Zonta Membership

Zonta welcomes men and women with experience in a recognized business or profession.
Members work to empower women worldwide through service and advocacy.

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Member Spotlight

 

Ann Geht

My Zonta story...

Ann Geht

I was born in Traverse City and grew up attending Traverse City Area Public Schools where my parents, Richard and Peggy Townsend, worked as educators. I received my Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004 and worked at public libraries in Minnesota and the D.C. metropolitan area before happily returning home to Traverse City in 2012 with my husband, Jan, and two young daughters, Audrey (7) and Joanna (5). I currently work at Northwestern Michigan College as an Instruction Librarian, teaching classes on research skills and how to evaluate the credibility of information sources.

I joined Zonta in 2013, feeling very grateful for the various forms of financial assistance the Zonta Club offers local women who choose to improve their lives and the lives of their children by pursuing a college degree. I also serve on the Board of the League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area and volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for youth in the foster care system. Together with my Zonta sisters, I envision a world where every woman is able to achieve her full potential.

Val Winans

My Zonta Story...

Val Winans

I retired as manager of the Traverse City and Manistee Unemployment Offices in 2002; the same year I joined Zonta. I joined because I love the Zonta mission, I stayed because I love the women committed to that mission as well. There is much satisfaction in purposeful hard work in unison with other Zontians. The funding Zonta provides makes a significant contribution to the welfare of women and children right here in Traverse City.  In particular, I have always supported our engagement in funding for scholarships at Northwestern Michigan College. I enjoy contributing to our mastectomy pillow project. I have served the club as Secretary, as a board member, as well as chair and co-chair of the Festival of Trees. During my years with Zonta I have learned much, and been given opportunity to grow.

Spending time with others and collaborating on projects with cohorts establishes and builds community so critical to any organization. Zonta Clubs around the world are a shining example of strong capable women making a difference in this world. I am humbled and enriched by my small connection with such worthy endeavors because making a change begins right here.

Courtney Myers

My Zonta Story...

Courtney Myers

I moved to Traverse City in 2010 after graduating from college to pursue a career in insurance. I am currently a commercial agent at Ford Insurance Agency.  A few years after having lived in the area, I decided it was time to join a service group. I joined Zonta in Spring of 2014. During my time in Zonta, I have had the chance to serve on a number of committees and have found my niche as the Chair for our Z Club at Traverse City Central High School. I have been delighted to watch our Z Club members take on service projects in the community, build their professional networks and explore career opportunities.

Not only has Zonta given me the opportunity to give back to the community and network with other businesswomen, it has allowed me to further my goals of helping guide youth. In addition to Zonta, I mentor Junior Achievement at Traverse City Central, coach Junior Varsity volleyball at Traverse City St. Francis, volunteer as an event director at the National Cherry Festival and serve as the Culinary Chair for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction. When I am not working or volunteering, I’m spending time with my wonderful husband, Mike, and our two dogs, Kyle (Great Dane) and Andy (Jack Russell).

Frequently Asked Questions

How big of a time commitment is Zonta?

As a hands-on service organization, membership in Zonta means time commitment. The lunch meetings (1st and 3rd Wednesdays at noon) are mandatory, although you may ask to be excused in advance. Members are also asked to serve on at least two committees. Zonta members look forward to these commitments and perhaps one of the finest benefits of membership is the lifelong friendship formed with other members from all walks of life. Check out our new member welcome letter for more information about the responsibilities of membership.

How can I learn more about the Club?

The best way to get to know us better and inquire about membership is to join us at one of our monthly lunch meetings. We meet the first and third Wednesday of the month at noon at the NMC Hagerty Center. Come be our guest!

Is there a way I can connect with Zonta without committing time?

If you are unable to make the commitment of membership but want to be connected to Zonta Club of Traverse City and support the mission of Zonta, consider becoming a Philanthropic Friend. With an annual fee that goes to support the club, you will be welcome at lunches and events and will receive club communications. For more information, contact us.