October 2012 Meeting Executive Summary
One of the outcomes of our October Board meeting was encouraging greater communication between the board members outside of the tri-annual Board meetings as well as fostering communication between the board, the alumnae association, and the staff. In an effort to promote this dialogue, a formal executive summary of board meetings was encouraged.
Thoughts, Discussions and Priorities
In an effort to prevent stagnation of purpose within the Board, we chose to have an organizational/strategic planning retreat for our October 2012 meeting. We are profoundly grateful to Susan Decker, the Director of the MLD program, for her leadership and service in facilitating the sessions during our retreat. The Board identified priorities and goals for itself and created a tremendous amount of energy for its plans going forward. Some members of the Board declared that this was the most productive Board meeting ever! While much work was accomplished and enthusiasm was generated during this one day, there will be much more work and communication needed between the end of the October 2012 meeting and the next meeting in February 2013.
The following is a summary of the findings from the strategic planning meeting and following Board session:
- The Board recognized the importance of communication within the Board, with the association, and with the alumnae relations and advancement staff. The Board needs to lead the communication improvements.
- Three priorities were identified:
- Understanding and clarifying the role of the Board,
- Understanding and clarifying the role of committees and
- Determining methods for enhancement of communications.
- The Board is very pleased with the accomplishments of the young advancement office. We are confident with their abilities to reach and surpass their goals. We’re pleased with their energy and enthusiasm for the Pomeroy Pride campaign and their love of SMWC.
- The Pomeroy Pride campaign to build a sports and recreation center was launched. The board supports Dr. King and the campaign chairs Jerry and Marcia Reder (’72) Schmidt. Won’t it be exciting to have the gym full of Pomeroy Blue at our first home Claber Girl game between the basketball teams of our Pomeroys and Rose Hulman?
- Four task forces were established: Role of the Board evaluation, Role of Board Committees evaluation, Communication Enhancement, By-Law Review. Members were assigned to each task force and each task force was charged with meeting and completing their directive before the February Board meeting.