Instructor: Joe Tassinari
"Reflection is offered to give power to voice, to promote understanding among team members and bring light to the findings from the workshops."
REFLECTION – ARC Board of Directors Workshop: "My Contribution to Our Board"
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
One reason each participant is a positive group member:
- Likes people
- Positive role model
- Good listener
- Helps with focus & organization
Open to hear all ideas
(click here to read what others said makes a positive group member)
Who is ARC's client? (cumulative answer)
- Upper Consumnes River & Upper American River watersheds in conjunction with current and future generations.
Generally, what are some responsibilities of Boards of Directors?
- Set strategy and organizational objectives
- Make decisions
- Be a team player
- Monitor staff so that they're doing the work of the organization
- Legally responsible for fiscal health
About how many years has each board member served?
- Steve – 3, Fred – 1, Cathy – 8, Kyle – 4, Scott – 6
One function I would like to contribute to the ARC Board:
(each Board Member serves in many capacities, during this workshop we explored one)
- Steve – Push for both outdoor recreation and conservation.
- Fred – My time and experience.
- Cathy – Be treasurer.
- Kyle – My passion for conservation.
- Scott – My time and experience to keep ARC solvent and relevant.
This function is beneficial to the other Board members because:
- Steve – Reminds us of what our focus can be.
- Fred – My background is different than others, so I may have different perspectives.
- Cathy – Treasurer is a required position & I sign documents such as authorizing reimbursements.
- Kyle – It helps them understand my genuine motivation.
- Scott – I'm finally understanding how ARC is funded, what our mission is & how to communicate ideas.
This function is beneficial to ARC because:
- Steve – Provides natural lands to community for recreation, exercise & connection to nature. It also provides preserved, undeveloped habitat for our ecosystem to thrive.
- Fred – It helps the Board to make decisions to help the ARC client.
- Cathy – It assists ARC being an effective nonprofit Land Trust.
- Kyle – It results in board decisions that support ARC's mission.
- Scott – Because of my love of the outdoors & conserving the lands we have acquired.
This function is beneficial to the world at large because:
- Steve – It helps preserve some natural areas for people & nature to thrive.
- Fred – It helps the board to make wise decisions that might expand out to the world a tiny bit.
- Cathy – it allows ARC to maintain healthy water supplies & oxygen coming from the American and Consumnes watersheds.
- Kyle – Making impacts locally can result in worldwide benefits.
- Scott – We, however small, set an example of what can be done to preserve watersheds for the future by a group of dedicated people.
What were the strengths of the workshop, what did you value most?
- Open discussion/non-threatening. Better understanding of what motivates each of us. Got to know each other better on a personal level.
- It was very engaging for all of us. It helped me to open up a bit.
- Learning about the other members and where they were coming from.
- The inclusive nature of all workshop components.
- The participation, fully, of everyone. Joe's insight and ability to subtly direct us to a good outcome.
What could have been improved?
- I don't know of anything.
- Not sure.
- Doing this 5 years ago.
- Nothing that I can think of.
How will you apply what you learned?
- Connect to each other better at Board meetings. Open, trusting attitude in Board meetings.
- Be more comfortable in the group.
- I think this should apply to our 2017 objectives.
- Reinforcing kindness & joy in all aspects of life.
- Better appreciation of my Board Members. Use everyone's strengths. Understand our motivations.
Participants: Scott, Kyle, Cathy, Fred, Steve