VIA Committees


Floral Arts Committee, Co-Chairs – Jackie Newman and Sylvia Roman

This committee provides arrangements on the refreshment table for monthly meetings, and centerpieces when needed for a meeting/luncheon. The auditorium in the James-Lorah Memorial Home at Christmas is decorated beautifully by this committee.

Social Committee, Chair – Mary Bachman

Activities relating to culinary arts is the focus of this committee such as dinners, theatre trips, museum trips and more.

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.  The selections are submitted to the Chair to avoid duplicate choices.  A list of who gets the book next is placed in the front of the book and the book is passed on to the next member on the list beginning at the October meeting.  If more than eight members want to participate, another Round Robin is formed.

Sunshine Committee, Chair – Bette Schmidt

This committee sends cards and personal notes of congratulations, encouragement or sympathy to members when the occasion arises.


CB Cares Educational Foundation – Joan Parlee

A liaison bridging the VIA and the CB Cares Community.

Community Recognition and Community Response Fund, Chair – Marilyn Mele

Community Recognition is a biannual event that takes place in off-election years to choose an individual or group that has contributed to the community, complimenting the Village Improvement Association’s mission. The nominations are made by members of the VIA. The recipients are honored at the June luncheon.  The Community Response Committee portion recognizes organization’s programs outside the VIA that enrich the quality of life in our community with grant(s).  Click here for grant guidelines and application.

Home Life Committee, Chairs – Kathy Lambert

The committee operates the Candy Cupboard at the Lakeview Nursing facility where candy and greeting cards are sold to the residents each Monday. A bake sale at Pine Run held by this committee netted money to buy holiday presents, robes and flannel shirts for patients.

Memorial Committee, Chair – Pamela Good

When a member of the VIA passes away, a book is purchased for the Bucks County Library in her memory.

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 charity is always consulted about its needs, and the committee purchases and delivers these selected items when possible.

Welfare Fund 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.


1895 Society Committee, Chair – Jean Upton

Recognizes and welcomes members who have donated $100 or more to the VIA.

Designer House Committee, Chair – Sandy Homel

The largest fundraiser of the VIA is the Bucks County Designer House & Gardens held each year in May. Designers and landscapers transform a local property to a splendidly decorated house and gardens. Funds are raised through admission tickets to tour the house, the Empty House Party and the Preview Gala.

Fundraising Committee, Chair- Cory H. Schroeder

Trips to various places, a Poinsettia Sale at the Holidays, a Holiday Cookie Sale, restaurant events, other special events and a small 50/50 raffle at membership meetings are just a few of the ways the Fundraising Committee earns 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.


Bylaws CommitteeChair – Beverly Harvey                                                                              

This Committee is charged with reviewing and updating the Bylaws and the Policies of the VIA. As the work of the VIA grows and changes to keep up with the mission of the organization, so too, the governing laws need to be constantly reviewed.

Conservation Committee, Co-Chairs Pamela Good and Ann Rainey

The Conservation Committee raises funds through the Card & Game Party in early summer for the maintenance of “The Past President’s Garden” located on the hospital grounds. It also plants urns enhancing the entrance of the James-Lorah Memorial Home.

Finance Committee, Chair -Kathy Krick

Governance Committee– Chair- Lillian O’Connor

The Finance Committee, which includes the treasurers of all the committees, is charged with overseeing the VIA’s investments, and submits an investment summary to the Board of Directors at the February meeting. 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 upon at the May meeting.

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 tea captains and servers for the meetings.

James-Lorah Memorial Home, Chair –

The JLMH Committee is dedicated to maintaining our historic home by overseeing necessary repairs and painting. The committee has occasionally opened the house for guided tours. A holiday open house included a guided tour through the beautifully decorated rooms concluding with refreshments and holiday fare in the auditorium. Various fundraisers through the year help to defray the costs of maintaining the house. They have included a night at the Town & Country Players with a cocktail hour before the play and seasonal Halloween, Christmas and Easter gift baskets for sale at membership meetings.

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 community to help build awareness and VIA membership. To provide 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 to the VIA. They receive a guided tour of the JLMH, a packet of information, and a warm welcome from the membership. In addition, committee chairmen explain their committee’s responsibilities to encourage new members to join committees that pique their interest. Nineteen women became new members in 2015-2016.

Preservation of Records, Chair –

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

Program Committee, Chair – Barbara Ann Price

The Program Committee selects the programs that are presented at monthly VIA meetings. The committee consists of a chairman, co-chairman and 10 members who meet once early in the club year to discuss and plan the next year’s programs. Programs are selected from the many suggestions submitted by committee and from the general membership.

Strategic Planning Task Group– Chair- Barbara Ann Price


Education Committee, Chair – Dr. Arlene O’Hara

The Education Committee awards three scholarships to students who reside in the Central Bucks School District and have been accepted for further study in a health-related field. In addition, the family of a former VIA member funds a scholarship in her honor.

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

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

Women’s Scholarship Committee, Chair – Terrie Mooradd

Since 1998, the VIA has awarded a total of 149 scholarships to Bucks County women. Twelve scholarships were awarded for the meeting year 2012-2013. Recipients pursue programs which included nursing, medical technology and allied health fields.

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