The most important aspect of a nonprofit beekeeping association is the bee club comes first, not personal agendas, not personal profit. The bee club is the “entity” all of the members and the Board must protect, strengthen, and help to ensure its longevity.
The Board is responsible for its own operations, including periodic (i.e., at least once every two years) evaluation of its own performance.
The Board should have stated performance expectations and hold board members accountable for attendance at meetings, participation in fundraising activities, committee service, and involvement in program activities.
The Board should establish a rigorous board development strategy for recruiting and selecting new members and ensuring that the board has an appropriate mix of talent, connections to the community, and diversity.
Board policies should include limits on the number of consecutive terms a Board member may serve.
The Board is responsible for the orientation, education, and (where appropriate) the removal of board members. New Board members should receive an introduction to the Standards for Excellence code or similar Guidance document from your State Attorney General.
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