Orient New Board Members
At least once a year,conduct an orientation and schedule all members - new and veteran - to participate. Structure the agenda to incorporate team-building activities and interactive information sharing. A buddy system that pairs new board members with veteran members also can be helpful for familiarizing new members with their duties.
Give new board members all the information they need to perform the job. Develop a welcome packet that features a brief history of the program, as well as its mission, vision, values and strategic goals. The packet should contain materials that outline how the program fulfills its mission, scope of services, management structure, and staff and volunteer roles. Board members should understand the difference between their individual and collective roles and responsibilities and those of program staff. Prepare an overview of existing and planned board committees and recruit new members to share. Also, provide a calendar of board meetings and events board members are expected to attending in the coming year.