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 Post subject: Re: self appointed board of directors
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:52 pm 

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Currently, we have twelve elected trustees and up to three appointed trustees. The former are elected by the members. The latter are drawn from the community and voted in by the seated trustees. Trustees are elected for three-year terms and can serve no more than three consecutive terms (i.e. nine years) before they must rotate off for at least a year. Candidates for elected trustee seats must have been a member in good standing for at least three years before being considered by the Nominating Committee. That committee is appointed by the President and is composed of one current trustee and two non-trustee members. (Full Disclosure: I, a non-trustee, am the Chair of the 2019 Nominating Committee.)

We get a good turnover in the trustee seats. Age-wise, we have good diversity with a range of 30 to 75, an average of about 55, and one-third of the trustees are under 40. We're making gains on gender diversity. Ethnic diversity is a harder issue to resolve.

The President is elected by and from the Board for a one-year term and functions as the Chair of the Board of Trustees. The President can serve a maximum of two one-year terms before somebody else gets to swing the gavel.

Currently, our bylaws are under review and the above may change. One likely change is to increase the number of appointed “outside” trustees so as to facilitate community outreach and involvement. The inclusion of “outsiders” has paid off well by bringing in skills the elected Trustees don’t have and providing perspectives we can’t see. Plus, they pretty rapidly become “one of us”, even if they don’t get greasy dirty in the shop or help run the railroad. It also becomes a means of increasing diversity. Outside trustees also help satisfy foundations who are reluctant to give grants to organizations that are perceived as little more than a private “club”. We’re not a club anymore.

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 Post subject: Re: self appointed board of directors
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:31 pm 
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In our case (Keokuk Union Depot, https://www.keokukuniondepot.org), we are not a museum but a city-owned facility undergoing historic restoration as a community event center. We function with two "boards." The Keokuk Union Depot Commission, appointed by the Mayor with City Council approval, oversees ongoing operations; members must be residents of the City of Keokuk. The Keokuk Union Depot Foundation is a self-appointed 501(c)(3) organization charged with raising money through fund drives and securing of grants; directors can live anywhere (our president and secretary, for example, have their main residence in Massachusetts). These two "boards" work in concert to coordinate restoration activities and have some overlapping in their makeup. We do not really have a "membership" unless you would consider the voters of Keokuk, through the City Council, the "membership" (although no municipal funds are to be used in restoring the Depot). Obviously, our tie with the City of Keokuk makes our situation different from a privately owned museum or other facility. But the idea of having one group responsible for ongoing operations and another responsible for fund-raising (as a non-profit), with some overlapping in their makeup, might be a useful structure for a private institution as well.

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 Post subject: Re: self appointed board of directors
PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:58 pm 

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rlsteam wrote:
In our case (Keokuk Union Depot, https://www.keokukuniondepot.org), we are not a museum but a city-owned facility undergoing historic restoration as a community event center. We function with two "boards." The Keokuk Union Depot Commission, appointed by the Mayor with City Council approval, oversees ongoing operations; members must be residents of the City of Keokuk. The Keokuk Union Depot Foundation is a self-appointed 501(c)(3) organization charged with raising money through fund drives and securing of grants; directors can live anywhere (our president and secretary, for example, have their main residence in Massachusetts). These two "boards" work in concert to coordinate restoration activities and have some overlapping in their makeup. We do not really have a "membership" unless you would consider the voters of Keokuk, through the City Council, the "membership" (although no municipal funds are to be used in restoring the Depot). Obviously, our tie with the City of Keokuk makes our situation different from a privately owned museum or other facility. But the idea of having one group responsible for ongoing operations and another responsible for fund-raising (as a non-profit), with some overlapping in their makeup, might be a useful structure for a private institution as well.


That's similar to our situation at OPT. The Southern Arizona Transportation Museum operates a museum at the former Southern Pacific Railroad passenger station, which is owned by the City of Tucson. However, SATM is a privately operated museum that operates at the invitation of the City, but does not receive any financial support from the City. In fact, they pay monthly rent to the City to occupy their museum building. That said, the rent is discounted since the City asked the SATM to set up a museum display at the station to begin with.

That said, the SATM has a separate Board of Directors to manage their affairs, but that Board is inferior to the Old Pueblo Trolley Board of Directors. The SATM Board nominates a candidate for the OPT Board annually. OPT is not obligated to accept SATM's nominee but generally does so as the museum (to date) has been well managed and operated. Basically, the OPT Board has oversight responsibilities for the SATM Board and does have control of the SATM purse strings, but would not be inclined to use our authority unless we were to see serious mismanagement going on.

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 Post subject: Re: self appointed board of directors
PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:50 pm 

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train guy wrote:
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More than once I've seen a rail museum BOD become comprised
of non-railroaders with a non-railroad mentality toward running
the outfit.

Is this really a bad thing? Sometimes you need people on the board who have a business approach to running a museum.

You need a mixture of both. The group I've been with for a long time became an all business type board about two years ago, and now myself and other hands-on guys are starting to see the problems. They have no idea what the necessities are to keep an operating museum operating. They don't want to spend money on track maintenance, they want to sell of all unused land which was set aside for future expansion and future parking, they don't understand the regulatory red tape that is necessary to operate trains, the list goes on. That said, the railroad guys generally don't know how to find the money.


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 Post subject: Re: self appointed board of directors
PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:05 am 
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k5ahudson wrote:
train guy wrote:
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More than once I've seen a rail museum BOD become comprised
of non-railroaders with a non-railroad mentality toward running
the outfit.

Is this really a bad thing? Sometimes you need people on the board who have a business approach to running a museum.

You need a mixture of both. The group I've been with for a long time became an all business type board about two years ago, and now myself and other hands-on guys are starting to see the problems. They have no idea what the necessities are to keep an operating museum operating. They don't want to spend money on track maintenance, they want to sell of all unused land which was set aside for future expansion and future parking, they don't understand the regulatory red tape that is necessary to operate trains, the list goes on. That said, the railroad guys generally don't know how to find the money.

Well said.

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 Post subject: Re: self appointed board of directors
PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:37 pm 

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Well, in one case I know of, the BOD ended up
appointing, hiring, and paying a person
specifically to "find the money".

The only problem was that soon after being hired,
said person was loaded down with mundane day to day
tasks previously performed by unpaid volunteers, and so
never got around to "finding the money".


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