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Guiding the ship: Be an effective board member

K-State Research and Extension offers board leadership training in Kansas’ communities.

board memberReleased: Jan. 12, 2016

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Whether thinking about getting involved in a non-profit organization’s board of directors or already serving on a church council or school board, there are many ways you can help guide that ship. Some ways work better than others.

Because effective boards are so critical to the health and well-being of organizations and communities, K-State Research and Extension will offer a Board Leadership Series of workshops in several Kansas communities. The first session is planned for Feb. 23, 2016.

Designed to provide basic training for members of community-based boards, the series will be hosted by extension professionals at locations across the state.

“Informed and committed board members are the key to healthy, effective boards and committees in our Kansas communities. K-State Research and Extension’s Board Leadership Series provides an opportunity for board members to learn the basics of being a good board member,” said Trudy Rice, extension community development specialist.  “Whether you are a member of a church board, a township board, a United Way agency board or a rural water board, this training is appropriate for you.”

Dates and topics for the four evening sessions are:

  • Feb. 23 – Conducting Effective Meetings – Board member roles and responsibilities, basic parliamentary procedure and making meetings productive;

  • Feb. 25 – Understanding Fellow Board Members and Conflict Management – How personalities and generational differences affect decision making and managing conflict;

  • March 1– Fundraising, Fund Management, Legalities and Ethics – Options for raising and managing money, understanding articles of incorporation, bylaws and policies; and

  • March 3 – Strategic Planning – Establishing a common mission and vision for the board, and how to plan priorities for the future.

All sessions are from 6-8 p.m. Workshop participants will meet at host sites throughout the state to take part in web-based instruction and locally facilitated discussion. Sites include Atwood, Emporia, Harper, Hays, Kansas City, Leoti, Manhattan, Minneapolis, Olathe, Ottawa, Paola, Syracuse, Ulysses and Wichita.

Pre-registration is required by Feb. 12. The cost is $40 a person for all sessions, but each registration buys a seat, which can be rotated by participants. Contact the extension agent at your preferred host site for a group rate. Registration includes refreshments and a workbook. More information is available at Boards and Commissions or by contacting extension agents at the host sites.


K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans.  Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan.

Story by:
Mary Lou Peter

For more information:
Trudy Rice – 785-766-3996 or trice@ksu.edu