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Community board training offers info and insights about serving on a board of directors



Anyone serving on an organization’s board of directors, or considering serving, whether a new member or an old hand, will benefit from the Community Board Training on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Visit Vicksburg, the United Way, the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, the Good Shepherd Community Center and the Downtown Vicksburg Main Street Program are teaming up to present the first Vicksburg Community Board Training at the Vicksburg Convention Center (1600 Dr. Briggs Hopson Blvd.) from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

This free training is for anyone on a board or anyone considering joining one. A continental breakfast will be provided.

Local specialists will be on hand to provide insights and advice on the financial and personal aspects of being a board member.

“It’s going to be a workshop on how board members should act,” said Kami May, director of marketing at the United Way of West Central Mississippi and Vicksburg Daily News contributor. “We’ll talk about what you should do as a board member and what you should not do as a board member.”

May added that the session will explain how to run a meeting and be an organized board member in addition to the importance of learning the organization’s mission.

Riley Nelson of May and Company will speak on a board member’s financial responsibilities and Blake Teller of the law firm Teller, Hassell and Hopson will discuss the legal side of serving on a board.

After the main session, attendees will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the specialists at their booths to ask questions and gather more information.

May hopes that people leave the training with a better sense of what it means to serve on a board of directors.

People often have no idea what the position entails, she said, “I hope that people are able to take away what to expect and what serving looks like.”

For more information on this training call 601-636-1733. To register visit this link.

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