"Governance with a Mission and Purpose"

Nine or Eleven Board Members

The number of board members can vary. The general membership should be well represented on the board. In fact, the number of Member-at-Large should be more than the standard number of board members (president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer), Its the membership that provides the association with the means to carry out its purpose and mission.

Members-at-Large (MAL)

Typically, a member-at-large represents the general membership on issues of interest or concern, particularly those that arise outside of the standing committee structure. The MAL conducts projects to further the goals of the organization or to develop services for the membership. The MAL could serve as chair of any ad hoc committee formed to develop these projects.

The MAL listens to membership and communicate their issues, needs and interests to the Board of Directors.
    * Identify potential problems and opportunities.
    * Work effectively toward common goals as a team member.
    * Set objectives and develop action plans for selected and/or assigned projects.