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The Women’s Alliance

Annual Meeting Monday May 16

Please plan to attend the Women’s Alliance Annual Meeting, and our last potluck of this church year.  We definitely need YOU to come, to be assured that we have a quorum and are able to conduct our official business.

While RSVPs are not required, they will be appreciated.

The Potluck will begin at 6:30 pm in the Commons.  Coming a little later is fine if your schedule requires that.  As usual, bring whatever suits your fancy, or if time is too precious, just come.  We always have plenty to share!

Following the potluck, starting about 7pm, we will have our official Annual Meeting.  At this meeting we will:

1) Elect Executive Committee for the coming year.  It is my understanding that Peg Espinola has agreed to continue as Secretary, I will continue as Treasurer and AnnMarie Lanza and Sara Hartman continue as the other tow members of the Executive Committee.  If anyone else is eager to join us, please speak up!

 2) Have a financial review/ treasurer’s report .

3) Review any new grant requests. This is also the last opportunity for any grant requests for this fiscal year.  Any requests need to be on the official form and submitted, preferably by email to the executive committee, prior to the meeting.  You can find the lovely form here:

4) Set the initial schedule for next year’s meetings.

Following the business meeting, which we expect to be pretty short, Lulu Cash is giving us the presentation we were snowed out of in January.
Lulu, a First Parish member,  will present the communication system she designed for professional and personal use here and abroad. As she tells her international audiences, it is not only an American system but a human system, from which many can glean nuggets.

Lulu was for many years a professor at Emmanuel College, which awarded her the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.  She is the founder of the Louise Cash Institute for Leadership in Communication. Before that, she had an extensive international career in music and theater.  She and her late husband, Phil Cash, have had three sons, three daughters-in-law and eight grandchildren.

Alliance General Information

The Women’s Alliance of First Parish of Sudbury, Unitarian Universalist has existed for over 100 years as an organization within, but separate from, First Parish, both in terms of budget and governance.

The Alliance is composed of all women members and friends of the congregation. One need not be a signed member of First Parish to be a voting member of the Alliance or to be involved with Alliance activities. The only requirement is to have participated in or supported with time or treasure either Alliance or church activities within the past two years.

We support First Parish and other non-profit organizations in the greater community by providing programs and by awarding financial grants. From fund raising and from endowments wisely invested, we have our own funds and do not seek expense money from First Parish. In fact we regularly give substantial monies to First Parish for specific purposes.

Monthly Meetings

The Alliance meets every month for an informal potluck dinner and brief business meeting, either at First Parish or in the home of a member.  Occasionally we offer a program of interest to women at our monthly meetings. All women are welcome at any time.  Announcements of the meetings are in the newsletter, The Connector, the Sunday Order of Service, the Calendar.

Annual Retreat

We go on an Annual Retreat for our spiritual growth as well as to continue our work building a close-knit community of women.


The Alliance holds fundraisers once or twice a year in order to fund the donations we make to other organizations and to pay for special projects within First Parish that would not otherwise be funded.

For example, each Spring we hold a Rummage Sale which is also a way to provide a service to the general public.  Our Rummage Sale is a little different.  We charge a fee to get in, and each customer gets a full sized paper grocery bag to fill up with anything they choose from the piles of donated items.  When we start collecting donations, we ask that each item donated be no larger than can fit into a full size paper grocery bag, is clean and in good repair.  All categories are welcome:  clothing, household goods, office supplies, toys & games, music, and books (no textbooks or magazines, please).