Story last updated at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, November 21, 2002

Experience important
As many of you probably know, the election for the board of directors of KBBI is now under way. Ballots were mailed Nov. 14.

As a retiring member of the board, and as anyone involved with a nonprofit organization knows, a board needs dedicated folks. Beyond dedication, the ideal board member would have first-hand knowledge of the workings of the organization, stature in the community and the ability and desire to understand and oversee a large budget.

Equally important is skill in the arts of consensus building, compromise and the forging of interpersonal relationships. Further, an eye on the big picture and experience and an interest in fund raising cannot be underestimated.

This is a tall order to be sure, but hopefully the successful candidate will bring as many of these qualities as possible to a board.

This year there are four seats open for election to the KBBI board, and we have the good fortune to have seven candidates for these seats. I hope that members will weigh all the needs of a board and select the best candidates on the basis of all the issues involved to ensure that KBBI remains the vital and integral organization on which this community depends. Thanks.

Hal Smith