Board Members Responsibilities

The Board of Directors serve as the immediate policy making body for corporate affairs, establishing and amending corporate bylaws, making corporate decisions concerning Florida Lions Conklin Centers operation, hiring, supervising, and giving direction to the President/CEO, providing appropriate development and maintenance of corporate records, conducting fund raising and coordinating programs and promotional efforts of the Corporation.  No board member, or delegate may become directly involved in program content, management, in directions to employees, or any other abrogation of the President/CEO’s responsibilities.


Chair: The Chair of the Board of Directors shall preside at all regular and special meetings of said Board; but may designate others to preside. Necessary committees shall be appointed by the Chair to carry out the purposes and objects of the Corporation; and by virtue of the office of the Chair shall be an ex-officio member of all committees (except Nominating and any disciplinary committees) and shall, in general, exercise supervision over the affairs of the Corporation. The Executive Committee shall report directly to the Chair.

Immediate Past Chair. The Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors shall be the Chair of the Nominating Committee.  The committee shall meet at the third regular meeting to form a slate of Officers to be presented at the fourth regular meeting of the Board of Directors.  A copy of this slate of Officers will be provided to each elected Director prior to the last scheduled meeting of the fiscal year.

Chair-Elect. The Chair Elect shall serve as an assistant to the Chair and shall perform the usual duties of the Chair in the latter's absence or inability to act.  The Chair Elect may also serve in the capacity of Chair of a committee or committees as directed by the Chair and shall be responsible for and oversee all activities of the following committees:

  •  Internal Affairs
  • External Affairs
  •  Governance

Secretary. The Secretary shall attend and ensure the minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors are kept and a written copy thereof is submitted within 30 days to all members of the Board of Directors.  The Secretary shall do and perform all such other duties as are incident to the office of the Secretary of the Corporation.

Treasurer: The Treasurer shall make a written financial report of the financial status of the Corporation at each meeting of the Board of Directors.  The Treasurer shall give bond in such amount and with such sureties as the Board of Directors may require.  The Treasurer shall be empowered to sign checks of the Corporation in excess of ten thousand dollars ($10.000) in accordance with Section 9.2 of the organization’s bylaws.

Committee Structure

Executive Committee: Board officers and committee chairs (if different) of the Internal Affairs, External Affairs and Governance Committees comprise the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee’s responsibilities include:

  • Exercising some or all powers of the board between regularly scheduled meetings.
  • Serving as a sounding board for management on emerging issues, problems, and initiatives.
  • Reporting to the Board at the Board’s next meeting on any official actions it has taken.
  • President/CEO evaluation and compensation.

Internal Affairs Committee:  This committee is responsible for all internal and operational issues including those related to finance, human resources and facilities and is staffed by the Comptroller and Operations Director (or staff member(s) with different title(s) performing same function).

External Affairs Committee:  This committee is responsible for all external issues-including fundraising, public relations and marketing and is staffed by the Development Director (or staff member holding different title performing the same function)and other appropriate development personnel.

Governance Committee: This committee is responsible for the health and functioning of the board. It recruits new members, conducts orientation, produces board materials, routine bylaws reviews and evaluates the performance of the board itself. This committee and is staffed by the President/CEO. It is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness of the current board and for recruiting tomorrow's leaders.

Ad-hoc: The Chair of the Board of Directors shall appoint ad hoc Committees as are necessary to conduct the business of the Corporation and to aid the Board of Directors in the decision process.

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