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Activities Committee is responsible for planning most of the club-wide social activities, both member-only events and those including significant others and families. Already on the calendar for 2013-2014 are the Fall Potluck and Holiday Ornament Exchange for members, a tailgate for members and spouses, and the Family Picnic in the summer.  Stay tuned for details on other social events that you won't want to miss!
 
Activity Income is responsible for income generated by the club ( i.e. Cookbooks, simple fundraisers, etc.).  This income directly benefits the club's general fund and helps us to cover all of our operating costs(budgets for board positions and committee chairs).  The money raised by Activity Income also helps to keep down the cost of annual membership dues. 

Book Club meets every other month to discuss our selected book.  This year, our theme is "Books with Buzz".  All of our selections will be books you'll be talking about with your friends, hearing about in the news or already dying to read.  Each meeting of the Book Club is open to all members and we invite everyone to attend.  Our conversations do focus on the selected books...as well as topics like casting the book as a movie and the bigger issues each book might raise.  MLJWC Book Club is BYOB and we also invite you to bring a snack or dessert to share.

Community Outreach coordinates monthly service and donation(mostly new and some new) opportunities for members to support local Pittsburgh charities.  By participating with this committee, members are able to be involved in community service related projects without a whole lot of effort and/or money.  The committee has put together a schedule for monthly activities and will introduce each opportunity through the Marker, General Meetings and through email reminders.  Some upcoming activities include Book Drive for RIF, gift wrapping with Angels' Place staff, holiday gift collection to benefit the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and Craft Day at The Children's Institute. 

Gourmet Lunch is a club tradition and a great way to get to know other members in a smaller setting.  Each month, from October through April, we gather together on the second Wednesday of the month. Each member and a partner will host one luncheon for approximately six to eight women, while attending the others as a guest. The hostesses for a particular lunch are responsible for sending invitations and jointly planning and preparing the meal.  Also included is a kickoff lunch, January luncheon and end of year potluck for the whole group.  Gourmet Lunch is a great way for new members to get to know people in a more relaxed and festive atmosphere than at meetings.  All members are welcome to sign up with a partner or as singles--we'll match you with a new friend! 

Helping Hands is a service project of MLJWC.  It is friends helping friends. Through Helping Hands, members coping with childbirth/adoption, serious illness or injury, family death, or any other extraordinary circumstances are helped by the other members. The service provided is based on need and may include preparing and delivering meals, arranging for babysitting, or providing transportation. Please give us a call or send us an email if you know of a member who needs a helping hand. 

Historian visually captures the Club year.  However, your help is needed!  All members are welcome and encouraged to take pictures of any social, philanthropic or community activity in which the club is participating,  At the May General Meeting, a slide show is presented during dinner reflecting the Club year and a scrapbook is given to the President as a keepsake.  If you take pictures of events, please email the Historian by the April General Meeting in order to have your pictures included in the slide show.
 
Holiday Market started in 2008 as a small vendor fair and has expanded to include a bake sale and feature local crafters and artisans.  This year's event was held in November and had nearly two dozen vendors and crafters.  In addition, a selection of cookie and cake mixes festively packaged were available,

Hostessing Committee organizes catering for the General Meetings.  Each returning member is responsible for contributing refreshments for Hostessing one time during the year.  Members will sign up in groups of 7-10 and will provide refreshments for that particular month.  As a group, they will decide what they will provide.  Refreshments will include appetizers, desserts, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for 90.  New members will cater the Member dinner in May.  A signup sheet will be available at each General Meeting.  Reminders will be emailed and put in the marker each month.

Movie Club meets every other month either at the Galleria or South Hills Village Theater to see a movie together.  Don't have time to read?  Want to see a flick that your husband doesn't?  Just want a night out with the girls?  Or maybe you just need to sit in a dark theater with a big bag of popcorn for two hours.  Whatever the reason, the MLJWC Movie Club is here for you. We try to rotate between romantic comedies, dramas and anything that looks interesting.  Sometimes we go out afterwards for a drink and conversation, sometimes we go for a walk--when the movie leaves you breathless--and sometimes we just go home.  This is the most laid back committee in the club and we would love to share a movie with you this year! 
 
Playgroups(Destination and In-Home) offer a variety of opportunities to meet and socialize with other members and their children.  Destination playgroups organize activities on a monthly basis and ask that members RSVP when they plan to attend.  Most activites are best suited for preschool and early elementary aged children but are open to all members and their children who are interested.  Some of the recent activites have included a tour of the Mt. Lebanon Fire Station, apple picking at Simmons Farm and a trip to the zoo.  In Home playgroups provide fun in a more relaxed setting.  Groups of three-four moms will be created based on information about your children and day/time preferences to meet.  Once the groups are determined, each will set up location and frequency of the meeting(same host or rotate hosting, once/month or every two weeks, etc).  Join in the fun!

Power Lunch is a monthly gathering and networking opportunity for MLJWC members who work downtown.  We meet for lunch downtown on different days of the week at flexible times.  All dates, locations and times will be listed in the Marker and reminders will be communicated via email. It is an opportunity to get out of the office, try new restaurants, and network with others like you!
 
Public Relations supports the efforts of the Public Relations Chair and members work to publicize MLJWC activities.  Previous activities include: determining appropriate promotional outlets, working with media sources as directed and distributing materials throughout the community.

The Marker (Newsletter) is used to communicate all activities going on within the club's entirety.  It contains key information from the Board, Standing Committees and Benefit Committees(major club project), as well as General Meeting information.  Everything you need to know about Juniors can be found throughout its pages.  The newsletter is published on a monthly basis throughout the club calendar year.
The submission deadline for articles is the first of every month and The Marker is distributed via club wide email by the eighth of the month.  Articles may be submitted to the editor via email in either MS Word or plain email text format.  Advertising space within the newsletter is available for purchase.
 
Tennis is divided into several groups based on different ability levels.  The groups meet weekly and participate in group lessons that run August through April.
 
Website committee members maintain the Club's website. The Committee chair and members update the website for club year activities and events, develop the annual benefit page to announce the major grant beneficiary and promote the event and update the online grant proposal and scholarship process.  This Committee works closely with the PR chair and Board members/Committee chairs to keep information on the website updated and current

Welcoming Committee
works with the Membership Chair to help new members feel comfortable and get them involved in the club.  At meetings and events, existing members will serve as "New Member Greeters" to aid in answering any questions the new members may have.  The Welcoming Committee assists with planning the New Member Social, new member orientation and various other new member gatherings(mainly at the beginning of the club year).  Additionally, the Welcoming Committee is responsible for maintaining attendance records, presenting perfect attendance gifts during the May meeting and distributing name tags at General Meetings.

Wine & Dine is a time for members and their spouses to get together with other couples. Traditionally, the season begins with a kickoff event in the fall.  Once members have signed up at the September meeting, they are separated into groups of four who meet for four dinners throughout the year.  While Wine & Dine includes husbands and partners, the group isn't limited to couples--singles are encouraged to join.  Groups can choose to host a dinner in the style of their choice: at home or a restaurant, providing the entire meal or a covered dish.  Committee members are responsible for organizing the kickoff event, club communication, creating sign ups and making the groups