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. Getting to know how such entities operate while representing your community.
Our county currently has vacancies for citizens interested in helping to make a difference in our county.
The staff of N3 World Headquarters & Monarch Ministry (currently dormant) has heard of a few of these openings.
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.”
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?
These places strive to make a difference and serving on their board allows you to be a part of their vision.
The County Library Board recently filled one vacancy and has one more open seat. Is there really anyone who can discount the important services libraries bring to our communities?
Well, ok, there are some, but few who actually visit them on occasion would dismiss the necessity of our libraries today.
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 www.countyofnewaygo.com/Clerk 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 and where 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.
There are positions on other boards with expiring terms as well. These can be found along with the above vacancies in the public notices of the Times Indicator.
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.
We just kind of think being involved means more than sharing your favorite political memes on social media.
Are we right?
“There is no greater challenge and no greater honor than to be public service”- Condoleezza Rice
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