QUESTIONS TO ASK KWHEN INVITED
TO SERVE ON A COMMITTEE
A volunteer is asked to serve on a committee of the board of directors---say
the finance committee. Important. Requires a two-year commitment
to monthly meetings. The volunteer comes to the manager of volunteers
seeking advice on taking this position. Here are thirteen questions
the volunteer should ask before saying yes:
1. Why me and why now?
This will give you a better sense of how things are done.
2. What skills & talents are needed?
If they can't tell you...
3. How many open positions need to be filled?
Why are the positions open?
4. What is the time commitment and how long would I be expected
to serve? Not uncommon to be asked to serve for 2 years, unless
it is a one-time activity.
5. How often do people step down before their term is up & why?
High turnover is an indicator that all is not well.
6. What is expected of a member as far as time, talent, treasure & contacts?
This varies depending on the tasks for committee members
7. How can I benefit by being involved?
This is not a bad question. Why serve if you aren't going to either learn
something or meet new people?
Adapted from 57 Tips on Board Service
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