“Zonta” is derived from a Lakhota word meaning honest and trustworthy. (Lakhota (Teton Dakota), a language of the Native-American Sioux peoples)

It was adopted in 1919 to symbolize the combined qualities of honesty and trust, inspiration and the ability to work together for service and world understanding. The emblem is not simply a decorative design. It is an adaptation and composite of several Sioux Indian symbols which when superimposed take on a special significance for Zontians.

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