Is Serving Your Community on the NFCCA Board in Your Future?

The first order of business at every October members’ meeting (usually the second Wednesday in October) is to elect a new board.  In addition to presenting a slate of candidates, we ask for nominations from the floor.  It’s good to get new people onto the Board because everyone brings a fresh perspective and a unique skill set.

The Board meets five times a year (September, November, January, March, and May) in one of the Board members’ homes.  At these meetings, we discuss any issues we expect to come up at the next members’ meeting and plan articles for the upcoming newsletter.  (Being on the Board does not mean you are required to write articles!)

The Board also functions as an executive committee, responding to issues that come up in between members’ meetings.  This is an important function, because we often have a very short window for input into governmental decisions.

In general, we look to board members to contribute the occasional article — or idea or one — to the newsletter and help with association events and activities.  Often Board members chose to focus on a particular issue or project.  Board members also help by recruiting additional volunteers.  We are all volunteers, so it’s understood that we do what we can in the context of very full lives.

In addition, the officers have the following duties:

  • The President serves as the point of contact for the community, receiving official notices from a variety of agencies.  The President usually conducts NFCCA meetings and often represents the civic association by testifying at hearings or otherwise communicating NFCCA’s positions on various topics.
  • The Vice President steps in if the President is unavailable for some reason.
  • The Treasurer manages the accounts, keeps track of the membership, and writes the checks.
  • The Secretary checks for a quorum (if we’re voting on any resolutions) and records any proposed resolutions and votes.

Finally, as a Board member, you have the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve made a tangible contribution to your community’s well-being.  We all treasure living here, and we owe much to those who have worked hard over the decades to preserve and enhance our neighborhood.  So, is this the year you step up and take a turn at the wheel?

If you are interested in serving on the Board, please speak up at the October meeting (before the vote!) or, before the meeting, contact the Board at nfccassmd at gmail dot com.   ■

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