BOARD OF DIRECTORS PURPOSE:
The purpose of the Board of Directors of Infant Massage USA® is to guide the organization in the pursuit of its mission. To achieve this goal, the Board of Directors seeks to:
- To support the MISSION STATEMENT:
The purpose of the International Association and Infant Massage USA® is to promote nurturing touch and communication through training, education and research so that parents, caregivers and children are loved, valued and respected throughout the world community.
- To support the DECLARATION OF OBJECTIVES:
The primary objectives are:
- To provide support for the work of the Members of Infant Massage USA® , its board and committees, International Trainers and the International Association.
- To provide a framework for unity for the infant massage educators and International Trainers as they teach, practice and encourage infant massage around the nation.
- To recruit International Trainers to train infant massage educators.
- To recruit and train infant massage educators to teach prospective parents, parents and caregivers the philosophy, skills and techniques of parent-infant communication utilizing the process of infant massage, as developed by Vimala McClure.
- To sponsor special events such as conferences and workshops to promote, enhance and support the practice of infant massage.
- To make available to the members scientific research concerning infant massage and to publish information about infant massage.
- Ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization,
- Participate in regular strategic planning sessions to guide organizational direction,
- Approve and monitor programming,
- Provide fiduciary oversight,
- Support fundraising and resource development, and
- Assess performance in achieving key objectives.
- The Infant Massage USA® Board members will report their activities to the members twice a year.
- The Board members will report about the Board activities in the National and International Newsletters (published twice a year).
- The Board Members will report financial activities once a year.
- The Board Members will do a verbal report of activities every two years at the General Assembly.
- The Board Members may be required to travel domestically to one in-person meeting a year.
- The Board Members must be a member of IMUSA at any level and be a US citizen or Legal Permanent Resident.
Individual Board Member Expectations:
Individual members contribute to the above activities using their skills, network, and resources. To ensure a healthy and effective work team, Directors are expected to:
- Understand and be able to articulate the organization’s mission, purpose, and values,
- Participate meaningfully in board meetings, seeking to attend a minimum of 75% of meetings each year,
- Offer field expertise relevant to the organization’s success,
- Oversee the organization’s activities and ensure that the activities support the organization's mission
- Support the organization through a personal financial gift annually,
- Serve as an ambassador for the organization in the community,
- Annually sign the organization’s conflict-of-interest disclosure,
- Use one’s circle of influence to help the organization achieve its mission.
- Exercise a duty of care to the organization as a whole including, but not limited to oversight of the organization's assets including financial, volunteer and good will. ensuring prudent use of all assets, including facility, people, and good will;
- Exercise a duty of loyalty to the organization as a whole including, but not limited to not allowing one’s self interest to be placed ahead of the organization.
- Exercise a duty of obedience to the organization as a whole including, but not limited to ensuring that the organization follows applicable laws and acts ethically.
Positions to be filled on the board once members have been elected:
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