The Tallahassee Democrat ( Tallahassee, FL )
I heard about a nonprofit board meeting that sounded too unbelievable to be true and not in a good way.
The meeting was scheduled for 6 p.m. but before the chair called the meeting to order everyone sat around the table talking about their day. After 20 minutes, a guest at the meeting finally got up the courage to ask if they were waiting for something. The chair said one of the board members was going to be late then added, “like always.” . . .
. . . Running an effective board meeting takes skill and practice. While it is important to have social time among board members this should take place before and after meetings. Once the meeting starts, the business of the organization should be the focus. Board meetings should start and end on time and never last three hours or more unless the board has agreed to an extended session for a specific reason with an agreed upon agenda.
Agendas should be developed and sent in advance so board members can be prepared to participate in the discussion. The number of agenda items should reflect the highest and best use of board member’s time . . .