Board of Directors – COMMON QUESTIONS

The Mahube-Otwa Board has 18 members. Six members are residents of each of the agency’s jurisdiction – Becker, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Otter Tail and Wadena Counties. The terms of office are 3 years.

What do Board Members do?

The board of directors is the governing body of Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership. The board sets the overall policy and goals which are then carried out by staff.

The board meets on the last Friday of every month at the Detroit Lakes Mahube-Otwa office. Meetings usually last no longer than two hours. In addition, there are committee meetings and a few special events which board members attend.

Are Board Members paid?

Board members are volunteers and do not get a salary. However, we do pay a stipend, travel costs and reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of board duties.

Even though members do not receive a salary, there are many benefits to being on our board. Some include: It is an excellent way to help your community; You will develop or enhance your skills in budgeting, management, supervision and many other areas; You will be working with some of the most interesting people in your community.

What if I have to miss a meeting every once in a while?

Most of our board members are unable to make every meeting. They are busy, active people! However, we ask our members to attend as many meetings as possible. As part of the governing body of the agency, you are very important to us.

Are the Board meetings very formal?

Meetings are important and the board members are there to conduct business. They are also interesting and fun. The board members are professional, but, at the same time, relaxed and casual. The best way to see what we mean is to attend a board meeting yourself. You are more than welcome to come to our next meeting and observe the board in action. We would love to have you visit us.

I am very interested in what Mahube-Otwa does, but I don’t know a lot about it. Will I get any information about the agency and about being a Board Member?

Absolutely! We provide a basic orientation session for all new board members. Board training is ongoing and provided as needed and requested. We also give board members a manual with all of the important information they need to know about the agency. Finally, board members are always welcome to call or make an appointment with the Executive Director, to go over any aspect about the agency.