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Enhancing the Health and Welfare

of Central Bucks County and Surrounding Communities

Mission-Focused Committees

Community Recognition and Community Response
Chair – Marilyn Mele

Biannually, the Community Recognition Committee selects and recognizes an individual or group who has contributed to the community consistent with the mission of the Village Improvement Association’s mission. The recipients are honored at the June VIA Luncheon.

The Committee also awards one-time grants to other non-profit organizations which address unmet community needs. Grant requests should be consistent with the VIA’s mission to enhance the health and welfare of Central Bucks County and surrounding communities and may not provide permanent support, either total or partial, to an agency or individual.

Education Committee
Chair – Dr. Arlene O’Hara

The Education Committee awards scholarships to high-performing Central Bucks School District high school seniors who have demonstrated excellence in academics, volunteerism, and been accepted for further study in a health-related field. The Committee also evaluates senior high school nursing scholarship candidates and selects recipients for the VIA Ruth Boland Memorial Nursing Scholarship which is financially supported by the family of the late VIA President Ruth Boland.

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H.O.B.Y (Hugh O’Brian Youth)
Chair – Kathryn McKenna

The H.O.B.Y. award is given to a high school sophomore student to attend a leadership skills conference for a weekend in June. Working closely with guidance counselors, it is the committee’s responsibility to review applications and choose the recipient.

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Home Life Committee
Chair – Kathy Lambert

Enriches the lives of residents at the Pine Run Lakeview and Health Center facilities with various activities including bingo, holiday gifts, an annual tea and visitations. A bake sale at Pine Run is held by this committee and nets money to buy holiday presents.

Veterans Committee
Chair – Pat Shire

The mission of the Veterans Committee is to “Support the mission of the VIA by providing information on military issues to the VIA membership and by collecting and coordinating VIA donations to selected military charities.” The committee collects donations at the October and November VIA meetings, and distributes the funds through the rest of the club year. The veteran-related charity is always consulted about its needs, and the committee purchases and delivers these selected items when possible.

Welfare Committee
Chair – Marianne Chabot

In the fall, an annual coffee is held during which representatives of social service agencies meet, interact and report to the committee. Members of the committee, who receive and approve referrals seven days a week, donate over 3000 volunteer hours. Contributions are given to various agencies to aid their efforts in providing essentials and services to those in need.

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Women’s Scholarship Committee
Chair – Terrie Mooradd

Since 1998, the VIA has awarded a total of 149 scholarships to Bucks County women. Recipients are pursuing educational programs that will help them enter the job market or advance their job opportunities.

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Operational Committees

1895 Society Committee
Chair – Jean Upton

Recognizes monetary donations to the VIA.

Designer House Committee
Chair – Barbara Molesworth

The largest VIA fundraiser is the annual Bucks County Designer House & Gardens held each year in May. Designers and landscapers transform a local property to a splendidly decorated house and gardens. The event is attended by thousands throughout the region.

Finance Committee
Chair – Kathy Krick

The Finance Committee, which includes the treasurers of the VIA, Designer House, James-Lorah Memorial Home, and Welfare committees, is responsible for supervising the fiscal affairs of the organization, including making financial reports to the Board each month. They are charged with reviewing and establishing controls for revenues and expenditures and overseeing the VIA’s investments. This committee also prepares the annual budget, which is presented to the Board of Directors at the April meeting and to the general membership to be voted on at the May meeting.

Fundraising Committee
Chair – Dr. Sandy Homel

A Poinsettia Sale at the Holidays, a Holiday Cookie Sale, restaurant events and other special events and a small 50/50 raffle at membership meetings are just a few of the ways the Fundraising Committee raises money for the VIA. A BIG 50-50 is conducted with drawings each May and June. Winners of each of the drawings may receive up to $2,000! Tickets for this and other events are often available in the hospital Gift Shop and at general membership meetings.

Governance Committee
Chair – Lillian O’Connor

Responsible for reviewing bylaws and policies, Board development and membership involvement. Bylaws and Nominating are subcommittees of this committee.

Information and Technology
Chair – Jan Cope

Oversees the information and systems needed for the operations of the VIA.

James-Lorah Memorial Home Committee
Chair – Jeanne Sandusky

The mission of the James-Lorah Memorial Home Committee is to preserve, supervise and coordinate the operation and maintenance of this historic home, its contents and the adjacent Auditorium; to restore and conserve the contents and to make the Home available for tours in accordance with the terms of the will of Miss Sarah M. James and the policies governing the operation of the James-Lorah Memorial Home and Auditorium.

Marketing Committee
Chair – Allyson Gilmore
Co-Chair – Carol Counihan

Supports the mission of the VIA through activities that promote the VIA to the hospital staff, patients and the community to help build awareness and VIA membership. Provides support for the maximization of the VIA’s fundraising commitment to benefit the hospital and community.

Membership Committee
Chair – LaFaun Reed Kahn

Every September an event is held to introduce women who are interested in the VIA. They receive a guided tour of the JLMH, a packet of information, and a warm welcome from the membership. In addition, committee chairs explain their committee’s responsibilities to encourage new members to join them. A member mentorship program has been established. This committee also includes Sunshine and Memorial activities.

Preservation of Records
Chair – Carolyn Kozakowski

Working to properly preserve records relating to the history of the VIA from the earliest days available to the present day.

Strategic Planning
Chair – Barbara Ann Price

Develops and maintains VIA’s Vision, Mission, and Core Values.

Creates and maintains a multi-year strategic plan to support the organization’s Vision, Mission and Core Values.

Social Committees

Conservation Committee
Co-Chairs – Nadine Baxter and Deborah Thorne

In the fall, a Card & Game Party Luncheon is held for the community.  Proceeds go toward selected conservation projects.

Floral Arts Committee
Co-Chairs – Karen Graziano and Jackie Newman

This committee provides arrangements on the refreshment table for monthly meetings, and centerpieces when needed for a meeting/luncheon. The committee also sells Christmas greens to help fund the cost of floral arrangements for the June luncheon.

Hospitality Committee
Co-Chairs – Ann Rainey and Debbie Renner

The committee contacts VIA members asking them to make sandwiches and cookies for general membership meetings. They also coordinate servers for the meetings.

Literature Workshop Group
Co-Chairs – Marilyn Mele and Anne Sweeney

The committee is comprised of two groups of readers. The discussion group (Book Club) meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the members. Members shall have read the book before the monthly meeting and be willing to discuss it with the group. Each month a new book is selected by the members at the meeting.

The second group (Round Robin) is comprised of readers who each purchase one current best-selling book. These members prefer not to discuss the books but instead get to read six to eight current best-sellers and only need to purchase one book. If more than eight members want to participate, another Round Robin is formed.

Program Committee
Chair – Barbara Ann Price

The Program Committee provides timely, interesting, and quality programs that educate as well as entertain at monthly VIA membership meetings except for the May and June luncheons.

Social Committee
Chair – Mary Bachman

The Social Committee organizes social events for all VIA members to attend. These may include outings to museums, theaters, lunches, dinners or any social event that might interest a number of VIA members.

VIA Representatives for Community Committees

CB Cares Educational Foundation*
Chris Thompson

Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Women in Business
Helen Hammes

Discover Doylestown
Joy Levy

Women’s History Month
Kathleen Meyer