Our volunteer Board of Directors helps guide our organization in promoting dance in our community. Board members are elected for a one year term and may serve up to five consecutive years. The board provides governance for the Sacramento Country Dance Society, while our dances are organized and hosted by three committees: English Country Dance, contra dance, and Echo Summit Dance Camp. Ad-hoc committees are formed for nominations, Big Day of Giving and fundraising, and other activities. Each board member serves on at least one committee. The board meets four times per year, often with an additional strategic planning retreat, while the committees meet as needed.
Characteristics of a successful board members include:
- Desire to advance the mission of the organization to support dance and its benefits to the community.
- Availability to attend board meetings and committee meetings, and prepare ahead of time for these meetings by reading materials or researching practices and solutions.
- Desire to grow leadership skills.
- People skills, especially in difficult situations.
- Specific professional skills such as design, publicity, financial management, legal perspectives, technology, fundraising, and others.
Each winter we nominate individuals to serve on the board for the coming year. The board makes nominations, but any member (defined as anyone who dances with us) may nominate themselves. All nominees fill out the Board Member Recruitment form. You may give the form to people at the greeting table at a dance, to any board member, or mail it to Celine Pankratius, 5800 9th Ave, Sacramento CA 95820-1818.
People are elected to the Board of Directors each spring at the Anniversary Dance (April 23 this year), and serve from May through April. The board elects from among itself three officers (President, Secretary, Treasurer) and appoints both board members and volunteers to key volunteer positions such as communications coordinator, bookkeeper, Echo Summit Registrar, and others.
If you have questions about board service, please contact President John Seto, 916-595-2498, firstname.lastname@example.org, or any other current member.
The Board of Directors is certainly not the only way you can serve our dance community. We need volunteers on all of the committees. People can help out by setting up the hall before dances and breaking down after dances, and sitting at the front table to greet people and take money (you need a brief training session and to be known to someone on the board). Echo Summit Dance Camp in particular uses a large number of volunteers to plan and prepare for the weekend, as well as helping out in a number of ways during the weekend.
We hope that you will join us in creating and maintaining a vibrant dance community!