Just a few thoughts today on Board Members. Elected by the members to oversee and lead a nonprofit organization.
I have been a board member. I was the Treasurer of the Volunteer Fire Department, I was on the Board of Evangelism at the Church. A long time ago I was the Vice President and then President of the PTO. I even ran for School Board one time..I didn’t win..but it was still a good experience. I served on the County Sheriff’s Citizens Committee.
I was an active Board Member..I volunteered my time, I chaired projects, I went the extra mile. I even helped sew (hard to imagine that I can sew..gasp) costumes for the Live Nativity one year. When I felt that I had given my all..I moved on and let someone with new ideas and new enthusiasm have my position. A Board member should always do what is best for an organization.
Some people are Board Members just so they can say they are. It must make them feel important. Perhaps it is a feather in their cap..and when they preen in the mirror they like their own reflection.
Everyone that serves on a Board should take a good look at themselves. Have you been sitting in your chair so long that someone will have to start dusting you off?
Do you have 4 to 6 hours a month to volunteer? 8 to 12 hours would be even better.
Can you work well in a group? Are you flexible? Does everything have to be your way or no way? Will you pound your fists on the table during a meeting..and say “If that’s the way it’s going to be I don’t want any part of it.”
Are you a good communicator? Can you network? Can you hear, and if you cannot will you make arrangements to have someone accompany you that can. Can you read?
What skills will you bring to the organization?
Can you motivate others? Are you passionate about your membership within the non profit?
Will you chair a project? Will you serve on a committee?
Do you have what I will call “a forward thinking vision” ? Where do you see the non profit in five years, ten years, twenty years? Are you a mover and a shaker or are you content to just stay in the same place, shifting your weight from one foot to the other?
If you don’t have what it takes to be a board member..then step aside and let someone else give it a whirl.
Just a few of my thoughts before the Annual Meeting next week where a few board members are up for reelection:)