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Before You Say Yes ... A Guide to the Pleasures and Pitfalls of Volunteer Boards Paperback – Mar 15 2010


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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press (March 15 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554887038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554887033
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 12.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #298,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Helen Hook on March 24 2014
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Here's a small book that's easy to purchase and hand out to new or potential board members of your organization. It covers the basics including the emotional stuff about why people become board members, as well as board structure and meeting protocol. Worth the investment to buy one for everybody.
Helen
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For anyone who is currently on a board, thinking about joining a board, or just curious about people who do say "yes," this book is incredibly useful. It's written by someone who's actually been there, and done it many, many times. It's not some theoretical analysis, but is based on real-world questions.
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Volunteering seems a pastime of many, whether committed to a particular cause or perhaps as seniors wanting to donate time to favourite organizations. In her very readable and well organized book, Doreen Pendgracs walks readers through the pleasures of volunteer boards as well as some of the pitfalls of serving on them Her book covers matters that might occur on small boards or larger ones and includes information on matters like fiscal responsibility and how to deal with sensitive issues that could arise/ Pendgracs has thoroughly researched the topic and offers advice to potential board members in a very objective fashion. This book is a must read for people who are currently volunteering or are considering doing so in the future
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Before You Say Yes...A Guide to the Pleasures and Pitfalls of Volunteer Boards
This book is a quick read and must read for anyone considering joining a volunteer board or having to deal with a board of directors responsible for decision making in the non-profit sector. Doreen's vast knowledge is well illustrated in this book, as she shares a lifetime of experience as a volunteer board member and valued contributor to several non-profit associations. The book clearly identifies challenges faced by individual board volunteers, executive members and working staff within a given organization. The reader is able to evaluate how they might best contribute as a volunteer and learns how they might function as part of a team, comparing challenges faced by many organizations. The information helps the reader to understand board structure while providing useful guidelines that will help individuals and board members function to the best of their ability for the benefit of the organization.
Dawn Boshcoff, VP Marketing
Past President, PWAC Toronto Chapter
Professional Writers Association of Canada
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An easy read and very helpful for anyone asked to join a volunteer Board or a good review for anyone presently sitting on one.
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Doreen's book offers a comprehensive look at what it means to join and serve on a board - including finding a board that's right for you, board etiquette, and preparing for difficult situations. Having read "Before You Say Yes," I feel better prepared for my role as a director for the Toronto chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada. Doreen's succinct and well-written book is a reference that I will likely refer to again and again.
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This book is invaluable for anyone sitting on a Board or considering the opportunity. It is well written with a friendly and conversational voice that makes it a pleasure to read.

Using insight from past and present members of boards - who share their ideas, challenges and tips - helps the reader understand the complexities involved in sitting on any Board. Topics like dealing with diverse personalities, Board etiquette, using technology for Board work and succession planning are just a few of the numerous and valuable components discussed in this book.

Any organization with a Board of Directors should ensure that their incoming Board members be given a copy of this book as an orientation and reference tool.
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