I still believe important decisions should be made when people
face each other around a table. However, email can be a good way
to distribute agenda and other board materials that are to be
reviewed before a meeting. Background material, which board members
have requested, can be sent by email between meetings as well
as staff or board member reports about assignments they have completed.
It's much easier and timelier to send things by email than to
run to the copier machine, make copies, find an envelope, make
a label and put a packet in the mail.
I remember well those times as President or Executive Director
I had to telephone everyone on the board list because there was
a change in time or date, and in the "very olden days",
there wasn't even voice mail, let alone email. (And we walked
to board meetings uphill both ways. Right?)
Do, however, make sure your board members understand that they
need to check their email regularly!