Join & Support

RMSC Council

Fundraising and supporting all three locations of the RMSC since 1941!


As the RMSC Council we:

  • Connect socially and have fun
  • Make a community impact
  • Encourage curiosity


Try out the RMSC Council by joining us for one of our general meetings. You’ll learn more about this meaningful volunteer opportunity and meet current Council members. Our meetings are held monthly from March to June and September to December. For dates and meeting registration contact us at

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 


  • Beautiful Blooms Plant Sale (pick-up)

    ORDER TODAY to pick up in May! Buy spring blooms for yourself or as a gift while supporting your favorite non-profit!

    • Museum & Science Center
    • May 11, 2024 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Fantastic Findings

    A “next-to-new” sale organized by RMSC Council, Fantastic Findings features treasures and collectibles from jewelry to toys.

    • Museum & Science Center
    • September 18, 2024 – September 21, 2024

  • Holiday Bazaar

    A juried show with FIVE floors of displays across the RMSC campus. A spectacular variety of carefully selected exhibitors showcase creative, unique, hand-made items.

    • Museum & Science Center
    • November 22, 2024 – November 24, 2024

What We Do


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.


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!


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 (order in April, pickup in May).
  • Dine & Discover: 
    Enjoy an engaging, inspiring speaker followed by lunch or dinner (April).
  • Fantastic Findings: 
    Browse collectibles, jewelry, lamps, toys, linens, china, furniture, silver, and attractive boutique finds (September).
  • Holiday Bazaar: 
    Featuring jewelry, woodwork, ceramics, sculptures, fiber arts, and more by fine artisans and craftspeople (November).

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

Still have more questions? Reach out to us at!

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


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 close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.