Running for the Board of Directors
Are you thinking of running for the National Board and have a few questions about the board processes and procedures? Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers about the Board of Directors.
1. How many times a year does the Board meet?
The Board usually meets 4 or 5 times a year. There is always a meeting at the National Awards Banquet; this is when Directors are officially sworn in as Board members and Directors elect Officers for the upcoming year. We also have a meeting in even years at the National Convention. Most of the other meetings are held at the National Headquarters in La Habra, CA.
2. Who may attend Board meetings?
Board meetings are open to the public, though on occasion part of the meeting may be closed to discuss confidential issues .
3. How much time does it take to be a Board member?
The amount of time required depends upon which position is filled. If you are retired then you may find it easier to find the time needed to conduct Board business, if you are not retired and are working then it may be a bigger challenge for you to find this time. MAFCA's Membership Director is happy to discuss Director's duties and time requirements for all the Director positions. An average of 5-6 hours a week is probably typical. Some positions may require a concentrated effort and others may have the work requirements spread over a larger time period.
4. Do I have to know how to use a computer to be on the Board?
Computer expertise, email and a reasonable internet connection is not a requirement, but all of the current Board has the capability to send and receive email. We do find that our use of email to discuss policy drafts and revisions, and new proposals helps make our actual meeting time more productive. Many of our members utilize the ability to contact the Board members via email or electronic communication (ICHAT, SKYPE, etc.) to resolve questions they have concerning technical and membership concerns.
5. What costs are covered by MAFCA?
MAFCA will pay for transportation (airfare or personal auto mileage allowance) to and from a Board meeting, two nights lodging, and miscellaneous telephone and postage expenses. MAFCA letterhead stationary will be provided for official use. We are largely a volunteer organization and you will find that not all costs associated with being a Board member are covered. Transportation to and from the airport, airport parking, and meals are generally at your own expense. You must also cover your own registration fees for the National Awards Banquet and National Convention.
6. Are Board meetings held on one day?
Meetings usually run one day from early morning until late afternoon with several breaks including one for lunch. Meetings are scheduled on a Saturday when the Board meets in La Habra. Recently the Board has conducted an informal Friday afternoon planning session (which is not considered a formal meeting) that Board members are expected to attend.
If you have other questions before committing to running for the Board of
Directors, please contact the MAFCA Membership Director by e-mail.