Passion for philanthrophy: Ann Musselman with Zonta Club of Bonita Springs

Ann Musselman, membership chair and service chair of the Zonta Club of Bonita Springs

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Ann Musselman, membership chair and service chair of the Zonta Club of Bonita Springs

Ann Musselman

Membership chair and service projects chair

Organization: Zonta Club of Bonita Springs

Tell us why you became involved with Zonta and when.

I became involved with Zonta just about a year ago specifically because of its great reputation for philanthropic efforts in the community. With three major fundraisers a year, the group is always busy planning for the next big event or granting money to deserving recipients.

What is it that you love about the organization or its mission?

I love that the members of Zonta are determined to improve the lives of women not just locally, but globally as well. With more than 1,200 clubs in 63 countries, we’re achieving this one service project and fundraiser at a time. We are very ambitious and realize that even a small amount of funds or assistance to an individual such as a single mom, high school student or an abused wife will be significant for improving their circumstances and hope for a better future.

Tell us a little bit about the role that you have taken on and about your goals.

Currently, I am the membership chair and service chair. Both are equally vital to the club’s success. We would not be able to accomplish so much without the dedication from our current and incoming members. Service projects are half of our mission though, and quite frankly my passion. There are so many individuals and organizations that need our help weekly, I wish we were large enough to volunteer for all of them. My goal this year is to increase the awareness of Zonta so that others in the community can join our efforts for our Women’s Build project for Habitat for Humanity and similar future projects.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My husband, Josh and I are really blessed to have our two-year-old daughter Alivia and my eight-year-old stepdaughter Allison. In addition to these beautiful girls we’ve got three dogs, (we’re fostering one currently but the other two are part of the family), and we have the pleasure of working together at our shop, Josh Musselman’s Golf Express. We’re very grateful for our loyal customers that have kept our shop busy for the last six years, our neighbors and our church at Riverside Park. Since we’re both originally from Michigan, we look forward to being able to spend some of the summer there, working and catching up with family.

What are some current projects that you are working on with Zonta?

The two main projects I’m focused on are the Women’s Build for Habitat for Humanity and our annual golf tournament to raise funds for women’s health initiatives. Our goal for the Women’s Build is to raise $50,000 and renovate a Bonita Springs foreclosure. This will allow us to dedicate the completed home for a single mom on Mother’s Day weekend. We’ll be looking for female volunteers and donations prior to our May 5 kick-off date. Our Hurricane Par-Tee golf tournament will be held on Saturday, June 2 at Worthington Country Club, in a scramble format with fun hole contests, prizes and lunch.

Tell us what things you are passionate about.

I’m very passionate about quality time with our friends and family, such as visiting the beach, fishing, hosting dinners and really helping others. I am anxious to expand our family, but in the meantime will be devoting any extra time and energy towards Zonta and our great purpose of helping those less fortunate.

Share anything else you would like.

I try to live by one of my favorite verses from the Bible: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV)

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