Hestia was formed in 2005 by a group of women wishing to support local organizations serving women and girls. Believing that access to health care and the ability to control reproduction is essential to economic security, the Circle was founded with support of Planned Parenthood integral to our by-laws.
The Circle is managed by an Executive Committee of nine-to-eleven members, including officers. Members of the committee are elected at the annual meeting and generally meet three times per year. All members are invited to attend these meetings and take part in the administration of the Circle.
Grant-making is the essence of the Circle's existence. All members are encouraged to serve on the Grant Committee, which generally meets two or three times. Once per year a call-for-grants is publicized. The grant committee reviews the grants and makes a recommendation of projects to support. The recommendation is put before the membership for a vote. Grantees receive their checks at our annual meeting, where they have the opportunity to say a few words about their work.
The Circle holds periodic educational events to bring information about issues facing local women to our members and the community.