Sonoma, Calif.—WINE WOMEN’s September 24th complimentary event, “Help Yourself. Volunteer!” is a recruiting and orientation event at Raymond Vineyards in St. Helena at 5:30 p.m. This complimentary event provides guests with an opportunity to learn about and sign up for their Volunteer Program, which helps participants grow their networks and skills while laying the groundwork for advancement and leadership within WINE WOMEN. The professional trade organization, championing women working in the wine industry, has expanded to more than 150 members in three years.
ABOUT THE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
President, Christine L. Mueller, explained, “Thanks to the support of our members, Wine Women has grown faster than anticipated. We’re entering a growth spurt as we head into our fourth year of operation and have reached capacity with our current structure. The volunteer program is an opportunity for members to participate, expand their individual networks and hone their leadership skills while contributing to the growth of their organization. This next growth phase includes career development seminars, scholarships, training programs, new forums and additional programs. With a volunteer team to execute these programs, we can grow and give back to the industry on a larger scale.”
Mueller clarified further, “We’re heavily involved in strategic planning to get us to the next level, and, in addition to the volunteer program, we’re focusing on succession planning and adding a full-time staff to manage the organization’s programs. We’re looking forward to working with a team of volunteers to help us organize and execute events, meetings, fundraisers and so on, to achieve those goals.” She elaborated: “We’re starting with a search to fill vacating or new board positions. And at the same time, we’re seeking member managers, marketing and event committee positions. As these positions are filled, we’ll announce new openings in areas such as finance, technology, and other roles. Plus the volunteer service can be a path to greater exposure, such as joining the board of directors.”
Ms. Mueller went on to explain the organization’s recruitment strategy: “Our website’s volunteer page provides a list and descriptions of different volunteer projects. With one click, members can apply for multiple projects. We divvied up projects into smaller, do-able tasks so that when many volunteers accept the workload, it won’t seem like a job but more of a fun activity to do with friends.”
Ms. Mueller continued to map out the overall strategy: “Our objective is to make membership much more valuable to our members by offering greater participation opportunities. These activities will strengthen relationships and contribute to achieving the organization’s goals. By giving these volunteer members more opportunities to lead and participate in running our organization and events, they’ll be ready and excited to take the reins down the road.”
ABOUT THE EVENT
Guests will enjoy a pool-side reception provided by WINE WOMEN’s major events sponsor, Boisset Collection’s Atelier Fine Foods & Catering, at Raymond Vineyards. Attendees are advised to bring a stack of business cards to share while they make new connections and investigate projects that appeal to them, all while sipping the latest vintage from Raymond Vineyards.
Guests will hear from members and directors of WINE WOMEN about the upcoming volunteer projects as well conduct breakout sessions to launch several of the projects. Volunteer projects can be found at: https://winewomen.net/volunteer/. Registration for the free event is available at: https://wine-women-volunteer-2019.eventbrite.com/?aff=WIA.
ABOUT THE BOISSET COLLECTION
The Boisset Collection is WINE WOMEN’s major events sponsor and is a family-owned collection of historic and unique wineries in France and California bound together by a common cause: authentic, terroir-driven wines in harmony with their history, their future and the land and people essential to their existence. With more than twenty historical and prestigious wineries in the world’s preeminent terroirs, including the Côte d’Or, Beaujolais, Rhône Valley, California’s Russian River Valley and the Napa Valley, each house retains its unique history, identity, and style, and all are united in the pursuit of fine wines expressive of their terroir. To learn more about the Boisset Collection, please visit http://www.boissetcollection.com.
ABOUT WINE WOMEN
WINE WOMEN’s mission is “To champion the advancement of women’s careers in the wine industry by building strong relationships, essential business skills and leadership among members.” At the core of the new 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional organization’s activities are programs focused on providing the tools, guidance and creativity for members to attain industry prominence.
For more information about WINE WOMEN, visit: http://winewomen.net/about/ or call 707.721.1095. Visit WINE WOMEN’s website at WineWomen.net. For complete details on their events calendar, visit: WineWomen.net/Events-List.