Committees: Proposal Three

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Committees: Proposal Three

  • Mandate the following Board Committees:
    • Finance & Budget
    • Conference Implementation Committee
    • Public Relations
    • Legislation
    • Membership
    • Publications
    • Legal
    • Development / Fundraising

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4 thoughts on “Committees: Proposal Three

  1. Each board should set its own committee structure depending on the then current issues and the needs of the organization at the time. I think the revised bylaw should continue that discretion of the board to organize its own work. Some boards have had issue and administrative committees; some have not. The list in the bylaws is a hangover from the 70s. I would deep six that old list and at the very least use examples from current boards, but my first choice is just to say the board shall organize into committees selected by the board to best accomplish its work

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  2. Our bylaws state that “The Board shall manage the affairs and control the funds and property of the organization.” This means that the board must have means for doing such management. By mandating these committees, board members will have a better idea of their duties for properly managing the affairs of the organization. And for those board members appointed to the and budget committees, we could get a better knowledge and handling of the “funds and property” for the betterment of the entire organization.

    Current bylaws, say “may,” not “shall.” By having optional committees, we go down the slippery slope of missing critical issues essential for running a large non-profit.

    As a current board member, I’ve been frustrated this past year. Because these committees are optional according to your bylaws, the only one that was appointed this time around was the budget committee. As a result, the majority of the work that the NOW board normally does has fallen by the wayside.

    This I believe must be changed for the survival and viability of NOW.

    Joanne Tosti-Vasey
    Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic Region
    VP-Action, Ni-Ta-Nee NOW (PA0555)

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    • There’s a typo in my first paragraph. Here’s a repeat with the missing word in CAPS:
      Our bylaws state that “The Board shall manage the affairs and control the funds and property of the organization.” This means that the board must have means for doing such management. By mandating these committees, board members will have a better idea of their duties for properly managing the affairs of the organization. And for those board members appointed to the FUNDRAISING and budget committees, we could get a better knowledge and handling of the “funds and property” for the betterment of the entire organization.

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  3. If we hire professionals to do some of these jobs who are supervised by the President, having a board committee on the topic could lead to micromanaging, which is not a good way to get work done or retain the most qualified staff.

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