together the parts of the whole.
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.