The Community Outreach Functional Area is an umbrella for all of our contributions to the community, making volunteer opportunities available and determining the most impactful way to distribute funds raised by other committees.
- The Community Outreach At Large subcommittee manages and coordinates our ongoing volunteer projects with partner agencies (such as Deacon’s Closet and Soup Kitchen) as well as our recurring, annual outreach projects (such as the Family Focus Holiday Gift Drive and the MLK Day of Service).
- The Contributions subcommittee carefully selects the recipients for the charitable funds raised by the club. Committee members evaluate grant applications submitted by area non-profits, meeting intensely in mid-winter. Two years of club experience are required to serve on this committee.
- Every April, the Dreams Delivered subcommittee transforms our clubhouse into a very special prom boutique by providing new and nearly new formal dresses, accessories and shoes free of charge to any Evanston Township High School girl. Dreams Delivered committee members will participate in Community Outreach At Large, with occasional additional subcommittee meetings prior to the event.
- Members of the Sewing Circle subcommittee meet monthly to create baby layettes, cancer comfort pillows, and adaptive clothing for injured U.S. service personnel. Daytime availability is important to serve on this committee.
The Philanthropy Functional Area is tasked with fundraising projects for both contributions and for the club. We support local non-profits through grants awarded by the Contributions subcommittee and raise money for our historic clubhouse and our Membership. We accomplish this via FIVE (5) major subcommittees:
- WCE Holiday Bazaar – The WCE Holiday Bazaar subcommittee works from June to November on the coordination and planning of our three-day juried artisan gift fair, the proceeds of which are awarded by the Contributions subcommittee to various community organizations.
- WCE Yearbook – The Yearbook subcommittee works from August through March on ad sales and on the production of our Yearbook which serves the club in three ways: as a record of the club year in words and pictures, as a program for the WCE Revue, and as a fundraiser from sales.
- WCE Revue – The WCE Revue subcommittee leads talented members of the club who write, direct, choreograph, and perform an uproariously funny variety show to benefit a designated local, not-for-profit organization. The production takes place in early March and is written and performed as a joint partnership between the WCE and the WCE Revue beneficiary. WCE Revue Committee members are not required to be cast members but will be given Revue-related responsibilities.
- WCE Spring Benefit – The Spring Benefit subcommittee plans one of the club’s major fundraisers to benefit a designated local, not-for-profit organization. The benefit takes place in the spring and is accomplished as a joint partnership between the WCE and the beneficiary.
- Philanthropy Generalist – The Philanthropy Generalist subcommittee is responsible for raising funds for the contributions general fund via a smaller, one-time fundraising event; raising funds for our historical clubhouse via Scrip Cards, Amazon Smile, and WCE Revue concessions, and for raising funds for our membership via the WCE Booster Fund.
The Membership Functional Area is concerned with membership recruitment and retention through creating engaging and rewarding social experiences for our members.
- The Recruitment subcommittee (formerly the Membership Committee) is responsible for executing our Membership Information Nights, the New Member Committee and anything related to the recruitment program of the WCE. Members of this subcommittee will also be expected to help out with programs, member events, and dinners as needed.
- The Social and Enrichment subcommittee (formerly the Social Committee and the Programs Committee) would be a great fit for members with an interest in organizing and executing our programs, planning member events, or helping to put on our three major, all-club dinners. Daytime availability is helpful but not required of those wishing to serve on this committee. Members of this subcommittee will also be expected to help out with member recruitment as needed.
Bylaws and Strategic Planning
Members periodically review and update club policies and direction. Two years of club experience are required to serve on this committee.
House and Grounds
This committee is charged with managing, maintaining, and beautifying our historic and cherished clubhouse. Monthly meetings are held on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. This committee seeks members who have an interest/skill set in historic preservation, interior design, finance/clubhouse budget, clubhouse operations, HR or gardening. Daytime availability is important.
This committee is focused on creating one voice for the WCE through communications that are relevant to prospective members, valued by current members, and acknowledged by our community at large. Building the WCE brand empowers our philanthropy, community support, and internal club vibrancy. Help us write press releases, post social media content, edit photos, manage web content, build our online store, and more!