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Council Member Participation Rules

Letting members of the council team know upfront what is expected from them is the most important principle in putting together a successful council. We have learned over and over again from sad experience that the initial enthusiasm from individuals wanting to support a council often results in overlooking rules of participation. In the beginning, everyone is anxious and willing and it seems that there would be no need for any rules.

Unfortunately, after the initial period of excitement wears off, many members of the group will fail to provide any support for the council other than wanting to be a member. They hope that membership alone will create new business leads. Getting leads from no effort generally does not happen. When you have no rules and you have members who want to hang on and who are not willing to put in any effort to promote the group in the community, it is difficult to ask them to leave. Doing so will often create animosity and lasting bad relations.

If you let members know upfront what is expected of them, it is much easier to ask those who are not abiding by the rules to leave. We suggest at the least that you adopt these rules:

  1. For any individuals in the community who come to the council as a result of council networking or promotion, council members will refer the need for services to members of the council and will not refer services to other competing providers in the area.
  2. Members will each devote an agreed-upon number of hours every month to networking and promotional efforts and if that is not possible, the member will provide equivalent cash for this purpose to either hire a marketer or reimburse other members for their efforts.
  3. Members agree to participate in educational workshops and to share with each other the requests for assistance that come from these workshops.
  4. Members agree to use the "Checklist and Request for Assistance Form" with their own clients or customers to generate opportunities for Life Resource Planning.