A good orientation informs board members about the League, acquaints them with one another, and builds a sense of total board responsibility. New board members gain confidence in carrying out their responsibilities and learn policies and procedures expected of board members. It is a time for the board to begin to build their team as they get to know each other better. Local League boards may conduct their own orientation sessions, call on seasoned local League leaders to facilitate, request state League assistance, or in some states, participate in sessions planned on a regular schedule. Similarly, a state board can ask the national board for facilitator assistance. Alternatively, some Leagues hire consultants to present leadership development sessions or to facilitate discussions to restructure their boards or set priorities during board training or retreats.
Whatever the design, the board's basic orientation session should be scheduled as soon as possible after the new board is elected.