Submitted By: Karen Schneider


I had the pleasure of attending the Board of Directors Training Seminar (BODTS) for NV on Saturday, March 12th. I found that the training was not only applicable to incoming Rotary Club board members, but could also be considered for one’s participation in professional and other organizational capacities as well. Every Rotary member should have a basic understanding of how the board that governs their club operates. The presenters, Dennis Franklin and Roy York, did a marvelous job leading the training; below are some interesting excerpts from their presentation that members really ought to know…

What is the main function of the Board of Directors? To GOVERN! The buzzword of the seminar was GOVERN…collectively and individually, board members are legally and morally responsible for the activities of the organization.

What’s the difference between a Club’s charter, constitution, and by-laws anyway? The CHARTER designates the Club as a member of Rotary International and defines the relationship between the Club and RI. The CONSTITUTION provides a model framework for Club operations. The BY-LAWS are designed to provide additional guidelines for managing your Club.

What are the responsibilities of being a Board member?   Responsibilities include determining the Club’s mission and purpose, supporting the President and reviewing his/her performance, ensuring effective organizational planning, ensuring adequate resources, managing resources effectively, determining and monitoring the Club’s programs and services, enhancing the Club’s public image, serving as a court of appeal, and educating all Club members as to the responsibilities of the Board.

Where do Robert’s Rules of Order come from? These came from Major Henry Martyn Robert (Army), who had bad experiences leading church meetings and decided to develop an organized and democratic method of conducting meetings. The result was the “Pocket Manual of Rules of Order for Deliberative Assemblies”, first published in 1876.

What are some important components of etiquette that every Board member should follow? Be kind; be prepared; have a purpose, goals, and agenda; be on time, finish on time; stay on subject, be focused and relevant; the leader must be organized and in control; respect the opinion of others; don’t interrupt others; don’t take it personal!

These tidbits were taken from slides presented during the Board of Directors Training Seminar, NV (3/12/16) – presented by Dennis Franklin and Roy York. You can download the full presentation here: BODTS 2016 PowerPoint.


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