Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to elect our new board of directors!
You may have a few questions such as:
What does a board member do? Board members collectively manage our group. They set policy and make decisions regarding all aspects of our group. Basically, the board is the engine that makes our group work!
What is the time commitment? The board meets monthly, usually on a Saturday morning, ideally the second Saturday of the month at 10am. Meetings are usually 60-90 minutes with a separate meeting of facilitators and presenters that follows for about another hour. You do not have to be a facilitator or presenter to be on the board and you do not have to be on the board to be a facilitator or presenter. More on that below.
What are the qualifications for being a board member? Simply a willingness to help. Whether you are new to the group last week or have been a member for many years, it does not matter. Enthusiasm is all that is required! New people and new ideas are always more than welcome.
What are the benefits to me of being on the board? Being on this board is a super positive experience. Like our group in general, we have fun at our meetings. We talk things through and are not divisive. We reach a consensus rather than have an argument over issues. And most importantly, we become friends. Friends working toward a common goal, to make this group the best it can be.
What are the opportunities for me to serve the group? Each member of the board brings different strengths and experiences to the meeting. We try to use the talents of each member while remembering why we are all here. Taking on responsibilities is always optional. No matter if it is a board office like president, or a more informal position like webmaster or blog writer, it is up to you to decide how much you do.
What if I want to help the group, but being a board member is just not who I am right now? We get that and there are other ways you can help without being a board member.
- You can be a presenter! One of the strengths of our group is the number and diversity of experiences of our first hour topic presenters. If you are interested and have a topic you would like to present, tell one of the board members. Our presenters attend the second hour of the monthly board meeting where we build our topic schedule, do training sessions, and talk about what works and what doesn’t when presenting to our group.
- You can be a facilitator! Facilitators lead our second hour small groups each Thursday night. Again, we ask that our facilitators also attend the second hour of the monthly board meeting where we hold training sessions to help you deal with the issues that come up during second hour.
- You can help with special projects! Less of a time commitment but we do need help organizing special nights and special events for our Friendship project events among other things.
Great! How do I get started?
- I want to join the board. By the end of April, send us a 3 to 5 sentence (short!) summary of who you are and why you want to be on our board. These summaries will be posted on the online ballot for member voting during the month of May. If you are successful, you will join the board starting with the June meeting on June 11th. Send your summary to the group email address, firstname.lastname@example.org
- I want to be a presenter. Talk to Don, he is in charge of that sort of stuff. Or email him at email@example.com. Plan on attending the second hour (11am), of the June 11th board meeting and come with ideas for topics you would like to present.
- I want to be a facilitator. Again, talk to Don or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Plan on attending the second hour (11am) of the May 14th board meeting. We will start getting you up to speed on the dos and do nots of leading a second hour group session.
- I want to help with special projects. Contact Miriam, our current President at email@example.com. Tell her what you would like to help with!