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Recruiting New Board Members

  • 1.  Recruiting New Board Members

    Posted 08-06-2019 10:39

    Due to a variety of reasons we are losing Board Members left and right.  I am trying to put together an email blast to our membership about these opportunities and am reaching out to see if anyone would share your email or what worked for you. Thanks!


    Barb Mossman

    Human Resources Director

    LaPorte County Government

    555 Michigan Avenue, Ste. 101

    LaPorte, IN 46350

    219-326-6808 ext. 2409

    219-362-3093 fax


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  • 2.  RE: Recruiting New Board Members

    Posted 08-06-2019 13:25
    We have been struggling with recruiting new board members as well. As our chapter grows, so do the opportunities, yet everyone is stretched for time. This year we put together a flyer that was email blasted out to our membership. We are also updating the board position descriptions and being realistic about the time commitment. We are also talking about ways to bolster committee involvement as a way of introducing members to leadership positions. Here is a link to our flyer HRMN Board Flyer.pdf.

    Good luck!

    Regina Nixon SHRM-SCP
    KSU Communications and Ag Education

  • 3.  RE: Recruiting New Board Members

    Posted 08-09-2019 07:45
    Thank you for sharing your poster, Regina!  

    I truly believe all of this turnover and difficulty in recruiting people is similar to how difficult it is to recruit new employees.  Different generations have different interests and value different things, which means we need to think in different ways.  "How we've always done things" just isn't working anymore, at least not for my group.

    Good luck to all of us who are struggling with this!  I'm glad I'm not in my little boat alone.  ��

  • 4.  RE: Recruiting New Board Members

    Posted 08-10-2019 11:18
    Thank you sharing this creative method to attract new people.

    Sent from my iPhone

  • 5.  RE: Recruiting New Board Members

    Posted 08-06-2019 13:33

    HI Barb,

    Sometimes a phone call and asking someone directly works better then an email blast.  People want to help but are often shy to volunteer thinking someone else could do the job better.


    Susan Craft, MS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR

    Consulting by Design of Princess Anne, Ltd

    757 301-9460 (w)

    757 288-6528 (c) 


  • 6.  RE: Recruiting New Board Members

    Posted 08-06-2019 13:56
    We are also in the process of updating our Board job descriptions and our Committee  responsibility summary descriptions.  We post the Board description along with other job postings on our website when we have a vacancy. Once the Committee responsibility summary descriptions are ready, we will use that for posting if a volunteer is needed.  New for 2019, we asked each Board member to look at their Committees, make sure they have a volunteer and potentially mentor one or more to be a successor for future Board positions.  We will re-enforce this at our annual Board Strategy meeting which is tomorrow night. It is at this meeting that we determine who will be remaining on the Board for the following year.

    Michele A. LaPorte, SHRM-CP, PHR
    Mohawk Valley SHRM
    2nd VP Membership & Chapter Administrator

  • 7.  RE: Recruiting New Board Members

    Posted 08-06-2019 14:07
    We began our year with our President stepping down in Feb; off to a great start there....In addition to President, we replaced President Elect, Programs, Social Media, Govt & Legislative Affairs, Finance, College Relations; in 2020 we're still going to need a President Elect plus Awards & Recognition and Diversity & Inclusion.

    We've put it on our website, our LinkedIn and Facebook groups, and newsletters, mentioned the openings at every chapter meeting and networking get together, and reached out personally to people we think might be interested.  It has been an all-out effort all year long, so I can't tell you exactly what worked or didn't, but I believe the in-person conversations have been very effective.  We remind people that the volunteering is good for HRCI and SHRM certification credits, it's a great networking opportunity, and a nice way to get more familiar with other HR folks in the area.

    We're also thinking this is partly a sign of the times, with all the generations in the workplace and the younger folks not necessarily into joining associations that feel somewhat dated.  That's the challenge for all of us, I bet.

    Good luck to you and the rest of us who are facing this!

    Cherie Ziegler SHRM-CP
    Pivotal Health Care