»Women of Chapman Steering Committee

Steering Committee Officers

President Donna Bianchi
President Elect Barbara Eidson
Christmas at The Ritz Chair Adrienne Brandes
Christmas at The Ritz Chair Elect      Laura Baratta
Program Co-Chair Donna Bunce
Program Co-Chair Donna Calvert
Treasurer Phyllis Shafer
Recording Secretary Marci Hollander
Corresponding Secretary  Kim Smith
Membership Chair Anne Manassero
Membership Tea Co-Chair Donna Di Bari
Membership Tea Co-Chair Mona Nesseth
Nominating Committee Chair Sue Hook
Parliamentarian/Website Chair Kathy Hamilton
Student Filmmaker Endowment Chair       Adrienne Brandes

Standing Committee Chairs

Reservations      Barbara Eidson
Roster Donna Bunce
Historian Jacqui Penner

Members at Large

Leslie Cancellieri
Sandy Chiles
Sally Crockett
Rusty Hood
Nora Johnson
Charlene Prager
Sheri Nazaroff
Eve Kornyei Ruffatto
Christine Sullivan

+-Presidents Emeritus

Mildred Mead*, Founder and Founding President, 1971-1984
Mary Lou Hornsby*, 1985-1997
Mary Dell Barkouras, 1998
Joan Riach-Gayner, 1999-July 2000**
Donna Bunce, 2000-2001, 2001-2002
Betty Belden Palmer*, 2002-2003
Adrienne Brennan, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2010-2011
Karen Elliott, 2005-2006
Leslie Cancellieri, 2006-2007, 2007-2008
Charlene Prager, 2008-2009, 2009-2010

**Fiscal year change

+-Steering Committee Responsibilities (2014 - 2015)


  • Preside at General Meetings and Programs
  • Preside at Steering Committee Meetings
  • Liaison to the University
  • Communicate ongoing activities to the membership

President Elect:

  • Preside at President 2015-2016

Benefit Chairman:

  • Chair “Christmas at The Ritz” benefit, 2014

Benefit Chairman Elect:

  • Chair “Christmas at The Ritz” benefit, 2015

Program/Luncheon Co-Chairmen:

  • Plan and produce programs with committee approval
  • Produce and mail invitations
  • Submit program information for press releases to Publicity Chairman
  • Chair Annual Meeting Luncheon in June


  • Keep books of account
  • Deposit revenue
  • Write checks for accounts payable
  • Submit an annual financial report

Recording Secretary:

  • Record minutes
  • Distributes minutes to Steering Committee

Corresponding Secretary:

  • Send out meeting notices and any reminders
  • Write thank-you notes
  • Send get-well, sympathy and congratulatory cards

Membership Chairman:

  • Send out dues notices along with requests for roster information
  •  Receive membership dues and forward to Chapman liaison
  • Contact delinquent members
  • Submit membership information to the Roster Chairman
  • Maintain a current list of members, their addresses and phone numbers, including new members as accepted
  • Accept applications for new members from current members and send invitations to join to those accepted by the Steering Committee

Membership Event Co-Chairmen:

  • Plan and make arrangements for a membership event in May

Nominating Committee Chairman:

  • Meet with the Nominating Committee to select Steering Committee members for the following year
  • Submit the Steering Committee slate for approval to the Steering Committee
  • Announce the Steering Committee at the annual Summer Luncheon

Parliamentarian: Immediate Past President

Website Chairman:

  • Show calendar of current events and information
  • Feature history of group and its commitment to education

Student Filmmaker Endowment Chair:

  • Chair committee that determines who the Dodge College student finalists are for WOC’s annual student endowment recognition

Reservations Chairman:

  • Receive and record reservations for all meetings and programs
  • Forward reservations revenue to Chapman liaison
  • Inform Program Chairmen of the number of reservations received

Roster Chairman:

  • Update roster information. Changes in a member’s information may be made only upon written verification from the Membership Chairman or from the member herself.
  • Have roster printed
  • Make arrangements to distribute roster


  • Keep history of Women of Chapman
  • Oversee photographs taken at events and programs
  • Maintain a publicity scrapbook

Members at Large:

  • Assist in promoting the Women of Chapman in their support of Chapman University
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