Extension workshop helps board members hone leadership skills

The Frontier Extension District will host a series of leadership workshops to provide basic training for members of community-based boards on Feb. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2019.

Extension’s Board Leadership Series provides an opportunity for board members to learn the basics of being a good board member. Whether a member of a church board, a township board, a United Way agency board, or a rural water board, this training is appropriate for you. Workshop participants will meet at host sites throughout the state to take part in web-based instruction and locally facilitated discussion.

All sessions will be conducted 6-8 p.m. on the designated dates. The Frontier Extension District will be hosting a site at the Frontier Extension District Office, in Ottawa.

The series will kick-off on Feb. 5 with “Conducting Effective Meetings”.  During this session, participants will learn about their roles and responsibilities as a board member, basics of parliamentary procedure, and strategies to make meetings more productive and effective.

On Feb. 12, the topic will be fundraising, fund management, legalities and ethics. This session will explore a board’s options for raising and managing money, understanding such things as articles of incorporation, bylaws, and policies.

The Feb. 19 session will cover understanding fellow board members and conflict management. Participants will explore how personalities and generational differences affect the decision-making process, and learn how to manage conflict in a way that is productive, not destructive, to the board.

Strategic planning will be the final topic on Feb. 26.  Participants will learn about establishing a common mission and vision for the board, and how to plan priorities for the future.

The Extension district requests registration for the workshop by Thursday, Jan. 10. The $40 registration fee reserves a seat for all four sessions. Individuals may choose to attend on their own or boards can reserve a seat and send a different board member to each session. Registration should be sent to Fran Richmond, Frontier District Lyndon Office, PO Box 400, Lyndon, KS 66451. Online registration is available at www.frontierdistrict.ksu.edu/community. Registration also includes refreshments, four educational sessions, and materials.

Information thanks to Frontier Extension District.

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