From the District 12 Conference in Lamar 2004

Building Zonta District 12 Future on the Foundations of the Past

Zonta District 12 is comprised of 23 clubs. The first club, Zonta Club of Denver, was chartered in 1927, 77 years ago. The last club was chartered in June, 2004, in Gillette, WY.

Denver has been in 3 districts since its inception; E, VII, and XII, now 12. The first clubs to join Denver in District VII were Colorado Springs, Casper, Pueblo, and Prowers County (Lamar, CO) in 1949. Following these clubs was Billing, 1950; Sheridan, 1950; Black Hills, 1950; Boulder County, 1951; Laramie, 1951; Converse County (Douglas, WY), 1951. At the International Convention in 1952 in Dallas these eleven clubs became District XII. Casper and Sheridan are no longer viable Zonta clubs. In 1994 Colorado Springs merged with Pikes Peak which was chartered in 1985.

Beginning in 1953 the following clubs were chartered and are still in District 12: Glendive; Pierre-Ft. Pierre, 1955; Cheyenne, 1956; Sturgis, 1972; Canon City, 1973; Lakewood-Golden, 1977; Foothills of Boulder County, 1982; Denver II, 1986; Spearfish, 1987; Jefferson County (CO), 1993; Southern Black Hills, 1994; Fort Collins, 1997 re-chartered, was originally chartered in 1959; Douglas County (Castle Rock, CO), 2003 and Gillette in 2004.

Clubs that were chartered and no longer exist are: Burlington, 1953; Goodland, 1955; Sterling, 1955; Cody, 1955; Colby, 1956; Deadwood-Lead, 1959; Englewood-Littleton, 1961; Rock Springs, 1975; Loveland, 1981; and Aurora, 1982.
Of the clubs disbanded, there is a possibility that a new club could be chartered in the same area. We no longer have any clubs in Kansas or northeastern Colorado. The clubs in Wyoming are rather far apart, as are the clubs in southern Colorado.

Considering the geographic size of our district, we are progressing. Some of the clubs are quite small and consideration needs to be given to assist these clubs by: suggesting potential members, offers to go to the clubs to assist with membership teas, helping them advertise a really good speaker or forum, and other ideas that I know you are using in your own clubs. Our clubs need to grow and maintain membership and all of us can do more that we have to been to help this district grow.