Angola Area Chamber of Commerce 2016 Board of Directors
Position Description – Board of Directors
Individual directors are elected by the membership through a ballot as established in the bylaws. They perform duties as prescribed in the bylaws in two capacities: as a voting member of the Board and as an individual. As a Board, directors perform essentially a legislative function. As such, they make all policy decisions of the Chamber, but from time to time may direct a poll of the membership when considered desirable as a guiding influence.
The Board of Directors shall specifically:
As individuals, each director is expected to:
1. Attend all meeting and events of the board
2. Consult frequently members of the Chamber in order to be truly representative in their legislative function or to explain Board action.
3. Perform such duties within their capabilities as may be requested by the Board President
4. Review and sign the “Intent to Serve” and “Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality” statements with the intent to commitment to the policies.
The Board of Directors is the policy body of the Angola Area Chamber of Commerce. Its members represent a broad cross-section of the business and professional leadership of the community. It always has been considered a high honor to serve on the Board. A proven, genuine, unselfish interest in the Chamber and its objectives is the first requirement for a Board member.
Other qualifications should include:
Relation to Committees
Each Board member has an obligation to serve at least one standing committee of the organization. Only Board members can serve as committee chairs. The committees are to serve as fact finders, researchers, advisers, and thinkers to the Board and Executive Director. They will do the forefront work to gather data in order to make recommendations to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors for action and policy implementation. Committees will establish annual goals and objectives with the Board’s approval at the Annual Retreat. All Board members should feel a sense of responsibility for each committee and their success.
Relation to the Board
With respect to their relationship to other Board members, directors are co-partners in the important work of seeking to improve the commercial, industrial, and civic life if the community through the activities of the Chamber of Commerce. Directors should schedule their time to assure attendance at Board meetings and functions and should carefully observe the rights of other members in the matter of time, making every effort to be prompt for all meetings.
Relation to the Budget
The Chamber of Commerce is supported by annual investments made by business and industry. There also may be non-profit organization memberships and memberships held by individuals. The Board must take personal time in looking over all proposed or revised budgets to assure accuracy and realistic figures before voting for approval.
Relation to Publicity
It is essential that the lines of communication between the Board of Directors and public remain open. While Board meetings and committee meetings are not always open to the media representatives, information about any action will be available shortly after meetings to press, radio and television if requested. All statements by Chamber officers, Board members and committee chairs must be cleared through the Executive Director or the Executive Committee. In this way, the Chamber can ensure that information released is accurate and in compliance with Chamber policy.