Running a Member-Owned Private Club What Are the Challenges?

By John G. Fornaro The art of governing, or leadership, is as old as society itself. It’s the exercise of authority by an individual or group of individuals or organizations in what it does, and how and why decisions are made. Still private clubs are a quite separate segment of both the service and hospitality…

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Do Boards Make Legal Mistakes? If So, What Are They, and What Do They Do About It?

By John G. Fornaro To err is human, so how does that relate to boards of equity, non-profit, private clubs. Well, mistakes that private club boards make are often considered ‘sacred cows’…the less said about them the better. But it’s important to understand the legal implications and impact mistakes can have upon the successful operation…

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Should Your Board Meetings Be Open to Members?

By John G. Fornaro For most private clubs in this country, board meetings are closed-door affairs. The question is: Why are they closed? Should they remain closed? Are there any reasons why a club should handle board meetings any differently? For example, if board meetings are open to board members, committee chairs and senior paid…

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How Do Boards Avoid Mistakes and Find Solutions?

By John G. Fornaro Yes, to err is human, but repetitious mistakes are a plague. The failures and mistakes of non-profit boards have been well documented over the years…failure of fiduciary duties, little or no effective oversight of the club’s operation etc. But are these issues really ‘sacred cows’ because boards of directors are unwilling…

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