Bonnie became an NSDAR member in 1996 to perpetuate the memory of her Revolutionary War patriot, John Ludwig Snyder. She has served as recording secretary and historian for the Nevada Sagebrush Chapter NSDAR. She is a charter chapter member of Sierra Nevada Chapter NSDAR, serving as the recording secretary and the American heritage committee chair. Bonnie has been a member of the Fort Churchill Society C.A.R. (Children of the American Revolution) since its reorganization in April 2011. She has served as senior historian.

Bonnie is an organic gardener and vermiculturist. She tends a flock of chickens and usually has her dog, Annie, by her side. She enjoys quilting, canning, and making jams and jellies.