Mission and Vision

As an independent auxiliary of The Fine Arts Association, the Women’s Committee has been an integral part of the organization since its beginning. The Women’s Committee was chartered as an auxiliary in 1969. 

Our mission is to support and promote The Fine Arts Association in the appreciation of the creative arts of music, dance, art, and drama. Open to both men and women, membership in the Women’s Committee offers a diverse palette of activities and events in which to participate. Some of the highlights of our year include the Women’s Committee Second Wednesday Luncheon and Program Series, a monthly gathering featuring musical entertainment and stimulating lectures, all accompanied by good food and good friends; and an annual fund raiser and social event to kick off the holiday season.

What Women’s Committee Funds

The Women’s Committee’s holds an annual holiday major fundraiser. Proceeds from this benefit are to fulfill a “Wish List” from the FAA to provide needed items that are above and beyond their budget. This year those items requested are electronic bulletin boards, educational equipment and updated software. In the past, the Women’s Committee has gifted items to FAA such as: the digital marquee sign on Mentor Avenue, computers and special sound equipment, remodeling of the kitchen, carpeting for the auditorium and restoration of the concert grand piano. The committee also provides student achievement scholarships, sponsors theater productions, and supports the FAA’s annual Spring benefit. The Women’s Committee hosts the “Second Wednesday Program/Luncheons” from September through May which are open to the public.

A thank you letter from scholarship recipient, Anna P.

Women's Committee
2022 Second Wednesday Program/Luncheons


“We Made History.” Historians will portray the story of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd during the great conflict filled with public criticism and hatred.


“Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Behind the Scenes.” Exhibit procurement, educational
programs, and
history given by the Rock Hall.


“Tea Time at the Candoren House.” Priority reservations to Women’s Committee
Guests are welcome while seating is available.*


MAY 11
“The Gilded Age.” Spellbinding, entertaining tales by Cleveland historian and storyteller
Ruminsky. Located at the Kirtland Country Club.

Second Wednesday programs are open to the public offering a variety of entertainment
with catered luncheons in the lobby.

* Unless otherwise noted, all programs are at The Fine Arts and begin at 11:00 a.m.
Tickets for a program only are available at the door, but reservations are required for the program luncheons.

Reservations required by:

Second Wednesday Programs:

  • Are open to the public and offer a variety of entertainment with catered luncheons in the lobby. All programs are held at The Fine Arts (*unless noted otherwise) and begin at 11:00 a.m.
  • Tickets for the program only are available at the door, but reservations are required for the program luncheon 
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the programs are subject to change.

Become a Member Today!


When you become an active member or a supportive member, you will discover that the Women’s Committee is a fun and fulfilling organization that offers personal rewards as well as community benefits. To become a member pick up an application at The Fine Arts Association. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you aboard.

For further information or to submit a membership application, email waterworksbypat@gmail.com. Applications can also be mailed *Title: “Women’s Committee Application” to The Fine Arts Association: 38660 Mentor Ave. Willoughby, Ohio 44094.

The Women’s Committee of the Fine Arts Association will hold their May luncheon at

Kirtland Country Club,
39438 Kirtland Road, Willoughby OH

on Wednesday, May 12 beginning at 11:00 a.m.

  • The program will be “A Musical Montage” featuring Joe Fried and Nina Fried performing lively clarinet and piano music including: Golliwog’s Cake Walk, Csardas, Bizet’s Carmen, Bach’s Air on the G String, Hora Staccato, and much more.
  • On the menu: Chicken, mushroom and spinach crepes; frosted grapes; fresh fruit; mixed greens salad; melba toast, dinner rolls, and sticky buns. Creme brulee and macaroons are the dessert. 
  • Reservations are required no later than May 8 by email: anthonyjanem@yahoo.com or phone: 440-579-5020. The cost is $40.00 per person payable at the door in cash or by check. Valet parking will begin at 11:00 a.m., lunch at 11:30 with program to follow.
  • Covid protocols will be adhered to (please wear a mask).
  • The Women’s Committee is an independent auxiliary whose mission is to support and promote The Fine Arts Association in the appreciation of the creative arts of music, dance, art and drama 


History of Women's Committee

A Women’s Board was created in 1957 doing rummage sales, card parties and sponsorship of children’s operettas. In 1959, the group became an advisory board to the Fine Arts Association Board of Trustees. The FAA board requested a Women’s Committee be organized in November 1959. Their first activity was writing to family and friends for FAA support. Gradually, the group began to contribute to the development of FAA goals and has evolved into a membership of over 100 gifting  $200,000+ during the last 10 years alone. 

2021/2022 Executive Committee and Chairs

  • President: Karen Pribula
  • Vice President: Barbara Schuler
  • Recording Secretary: Sandy Taddeo
  • Corresponding Secretary: Jeanne Lipps
  • Treasurer: Jane Anthony
  • Hospitality: *Susan Miller & *JoAnn Greiner
  • Program Series: *Barbara Schuler, *Billie Portera, JoAnn Greiner, Karen Pribula, Marilyn Repasky, Jan Robinson, Christine Sherwin, Kathleen Tuttle
  • Liaison for Breckenridge Village: TBA
  • Membership: *Pat Bonander, Christine Sherwin, 
  • Newsletter: *Pat Bonander
  • Publicity: *Billie Portera
  • Scholarship: *Kathleen Tuttle
  • Special Projects: *Roberta Lucia, *Sandy Taddeo, *Lois Wigton

*Denotes chair person