• How Members Participate

Committees & CIRCLES

Dive into the world of WIN Committee and Circles!  They bring WIN members together to make a significant impact on our community, and they bring us together so that we can get to know one another.

Joining a WIN committee or circle lets your talents shine through.  We would love to have your energy on one or more of them. If you are interested, each of the leaders is shown below. Click on their names to contact them. They would be happy to share current opportunities.   

Book Club

Chair, Janet Stiegler

Purpose: The Book Club meets regularly to discuss books related to the year's area of giving. Books are selected by the group, and discussion questions are circulated before the meeting. 

Helpful skills: none--all are welcome!


One of the most popular ways to become involved is to join a Circle.  For more information, click here.

Purpose: The Circles manage the relationship between WIN and its members with the four areas of giving we award grants to: Arts&Culture, Education and Lifelong Learning, Health&Wellness, and the Environment. Each Circle presents a panel discussion in the year in which WIN gives its awards to educate the members about the community's needs and interests. Each Circle does a deep dive into the community to identify nonprofits and learn about their needs. It then presents a panel discussion with invited area of giving speakers to educate WIN members about the area's profile and needs. The Circles also conduct mid-year interviews with grantees to understand their progress with our grants, and they maintain relationships with the community during the years between their area of giving grants.

Join a Circle if it overlaps with your personal or giving interests! The groups are small (5-10 members) and responsibilities are diverse and interesting.

Arts&Culture, Lynne Herndon, Chair

Education and Lifelong Learning, Cindy Steiner, Chair

Health&Wellness, Susan Henley, Chair

Environment, Laura McCabe, Chair

    Helpful Skills: Organizational and communication skills, research skills, community networking

    Grants Committee

    Kendall Hurt, Chair

    Purpose:  The Grants Committee sits at the heart of WIN. It solicits and then evaluates grant applications annually and presents a shortlist to the WIN membership for voting.

    Helpful Skills: Objectivity, critical thinking, team player, ability to assess financial aspects of grant applications

    Wondering what would be expected? 

    Committees vary greatly in terms of skills required, effort involved, and which times of the year they are most busy. Communications is active throughout the year. The Grants committee is intensely active in the first part of the year leading up to selecting our grantees in May. The Circles are busy in the year before grants are awarded in their area of giving, and in the first part of that year itself.

    Even within a committee, time requirements vary and you can manage your overall contribution throughout the year with as little or as much as you can offer, and whenever it works for you!   

    Each WIN Committee has a Chair and a Vice Chair. The Chair serves for a year, then rotates off and the Vice Chair becomes the Chair, with a new committee member stepping up to become Vice Chair. Within each committee there are a range of roles available, ranging from an occasional few hours (such as photographer for an event), to short intensive bursts (such as organizing the annual luncheon or serving on the Grants committee), to steady involvement (such as Webmaster). 

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