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    Board Governance

    • Board size should be appropriate for the size of the organization.
    • Board members need to be strategic thinkers with an ability to see the big picture in government, society, community.
    • Boards must be flexible to take full advantage of opportunities.
    • Develop a process for replacing board members as they retire or resign.
    • Establish expectations and written policies for board members.
    • Boards should complete an annual audit and establish a budget.
    • Establish a gift acceptance policy; dont take everything. Some donated items such as a car, boat, or land may be beyond the Boards capacity to manage.
    • Policies should be established to manage all assets.

    Cooperating Association Vending Machine Operation
    St. Louis District allowed a cooperating association, the Kaskia-Kaw Rivers Conservancy (KKRC), to provide vending machines at the visitor center and day use areas with beaches at Lake Shelbyville and Carlyle Lake in Illinois. Click here to see their justification.

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