FAQ About Serving on the WWRL Board of Trustees

WHAT ARE THE BOARD POSITIONS?

Chair
Secretary
Treasurer
Community Weaver
Up to 8 At-Large Board Members

WHICH POSITIONS ARE ESSENTIAL TO FILL?

Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer are Officer positions that legally must be filled to maintain our non-profit organization.

WHO CAN SERVE?

Lodge Circle members (become a member here) are eligible to serve on the Board. Leadership experience in Woman’s Way Red Lodge, Woman’s Way Long Dance or other groups that value women’s intuitive process and consensus decision-making is appreciated.

IN WHAT SPIRIT DOES THIS BOARD MEET?

The Red Lodge Board invokes a healthy blend of sacred feminine and masculine energy. Dream-sharing, song, visioning, and intuitive sensing as well as strategic planning, program development, and fiscal guidance are valued Board activities that guide the growth of our organization.

We seek to move in the direction of our Vision, Mission, Purpose, and 15 Principles We Share as we listen to the pulse of member’s evolving interests. Our actions are grounded through clear intention setting, budgeting, timelines, outreach and careful stewardship of shared resources.

Spirited side-bys, Board members commit to show up and lead out with their individual gifts and talents and work collaboratively to serve the whole.

Advocacy, networking and outreach are also part of each Lodgekeeper’s role, as we share about Red Lodge with our families, friends, colleagues, and communities.

WHAT TIME COMMITMENTS DO BOARD MEMBERS MAKE?

In addition to scheduled Board meetings, time and energy commitments during the year vary depending on what position is held and what projects each Trustee chooses to initiate and/or collaborate on during the year. Generally, a board member can be prepared to spend ten to fifteen hours a month on WWRL related business and meetings.

WHEN AND WHERE DOES THE BOARD MEET?

  • January Working Retreat – generally held for four days over the weekend that includes the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • July Working Retreat – generally held for four days over a weekend in the first few weeks of July.
  • Monthly meetings via teleconference alternate between Official Board Meetings and Working Meetings

The bi-annual working retreats are generally held in the Pacific NW or Arizona, however, the Board may choose to meet in other locations, especially where members of WWRL gather.

As part of our leadership outreach and desire for inclusion, our goal every year during the fall member/fund drive is to raise funds to cover transportation costs for all Lodgekeepers to attend regardless of where they live.

WHAT IS THE TERM AND WHEN DOES IT START?

When a new member comes onto the board she declares her commitment for up to 4 years (We recommend a commitment of at least two years). After 4 years, her term may be renewed by agreement of the Board. A balance of continuity and opening up to new energy and participation are important factors to consider when renewing a four-year term. Those serving as Officers are encouraged to make a commitment that flows with staggered Officer terms.

The WWRL 2017 Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, December 3, 2017 and will be held by open conference call this year. New and old Lodgekeepers should plan to participate. New lodgekeeper terms begin after that meeting.

WHAT DOES THE REVIEW PROCESS FOR BOARD MEMBERS LOOK LIKE?

Twice a year, in March and September, the chair will call for personal evaluations. This may take the form of a questionnaire, goal setting, and/or personal conversation with the Chair and/or the Board as a whole. The purpose of these reviews is to allow space for growth, communication, and reflection. As a member of the Woman’s Way Red Lodge Board of Trustees we are accountable to our members, each other, and ourselves and we honor this responsibility.

ANYTHING ELSE TO THINK ABOUT IF I WANT TO SERVE?

Having a computer and reliable weekly internet connection is important, and continuing Board members are glad to mentor new Board members in the techno-savvy aspects of serving: communicating conscientiously via email, sharing information by uploading and downloading files, and who knows what we’ll all be learning next! Also, having a smartphone makes regular communication easier and more fun!

Lodgekeepers are given a Board Packet to help with getting oriented.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Thank you for your interest! Applications for a term that begins in 2019 will be available Fall 2018. Contact us at info@wwrl.org with any questions or board@wwrl.org if you’re interested in serving and leading in other ways now!

HOW WILL SERVING ON THE WWRL BOARD IMPACT MY LIFE? 

“The four years I was on the board provided me some of the most paramount opportunities to develop as a leader during my lifetime. I could not have imagined a better place to practice leaning in and stepping up to service in such mind-expanding ways and with such gifted leaders… I think we can all relate to times when words can’t capture what we have experienced and this for me is one of those times… WWRL Lodgekeeper work pushed me, challenged my grounding, and strengthened my resolve that there are better ways to organize in the world and WWRL offers one of these models. Walking the 15 principles in Woman’s Way has changed my life and I will continue to work with her in new capacities during this most important historical moment as we participate in co-creating a new paradigm for change in our communities.  I have so much gratitude for the beautiful ways that my fellow leaders in WWRL supported me and loved me as I spread my leadership wings during my time on the board. Thank you, thank you, thank you.” ~Madrone (served 2012 – 2016)

“The beauty of Womyn leadership is burning, swirling and alive in the Lodgekeeper Circle. It may sound cliche, but the truth is that being a Lodgekeeper changed my life. As a Lodgekeeper, I learned about the dreaming, the energy and the action it takes to keep the Hearth of an organization alive, and I use those skills everyday in my job and with my family. I learned to speak my mind even when my voice shook, I tested my limits in a safe and open space, and grew exponentially as a leader. Being a part of the “working” board allows one to have direct creative input into the Organization that Red Lodge becomes. You are an active part of weaving the inner web. It means taking the wheel and helping steer where the organization goes and then being on the ground to see those changes in real time. It is powerful, intense work – and it is life changing. I know I am the Womyn leader I am today because I stretched and challenged myself as a Lodgekeeper. If you are considering taking the leap and you feel a calling – take a deep breath, lean in, and listen to your heart song.” ~Shimmer Lee (served 2013-2016)