County has several board openings
Got an interest in serving?
No, not at a local eatery, though given the ‘help wanted’ signs many have on display you might be welcomed with open arms.
We mean serve on a public board. A way of getting to know how such entities operate while representing your community.
Our county currently has board vacancies for citizens interested in helping to make a difference in the Newaygo County community.
Like perhaps the Commission on Aging Advisory Board. The COA mission statement reads: “Newaygo County Commission on Aging exists to make available caring services that enhance the quality of life and support the independence of adults who are 60 and over.”
The meetings are every other month,you get to learn about the wide range of services the COA provides and even meet the folks who provide the services
How can you not want to be part of that?
Then there is the District 5 Extension Council.
MSUEx describes their organization’s efforts as:
“equipping Michigan residents with the information that they need to do their jobs better, raise healthy and safe families, build their communities and empower our children to dream of a successful future.”
See what I mean?
MSUX strives to make a difference in the lives of many and serving on their board allows you to be a part of their evolving vision.
The County Library Board has three openings. Is there really anyone who can discount the important services libraries bring to our communities these days?
And it doesn’t stop there.
Here are the other vacancies looking for folks from the citizenry to get involved:
Area Agency on Aging- One (1) partial term expiring 1/1/2023
Brownfield Authority Board- One (1) partial term expiring 12/31/2023
Pere Marquette & White River Zoning Boards (alternate positions) Two (2) partial terms expiring 12/31/2024
There is also a seat on the Department of Human Services Board expiring at year’s end.
Think about it. Talk to friends who have served on boards.
And if you have questions about the process of applying you can contact the County Clerk, Jason VanderStelt and/or one of his capable staff by calling 231.689.7235.You can also email them via https://www.newaygocountymi.gov/departments/county-clerk/home/
and applications are available at the Office of the Newaygo County Clerk, 1087 E. Newell Street, White Cloud, Michigan.
But if you are truly intrigued, contact the organization.
Check out what they do, where they do it, and more importantly why they do it. Then ask to speak to someone about being on the board. Find out what role the board plays, how often do they meet, what are the expectations, etc.
That should give you an idea of whether you want to be part of it.
So here’s your chance to serve your community and maybe feel good about being part of a group of folks trying to do positive things.
“You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.”- Carl Jung
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