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If you don’t already have an annual Board of Directors retreat, I suggest you plan one for 2014.

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


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