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~ November 2002 ~Topic

  1. When asked to serve on a board, don't just say "yes" because you like the person who invited you to serve
  2. Ask questions about the board and your potential role. Review a copy of the organization's annual report and strategic plan
  3. Make sure you really believe in the mission of the organization
  4. Be committed to attending all meetings of the board
  5. Read board meeting materials in advance of the board meeting
  6. Serve on a board committee
  7. Support the organization's fund raising efforts with your personal contribution
  8. Attend board sponsored events
  9. Visit the programs that the organization operates
  10. Participate at board meetings by expressing your ideas in terms of how they fulfill the organization's mission, values and goals

Jeanne H. Bradner

Jeanne H. Bradner is an author, consultant, trainer and speaker on volunteerism, board development and leadership. She is the author of three publications, Passionate Volunteerism, The Board Member's Guide, A Beneficial Bestiary and Leading Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today. She served as director of the Illinois Governor's Office of Voluntary Action, Midwest Regional Director of ACTION, and Executive Director of the Illinois Commission on Community Service. She is the volunteer program specialist for Illinois' Harper College Volunteer Management curriculum.

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