Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and Organizations
Centerville Christian Women's Club to meet

Centerville Christian Women's Club will meet Wednesday, Feb. 14, 9:30 a.m., at the Centerville Legion Hall, 921 Main St.

Special music will be presented by Elaine Peacock of Elk Point. Elaine is a recording artist and performs throughout the Midwest. She sings a variety of gospel, country, Broadway and original music, and a Patsy Cline song tribute. We look forward to Elaine sharing her musical talent with us. Our speaker is Helen Ratledge of Waconia, MN. Helen, a former ICU nurse, will share her message on "The Hospital of Life."

Reservations and cancellations are essential. Please call Betty Knutson (Centerville) at 563- 2792 or Evonne

Bancroft (Beresford) at 763-5118 by Saturday, Feb. 10. Child care is available by calling Paula Bartels at 957-4490 with the number and age of children that will need care that morning. The cost of the event is $5.50.

We hope you will invite a friend to come with you and make reservations for the brunch and program on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. Come join us for a fun-filled morning!

Rotary Club holds weekly meeting

The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly meeting Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the Neuharth Center on the USD campus. President Roger Kozak opened the meeting and Rev. Ed Nesselhuf gave the invocation.

Guests were introduced and announcements were made. Members were reminded that next Tuesday there would be a collection of food and donations for the Vermillion Food Pantry.

Rotarian Barry Vickrey introduced Mr. Brian Mathers, who presented the program for the day on the subject of nonprofit boards. Brian is currently the coordinator of sponsored programs in the USD Office of Research. Mr. Mathers has an extensive background as a contractual grant writer, past executive director of the Lincoln Action Program – a community action agency in Lincoln, NE. He also has a social services background and is a current board member for two non-profit agencies.

Mr. Mathers encourages people to serve on nonprofit boards, but also encourages people to be aware of the pros and cons of such service. Serving on a board gives one a chance to participate in the betterment of the community and to fulfill the call of civic duty. Serving in such a capacity provides nonprofit entities with skill sets that are greatly needed, but not always affordable. Such skills might be in fund raising, legal expertise, strategic planning, accounting, business management or human resource experience – to name a few. For-profit skills can be applied to nonprofits with regard to mission and organization.

There are also things to be aware of, such as potential liability, demands on time and dollars, and the resultant reputation of being identified with that organization in the eyes of the community at large.

A board member should be focused on the mission of the organization and not be distracted. The organization should be run professionally. The key idea to remember is that board members are there to govern, not manage the day-to-day activities. This governance includes strategic planning and helping to increase the resources available to accomplish the mission.

Before joining a board, people should inform themselves as much as possible. Talk to other board members, staff and stakeholders. Check for liability insurance. Above all, ask the questions, does it excite you and does the mission meet needs of the community? Mr. Mathers then answered questions of the audience.

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