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Friends of Kern, Inc. was established as a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to maintaining contact with friends and alumni of YMCA Camp Kern, preserving Camp Ozone & Camp Kern's history, and perpetuating the camp experience and life's work of former Boys' Secretary Carl B. Kern.
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February 16, 2007

Call for Nominations for Member of FOK Board of Directors:

Friends of Kern, Inc. is currently seeking nominations for openings on the Board of Directors to be filled at the next FOK Annual Meeting in March, 2007. We are looking for individuals with a passion and commitment to the goals of our organization, which include building and maintaining our network of friends and alumni, preserving and presenting Kern historical materials, and developing resources to support and perpetuate the camp experience and the work of Carl B. Kern. Incoming Board Members will serve a term of three years.

Functions and Responsibilities of the FOK Board of Directors:

Members of the FOK Board of Directors are responsible for determining the organization's mission and purpose; selecting and hiring the Executive Director; supporting the Executive Director and assessing his/her performance; ensuring organizational planning; ensuring adequate resources; managing resources effectively; determining, monitoring and strengthening the organization's programs and services; enhancing the organization's public standing; ensuring legal and ethical integrity and maintaining accountability, and recruiting and orienting new board members and assessing board performance.*

Legal Responsibilities of a Member of the FOK Board of Directors

As a member of a Board of Directors there are three legal standards to which all board members in for-profit and not-for-profit boards are held: Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty and Duty of Obedience. Essentially, he/she must care for the rights and needs of members and ensure that the mission of the organization is followed, as well as to exercise fiduciary responsibility. He/she is responsible for managing any conflicts of interests within the organization and public policy within the forums of the board and committee meetings. Once a vote is taken, he/she must support the decision of the board, as if he/she made it, whether he/she agrees with it or not. It is critical that the board speaks with one voice. He/she must maintain confidentiality of the organization's decision making activities when they are not a matter of public record. He/she is required to follow the organization's bylaws and code of ethics, as well as laws.

Qualifications of Nominee and Nominating Individual

Both the nominee and the individual making the nomination need to come from the voting membership. However, an individual who is interested in making a nomination and/or serving as a member of the Board of Directors can become an FOK voting member to be qualified. (The individual voting membership contribution is a minimum of US $10.) The nominee must agree to the nomination before his/her name is submitted. A current list of the FOK membership is available online.


Any voting member of Friends of Kern, Inc. in good standing may nominate himself/herself or another voting member of Friends of Kern, Inc. The following information is required about each nominee:
  • Name of Nominee
  • Name of Nominating Individual (if different from nominee)
  • Statement from Nominee, including Brief Bio and Vision for FOK
Completed nominations must reach the Friends of Kern office via regular mail, fax, or email by March 1st, 2007. At that time the complete list of nominees will be forwarded to the current FOK Board which will select a slate of candidates for election.

* Adapted from the Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards by Richard T. Ingram, published by the National Center for Nonprofit Boards.