Zonta Club of Detroit II, is one of over 1,200 clubs of Zonta International, a worldwide service organization. Founded in 1919 in Buffalo, New York, Zonta takes its name from the Lakota Sioux Indian word meaning "honest and trustworthy." Zontians volunteer their time, talents and energy to local and international service projects that are designed to advance the status of women.
Zonta gives you the chance to be a part of something much larger than yourself...
Zonta allows you to give of yourself to others, to actively participate in the selection of service projects to help your community, and to improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women worldwide.
Ellen Marie Logan was born May 3, 1947 , in Detroit, Michigan, to the union of the late Samuel Charles and Carrie Morgan. She was the second of five children, three brothers and one sister, Anthony, Reginald, Theodore and Gwendolyn.
Ellen attended Detroit public schools Sherrill Elementary School and graduated from Mackenzie High School at the age of sixteen excelling in all classes.
In 1970, she married the love of her life, Chester L. Logan and to their union four children were born: Sheila, Leonard, Kerry and Kim. Ellen was a strong family matriarch and community leader.
She earned her Bachelor's from Spring Arbor College in 1984 and Masters from Central Michigan University in 1993.
Ellen's exemplary employment record included J.L. Hudson Department Store, Michigan Bell Telephone Co., and Detroit’s Recorders Court. She was a ranking executive with General Motors and is remembered by rank and file, other managers and UAW executives as a gifted dynamo, creative and witty. She retired from General Motors after a 25 year career where she succeeded at being the First Woman to hold many coveted leadership positions.
Ellen joined Zonta International Detroit II in 2001 and served as Fundraising Chair, Board Member, Chair of the Zonta International District 15 Conference – 2006, President from 2008-2010 and Chair of the 501C3 Work Committe. She was an enthusiastic member and recruited other women to work for and be shining examples of the Zonta mission. She encouraged, cheered for and worked with her ZD II sisters to sponsor creative service programs in cooperation with Alternative for Girls. She was an example of the Zonta Women when, immediately following her being named an Employee of the Year, during her “retirement” employment with (Northwest Airline) Delta Airline, she crafted a community service proposal requesting and receiving a monetary donation that enable ZD II to increase the number of AFG young ladies that could receive scholarships and the dollar amount of the awards.
An avid reader, Ellen enjoyed gardening and traveling. With her husband she was an active supporter of the Old News Boys/Good Fellows and a Golden Heritage Member of the NAACP. She was a devoted member of Good Shepard Catholic Church and dedicated her time and talents to assisting the community in varied projects.
Zontian Ellen Logan departed this life at home on June 10, 2013, after a three year battle with Colon Cancer. She will be sorely missed by her Zonta Detroit II sisters where Ellen’s presence, clear thinking, plain talk, fun loving spirit, and insight will be remembered. Her passing will also be felt by other Zontians who remember her efforts at being an example of a life which modeled the Zonta Mission. We will remember Ellen and continue on the path of service and leadership that she and other Zontians have walked before us.
Zontian Ellen Logan is survived by her husband of forty-two wonderful years, Chester Leonard Logan, Chief of Police City of Detroit; four children, Sheila Phyllis Goshey (Christopher), Leonard Chester Logan, twins Kerry Ellen Buffington (DeRone) and Kimberly Marie Blackwell, (Mosii); the grandmother of three boys, Cheldon Logan, and twins Moses and Markus Blackwell; siblings, Reginald Morgan (deceased), Anthony Morgan (Joan), Theodore Morgan (ArNina) and Gwendolyn Morgan; she shared a loving sisterly bond with her Aunt Phyllis Spann and Cousin Carol Lewis; and a host of family, friends and neighbors who will think of her fondly.