A committee’s primary function is to provide programs, products, and services that best meet members’ needs and are cost effective. Committees are the lifeblood of an association because they provide forums for ideas, vision for the future, and they accomplish the majority of an association’s work. Understand how to appoint the right people to serve on them.
Good committee volunteers might not beat down an association's door to serve, so leaders and staff might have to go out and identify who they are and recruit them. Most members cannot resist a personal invitation from the president or other leaders to serve on a committee. Seek members who are committed to working and sharing their energies with the association for at least one year’s time.
Committee chair and member identification is both an open and selective process. Association leadership and staff should identify members who have expertise in each committee area. A balance of experts and interested members is ideal when considering committee composition, and a strong committee chair is key to the committee’s success. Association leadership and staff should be receptive to eager and interested members and encourage them to become involved in the committee process.
Committee recommendation request page
Get Involved on NAR Committees
Getting involved at the national level is a great way to make a difference. Complete a membership profile and recommend yourself and others for NAR committees, work groups and task forces.
Types of Committees
Committees are the lifeblood of an association because they provide forums for ideas, vision for the future, and they accomplish the majority of an association’s work. Understand more about the types of committees you may encounter.