The current leadership (or our homeschool group) as well as those being added right now are hand picked and invited to be on the team. In the future do we need to hold elections? Should the invitation to the leadership team be open to the husbands of the ladies on the team?
I have been on the board of several nonprofits that do not hold elections for the board and it can work well. Sometimes it is difficult to get the membership together to hold a vote or sometimes an election turns into a competitive popularity contest.
A middle ground is to ask for nominations (people can nominate themselves) and then the board (or a sub committee of the board) chooses new members based on talents, skills and the board’s needs.
I belonged to a nonprofit board that had advisers and the legal adviser was the husband of the director. He was asked to be an adviser because of his experience as a lawyer and his passion for our mission, not just because he was married to the director. Hopefully all the invited advisers will be judicious in offering their opinions and not try to overtake the meeting or the decisions being made.
Carol Topp, CPA