Chautauqua Women's Club


This committee consists of the elected officers of the Board of Directors. They have regular meetings throughout the year and present significant matters to the board.
After approval by the Board of Directors, the nominating committee will present a slate of nominees for board vacancies at the Annual Membership Meeting. Members of this committee recruit members over each season to serve on the Board.

Board of Directors – The Board has the care and control of the property, assets, investments and income of the Chautauqua Women’s Club. They will supervise and manage the organization, the conduct of meetings and the affairs of the CWC.

By-Laws Committee – Reviews and updates bylaws as needed. Interprets bylaws as requested by Board of Directors.


The committee monitors all aspects of the finances of the CWC in conjunction with the Finance Officer and the Executive Committee.


This committee oversees the fund raising activities of the organization.  Several other committees fall under Development including:

  • Membership Committee– Actively markets to the Chautauqua population the benefits of membership. Committee members attend programs to facilitate answering questions about the CWC and taking memberships. 
  • Hospitality Committee – Plans and facilitates the social offerings ensuring ‘a good time is had by all’. They are responsible for the Season’s Greetings event, and receptions at the CWC House. 
  • Flea BoutiqueFlea Boutique is the Chautauqua Women’s Club opportunity to gather donated items from the community and prepare for resale. Someone’s cast-off is another person’s treasure. The Flea Boutique is located at the back of the Colonnade.  
  • Other CWC fundraisers are an opportunity for members to volunteer and help plan, organize, and implement events.

This committee oversees the Marketing Activities:

  • Preparing the Annual Yearbook – The yearbook is produced for our membership and includes all the information about the Programs and Events for the year. In addition, it offers contact information for each member. The committee is responsible for the collecting and organizing information.
  • Advertising and Publicity – Coordinates appropriate advertising and coverage of all CWC events. Works closely with the Chautauquan Daily for timely articles about speakers and special CWC events. 
  • Website – Tech savvy members may wish to participate in coordination of CWC Website and Social Media.
  • Newsletter – A spring publication to all members that details key events and programs for the upcoming season.

Members of the Program Committee plan and organize all aspects of CWC Programs including Contemporary Issues Forum, Chautauqua Speaks, and Chautauqua In-Depth. This committee also coordinates CWC’s recreational activities, including Bridge, Mah Jongg, and Language Hour. 


Members of the Property Committee bring their talents to decision about house operations, landscaping, and architecture and design. 


Members of the Scholarship Committee actively participate in the support of the CWC Scholarship Fund for the students attending the Schools of Performing and Visual Arts each season. Members assist with fundraising by handling basket collections at all student, alumni, faculty, and masterclass recitals held throughout the summer. They also encourage the support of the Artists at the Market who generously give a percentage of their sales to the CWC Scholarship Fund at the end of each season.