Much of the learning, planning and doing of this world happens in group meetings. Human beings are social creatures – people come together in groups to talk things over to broaden individual perspective and to develop a common purpose. Boards can work well when there is a balance between a sense of solidarity and a focus on the task at hand. Board effectiveness is a mix of intelligence, creativity and practicality. Since different members will probably hold these qualities, it is interaction that makes the sum greater than the parts.

Meetings define the Board
Meetings are the place where the Board revises, updates, and adds to what it knows as a group
Meetings create a pool of shared knowledge.
Meetings build trust among members
Meetings allow members to share individual perspectives
Meetings help every individual understand both the collective aim of the organization and the way in which their own and everyone else’s work contribute to the group’s success
Meetings create common understanding and common purpose
Meetings are a method for coordinating people and activities
Meetings provide an opportunity to allocate resources

BOARD MEETING AGENDA

A “fill in the blank” template for board meeting agendas.
How to create your agenda – an agenda can energize your board and will limit the time of the meeting.

BOARD MEETING MINUTES TEMPLATE

A “fill in the blank” template for board meeting minutes.
Did you know that your minutes can be summoned by the IRS?  What should be in your minutes?

MOTION FORM

A motion is used to introduce a matter for consideration by the board that requires a vote.

WHO CAN VOTE?

Know who can vote and who is counted in a quorum – click here!

REPORTING TO THE BOARD

How to make a report to the Board.

ACHIEVING CONSENSUS

Conflict management and consensus building are of necessity a collaborative effort of the Board.

THE ART OF DELEGATION

There is an old saying, “If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.” Excellent advice perhaps for the “loner” who shuns group endeavor — but bad advice indeed for those who enjoy the chairperson-ship of group work.

COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP

Reaching out to your chapter membership is important! Let Washington DC Metropolitan show you how they do it.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST/CODES OF ETHICS

All NEWH Board Members must sign this form and submit it to the NEWH, Inc. Office prior to taking office.
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DEALING WITH CONFLICT

Because meetings depend on interaction between people with different values, perspectives and communication styles, it is almost inevitable that conflict will occur from time to time. The impact of conflict on a group depends on what the conflict is about, how it is initiated and how it is managed.

DECISION MAKING

Decision-making segments of meetings require structure to keep members focused on the problem at hand. It might help for the Board as a whole to consider the steps in the problem-solving process.

PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE

NEWH meetings are run following the NEWH, Inc. By-laws and Roberts Rules of Order. The By-laws supersede all other rules and regulations.
Transacting Business using Parliamentary Procedure

PROJECT SCOPE DOCUMENT

Is your chapter thinking about starting a new initiative? Use the Project Scope Document to find out if the initiative is feasible, who will be responsible for the various aspects of the initiative, and the establishment of a timeline .

QUARTERLY CONFERENCE CALLS/WEBINARS

NEWH holds quarterly webinars/calls for each discipline of the chapter boards. These calls are facilitated by the NEWH, Inc. VPs and NEWH, Inc. Directors. Get answers to your questions, share your successes and get ideas from other chapters on what works for them! These calls are a great opportunity for you to talk to people who are doing the same thing you are doing. Feedback on calls to date has been very positive.

Click here for the 2017 conference call schedule and mark these dates on your calendar!

Find past conference call minutes under the General Resources section – click here