The Woman's Club of Albany United in Service to Our Community Since 1910
The Club has eleven standing committees. Other committees may form on an ad-hoc basis to complete finite tasks. Meeting frequency is determined by committee chairs.
Archives Committee:Encourages the documentation of the activities of the Club and uses historical material to promote the history of the Club and its members, and promotes the use of the archives, now located at the SUNY M.E Grenander Department of Special Collections. Co-Chairs: Mary Thackeray and Pam Robinson
Building Committee: Oversees the maintenance, preservation, and restoration of The Woman's Club of Albany's building. Work will include recommending and keeping to a maintenance schedule, including roof maintenance, the cleaning of the gutters, and furnace maintenance. It will also vet and recommend contractors when work needs to be done, and oversee contractors and caretaker's maintenance responsibilities. This committee will also work closely with the Capital Campaign committee.
A subcommittee of the Building Committee oversees the acquisition and distribution of the Clubhouse's purchases, donated, and wish list items. It organizes cleaning of the house working with the Rental Committee and caretaker. Co-Chair: Gail Rychlewski
Capital Campaign: Focused on the restoration of the historic WCA Clubhouse, researches potential funding resources, writes grants and promotes member contributions. We also develop fundraising events to raise awareness of the Clubhouse restoration and attract funding partners. Co-Chairs: Pattie Beeler and Becky Parsons
Communications: Ensures both internal and external, timely, and accurate communications about the Woman's Club of Albany. The Communications Committee assists program coordinators, event chairs, and all members involved in WCA events and fundraising with the tools to market and promote the events and programs. The Committee informs membership of WCA news, events and happenings. Co-Chairs: Joann Crupi and Maryhelen Lounello
Community Service: Assists the Woman's Club of Albany in achieving its mission through volunteer participation in projects that help raise the awareness of issues critical to women and children in local communities. Co-Chairs: Joann Crupi and Anne Gresco
Finance: Charged with monitoring financial activities to fulfill the organizations mission in the most effective and efficient manner and to prevent the misuse or unlawful use of funds. The Finance Committee shall: recommend fiscal procedures and guidelines; develop an annual budget; design financial reports that are accurate and timely; recommend selection of, and work with, an auditor; advise the board of appropriate financial priorities and information systems; and report any financial irregularities, concerns or opportunities to the Board in a timely manner. Chair: Pam Burns
Fundraising:Oversees fundraising efforts developed by a variety of committees, including the Capital Campaign Committee, and helps plan events to raise monetary support for the WCA's mission and programs. Co-Chairs: Mary Thackeray and Paula Rosenberg
Garden: Maintains the flowerbeds at our clubhouse that includes annuals, perennials and 100’s of bulbs. The committee also maintains small flower gardens at the Equinox Safe House in Albany and at St. Paul’s Center in Rensselaer. We volunteer with the Pine Hills Improvement Group to beautify Madison Avenue. Co-Chairs: Mary Pilkington and Charlotte Prior
Governance: Ensures that the Board fulfills its legal, ethical and functional responsibilities through adequate governance policy development, education, monitoring of Board activities and evaluation of Board performance. The Governance Committee will facilitate the Club's compliance with current laws and regulations, as well as support best practices in all its activities.The Governance Committee also is charged with drafting and recommending amendments of the By Laws, when deemed necessary. The Governance Committee is responsible for recruiting and recommending to the Board suitable Nominating Committee members and for recruiting and nominating officers. Co-Chairs: Pattie Beeler and Mary Thackeray
Membership: Focuses on attracting and retaining club members through hospitality, organizing member events, and hosting our monthly membership meetings, "Member Mondays." Whether you are a people person or prefer to work behind the scenes, this committee is ready to welcome your participation and ideas. Co-Chairs: Sarah Hotopp and Celeste Roeller Harp
Program: Plans and promotes WCA programming consistent with our mission and the interests of our membership. We meet to generate creative new ideas and review past programs. The Program Committee works with the Literary Sub-Committee to organize the "Book Swap", "Good Books for Good Works," "WCA Reads" and hosts author talks and book signings. Co-Chairs: Paula Rosenberg and Lorraine Weiss
Rentals: Hosts all rentals, shows the Club to prospective renters, and works with communications to publicize the WCA venue. The Rentals Co-Chairs also execute all rental contracts, ensuring that fiscal procedures are followed. Co-Chairs: Fran Altshuler and Mary Pilkington
Volunteer Recognition: Coordinates our annual Member Monday that honors the Club's significant contributions to the community and the members and volunteers who contribute to its success. (This committee is formed annually, on an as needed basis.)