Board of Directors Application
Thank you for your interest in serving on the Board of Directors and/or the Executive Committee for the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism. Please review the expectations of the Board of Directors and complete the following questionnaire.
Board of Directors Commitment
The governance of the Chamber, the direction of its work, and the control of its property is the responsibility of the Board of Directors. The board is elected to represent a broad cross-section of business and professional leaders. The board sets the over-all policy of the Chamber and guides its direction through the adoption of the annual plan.
Each Director is essential to the success of the Chamber and should understand the responsibilities and commitment required of a Director.
Qualifications for Board Membership
- Member in good standing
- Demonstrated leadership qualities
- Community Involvement
- Chief management or owner of a member firm in good standing
- Commitment to the Mission of the Chamber
- Willingness to accept the responsibility and commitment of board membership
Roles and Responsibilities of Board
The Governance of the Chamber is the responsibility of the board. The board is elected to represent a cross-section of business and professional leaders. The board sets policy and guides the direction of the Chamber through the adoption of an annual plan and long-range plan. The bylaws support the governing role of the board by establishing officers and putting the financial control and overall well-being of the organization in the control of the board.
As advocates, board members interpret the mission of the Chamber, defend it under pressure, and represent it to the members and the community. The Chamber board uses the mission statement and values of the organization to take positions on important community issues.
The expertise that board members possess, making them a valuable asset to the organization, needs to be tapped for the good of the Chamber. Board members providing “quick response” advice on the areas of interest or considered consultation in their areas of expertise are essential components to the success of the organization.
Board members lead the organization in providing support in many ways including attendance at events, sponsorship of activities, purchase of advertising/promotion, etc. General Chamber members do notice whether board members are involved. The example of board members sets a standard for others to follow.