Does there need to be a limit to how many times that person can serve on a homeschool group’s board, if she is still willing and the members still want her leading?
Has anyone had permanent leadership in a homeschool group and seen it work?
I have concern about a director or chair staying too long because it can create founder’s syndrome (“we always do it her way because she’s done it for so long”). But I have seen groups run successfully with the same leaders for 10+years. But, I would be concerned about burn out for the leader.
I’m less worried about a secretary or other members staying on indefinitely.
I do not think a treasurer should serve more than 3-5 years, even if she is doing a good job and wished to continue serving. Too many mistakes, or even embezzlement, can occur if a treasurer is not changed frequently. A treasurer unwilling to step down is a red flag signaling misappropriation of funds.
The pope is appointed for life, but Pope Benedict just resigned. He’s just too tired and old (at 85 years) to continue to do his job. It’s the first time on 600 years a pope has resigned!
In the USA, only the supreme court judges are appointed for life and it is debatable as to whether that system works!
Your homeschool group is not the supreme court nor the papacy, so I would not recommend permanent leadership for a board member.
Carol Topp, CPA