January is a good month to hold the retreat. It starts the new year off with a unified group and the Artistic and Managing Directors are able to give a summary of the previous year as well as set the vision and goals for the current year.
Why have a Board retreat?
- Share success stories and challenges
- Refocusing on the mission and vision
- Strengthen board relationships and team-building
- Orient new board members
- Refresh board member’s understanding of their responsibilities
- Develop a fund-raising plan
- Prepare for strategic planning
The Board retreat should be on a day when you can spend at least 4-6 hours. Meet in a home or a retreat setting… not at your normal board meeting site. Provide lunch and use that time to get to know one another on a more personal level. At the end of the retreat, hopefully you will be able to agree with the apostle Paul.
“…being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” -Philippians 2:2
Contributed by Sheryl Russell