Audrey's Involvement with Organizations
I have had the honor of being involved with very many worthy persons in many worthwhile organizations over the years. This is just a sampling. In general, I never seem to have enough time to give any of them. There is so much to be done.
Current Service and Membership
VoteAllegheny, advocating safe, secure, accessible voting with recountable, voter-verified paper ballots for Allegheny County and across the country, since 2005. I was a founding member, and serve as Secretary / Treasurer.
Squirrel Hill Historical Society, which has presented interesting speakers eleven or more times a year since around 2001.
The Greenfield Community Association, our neighborhood organization, gets our neighbors out working and playing together. I serve on the Development and Transportation committee.
The Gertrude Stein Political Club of Greater Pittsburgh, quite honored in serving as Chair and now Co-Chair of this multi-partisan organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, working in electoral politics in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues and women's rights by helping candidates who are committed to helping us secure those rights. GSPCGP provides information about candidates' positions on issues important to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transexual voter; we endorse candidates based on their past record and on their responses to our candidate questionnaires.
Tree of Life * Or L'Simcha, I was elected in 2011 to the board of this august and rooted institution, founded in 1864, with a very robust education program. My favorite project has been preparing the synagogue's calendar each year.
I'm a long-time member of the National Yiddish Book Center, although I've not yet gotten to visit. They have essentially saved an entire literature beginning with a dumpster of books, and now posting much of what has been written in Yiddish on line.
There are many other nonprofits to which I eagerly contribute financially, as the household economy allows.
Prior Service and Membership
Formerly served as an officer in VotePA, the statewide organization advocating safe, secure, recountable voting and elections.
In the 1980s I was a founding member of the Allegheny County Transit Council, a worthy organization of dedicated individuals which serves as advisory to the Port Authority of Allegheny County, on behalf of the citizens of the County.
I served on the Board of Directors of the Mary Miller Dance Company, a modern dance company specializing in site-specific and collaborative work, and which also does incredible educational outreach. Their work with those who are deaf and hard-of-hearing is wonderful to watch.
I also served on the Board of SchoolTime Theatre, Inc., a nonprofit professional educational theatre company with an Actors' Equity TYA contract.
As a Producing Member of the Theatre Committee of the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh, I got to produce shows just for the fun of it, to bring art and entertainment to audiences.
In college, I served as Vice President of the Studio Theatre Organization, the producing and managing organization that oversaw the black box theater space in the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. We produced four or five plays a year, some of them musicals, some written by classmates, some surprisingly ambitious.
When the University of Pittsburgh Student Government threatened to revoke funding for Gay Students at Pitt, giving the excuse that they discriminated against straight persons in membership, a number of us straight persons who were supportive of the organization joined immediately. They renamed the club to support its broader membership, dubbing it "Gay Supporters at Pitt." I was voted Vice President that year.
"Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go."
- Oscar Wilde
"The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."
- Joseph Stalin