WHAT IS IT?
In a lot of ways, the Executive Committee serves as a sub-Committee of the Board of Directors and, essentially, it is, since only Directors serve on the Executive Committee. In essence, the Committee determines which issues / items are ripe for Board discussion and / or action.
The Executive Committee is one of the few closed Committees of the HBA that Members cannot join unless elected to by the Membership. It is made up of the six HBA Officers and the Executive Officer.
WHAT DO COMMITTEE MEMBERS DO?
The Executive Committee conducts personnel reviews of the Executive Officer, discusses action items & the HBA’s strategic vision at great length, and determines the agenda for the Board of Directors meetings.
HOW OFTEN DO THEY GATHER?
Monthly, sometimes more. Usually, the Committee meets about one week before the scheduled Board meeting.
TO WHOM DO THEY REPORT?
Once agreed upon by majority vote at the Committee level, a representative of the Committee recommends action items to the HBA Board of Directors for the Board to make a final decision.
Committees have no authority on their own. They cannot bind the association, decide action, or vary direction. Committees serve the Board of Directors.
That said, the Executive Committee is made up of the six officers of the HBA plus the top staff executive. Though purposely not a majority of the Board (the entire Board is 14 strong), the Board often holds the Executive Committees recommendations in the highest regard.
WHAT’S THE INSIDE SCOOP?
The Executive Committee is where it’s at! It is the most powerful Committee in the HBA. And, it should be.
If you want something done in the HBA, convince the President or Immediate Past President. Get the 1st or 2nd Vice President to be your advocate. Find your champion in the Treasurer or Secretary. These are the leaders the Members trusted by vote to take the HBA into the future.
Or, better yet… become an officer yourself.
WHERE DO YOU START?
If you have your sites on the Executive Committee, start by getting active on any other Council or Committee. Then, get elected to a Board seat and serve the HBA that way.
If you are still interested after all that experience, your fellow Members will probably agree with you that you are the right person for the job.
Contact Us so we can help get you started on the perfect Committee for you.