Archive for the ‘Structure and Governance’ Category
On June 26, 2006, as the Board was convening its June meeting, Executive Director Michael Benjamin tendered his retirement resignation, effective immediately. President Pamela Monroe appointed CFLE Director Dawn Cassidy Acting Executive Director. The services of Linda Tacke, President of Leadership Tactics, were obtained to deal with transition management in the interim before a new Executive Director was recruited. This included a profile of the next leader identifying criteria up front; assessment of current staff and job descriptions; assessment of current strengths, vision of the future, and creating a plan to move forward; and communicating with membership. In late July, Tacke became the […]
Linda Malone-Colon, PhD, was appointed by the NCFR Board as Director of the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center, which had been initiated as the result of NCFR’s receipt of the $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Administration of Children and Families under the Department of Health and Human Services. She was based at the NCFR offices in Washington, DC. The research associate who would work with her was Derek Gwinn. Malone-Colon’s assignment was to work on reactivating the Coalition of Family Organizations, which had been very active between 1975 and 1990, and to work with the NCFR Public Policy Committee, on […]
The Board continued to hone its skills on the Carver model of governance as handbooks were revised. NCFR assets were reported at $1.65 million, a 5% increase over the previous year, due in part to the new journal publishing contract with Blackwell Publishers and royalties remaining from Allen Press. President Gay Kitson supported the Emerging Leadership Training Institute as a means to preparing members for leadership roles in NCFR. In June, Steven Worth of Plexus Consulting was hired by the Board to work on a strategic plan for NCFR. Two membership surveys revealed that the core cadre of members were […]
The Fellowship Committee terms were extended from 2 to 3 year terms for more continuity in reviewing. Approximately 4,007 members of NCFR were counted this year. Read the March 2002 NCFR Report Magazine Read the June 2002 NCFR Report Magazine Read the September 2002 NCFR Report Magazine Read the December 2002 NCFR Report Magazine Awards and recipients were the following: Student Award: Jason Hans, University of Missouri—Columbia Marie Peters Award: Norma Bond Burgess, Syracuse University Jan Trost Award: Bron Ingoldsby, Brigham Young University Burgess Award: Pauline Boss, University of Minnesota Reuben Hill Award: William Axim and Scott Yabiku, University of Michigan; Jody Van Laningham and David R. […]
A refresher course on the Carver Model of Governance was conducted on June 16, 2001, by Susan Stratton, a Carver trainer. The Board continued to work on revisions of the Board Policy Handbook and the bylaws. NCFR’s financial health continued to be stable, with a fund balance of $907,588, assets of $1.6 million, and liabilities of $680,000.
The new Carver Model of Governance was now fully implemented, and the newly restructured Board began the tasks of developing the ends/means statements and policies. Between 1999 and 2000 there was a 2.8% increase in membership, to 3,. Of these 2,438 opted for Family Relations and 2,653 chose the Journal of Marriage and the Family. There were new membership features offered on the NCFR website, such as an online member database and NCFR journals online in full text. Read the March 2000 NCFR Report Magazine Read the June 2000 NCFR Report Magazine Read the September 2000 NCFR Report Magazine Read the December 2000 NCFR Report Magazine
By a 93% vote of the members who returned ballots, the new NCFR governance structure was ratified. Ten major changes in NCFR took effect immediately: Reduction in Board size from 24 to nine members elected by full membership and all serving 2-year terms. Board moved out of details of operations to focus on vision and priorities as articulated by the members of NCFR. Board member specialized roles de-emphasized and all members held accountable for organizational issue. Board officers reduced to three: President, President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer Functional vice presidents replaced by five at-large members from which Secretary/Treasurer will be appointed. President of Association of Councils and […]
At the April 1998 Board meeting, by a vote of 22 to 1, the Board endorsed a shift in its governance practices to adopt policies based on the John Carver Model of Board Governance. From June 26 to 28, the Board met in retreat at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis, MN, to discuss the process of implementing the model. (N.B.: This model was designed to reduce “rubber stamping,” promote proactive approaches, encourage staff freedom, enable the CEO, sharpen Board decisiveness, foster timely response to issues, clarify board and staff roles, emphasize vision and goals, and clarify ends vs. means. Members of the […]
On July 24, 1997, a Presidential Task Force on the Future of NCFR met at the Crystal City Hyatt Hotel in Arlington, VA. Members included Graham Spanier, Chair; Pauline Boss, President; Greer Litton Fox, President-Elect; Past Presidents Sharon Price, David Olson, Lynda Henley Walters, Harriette McAdoo, and Alexis Walker; and President-Elect Bill Doherty (as well as Mary Jo Czaplewski, ex officio, and Carl Williams, recorder). The purpose of the meeting was to explore a fresh vision, new ideas, and agenda for NCFR. The committee was not to look at long-range planning but rather to discuss specific recommendations to define the key […]
On April 26–27, 1996, the Board of Directors and entire NCFR staff met at the St. Paul Airport Hilton Hotel to begin a major strategic planning process: “Families and the Millennium: Building a New Association Paradigm.” Consultant for this process was Robert Burke, PhD, of St. Paul, MN. Several task forces were charged to work on an action plan for NCFR. These included a Visibility Task Force, chaired by Barbara Holder; a Membership Task Force, chaired by Karen Meyers-Bowman; and a Proactive Planning Task Force, chaired by Scott Allgood. In November, NCFR investments averaged 15.2% return (net of all fees).