The Sedona Women Committees
The Sedona Women 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: Linda Scott
The Social Committee makes arrangements for luncheons after the general meetings at a variety of local restaurants. In February, in lieu of a lunch at a restaurant, the committee plans 10 or so in-home lunches securing hostesses to open their homes for these intimate events.
In late August the committee secures a hostess for a welcome back party that includes a theme with decorations.
The committee is responsible for planning an end of the meeting-year party in May and several other cocktail parties. The committee secures members to host these events and helps with setup and cleanup.
The committee is also responsible for planning any other socials during the year.
Chair: Aleya Annaton
The Membership Committee coordinates new, renewing and current members. The Committee is responsible for staffing the Membership Table at 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 maintains files of current membership forms and coordinates with “Membee” (a membership management system). The Committee is responsible for training new and current members on how to access the directory. They provide reports on member information to the “TSW” Board. The committee provides information to Committee Chairs 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.
Chair: Pat Schlichtemeier
Community Service is an integral part of The Sedona Women's mission, and over the years this Committee has accomplished an impressive list of projects (please see the Community Service History page). We guide the organization toward its goal of “Making a Difference."
This Committee oversees the selection and implementation of worthwhile community service projects authorized by The Sedona Women Board, ensuring that projects support the mission of the organization and guidelines of the Committee.
The Committee encourages the general membership to participate in these events. Close bonds are formed between members of the Committee, and all our volunteers walk away with the satisfaction that they have helped make Sedona and the Verde Valley a better place. Members of The Sedona Women can easily join in the fun by noting their interest on the Membership Form, or by clicking the Volunteer link on our website.
Chair: Ellen Ferreira
The Welcoming CommitteeThe 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? Welcoming works closely with the Membership Committee to direct guests to register for the meeting and provide information to those wishing to join as a new member. We welcome attendees as they enter and we help everyone find their name badge or temporary guest tag. We order new badges as needed throughout the year.
There are a number of ways the Welcoming Committee helps new members feel welcome and connected to the existing membership.
1) New members have a distinctive ribbon on their badge to indicate to existing members they are new and to be sure to welcome them to the group.
2) A New Member Orientation in November invites new members to meet each other and to meet Board Members.
3) Welcoming Committee members are invited to attend the New Member Orientation to connect with a new member and offer assistance throughout the year.
So, if you if your goal is to meet other women this is a committee you may want to consider!
Chair: 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 Webmaster, 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 members with technical skills who enjoy communicating with our members and the community.
Chairs: Chair, Bev Bow Co-chair Meri Thomason
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 whose careers have been interrupted and who are planning to resume their education. 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: Chair; Jennifer Braaten and Co-Chair Catherine Moore
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: Victoria Clark
Ways & Means Committee
Ways and Means combines creativity, philanthropy, and camaraderie to raise funds for the Helen Wolfe Scholarship Fund and for community service activities. We plan about three fundraisers/events during the year and welcome organizers, creative thinkers, and worker bees. While Ways and Means is critical to achieving TSW’s philanthropic goals, we equally embrace the friendships created in the process.
Sue Sigler, Chair; Karen Scott and Shelby Kube Co-Chairs
Public Relations Committee
It’s important to keep our community informed of the remarkable work The Sedona Women engage in throughout the year. The Public Relations Committee works in close coordination with TSW committees such as Programs, Community Service and others to keep the public informed of upcoming events as well as past accomplishments through press releases and other media outreach. Media outlets may include SRRN, KUDOS, Chamber of Commerce, Verde Independent, local radio and more. The main focus for 2020 will of course be the promotion of our exciting and much anticipated 20th Anniversary Celebration! Is the public aware of the remarkable work we do as The Sedona Women? Help us spread the word!
Chair; Holli Ploog and Co-chair Marlyn Savage.
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