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.

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 our capital campaign projects.

Collecting for the Community can include donating items for specific local needs, such as supplies for tutors, Housing Forward, Beyond Hunger and local shelters.

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

Development Committee plans, oversees, and coordinates all fundraising activities.

Legal Issues 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. 

Mahjong players meet weekly on Tuesdays for Hong Kong rules and Thursdays for American rules year-round in our building. Mahjong is a fundraising activity where players contribute money based on the game. Each year the players determine which charitable fund will receive the proceeds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

String-A-Longs members make and sell unique beaded lanyards for holding name badges as a fundraising activity.