Non-profits, school districts, churches and other organizations have one thing in common. They typically have a group of people—a board of directors—working behind the scenes to support and determine the direction of the organization.

Because effective boards are so critical to the health and well-being of organizations and communities, K-State Research and Extension is conducting a series of board leadership workshops across Kansas in late February and early March.

Designed to provide basic training for members of community-based boards, the series will be hosted by Extension professionals at locations across the state.

“Informed and committed board members are the key to healthy, effective boards and committees in our Kansas communities. K-State Research and Extension’s Board Leadership Series will provide an opportunity for board members to learn the basics of being a good board member,” said Trudy Rice, Extension community development specialist. “Whether you are a member of a church board, a township board, a United Way agency board or a rural water board, this training is appropriate for you.”

Dates and topics for the four evening sessions are:

Feb. 25—Conducting Effective Meetings—Board member roles and responsibilities, basic parliamentary procedure and making meetings productive;

Feb. 26—Fundraising, Fund Management, Legalities and Ethics—Options for raising and managing money, understanding articles of incorporation, bylaws and policies;

March 4—Understanding Fellow Board Members and Conflict Management—How personalities and generational differences affect decision making and managing conflict;

March 5—Strategic Planning—Establishing a common mission and vision for the board, and how to plan priorities for the future.

All sessions will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Workshop participants will meet at host sites throughout the state to take part in web-based instruction and locally facilitated discussion. Sites include: Topeka, Lawrence, Emporia, Olathe, Beloit, Salina, Lakin and Altamont.

Pre-registration is required by Feb. 13. The cost is $40 per person. Each registration buys a seat which can be rotated by participants. Registration includes refreshments and a workbook. More information is available at or by contacting Extension agents at the host sites.

Lawrence—Contact Marlin Bates,, 785-843-7058;

Beloit—Contact Aliesa Woods,, 785-524-4432;

Emporia—Contact Travis Carmichael,, 620-341-3220;

Olathe—Contact Rick Miller,, 913-715-7000;

Salina—Contact Carl Garten,, 785-309-5850;

Lakin—Contact Sheryl Carson,, 620-355-6551;

Topeka—Contact Laurie Chandler,, 785-232-0062, ext. 110; and

Altamont—Contact Kylie Ludwig,, 620-784-5337.

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