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Trustee Workshop: Keys to Running a More Successful Board Meeting

Saturday, August 10, 2019 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) Export to vCalendar
Where:   River Forest Public Library (In Person, Max: 30)
Cost:   Free
Presenter:   Nancy Sylvester

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Successful library boards provide organizational oversight, hire and evaluate leadership, and advocate for the organization. This workshop is designed to help those new to the trustee role navigate their responsibilities as a library board member. Attendees will learn board fundamentals, board governing documents, fiduciary duty, and the parameters of the board/staff relationship.

Led by the nationally-recognized trainer and triple-certified parliamentarian Nancy Sylvester, this program will also address how to run efficient and effective board meetings and cover quorum, agenda, the basic characteristics of a motion, and the processing, precedence, and scripting of motions.

This program is open to new trustees as well as current trustees and library directors who would like a review of board essentials and parliamentary procedure.

Nancy Sylvester has been a practicing professional parliamentarian since 1980. As a Professional Registered Parliamentarian, a Certified Professional Parliamentarian and a Certified Teacher of Parliamentary Procedure, she is one of only approximately 20 people in the country with her level of designations. Nancy has twice served as the National Parliamentarian for the National Association of Parliamentarians, thus serving as the parliamentarians’ parliamentarian. She is the first person to have been selected for this position two times.

Since 1995, Nancy has been conducting Board Training to various organizations throughout the country. She is the author of the books The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Robert’s Rules and The Guerilla’s Guide to Robert’s Rules.

Nancy has a Master’s Degree in Communication from the University of Michigan and is Professor Emeritus of Speech at Rock Valley College where she taught for 31 years.

Type:   Workshop

If you have questions about the event or need assistance with registering, please call 630-734-5133 or email

Categories: Public Libraries, Trustee Development, Chicago Area

This event is sponsored by Reaching Across Illinois Library System.

Last day to cancel registrations is: 8/9/2019

Questions? Please contact Diana Rusch.

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