My first BLQC Board meeting
So I heard before I even started that this is one of the highest functioning Boards around. The highest praise came from a staff member; “The meetings are like six hours long, but you’re less tired when you leave than when you got there.” I can report that I still felt like going for a walk when it was over. However, next time, I’ll bring better shoes and bug spray.
My first meeting gets high marks for congeniality, making expectations clear, depth of engagement of Board members, and sticking to the allotted time on the agenda. Before my first meeting, I received a pass-down binder with Board minutes, committee and staff reports and the by-laws. I got an agenda for this meeting and the minutes of the last meeting by email. I even received a welcome phone call from the clerk and an orientation email. Very nice. At the meeting, I felt respected, welcomed and listened to. What more could a new Board member want?
The Board and staff have just finished a successful major capital campaign and the institution seems to be in good shape. How refreshing. At this point in Quaker Center history, the Board is actively preparing for a change in Directors. A lot of time, thought and hard work has gone into this transition and it seems to be proceeding smoothly. What a concept. Some people are leaving on good terms and others arriving in good order. Again, what more could a new Board member ask for?
Locally, I think it is fairly well known that my husband and I thought seriously about applying for the new Directors position. But with the help of a clearness committee from our Meeting, we decided not to apply at this time. Around the same time that clearness was arising about that, the opportunity to join the Board appeared and Way Opened. I still have some superficial sadness about the decision not to apply but a deep down sense of rightness. Not every clearness committee ends the way you expected it to. I think it’s a Garth Brooks song, “Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”
P.S. If you are local, I'm happy to talk about this but please don’t bring it up around my children. Thanks.
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