If you have been asked to join a Board, or you are already a Director on a Board, you have a responsibility to familiarize yourself with the bylaws. Reading through the bylaws will help you to understand the framework within which the Board will function, the parameters of the Board’s decision making powers, and the general roles and responsibilities of Board members. By familiarizing yourself with the bylaws you can decide whether you are able to contribute to the
Board and the greater organization, within the established parameters or whether you will be frustrated because you expected to have a different kind of influence than the bylaws allow. A half hour to an hour spent perusing the bylaws is a small investment in knowledge that will assist you in deciding whether to join the Board or if you are already on the Board, it will help you to function as a Board member more productively.