Bragging on the Board

May 30, 2012

Gil Jordan of the Museum at Central School sent us this submission about his Board. It was too cool not to share:

“At the Museum at Central School, we do not have a formal, written “give or get off” policy for our board, but we do require that they all be current paid members. We also encourage them to donate to our annual year-end appeal (no specific amount—whatever they can afford), and all of them do—so yes, we’re 100% on board giving

Beyond that, as a “working board”, they all contribute in their own way, working on committees, staging events (and attending, which is important), serving as docents or in other volunteer positions (like welcome desk, in collections & acquisitions, as event hosts or on clean up days, all of which help them understand how the organization works day-to-day), promoting the Museum in the community, and donating in-kind services and goods.

Ours is a terrific board, being super-supportive of staff and our programs, yet not micro-managing, but providing careful oversight where needed, offering creative and constructive ideas, and being willing to follow up with the work required to make good ideas a reality.

We are blessed with a nice mix of veterans from the organization’s beginnings with the institutional knowledge that comes with that, augmented with new blood recruited from the best of various segments of the Flathead Valley community. Our board includes active or retired lawyers, bankers, realtors, entrepreneurs, small business owners, former city council members, travel agents, office managers, timber executives, salesmen, teachers and professors, all of whom bring their wide range of experiences to running the organization. We have an equal number of men and women on our board, and have representation from five different valley communities.

I’ve been given more than my share of credit for our success during the seven and a half years I have been here, but all you need do is look at the above to realize our board deserves a lot of credit for the progress we have made.”


April’s Food For Thought

April 7, 2011

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
–Anne Bradstreet

Don’t forget about today’s Managers Forum on Partnerships and Collaborations at the Annex Conference Room at the First Montana Bank in Kalispell from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. We’ll be discussing the benefits – the prosperity – and the challenges – the adversity – of partnerships among nonprofits, businesses, governmental agencies and the community.

March Food for Thought

March 10, 2011

“Gracious Space has the potential to transform the human heart. Whether the challenge is negotiating conflicts, creating new possibilities or planning for the future, we need an environment that is conducive to learning and working well together….It is a technique, but more, it is a way of being that shapes our interactions with others.”
–Pat Hughes, author of Gracious Space: A practical guide for working better together

Don’t forget to join us for a presentation on Gracious Space at the Museum at Central School in Kalispell from 11:30 am to 1 pm in Kalispell!

February Food for Thought

February 10, 2011

“It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.”
— Mark Twain

Don’t forget to come to today’s Brown Bag – Communicating your Mission with Heart – from 11:30 am – 1 pm at the Museum at Central School in Kalispell!

January’s Food Thought

January 13, 2011

“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”
— William Arthur Ward

It’s a new year! Join your colleagues for a conversation about the Present and Future of our Sector today from 11:30 am – 1 pm at the Museum at Central School in Kalispell.

November’s Food for Thought

November 11, 2010

“The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.”
— W. E. B. Du Bois

Don’t forget about today’s Brown Bag, Change or Chains? Leading through Organizational Change, at the Museum at Central School from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

October Food for Thought

October 14, 2010

Don’t forget today’s Brown Bag, Records Management Rules and Practices, from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Museum at Central School in Kalispell.

Proper records management dovetails directly into this month’s Food for Thought:

“The greatest threat to the not-for-profit sector is the betrayal of public trust, the disappointment of public confidence. Virtually all knowledgeable observers of the not-for-profit scene believe that an overwhelming proportion of not-for-profits are honorably run…that admirable context, however, does not provide much protection to the sector when a sequence of highly publicized disgraceful not-for-profit misdeeds occurs.”
–Joel Fleishman, Duke University