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COMMITMENT OF A WRA BOARD MEMBER

MISSION AND LEADERSHIP 

  • A commitment to advocate for and represent the entire foodservice industry in Wisconsin. 
  • A commitment to be fully informed and support WRA programs and activities for the betterment of the industry. 
  • A commitment to lead with integrity, avoid conflicts of interest and put the good of the industry before my own in matters of WRA policy and governance.

Board Meetings

PARTICIPATION / CONTRIBUTION

  • Directors are required to attend all board meetings. Three consecutive unexcused absences is cause for removal without notice or hearing 
  • Attendance and participation records are periodically reviewed by the Nominating and Bylaws Committee, who may contact directors regarding lack of expected participation 
  • Directors may be removed for lack of expected participation by the Board of Directors at the recommendation of the Nominating and Bylaws Committee

Events / activities in which participation is expected

  • Membership recruitment – restaurants and suppliers
  • Midwest Foodservice Expo – attend and volunteer 
  • WRA Awards Dinner (in conjunction with Midwest Foodservice Expo in Milwaukee)
  • Restaurant Advocacy Day 
  • WRA PAC/Restaurant PAC (NRA) 100 Percent Club (including the Restaurant Caucus Dinner, PAC/Conduit donations and special events)
  • Special events and programs in your area, including local chapter events

Excused absence policy

  • Occasionally, a director may miss a board meeting or other event where attendance is expected. Directors will inform executive staff or the Chair of the Board when they are not able to attend a meeting or event and explain why. Generally, if the director is ill/injured or a close family member is ill/injured, the absence will be considered excused. In addition, family celebrations (e.g. weddings and graduations) can also be considered as excused absences. 
  • Business emergencies or other last minute business situations may also be considered excused. Directors are expected to attend all board meetings and not to use business situations as an “easy excuse” to miss a meeting.
  • The nominating and bylaw committee is informed when a director misses two meetings in any 12 month period and will consider excusing those absences on a case by case basis

Events/activities in which participation strongly encouraged
If a director is unable to attend an event, directors may also sponsor or send individuals/teams as their representatives 

  • WRA state outings
    • WRA PAC Presidents Bowl (February)
    • RAF Southern Shoot (May)
    • WRA Golf Outing (August)
    • RAF Northern Shoot (October)
  • NRA Public Affairs Conference
  • Education Foundation educational programs
    • ServSafe® Certified Food Protection Manager and Food Handler training and certification 
    • ServSafe® Alcohol
  • Education Foundation fundraisers
    • Golf Classic (June)
    • Other ProStart fundraisers 
  • Celebration of Excellence – Education Foundation awards/scholarship event 
    (in conjunction w/ WRA October Board meeting)
  • Legislative receptions and public hearings, as requested
  • Contacting public policy decision makers on key issues
  • Encouraging other restaurateurs to get involved in the political process 

Chapter participation (support of WRA activity in your area if no chapter)

  • Commitment to attend majority of chapter meetings
  • Act as WRA Board liaison with your chapter
  • Represent your chapter’s views to the WRA Board
  • Encourage your chapter to strongly support WRA activities
  • Make sure your chapter follows WRA bylaws and state board polices governing chapters

FINANCIAL COMMITTMENT

Travel & meetings
Travel expenses, board dinners, hotels, spouse lunches and social programs, chapter meetings and events registration/tickets, etc. are paid by directors.

Contributions / pledges
WRA directors are expected to be leaders in supporting WRA, the WRA Education Foundation and the National Restaurant Association (NRA) in advocacy and educational fundraising.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Miscellaneous Board Meeting Info
Board meetings are usually held in late January, June, and October. Meetings are held at various locations around the state, as determined by the Chair of the Board. 

The typical board meeting schedule is a two day event. The meeting usually begins mid-morning on Monday and concludes by noon on Tuesday. There is a board dinner on Monday evening. 

Dress at board meetings is usually business casual, unless activities in conjunction with the meeting dictate otherwise.

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