The Auxiliary Board (AB)


The purpose of the AB is to support the management of Stan Hywet  Hall & Gardens, Inc. by interpreting Stan Hywet as a cultural and  educational center, by raising funds and providing all possible financial support, and promoting volunteer services. 



The Women’s Volunteer Administration Committee, organized in 1956, was the forerunner of the Women’s Auxiliary Board (WAB). This group of women volunteers, worked very hard to prepare Stan Hywet for the opening of the Estate on June 15, 1957 —making it possible for the public to take tours, and honoring the Seiberlings and their motto of Non Nobis Solum (Not for Us Alone).

Reorganized in 1964 as the Women’s Auxiliary Board, the WAB has raised over $5 million for the continued restoration and upkeep of the Estate. The padded chairs in the Manor House Auditorium, the furniture in the Wolle Building Board Room and funds to pay for the appraisal of the historic collection are but a few of the projects that this important volunteer group has funded. In addition to fundraising, the AB members have contributed hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours to Stan Hywet.

In 2013, a new chapter began when the WAB was reorganized as the Auxiliary Board (AB) of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. The AB continues in the tradition of its forebears as a vital support organization of the Estate.

Over the years, AB volunteers have contributed hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours to  Stan Hywet. 

For information on joining the Auxiliary Board, please click here.


  • President  - Elise Bennett
  • Vice President - Susie Gaebel Wallace
  • Corresponding Secretary - Phyllis Woodrum
  • Recording Secretary - Mary Ann Stuyvesant
  • Assistant Secretary - Mary Kay Danckaert
  • Treasurer - Joann Wallace
  • Assistant Treasurer - Helyn Docs

AB TIMES newsletter

Click on the links below for copies of the Auxiliary Board's newsletter, the AB TIMES.




December, 2018
October, 2018
September, 2018
August, 2018
May, 2018
April, 2018
March, 2018
February, 2018


December, 2017
November, 2017
October, 2017
September, 2017
August, 2017
May, 2017
April, 2017
March, 2017
February, 2017


All meetings and programs take place in the Carriage House Auditorium at Stan Hywet, except as noted. Coffee is served at 9:30am. Business meetings begin at 10:00am. Program is first on the agenda except during the December meeting. 

2018-2019 AB Executive Board Meetings

Meetings are held on Mondays at 9:30am in the Wolle Building Conference Room, except as noted.

  • March 18, 2019
  • April 15, 2019
  • May 20, 2019 (meeting location TBA)
  • June 17, 2019

2018-2019 Regular Meetings & Programs

Meetings & Programs are held on Wednesdays at 10 am in the Carriage House Auditorium, unless otherwise noted.

March 27, 2019
Speaker:  Julie Frey, Director of Museum Services/Curator at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
The Artist, Gertrude  Seiberling

April 24, 2019
Speaker: Rebecca Rogers and Gloria Schreiber, with Tom Hrivnak, Superintendant of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Warren Manning

May 22, 2019
Speaker:  Michele Mills, Auxiliary Board Archivist
The Year in Review


  • Archives
  • Crafts
  • Finance
  • Hospitality
  • Membership
  • Nominating
  • Ohio Mart
  • Program
  • Properties
  • Publicity
  • Review/Planning
  • Volunteers
  • Yearbook/Bylaws
  • Parliamentary Advisor
  • Special Appointment – Photographer
  • Stan Hywet Representatives
  • Collections
  • Friends Council
  • Garden
  • Gilde
  • Carriage House Store


Membership is open to anyone that is not an employee of Stan Hywet and willing to contribute a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer work to Stan  Hywet Hall & Gardens during a calendar year. In addition to those areas  noted above, volunteers may work in any area of interest from house tour guide to gardening. 
For more information about joining the Stan Hywet Auxiliary Board, click here.