Tom Okarma presented at the April Forum for Business and the Arts to an audience of about fifteen at the Naperville Municipal Building. The topic was Board Development, how to be a good board member, the vetting process and retention. Tom is and has been a member of dozens of boards from large to small, corporate to nonprofit. His experience ranges from Wall Street to being past president of the People’s Resource Center. He spoke to the problems, about who is on them, what they’re doing and what they’re not doing.
“There are some things that a board must be crystal clear on,” he says. “Why do we exist? How do we serve the community? What is our strategy? How are we going to execute?”
Recommending that board members should not necessarily be family and friends, board members should be passionate about the mission.
Directors should come from diverse backgrounds and have complimentary skills and good communication and listening skills. Engaging conversation and debate is valuable. It is important to have critical thinkers and not a room of people who only agree. There is a benefit to
1 - one thing. 0 - emptiness. 8 - infinity.
The bliss and healing meditation workshop is coming up and it makes me realize I have a lot to learn. Stillness, for one. One thing that has always helped me is using the beads. I also use rosaries, but what I just learned today which is kinda sweet is that 'mala' means rose - or rosary, rose garland from above and on.
I s'pose one can find coincidences in everything - and most folks don't find math to be much fun - but when I started looking into the magic number 108 I have to admit being enlightened and amused. Words like, "108 is considered an abundant and semiperfect number. A semiperfect number is either perfect or abundant. An abundant number that is not a semiperfect number is a weird number."
The fact is there is a lot of mystery around the number 108, the abundant and semiperfect number. In Japan on New Years, the bell is chimed 108 times representing the 108 earthy temptations we must surpass to find a way to nirvana. In Hindu, the deities have 108 names. Actually, there are a few folks that document an exhaustive list of reasons 108 is an auspicious number... It's kinda interesting. Check it out!
Photos from the class (recipes at www.veggieclub.org):
Sarita's Lesson (Khitchari only):
Making handouts for the Indian folk tale that we're going to make puppets for tomorrow at WFN - Should be fun <3
It's something to believe in - and it seems to be working <3
It almost seems like when we know too much or get too much or decide 'OK - I have to get involved in politics because it's the only way to make a difference' is exactly when things fall apart. What's inspiring about this is it's simplicity.
In January, Lucinda Armas was nice enough to come out to present at our quarterly forum for business and the arts. Armas has only been at the arboretum for four years, but she represents an organization that has been around for almost a century and abides by the rules, both new and old, this nonprofit has created and is constantly evolving. Like an old Oak, one might say. Using that metaphor, one might infer there is a wisdom and steadiness, an integrity and strength that manifests itself through time. This organization, like an old Oak, has weathered storms, lived through seasons, sprouted continuous green leaves and produced acorns, seeds, for generations to come. This will to live and strive and do good is ever apparent. My question was, what can we learn from this organization that has gone from, what my kids call, 'the tree museum' to major attraction? Did they 'sell out'? Are they being responsible now that a faster, new and younger audience is loudly making it's way through the trees, candy wrappers in hand?
The answer is, we can learn a lot. They are as old school as ever - strong and steady - yet flexible and flowing, leaves dancing in the winds.