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 Committee, Co-Chairs – Marilyn Mele and Anne Sweeney                           The committee comprises two groups of readers. One group is headed by a captain who chooses the books. Each member then purchases one book to be shared among the group. The members of the other group purchase their own books, then meet for discussion. The second group meets year round.

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, Co-Chairs – Kathy Lambert and Mary Ellen Stanton                                    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 – Janice Cope                                                                                           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 – Kathy Krick                                                                   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 plant sale, a bake sale, a 50/50 raffle at membership meetings are just a few of the ways the Fundraising Committee earns money for the VIA. Art students at Central Buck West High School have been given a project working with this committee to design a coffee mug which will be sold in various venues including the hospital Gift Shop and at general membership meetings.


Bylaws CommitteeChair – Lillian O’Connor                                                                                       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 – Barbara Kieffer                                                                                       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 – Helen Hammes                                                                    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 Malack                                                                         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 – Carolyn Kozakowski                                                              Working to properly preserve records relating to the history of the VIA from the earliest days available to the present day.

Program Committee, Chair – Joyce A. Hanson                                                                                   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.


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 KcKenna                                                                 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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