The Sedona Women Committees
The Sedona Women "Dames Who Make a Difference" make a difference through our many wonderful Committees. Committee work is fun and rewarding and you meet so many fabulous gals!
Below you will find a description of each Committee followed by the names of the current chairs. If you have an interest in volunteering for a committee simply go to our How You Can Help page and fill out the form. You may also contact any of our Committee Chairs. They are listed in our membership directory.
The Program Committee is ideal for women who are creative, inquisitive and fun loving. Its mission is to decide on nine or ten inspiring, thoughtful, interactive, informative and fun programs for the upcoming year. It is comprised of five to ten members including a Chair or Co-chairs.
The Committee meets once a month at a regularly scheduled time. The program calendar runs from September thru May. However, the Committee begins meeting in January to start their planning. At these meetings, all members of the Committee share their ideas for programs for the upcoming year. As a group they decide which programs they will present to the Board of Directors for approval in April.
After a slate of programs has been approved, by the Board, the fun begins! The Committee finds a person or persons from the general membership to head up each program. Often one of the Program Committee members will want to team lead one of the programs because she either presented it or finds it to be of personal interest to her. The team leader for a program puts together her own team to create and execute the program. Each program will have a member of the Program Committee as a liaison. The liaison is a support person and will bring any concerns, problems or needs back to the Program Committee or to the Board if necessary. Through the liaison, the Program Committee monitors all programs to assure a successful and smooth execution of the program.
Becoming a member of the Program Committee is one of the best ways to meet and get to know other women. In addition to being of tremendous fun and a use of your creative juices, it is a terrific way to bring your passions and interests to all The Sedona Women.
Chairs: Ellen Taylor & Marlene Macek
The Social Committee makes arrangements for two catered luncheons for the general membership and a yearly (December) party for the former, current, and newly-elected board members.
Committee members secure hostesses and organize the traditional member-hosted luncheons that follow the February general meeting.
The Social Committee may also plan other events during the course of the year. In response to the 2011-12 TSW survey, this may be an annual or biennial event to include men as guests.
Chair: Aleya Annaton
The Membership Committee facilitates both new memberships as well as renewals. The Committee is responsible for staffing the Membership Table as monthly meetings where information and forms are available for new members to join, returning members to renew their membership and guests to register for the meeting. The Committee chair writes a welcome letter to all new members and guests. The Committee maintains a file of current membership forms and coordinates with the Treasurer the gathering of membership information for the Annual TSW Directory and supplement. The Committee oversees the dispensing of the Directories at Membership Meetings. The Committee also sends information to the other Committee Chairs relative to members who have expressed interest in serving on their committees. Additionally, the Committee is responsible for overseeing and sending the Annual Membership Mailing in August of each year.
Chairs: Annette Pettit & Lucy Paradise
Community Outreach is a wonderful part of Sedona Women's mission, and over the years we have accomplished an impressive list of Projects (please see the Community Service History page).
The Community Service Committee is a small group of 3-4 , made up of at least 1 Board member. This committee is responsible for vetting project ideas which are submitted by the membership. If a proposed Project meets the requirements of 1) meeting a significant community need and 2) presenting an opportunity for our members to develop friendships, the committee will take the Project to the Board for approval, The committee also makes sure a Project is financially feasible, and works with the Board and the Project team if financing is necessary.
Because ALL Projects are initiated by our membership, this committee is responsible for encouraging the women to become involved with and to create Projects. It does this by speaking at the general meetings, creating articles in the newsletter and the Volunteer page on our website, and by meeting with members who have indicated an interest in Projects on their membership form.
It's a fun committee, because it's small and you really get to know each other. And being a part of helping a Project go forward to completion and really making a difference is a great, great feeling!
Chairs: Ellen Ferreira & Diane Troinello
The Welcoming Committee
The Welcoming Committee is the first contact to greet members and guests at The Sedona Women monthly program meetings. What better way meet and get to know other fabulous members. Members are assisted in finding their name badge. Welcoming works closely with The Membership Committee to direct guests to register and those wishing to join as a new member. Name badges are ordered for new members and kept up-to-date.
There are a number of ways the Welcoming Committee is helping to help new members feel welcome and connected to the existing membership.
1) Hearts are being placed on Name Badges of new members to indicate to existing members that they are new, and to be sure to welcome them to the group.
2) New Member luncheons in November and March have recently been initiated to invite new members to meet each other and to meet Board Members.
3) Welcoming Committee members will be invited to attend the New Member luncheons to connect with a new member and offer assistance throughout the year.
So, if you if your goal is to meet other gals this is a committee you may want to consider!
Chair: Jonelle Klein, Nancy Alfieri & Jane Brothers
The Communications Committee is responsible for getting information out to our members in a variety of ways including, e-mail, our website and via local publications. The job of informing members of meetings, events and special news items in a clear, positive and timely manner is absolutely vital to the organization and requires that this committee works very closely with each other and with all other committees and Board members.
This committee is responsible for maintaining and updating the website and works closely with the Treasurer and Membership Committee to maintain an up to date e-mail distribution list.
The Website/Email Coordinator and PR Coordinator work closely with the Chairs and Members of the other committees to insure that information is communicated in a timely and accurate fashion. This is a great committee for gals with technical skills who enjoy communicating with our members and the community.
Chairs: Bev Bow & Cindy Correll
The Scholarship Committee has the rewarding job of reviewing applications and recommending final candidates for the Helen Wolfe Scholarship each year. The scholarships are awarded to women who are re-entering students whose educations have been interrupted and who are planning to resume their educations. Our committee notifies various Arizona colleges and vocational schools of the scholarship availability and also gets the word out about the scholarship in the Verde Valley area by distributing flyers to libraries, local stores and businesses, as well as contacting local newspapers. Once applications are received, the committee reviews each one and selects the most qualified candidates. The committee’s recommendations are then taken to the board for final approval in May of each year. The committee contacts each applicant personally after final scholarship recipients are chosen.
Chairs: Mary Feeney, Gail Mann, & Jennifer Braaten
The trip committee might possibly be the most fun of all the committees. It is responsible for selecting and organizing the two to three day trips and one day adventures. Committee members should have good computer skills, organizational skills, great people skills, negotiation skills, a willingness to go on the trips and a love for travel and adventure. If you possess one or more of these skills please consider joining our trips committee.
Chair: Janet Powell
Ways & Means Committee
Ways & Means is a wonderful combination of philanthropy and fun. Our mission is to raise funds for the Helen Wolfe Scholarship Fund and for community service activities. We achieve this as a team using our imaginations and organizing skills to plan three or four fundraisers during the year. If you like thinking outside the box while having a good laugh, come and join us.
Co-Chairs: Victoria Clark & Paula Harvey
Public Relations Committee
The Public Relations Committee works closely with Committee Chairs to provide press releases to publications and media( radio, SRRN,Verde Independent, KUDOS, Chamber of Commerce etc.)
Chair: Susanne Haden
The Sunshine Committee's purpose is to recognize significant events that occur in the lives of the Sedona Women Membership.
The Sunshine Committee's service is to provide encouragement and support at important junctions or events in member's lives.
This means if a member is ill or hospitalized, or experiences a significant injury, the sunshine committee will take appropriate outreach action, on behalf of the membership. These occasions can be a lifetime milestone, mark a significant life event, a word of congratulations, or a word of comfort and encouragement at a significant time. Members notify the Sunshine Committee chair that a Sedona Women member is in need of support and compassion or congratulations. This gesture will be in the form of a note or card, and word of cheer, or a phone call, and email. Each occasion is different and it is up to the chair to determine the appropriate action.
This committee relies on ALL members to pass along information to the committee on a regular basis. Contacted individuals must grant permission before this private/ personal information is shared with the membership.
Chair: Carolyn Chivers