Each year, we recognize a deserving member who stands out because of the special things she does. Our “Woman of the Year” exemplifies going above and beyond, not because it is her job, but because she is driven by a strong commitment to serve the community through the Women’s Club of Pittsford.
This year’s award recipient, Maureen Mulley, has been a club member for 21 years. She has supported major fundrais-ers such as the Annual Home and Kitchen Tour, the Cabaret with Cindy Miller, the Gift Boutique, and annual Garage Sales; and more recently supported the Shopping Spree at Talbots, Luggage Collection for Hillside Children's Center, and she is an ardent Book Clubber!
Since joining in 1996, she has demonstrated leadership and influence, serving on the Board of Directors as: Publicity Coordinator, Co- Historian, Endowment Chair, Co-Treasurer, Co-President Elect, Co-President, and Co-Director of GFWC Lake District.
It is with great pleasure that we honor our friend and col-league Maureen Mulley and share her story of how the ef-forts of one person can truly make a difference in our com-munity. Since January 2016, Maureen has devoted tireless efforts to raise money and support for our community im-provement project at School 46. The objective was to equip two kindergarten classes with iPads -- a technology that is re-shaping how we live, and how we learn. The time has flown! Our cohort of 43 students are already completing first grade this month. Their reading and vocabulary skills have shown significant improvement.
Maureen is clearly the key organizer and implementer be-hind this project. She single-handedly carried out a letter-writing campaign to solicit outside Sponsors to contribute funding for iPads. But, she did not stop there! In addition to the iPads, School 46 needs funding to integrate the technolo-gy into the curriculum. Maureen organized the committees to launch our first “Bunco” fundraiser, which raised more than $5000 to benefit the School.
On a personal note, Maureen was an English Teacher at East High School for 33 years. She and her husband Bill, have been married for 44 years, and live in Pittsford, where they belong to their beloved cat named Yum Yum (smile!). They love spending the summer in their second home in Bristol Harbour, where they enjoy golf and boating.
Maureen also brings leadership and influence to the broader community. She was instrumental in restarting a social club called Bristol Cliffs Yacht Club in 1988, and served as its secretary for 15 years. She is a member of AAUW, and is a charter member of "The Schoolmarms' Investment Club " which has been active for 23 years. She is deeply committed to and is a long time member of the Board of Directors of Pet Pride of New York, Inc., the local no-kill cat shelter. She is the chair of the yearly Building Fund Luncheon and is on the golf committee for the annual Pet Pride Classic.
Nelson Mandela said that “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” Maureen is indeed very special. She embodies the philosophy and commitment to leadership, service, and active volunteerism that is our Club’s heritage.
We are pleased and proud to honor Maureen as our 2017 Woman of the Year.