The Board of Directors of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Pride, Inc. (GFLP) is both proud and honored to be able to direct the growth of this outstanding organization. Each of the non-compensated board members volunteers countless hours to help ensure a successful and enjoyable Pride Celebration for all.
Definitions & Requirements
Attendance: All members of the board (Associate – Executive) are subjected to an extensive attendance policy. Exceptions in extreme circumstances due to work/personal situations may be made.
Workshops: Non-Public meetings of the board which are called by the President as need dictates based upon GFLP’s involvement with the Fort Lauderdale community.
Board Meetings: Public Board Meetings are held monthly and occur on regularly scheduled dates.
First Tier – 3 Month Induction
This entry-level classification is applied to persons wishing to join the Board of Directors who have not previously served on a non-profit board. Those interested in joining the Greater Fort Lauderdale Pride, Inc. Board of Directors in this classification must attend all board meetings and all GFLP events for three consecutive months. Participation will be noted during this time and a review will occur following the successful completion of this requirement. Following approval of the board, associate members progress to the “Extended Member” classification. Associate members do not have name tags nor are they permitted to wear official board shirts. They do not sit on the lead table with board members but sit as a member of the audience. Each associate member will be assigned a board member mentor during their three month probationary period.
Second Tier – 6 Month Induction
This second-level classification is applied to persons wishing to join the Board of Directors who have successfully completed a three-month probationary period as an associate member or have been sponsored as a potential board member by a current member of the board. Those interested in joining the Greater Fort Lauderdale Pride, Inc. Board of Directors in this classification must attend all board meetings and all GFLP events for six consecutive months. Participation will be noted during this time and a review will occur following the successful completion of this requirement. An interview process with the body of the board occurs at the beginning of this period and is followed by an appointment vote. Extended members are not permitted to wear official board member shirts nor are they able to vote, however, they are issued a temporary name tag and will be permitted to sit at the lead table. Associate members who have progressed to the “Extended Member” classification will keep their mentor during this second tier of the probationary period. Following the successful completion of their six month probationary period, and after receiving the approval of the board, extended members may progress to the “Board Member” classification.
Third Tier – 3-year Minimum Term
Individuals who have met the required conditions of the first and second tier probationary periods, and have received a favorable vote of the current board of directors may become full-standing members of the board. Those wishing to serve on the board of directors who have previously held positions on other non-profit boards or have successfully completed their term as a member of the GFLP Board may present themselves for an interview with the board and may be permitted to forego any probationary requirements with board approval. For all prospective board members it is imperative that there be an understanding of the serious time commitment required of all board members. It is expected that, for example, that all board members commit a minimum of 40 volunteer hours during each Pride Celebration. Board members are given two official board member shirts and a name tag. All members of the board are required to sit on a minimum of at least one standing committee. They are also required to attend all GFLP functions, events, workshops, and board meetings. At each of these gatherings, board member attendance is taken. *NOTE: ALL Members of the Board are REQUIRED to attend the Pride Festival, Parade, and ALL major Pride Celebration events.
Executive Board Members
There are five executive titles: President (2-year term), Vice President (1-year term), Treasurer (1-year term), Secretary (1-year term) and Parliamentarian (1-year term). In order to be elected to the Executive Board, board members must have served for at least 1 year as a member of the GFLP Board. They must be in good standing and clearly understand the requirements of the position/title they apply for. Executive Board Members must also meet all requirements of the third tier.