Women's Association

"The purpose of this organization shall be to promote the social welfare and intellectual growth, contribute services and share in the financial support of women and children within the CSA and its greater community."

Funding Requests for 2018 Season:

The Women’s Association, under the leadership of the Finance Committee and approval of its Board, will consider funding requests proposed by Association members, the CSA Board of Trustees and/or Committees, and other members of the CSA community at large. Funding Criteria:

— Enhances the education and training needs of women and children

— Enhances the recreational and creative needs of women and children

— Enhances the health and safety of women and children

— Enhances the greater appreciation for nature and the environment

— Promotes the spiritual and religious welfare of women and children

— Aids in the administrative needs of the Women’s Association

In the past, the Women’s Association has approved funding for speakers, for supplies for Art Classes and Workshops, for the Children’s Library, Ecology Projects, Tennis program, Lemonade Sunday, Youth Programs and Equipment for the Assembly.

To be considered for funding, please fill out either the application for Projects and Purchases, or for Funding Speakers and submit to the Women’s Association.  (See details, deadlines and links below.) 

Deadlines for Funding Applications:

July 1, 2018 is the deadline for funding requests for speakers. (Dates for the Speakers must be cleared with the Calendar Committee.) For each speaker, the maximum amount of funding would be a $100 Honorarium, $30 for Posters or other publicity to advertise the event, and $70 for Refreshments, for a total not to exceed $200. Please complete the Application to Fund Speaker Programs and submit to Nancy Gaffney at  Application for Funding Speakers 

Funding requests for specific Projects and/or Purchases should be made by July 1, 2018.  Please complete the Application to Fund Programs and Purchases and submit to Jan Lauerman at . Jan can also be contacted at 630 986-9743 (Winter) or 231 352-9369 (Summer). Application for Funding Purchases 

Changes in bylaws: At the Annual Meeting on July 28 2015, members voted to add changes to the Association's by-laws. Click here for updated bylaws. 

Finance policy and annual report: For information on the Women's Association finance policy, please click here and the annual report here


Here are some of the projects that we help fund within the CSA community and those we contribute to within the Benzie country community



  • Butterfly Garden
  • Tennis Shed
  • File Cabinet for Membership
  • Beverage Receptacles
  • Recycling Bin Lids



  • Art Workshops
  • Authors and Artisans Fair
  • Children’s Library
  • Ecology Fun
  • Ecology Interns
  • Landscaping
  • Lemonade Sunday
  • Speakers
  • Youth Program
  • Arts and Crafts Classes