Nineteenth Activities and Committees

A wide range of activities support the charitable purposes of our organization. These activities focus on programs and events offered to members and the public, fundraising, helping the organization keep running, and some just for fun. Each of these is described briefly here, with contact information.

Community Outreach Committee evaluates requests and awards grants to local not-for-profit organizations, organizes fundraisers to generate income.

Scholarship Committee: reviews and evaluates applications, Interviews applicants, evaluates applicants to award scholarship; organizes fundraisers to generate income. 

Programs: Members of the Art, Music, Literature, Science and Social Science committees seek out, select and contract with presenters for 30+ programs each year. 

Needle Arts Friends sews kimonos, bonnets and blankets; knitting/crocheting hats, scarves, gloves, sweaters, booties and blankets for facilities serving children in our community. 

Membership actively promotes membership, welcomes and supports new members and guests; distributes new member forms and renewals, directories and other materials. 

House/Building & Grounds reviews and addresses issues, contracts for repairs and manages improvements in our building, its contents, and grounds. It also oversees the coordination and completion of the Capital Campaign projects.

Marketing/Public Relations activities include a monthly member newsletter, website, social media and regular digital and printed media. 

Legal Issues & Negotiations: Investigates and reports to the Board on current legal issues such as the organization’s not-for-profit status, tax status/strategy/appeals, and negotiations involving the parking lot and the building.

Information Technology Committee addresses computer equipment and software needs, information management, procedures and training. 

Special Activities organizes group outings for members and friends, and collaborative events with other local community organizations.

Our 125th Anniversary Celebration begins in January, 2016. Many plans are underway.

Collecting for the Community can include donating items for specific local needs, such as supplies for tutors, PADS and local shelters. 

String-A-Longs members make and sell beaded lanyards for holding name badges. Each year the group determines where the proceeds go.

Mahjong players meet every Tuesday afternoon (Hong Kong rules) and Thursday (American rules) year-round in our building. Benefits the Benevolence Fund.