Citizens For A Better Norwood

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Opportunity to serve on Norwood Service League board

Lupe Gonzales Hoyt, Executive Director of Norwood Service League, sent us the following guest blog to let our readers know the organization is seeking a new board member. Please contact her if you’re interested and meet the qualifications, or email this blog to anyone you think might be a good candidate.

Board members are very important to any organization, especially non-profits (NOP's) such as Norwood Service League. Board members provide governance, accountability, and support to the executive director and staff. We have a need for a board member with a social work degree and experience to replace a current member who is shifting her place on our board for greater professional job reasons. We would also welcome a corporate business person to apply for our board membership. We wish to have applicants who live in Norwood, work in Norwood or have a relational connection to Norwood and its people.

Norwood Service League has a Board of Governors, and from that body an Executive Board which supervises the executive director and provides helps, advice and guidance. The Executive Board meets monthly, while the Board of Governors meet twice a year as a board and serve on board committees which meet either monthly or as needed to work on specific topics. According to Board Policy the number of people serving is between 15-21 people. We are currently at 18 people. These are three-year terms, with conditions for ending terms sooner when needed by the individual or agency.

Norwood Service League has undergone many changes since its inception in 1917. The field of social work and social services change frequently due to various internal and external reasons, as well as grantor trends. We wish to have board members that put the best interest of the agency ahead of any personal agenda, or thought of position of authority, or the interest of other agencies to the detriment of NSL. Our main interest is in building our capacity to serve the thousands of individuals with food, adult education, job training, emergency dollars (when available with qualifications), clothing, and transportation. We have many areas of poverty to address, and it takes professionally trained staff to deal with the pain and suffering that come with poverty.

I have personally served on five boards of nonprofit agencies in the last six years, many simultaneously or short term steering committees. To anyone interested in serving on our board or any other board, I recommend The Health Foundation/InterAct for Change website: and United Way website and board training at

People may contact me at for a Board Application which can be completed and emailed back. Our Board screening process takes up to three weeks. Anyone going on the ballot will be notified of the Annual Board of Governors Dinner Meeting to be held in late June.

Lupe A. González Hoyt

Executive Director
Norwood Service League
2071 Lawrence Avenue