The 3 Core Board Member Duties

We had our annual Board of Directors onboarding meeting this past month where we welcomed multiple new directors that bring new energy to the group. Among the new additions were Patty Rioux as the new Development Director, Alex Argianas as Treasurer, Dave Horvath as Governance Director, Bill Angsten as Education Director, Dave Westerman as Forum Director and then the rest of the group carrying over from held positions. We have an extremely strong group of knowledgeable individuals that have volunteered their time and minds to the EFBC. I have had an incredible experience on the board to date and I know that this new blood will be of great benefit to the council. Thank you.

We discussed how to increase member value through bolstering program quality, keeping Forums healthy and listening to feedback from post-event surveys – Please fill these out as it’s very helpful to implement and improve our current process. The Board agreed to adhere to and uphold the 3 Core Board Member Duties:

Duty of Care – that we should proactively participate and communicate

Duty of Loyalty – that we should act in the best interest of the organization

Duty of Obedience – that we follow organizational rules

The onboarding meeting was run much like a Forum meeting, where confidentiality was reaffirmed, to allow for openness when speaking and to have a similar setting and structure to Forum.

The Forum structure and assurance of maintaining protocol is as important to the onboarding meetings as it is in each monthly meeting we have with our peers. We were able to be open and inquisitive, listen to each other, provide open and honest feedback, and ask clarifying questions when needed. It’s important that we are reminded of the necessity of Forum protocol and how it is really the lifeblood of our organization.

I encourage all of the Forums to revisit this from time to time. Talk about what is going well and what might need to change. Communicate with your peers openly - We should all be comfortable keeping the people next to us on task and ensure that we’re getting the most out of our participation. Forum is the single most impactful benefit that I have received from the EFBC. We need to work hard to maintain the structures that have governed our Forum experiences to date.

Please consider attending a Community in Forum or Moderator Training Session to make sure that we are all using the best EFBC practices that have made our organization stand out from the rest.


Neil O'Donnell
VP of Business Development, Progressive Industries
EFBC President 2021-2022



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