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RMSC Council

RMSC Council

Supporting the Rochester Museum & Science Center since 1941!

As the RMSC Council we: 

  • Connect socially and have fun

  • Make a community impact

  • Encourage curiosity 


Why Join | What We Do | How to Join 

Come Get to Know the RMSC Council!

November 10, 2021 | 9-11am

Get to know the RMSC Council! Join us on November 10 to learn more about this volunteer opportunity and meet current Council members. We'll talk about how we got started, our community impact, the unique events and programs we host, and why we love being a part of it. We'll even hear from RMSC CEO & President, Hillary Olson as she shares the important impact the RMSC Council has on the RMSC. Light refreshments will be served while you mingle and chat with current members and learn why they joined. Registration includes a free pass to the RMSC Museum.

Event is FREE. Registration is required. 


Why Join the RMSC Council

Joining the RMSC Council is a great opportunity to give back to your community and create new connections at the same time!

The Council offers you the opportunity to:

  • Use your expertise to create programming, activities, and fundraisers
  • Socialize and collaborate with others from diverse backgrounds
  • Give back to the community, helping make the RMSC accessible to all
  • Try new things and address interesting challenges
  • Be inspired by unique events and programs hosted by the RMSC Council 


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What We Do: 

Meet Monthly: 

Monthly meetings begin with an engaging educational speaker, followed by a business meeting and luncheon. Seven general meetings are held each year, along with an annual dinner and a picnic.

Organize social gatherings: 

Special programs are hosted throughout the year to build connection among members. Past programs have included day trips by bus, wine and chocolate events, cocktails and books with author readings, and many others. Ideas for social gatherings are always welcome!

Plan and host fundraisers: 

These annual fundraisers directly support the work of the RMSC:

  • Beautiful Blooms: 
    A sale of beautiful assorted plants perfect for starting the garden and celebrating spring (held March/April).
  • Dine & Discover: 
    Enjoy an engaging, inspiring speaker followed by lunch or dinner.
  • Fantastic Findings: 
    Browse collectibles, jewelry, lamps, toys, linens, china, furniture, silver, and attractive boutique finds.
  • Holiday Bazaar: 
    Featuring jewelry, woodwork, ceramics, sculptures, fiber arts, and more by fine artisans and craftspeople.
  • Holiday Plant Sale: 
    A sale of beautiful assorted winter plants and wreaths to help celebrate the holiday season (held November/December).


Ready to join us?



Already a member? Head to our volunteer page.




What our members say...

"The RMSC Council has been the perfect opportunity for me to use my skills to support the RMSC's efforts toward instilling knowledge in both young and old in the Rochester community, which I feel is essential to our future." 

-Laurie Adams 

Following my engineering career, I began looking for volunteer opportunities to stay engaged in the community and put my professional skills to use. The RMSC Council has fulfilled my desire to stay active, take on interesting projects, meet new people, and promote STEM education in youth. I’ve been a member for 5 years now and it continues to be a wonderful group!

- Kathy Giuffrida

How to Join: 

First, you have to have an RMSC membership. If you're not a member already, you can purchase on here. Once that's out of the way, you're eligible for Council membership! Explore the Active or Associate membership options below.

Active Member

Active members attend regular meetings, serve on at least one committee and are asked to volunteer at least 40 hours per year to RMSC Council projects. 

Active Level Benefits:

    • Access to regular programs and social gatherings
    • Opportunity to join Council Committees
    • Participation in monthly meetings
    • Opportunity to volunteer and contribute to the growth and promotion of the RMSC
    • Free RMSC membership with 100+ volunteer hrs


Associate Member

Associate members are those who have been Active members for 5+ years. They are eager to support the RMSC Council, but have personal or professional commitments that make it difficult for them to donate their time. Associate members retain all the privileges of an RMSC Council membership, but are not required to complete volunteer hours.

Associate Level Benefits:

  • Access to regular programs
  • Invitations to social gatherings
  • Opportunity to financially contribute to the growth and promotion of the RMSC


Ready to join us?


Still have more questions? Reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!


Already a member? Head to the RMSC Council volunteer page or Renew Your Membership



About the Council

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated more than $2 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

Event Calendar: 2021

  • Beautiful Blooms: Pick-up date, May 1 
  • Dine & Discover: Postponed to 2022
  • Fantastic Findings: September 22-26, 2021
  • Get to Know the RMSC Council: November 10, 2021
  • Holiday Bazaar: Postponed until November 2022
  • Holiday Plant Sale: Pick-up date, December 4

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