The first meeting of 2013 of the Women’s Association Board will be on Monday, July 1st. This is a change from the date listed in the calendar – Wednesday, June 26th. Exact time and location on July 1st to be announced soon. We are looking forward to a great 2013 season!
2012 was a milestone year for the CSA Women’s Association. New bylaws were adopted at the August meeting to reflect a more modern, membership-driven organization. In the fall of 2011, an ad hoc committee was empowered by the Board to study and revamp the bylaws. At issue was the leadership model, which no longer appeared to be working as the demographics, demands and time at the CSA had changed for the majority of our members (all women who are eligible to purchase privilege tickets are automatically Women’s Association members). The new governance model created a five-person leadership team with two-year terms: two co-chairs of the Arts and Crafts Fair, a Treasurer, a Secretary and a Communications Chair. There will no longer be a President or Vice President. The text of the new bylaws appears at the end of this page.
We thanked Deb Cename for her outstanding five-year term as Women’s Association President and for her help with this transition, and voted in our new leadership team. Congratulations to Jane Karraker and Debbie Albright for chairing this year’s successful Arts and Crafts Fair, and thank you for agreeing to continue on the new leadership team as Arts and Crafts Fair co-chairs. Jan Petty Lauerman is continuing as Treasurer, Judy Furber is the Secretary and Beth Congbalay is the Communications Chair. Thank you to our retired board members Merry Elrick, Ellen Hersher, Beth Kloskowski, Sandra O’Neal and Susan Teatak, all of whom put a lot of time and thought into ensuring the future of the Women’s Association.
Board members for 2010-2013 include: Beth Madden, Marilyn Schmid, Nancy Reid, Jean Ann Wolfe and Kathy Way. Board members for 2011-2014 include: Mary Lou Stanton, Beth Congbalay, Jane Karraker, Marjorie Pearsall-Groenwalk and Lou Rollinson. And our newest Board members for 2012-2015 are: Ginny Knutsen, Beverly Cheng-O’Neal, Carol Edmonds, Karen Williams and Barbara Cooper.
As we move forward to 2013, several changes will be in effect. As Board members retire, they will be replaced by two new members per year, rather than five. Along with the Leadership Team, there will eventually be a total of 11 Board members rather than the current 19.
The entire Women’s Association Board will help with our annual Arts and Crafts Fair, to be held on July 24th, 2013. The latest application for Arts and Crafts Fair vendors is available on this link 2013 CSA Arts & Crafts Fair Application. The profits from this event will continue to fund items and programs that benefit women and children at the Assembly. But the Women’s Association will transfer the execution of certain programs to individuals or other committees including Lemonade Sundays, Outdoor Movies, Authors & Artisans Fair, Potluck Dinners and Art Workshops. If CSA members would like to add new programs, they should absolutely contact the Women’s Association to be considered for funding. Click here for the Funding Application CSA Funding Application 2012-13
Beginning in the summer of 2013 there will be one annual meeting of the Women’s Association. In the past a meeting was held in both July and August. The Board will try to vary which month it is held in for the future to allow as many members as possible to attend.
Programs that the Women’s Association helped fund this past summer included activities of the Youth Program, Ecology Program, Art Workshops, Family Potluck Dinners, and Arts and Crafts Classes. Special purchases included new landscaping around the Assembly Building, two long tables for the Community Room, a new sign for the Woods Courts, and funds to help purchase a new copy machine for the Assembly Office.
There were charitable contributions approved for: the CSA Education Scholarship Fund, Crystal Lake Watershed Association (for swimmer’s itch prevention), Benzie Area Zonta Scholarship Fund, Benzie County Council on Aging, Family Independence, Grow Benzie, the Paul Oliver Hospital Women’s Health Program and Community Spirit Food Source.
After the summer of 2013 we will begin working on a new CSA Directory. The information listed in this directory will be gathered from the records in the Assembly Office, so please check over your information when you register. You can contact the office with changes if you are unable to be there in person.
The Women’s Association looks forward to another fantastic summer full of fellowship, enrichment and contributions to our CSA community.