The governance of the Chamber, the direction of its work, and the control of its property is the responsibility of the Board of Directors. The Board is elected to represent a broad cross section of business and professional leaders. The Board sets the over all policy of the Chamber and guides its direction through the adoption of the annual program of work. Each Director is essential to the success of the Chamber and should understand the responsibilities and commitment required of a Director.
Nominate yourself or someone you think would be a good addition to the chamber board.
Qualifications for Board Membership
- Member in good standing
- Demonstrated leadership qualities
- Community Involvement
- Chief management or owners of member firms
- Commitment to the Mission of the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce Willingness to accept the responsibility and commitment of Board Membership
Roles and Responsibilities of the Board
Governance: The Governance of the Chamber is the responsibility of the Board. The Board is elected to represent a cross section of business and professional leaders. The Board sets policy and guides the direction of the chamber through the adoption of an annual business plan and long range plan. The by-laws support the governing role of the board by establishing officers and putting the financial control and overall well being of the organization in the control of the board.
Advocacy: As advocates Board members interpret the mission of the chamber, defend it under pressure and represent it to the members and the community. The chamber board uses the mission statement and values of the organization to take positions on important community issues.
Consultation: The expertise that board members possess, making them a valuable asset to the organization, needs to be tapped for the good of the chamber. Board members providing “quick response” advice on the areas of interest or considered consultation in their areas of expertise are essential components to the success of the organization.
Support: Board members lead the organization in providing support in many ways including attendance at events, sponsorship of activities, purchase of publication ads etc. General members do notice whether board members are involved. The example of Board Members sets a standard for others to follow.
Excerpt from the Official By-Laws of the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
Section 9. Nominating Committee
Before August 15 of each year the Chair of the Board shall appoint a Nominating Committee.
Section 10. Nominating Procedure
No later than September 1 of each year, the Nominating Committee shall notify the membership of the opportunity to submit candidates for nomination. The Nominating Committee shall allow at least 30 days for open nominations. The Nominating Committee shall submit to the Chair of the Board a slate of qualified candidates equal to the number of openings on the Board for the position of elected director.
Section 11. Election
The President shall present the slate of directors, recommended by the Nominating Committee, to the membership for approval.
Section 12. Petition
If a petition of 25 members is presented to the Board Chair for a candidate not on the slate recommended by the Nominating Committee, (within two weeks of the presentation of the slate of candidates) then the Chair of the Board shall appoint an Election Committee to conduct a ballot vote of the general membership to be concluded no later than Oct 31. The candidates receiving the highest number votes shall be considered elected.
Section 13. Conflict of Interest
The Board of Directors has adopted a conflict of interest policy requiring board members, officers and key employees to annually disclose potential conflicts. The board will regularly and consistently monitor and enforce compliance with the policy included in the addendum to these by-laws.
2015 By-Law revision