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board members have a lot to learn, even if they have served or are
currently serving on other boards. Each board is different, and
board handbooks, orientations and retreats are necessary tools for
new, as well as less new, board members to remind them of the history,
mission, policies and procedures of a particular board.
usually new board members will have questions that dont occur
to them until they have attended a meeting or are reading their
board meeting packet. Yes, they can call the President or the Executive
Director, but they may be reluctant to burden these busy people
with another phone call, or think that their question is too trivial.
board buddy or board mentor system can be less intimidating and
be a vehicle for creating friendly relations between board members.
each of your new board members with a board member who has served
for more than a year. Ask the mentors to call their assigned new
members or invite them out for coffee. Ask the mentors to encourage
the new members to telephone or email them with any questions, even
simple ones like whens the next meeting?
This system can be very helpful in opening communication. It is particularly effective for large boards where it is often difficult, because of the size of the board, for members to get to know each other.
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