Board Member Responsibilities

General Responsibilities for all Board Positions:

Authority and Responsibility

The Board of Directors is the legal authority for the IIBA SE Michigan Chapter. As a member of the Board, a Director acts in a position of trust for the organization and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization



Requirements of Board membership include:

1.      Commitment to the work of the IIBA

2.      Knowledge and skills in one or more areas of Board governance: policy, finance, programs, personnel, and advocacy

3.      Willingness to serve on committees

4.      Attendance at Board meetings

5.      Attendance at meetings of assigned committees

6.      Attendance at the Annual General Meetings

7.      Attendance at membership meetings

8.      Support of special events
9.      Support of, and participation in, special events

10.   Financial support of the IIBA



Directors are elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. Directors serve for a two-year term. Directors may be released at the end of the elected term by resigning, or according to the IIBA SE Michigan Chapter bylaws.


General Duties

A Director is fully informed on organizational matters, and participates in the Board’s deliberations and decisions in matters of policy, finance, programs, personnel and advocacy.


Duties for the President

-        Provide leadership to the Board of Directors of the local Chapter
-        Ensure the Board adheres to its bylaws and constitution
-        Prepare the Board’s agenda with input from the Board Members
-        Chair Board meetings
-        Encourages Board Members to participate in meetings and activities
-        Keeps the Board’s discussion on topic by summarizing issues
-        Keeps the Board’s activities focused on the organization’s mission
-        Evaluates the effectiveness of the Board’s decision making process
-        Appoints committee chairpersons
-        Orients Board Members and committee chairpersons to the Board
-        Serve as ex officio member of committees and attends their meetings as required
-        Ensure there is a process to evaluate the effectiveness of Board Members using measurable criteria
-        Recognize Board Members’ contributions to the Board’s work
-        Acts as one of the signing officers for disbursements cheques and other official documents
-        Play a leading role in supporting special events
-        Promote the organization’s purpose in the community and to the media
-        Prepare a report for the Annual General Meeting
-        Ensure programs and services are implemented
-        Ensure that the Board governs as well as manages programs and services

Duties for the Secretary

-        Serve on the Board
-        Maintain copies of the organization’s bylaws and the Board’s policy statements
-        Maintain lists of Board Members, committees and General Membership
-        Notify Board Members of meetings
-        Take official meeting minutes
-        Record Board attendance
-        Ensure there is quorum at meetings
-        Record all motions and decisions of meetings
-        Record all corrections to minutes
-        Sign Board minutes and corrections to attest to their accuracy
-        Maintain copies of minutes of Board and committee meetings’
-        Distribute copies of minutes promptly
-        Conduct general Board correspondence including receiving, reading, distributing
-        Maintain records of all Board correspondence
-        Sign official documents of the organization as required
-        File the annual return, amendments to the bylaws and other incorporating documents with the Corporate Registry
-        Ensure members are notified of General Meetings
-        Chair Board meetings in the absence of the President
-        Orient the new Secretary


Duties of Treasurer

-        Serve on the Board
-        Give regular reports to the Board on the financial state of the organization
-        Keep financial reports on file
-        Orient the new Treasurer
-        Act as signing officer with the President for cheques and other documents
-        Manage the day-to-day financial affairs of the Board
-        Manage the accounting of the funds of the organization, its budget and expenditures
-        Keep full and accurate accounts of all organizational receipts and disbursements
-        Receive and bank all monies due to the organization
-        Disburse all monies as directed by the Board
-        File necessary financial reports, tax reports and audits
-        Ensure compliance with local and corporate fiduciary responsibilities

Duties of the Past President

-        Support the current President
-        Chair the Nominating Committee for recruitment of new Board Members
-        Assist with Board recruitment and orientation to the Board
-        Assist with Board training
-        Chair special events
-        Provide historical continuity about the Board’s activities

Duties of Vice President(s)

-        Act in the absence of the President
-        Learn duties of the President and keep informed on key issues
-        Act as a signing officer for checks and other documents
-        Orients the new Vice President
-        Chair a major committee
-        Develop, update and incorporate recommended changes from the Board to the terms of reference and mandate of the committee
-        Recruit an appropriate number of committee members to carry out the mandate
-        Orient members to the committee’s mandate and position in the organization
-        Call committee meetings and develop agendas with the input of the members
-        Chair committee meetings and report the committee’s progress to the Board
-        Encourage members to participate
-        Keep discussion on topic by summarizing issues
-        Guide the committee through its meetings to fulfill the committee’s purpose
-        Recognize each member’s contribution to the committee’s work
-        Delegate appropriate tasks to individual committee members
-        Submit recommendations to the Board for approval
-        Plan and evaluate the committee’s work with the help of the members
-        Ensure meeting minutes and other relevant information are recorded and filed

Click on the Chapter Bylaws which provide additional information about how the chapter as an organization works.