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Zonta dates from the establishment of the first Quota clubs in the USA in 1919. Initially, all clubs were located in the United States, but by 1927, Zonta had expanded across the border to Canada. By June of its centennial year, Zonta International had 31 Districts, represented on every continent and with a total membership of 26,598.
Eighty-five per cent of the clubs in District IX have members who have been elected or appointed to major offices in their communities, their counties or their states. Among our ranks we can count one U.S. Congresswoman, three State senators, seven State representatives, one member of a State University Board of Regents, four members of County Boards of Supervisors, seven School Board members, five City Council members, two Mayors, a representative to the Hawaii Constitutional Convention, six City clerks, two County assessors, two tax collectors, a County Superintendent of Schools and three judges. Numerous other Zontians have held appointive positions ranging from postmasters through city, state and federal commissions and boards.
Edna Steinman, District IX Historian
Despite Hawaii’s remoteness and small population, its first club was chartered in 1923.
During World War II, the Zonta Club of Honolulu obtained use of an auto chassis and had it built into a mobile kitchen for the emergency feeding program of the Office of Civilian Defense.