Handbell Musicians of America Governance
In this section, you will find information about the governance and corporate activities of AGEHR, Inc., dba Handbell Musicians of America. Open the sections below for more details on each topic.
National Board Chats
Below are links to financial reports provided by the Executive Director based on year-end financial compilations prepared by a third-party accounting firm.
The fiscal year of AGEHR, Inc. begins October 1 and concludes September 30.
Board Meeting Summaries
The National Board of Directors has two in-person meetings each year. One in October and the other in March or April. These meetings typically last 3-4 days and include reports from the Executive Director on the activities of the national staff and volunteer committees he/she oversees (referred to as the Consent Agenda), review and discussion of the financial position of the corporation, discussion of activities and concerns of Area boards, concerns and questions raised by members, and a considerable amount of time visioning about the future of the organization. It is through this visioning process that the board develops Ends Policies (goals) and Limitations (policy) for the Executive Director and, by extension, national staff.
Beginning with the Spring Meeting of 2018, the national board will provide a summary of these activities and topics of discussion. Follow the links below to review these summaries.
Policy Governance Document
Handbell Musicians of America operates under the Carver Policy Governance model of board governance. You can learn more about the basic principals of this model at this link.
Under this model, the overarching operating tool is the Policy Governance Document. This document is reviewed and updated at every in-person board meeting. It includes four sections:
- Executive Limitations: A set of policies dictating the professional behavior of the executive director.
- Governance Process Policies: This section includes job descriptions for the board, structure for board meetings, guidelines for board-appointed committees, and other policies related to the behavior of the board of directors.
- Board-Executive Director Linkage: Guidelines and policies about the relationship between the board and the executive director including accountability, monitoring, and delegation.
- Ends Polices: These are the overall goals the board has created for the organization. It is the responsibility of the executive director to develop activities, programs, and policies that will lead the organization toward achieving these goals.
The bylaws of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Inc. were most recently revised in 2020. While the organization operates under the DBA (doing business as) Handbell Musicians of America, our corporate name remains as stated in our corporate bylaws.