Serving on the Board is an important gift of service to Rowe. It also demands a significant commitment of time. In addition to attending six meetings a year, Board members participate in committee work and take an active role in fundraising.
Board members must be members of Rowe and are chosen with a view toward maintaining a balanced Board of Trustees who represent in aggregate a cross-section of the communities served and who have the kinds of skills and experience that can contribute to the purposes and mission of Rowe. Some examples of those skills are finance and accounting, program evaluation, human resources, camp leadership, organizational development, and nonprofit law, among others. While we are seeking the specific skills and experience the Board needs and representation from all sectors of Rowe, it’s more important that the officers and Trustees reflect a commitment to the organization and a willingness to make informed decisions based on the good of the whole.
If you are interested in exploring board membership, please send us a letter of introduction and your resume. If you would like to nominate someone to serve on the board, you can write a letter of recommendation to the firstname.lastname@example.org.
All nominees are invited to complete an orientation process. As part of this process, each person being considered is invited to attend 2 board meetings and to become familiar with major board policies and practices. This is a time for discernment for both the nominee and the board about whether this is a good fit for each, and whether the nominee can commit to the time required and fulfill the responsibilities and obligations that come with board service.
There are lots of ways to be more involved at Rowe, and sometimes volunteer work is a better fit. Some start with serving on a committee; it’s a good way to get a practical look at what board service entails. This process of discernment can bring clarity.
After successfully completing the training and orientation period, the nominee may be placed on the roster for election at the annual meeting. Between annual meetings, the Board may also elect a nominee to serve out a term that has been vacated.
If you are interested in exploring the possibility of joining the board, click on the Board Manual link below to learn more about the duties and responsibilities of a board member serving a charitable nonprofit in the state of Massachusetts.