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The following information is provided by the FGNA Board, staff, and Nominating Committee as a resource for FGNA members contemplating volunteering within the Guild. Here are the answers to your most frequently asked questions about volunteer positions.
1. What are the desired skills in a Board of Director nominee?
Board of Director candidates have a passion for the Feldenkrais Method and a desire to shepherd the Method into the future. They are articulate, committed, and have excellent organizational skills. They have experience working successfully in groups, and have a tolerance for discussion, but a commitment to coming to a decision. They understand the difference between governing by policy and getting involved as a volunteer in implementation of actions. They are willing to learn new skills as needed to fulfill the mission of the Board.
2. What is the term length for Board of Directors?
A director on the Board serves a 2 year “voting” term preceded by a 6 - 9 month director-elect or “learning” period, for a total of a 2.5 - 2.75 year commitment of time. For example, those elected in 2011 serve as a Board Member “Elect” from the 1st quarter Board Meeting 2012 to the 3rd quarter Board Meeting of 2012. Then, at the 2012 3rd quarter Board meeting, the two-year term for which they were elected begins and runs 2012 - 2014. The time as an “Elect” allows the new member to learn the ropes: they attend board meetings but do not have a vote. The person he/she is succeeding acts as a mentor.
3. How much time will I need to commit?
The total amount of time varies. Here is a rough outline of time commitments:
1. The Board meets by telephone at least once per month for 2 hours. Board members commit to reading the materials sent online several days in advance.
2. Each Board member takes on at least one project, role or portfolio and commits to keeping this project moving, and providing reports at each Board meeting (written, preferred). Project time may be 2-10 hours per month (or, as needed).
3. Board correspondence: E-mail communications between Board members may be as few as one per day, or as high as 20 per day. Board members commit to reading e-mails daily (except in exceptional circumstances, such as being on holiday, illness, etc) and to respond as needed.
4. Board Meetings: There are two Board in-person meetings per year. The mid-year meeting lasts 4 days, and there is a three-day meeting immediately following the Annual Conference. Please be aware that travel time to and from these meetings is in addition to the meeting durations noted above.
4. What technology is required?
Having a computer and high-speed internet access is required. Proficiency with e-mail software, word processing software, the use of internet-based tools such as Google docs, as well as the ability to read spreadsheets are valuable skills. Willingness to learn unfamiliar applications is necessary.
Costs of long distance calls may be mitigated by a good long-distance plan or use of Skype. Calling cards paid for by FGNA are also available, if needed.
5. How will I learn how to be an effective board member?
Current Board members understand that there is a steep “learning curve” for new Board members, having once been new Board members themselves. To facilitate the learning process, new board members are paired with more seasoned board members who serve as mentors. The Board operates with a Board Policy Governance structure.
6. Will I be reimbursed for travel to in-person meetings?
Reimbursement for travel to in-person meetings is always subject to the Guild’s budget for the year. In 2011, the Guild is paying for flights, lodging and food up to a budgeted amount for two in-person meetings/year. The winter meeting is usually hosted by someone at their home, so no lodging costs are incurred. The summer meeting is held in conjunction with the annual conference.
7. May I be a member of the FGNA Board if I am on another Board?
It is not uncommon for a person to be approached to be on more than one Board due to his or her abilities. For FGNA, candidates will need to consider possible conflict(s) of interest and his or her own ability to respond ethically to the situations. Each year, Board members report any possible conflicts of interest and these are reported in the Minutes of every meeting where conflicts occur. Generally there are few cases in which there is actual conflict of interest, but when they emerge, the Board member declares their conflict and responds appropriately.
8. What is the length of the term for Nominating Committee?
Nominating Committee members serve either a two-year appointed term or a three-year elected term.
9. What is the time commitment?
The committee works from February/March to July/August of a given year, depending on the time of the annual meeting, at which the Nominating Committee selections are presented to the Board and membership. One hour phone meetings are conducted every 2-3 weeks. In between meetings, members network to find potential nominees by making lots of phone calls, writing e-mails, or networking in person at Advanced Trainings or other meetings of members of the Feldenkrais community.
10. What are the skills required to serve on the Nominating Committee?
These individuals must enjoy talking with people and be willing and able to network within the Feldenkrais community.
11. What is the length of the term for Grievance Committee?
Grievance Board members serve a one-year term. This Board has yet to be used as it is only called into action by the Ethics Chair if there is an issue necessitating further investigation and findings. To date, there hasn’t been such a situation.
12. What are the skills required to serve on the Grievance Committee?
These individuals need to be fair, impartial listeners, and be aware of ethical behavior and conduct.
More information about the position which interests you may be obtained by calling one of the volunteers currently serving in that position. You may find contact information in the front of the current paper Membership Directory, or here on-line at http://www.feldenkrais.com/profession/fgna/about_fgna/.
Please contact the Guild to nominate yourself for one of the above positions.