Those who attend the Kentucky WMU Annual Meeting often comment on how inspirational the meeting is and that they like the fact that “business” is kept to a minimum. There is a reason for this and we say thank you to the 30 members of the Kentucky WMU Executive Board who attend to details behind the scenes.
The Executive Board has just concluded what we call October Board Meeting. It is a three day marathon of meetings. In our opening session, we hear reports from the KBC Executive Director, Development Specialist, Baptist Nursing Fellowship President, and Kentucky WMU President. Our staff makes reports about their work and events of the past year.
You may have heard that we had a pajama party this year. One of our staff reports tried to make folks to believe that we work the staff so hard they have to sleep at the office! It was all in good fun and we had a lot of laughs from their report, yet learned a lot about what they do.
The Executive Board includes promotional committees which give guidance and feedback on our work with age-levels. We have a Preschool/Children Committee, a Youth/College Committee, and an Adult/Churchwide Committee. Staff members share more detailed reports of their work and events with these committees. Committee members not only give feedback and suggestions, but during the year they also come and help.
The Board also has five standing committees: Partnerships & Ministries to Missionaries; Scholarship; Finance; Personnel/Administrative; and Bylaws and Policy. Each of these committees meets to review our work and approve recommendations. Their work each October and at other times during the year provides accountability and allows us to have an annual meeting that is focused on missions. In addition, there is a State Missions Committee and a Nominating Committee.
The Kentucky WMU Executive Board is elected each year at the annual meeting. It includes three officers (president, vice president, recording secretary), 24 regional representatives (three from each of the eight regions of the KBC), and three ex officio members (Development Specialist, BNF President, and RA Representative).
Because we employ a rotation system for the Board, a portion of our members rotate off each year and new people are elected to serve. Invariably, as their term ends, Board members comment on how much they have learned about the work of Kentucky WMU and how they will miss serving. Each one brings unique skills and perspective. We are grateful for the grassroots representation they provide to help our staff plan for WMU work across our state.
Thank you, Kentucky WMU Executive Board!