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 Wallace
  • Corresponding Secretary - Mary Kay Danckaert
  • Recording Secretary - Kirklyn Kuzdrall
  • Assistant Secretary - Jane Delcamp
  • Treasurer - Amy Prather
  • Assistant Treasurer - Helyn Docs

AB TIMES newsletter

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



2019-2020  AB Executive Board Meetings

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

  • February 10, 2020
  • March 16, 2020
  • April 20, 2020
  • May 17, 2020 location TBA
  • June 15, 2020

2019-2020 Regular Meetings & Programs

All meetings and programs take place in the Carriage House Reception Hall at Stan Hywet, except as noted. Coffee is served at 9:30am. Meetings begin at 10:00am with the Program first on the agenda.

February 26, 2020
Speaker: Sean Joyce, President & Executive Director at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
The State of the Estate
*Note: this meeting and program will be held in the Music Room of the Manor House

March 25, 2020
Speakers: Nancy Stanforth and Susie Wallace, AB Members
1920s Fashion in the Rubber City

April 22, 2020
Speaker: Jackie Derrow, President of The League of Women Voters of the Akron Area (LWVAA)
League of Women Voters at 100 (100th anniversary)

May 27, 2020
Speaker: Dianne Kauffman, AB Archivist
The Year in Review
*Note: this is the AB's Annual Meeting and also includes the installation of new officers and introduction of provisionals


  • 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.