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      Leagues Alive 2019: EFCL's Annual Board Conference in Edmonton

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      October 26, 2019

      Saturday   8:00 AM

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      Leagues Alive 2019: EFCL's Annual Board Conference

      This full-day session will provide Community League board members with an opportunity to build their skills and improve their processes to ensure they can operate as a highly effective team. The day will have a total of 3 training sessions, a networking session, and lunch. Bring your whole board to develop the skills and common language highly successful boards need. The outlines for the learning sessions are below, you will select your sessions during the checkout process. Session 1 Selections This Place Matters - Heritage Preservation in Edmonton: David Johnston, RPP, MCIP, Principal Heritage Planner with the City of Edmonton, will provide a backgrounder on Edmonton's historic resource management program. Topics will include the legislative framework for heritage in Alberta, a backgrounder on Edmonton's program, approaches that are taken to help owners make the decision to preserve places that matter, as well as the challenges faced by preservation advocates with land use planning initiatives in a growing metropolitan area. Building the Board You’re Ready for: How do we get more diversity on our board? How do we get more skilled people on the board? One part of the answer is finding the people, but the bigger part of the answer is making sure your board’s culture, values and working style match what the candidates are looking for.  Join David Feldman from the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations to discuss how boards recruit the members that they’re ready for and learn how to make your board ready to recruit the members you are seeking. Project Management for Renewables Projects: This talk will focus on the steps to take when managing a renewables project for your Community League hall. Leagues have expressed interest in becoming more energy efficient and generating their own electricity via solar PV systems, but many do not know where to begin, or see the process as too daunting and time consuming to take on. This presentation is intended to explain the process in a simple step-by-step format and to provide resources to assist those who are interested in undertaking renewables projects. After the presentation, the audience will know how to begin a project and where to find assistance with project management and grant writing. League Programs- Relevant, active and fun! Have you sat with your Community League board and wondered the best way to offer programming to your League residents that goes beyond Soccer and yoga?  While these offerings are important to many Leagues, let's explore together how you can determine what would interest all the residents of your neighbourhood, bring energy to your facility or land, and build connection and relationships between neighbours who become League members. Using data, understanding your Leagues budgets and priorities and finally exploring opportunities- together you will come away with new ideas and enthusiasm for all that your League can offer. Membership Mechanics: Whether you are new to this role,  or in need of some fresh ideas,  this workshop focuses on the importance of the role of the Membership Director to a community league.  The successful membership director connects with everyone in the community; new members, existing members and board members.  They are often the first point of contact with a community league, they know what events and programs may be of interest to new members,  are able to explain league priorities, and flag potential new volunteers.   And they hear first-hand what community league members find important.   Learn how to use and manage your membership information, how to run a membership sales drive, the variety of supplies available to help your league with sales,  and most importantly,  how to have fun being your league’s membership director.  Fundraising Essentials: Is fundraising an essential part of your revenue? Are you confident that your fundraising practices and policies are setting you up for success? This workshop will help you build strong, stable, and practical fundraising practices, covering topics such as: Accepting gifts and donations, Stewarding donors, Appropriate use of funds, Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) compliance, and Provincial and CRA fundraising requirements.  Session 2 Selections The Tripartite Agreement: Join the City of Edmonton and the EFCL for a conversation around the current Tripartite Agreement. The main themes covered will be: The History of the Tripartite The Current Agreement Acceptable Uses of Tripartite Land Construction on Tripartite Land Default & Termination of the Agreement Effective Meeting Leadership: Are Robert’s Rules getting you down? Does your current board president know how to run an effective meeting? Are you pulling out your hair because your Community League Board Meetings are driving you crazy and you don’t know where to turn? Then you and your team are going to love the Community League Boards Effective Meeting Leadership Workshop! This session is based on the proven 10-step system in Gordon Sheppard’s book called the 'Meeting Leadership Solution' and during this session, you’ll get the practical tips and inspiration you need to make your non-profit board meetings highly productive. Learner outcomes include: Find out why great meetings start with you and how you can be accountable Learn how to communicate at a higher level with your team Figure out how to calculate the actual cost of a meeting so that you don’t waste a single second Learn how to connect each meeting directly to your organization strategy so you can serve your clients at a higher level Learn how to get inspired and take action! Supporting Community League Bookkeeping: Learn some tips from our EFCL Finance Officer, Jennifer Allen. She has worked with over 40 companies over the past 14 years as a bookkeeper supporting small to medium sized businesses and currently advises Community Leagues on bookkeeping questions.  Join us to discuss knowing if you have a good bookkeeper, the importance of accounting controls, and recommendations on inexpensive bookkeeping software. Screening Volunteers In. Not Out: Let’s face it – effective volunteer screening practices are potentially the most important aspect of your work. It is vital to the success of your organization to find the best person for each of your volunteer roles. Implementing effective screening and engagement practices in your nonprofit can be a daunting task. In this presentation, you will learn about the screening process and gain a better understanding of it from a variety of perspectives – including those of volunteers, volunteer managers, and clients. At the end of this session, you will: Develop a deeper understanding of the volunteer screening process and its players Learn about the important steps in the screening process Begin to identify ways to enhance screening practices and policies within your organization Techniques for Engagement: Public participation is based on the belief that those who are affected by a decision have a right to be involved in the decision-making process. In this rapid-fire session, join us to learn some methods for public participation and engagement that can be utilized in decision-making processes with your Community League’s membership or scaled down for the Board of Directors. HR Basics: Do you have questions about current employment standards in Alberta? Are your current policies and procedures compliant? Join us as we do an overview of HR basics in the following areas: Hiring & Termination Practices, Occupational Health and Safety, Handling payroll deductions and employment benefits Session 3 Selections Creating a Sense of Ownership in Your Community: The way we use our community spaces, and what we build in the community is an amazing way to create a sense of community. Join us for a small panel discussion on the impact that building infrastructure has on building community in your League. Introduction to Social Innovation - Where are you on the Continuum: 21st-century challenges demand 21st-century solutions! To address complex challenges, organizations must be innovative in their approach. Collaborative problem-solving and co-designed solutions will build a culture of successful innovation and lay the groundwork for new possibilities. In this introductory webinar, join Volunteer Alberta on a social innovation journey. This presentation will provide a high-level overview of social innovation and share key points to support your organization in approaching challenges from an innovative mindset. At the end of this session, you will: Learn about the key elements of social innovation Learn how to nurture a social innovation mindset Understand where you are in the continuum and ways to foster a social innovation mindset. Understanding Financial Statements for Non-Profits: Lack of financial background along with tight budgets and limited personnel present unique financial literacy challenges for not-for-profit board members, directors and staff. Limited budgets and staff resources mean not-for-profit board and committee members with non-financial backgrounds will often have to take on financial responsibilities for their organizations. In order to have the largest impact serving the community, it is necessary that the finances of not-for-profit organizations are managed as diligently as possible. Not-for-profits allow those with common goals to gather in one place to create positive change. Working Collectively... Valuing the Assets in your Community: Is your League short of volunteers, burning out the remaining volunteers and having challenges meeting the changing needs of the community? Is your Board and Community Connectors interested in providing programs in a different way?  If so, your League may be ready to work collectively with others. Working collectively is not a new concept, however, it often takes more time than the traditional way of operating our leagues.  This workshop will share information about: Working collectively and appreciative inquiry theory Is your League ready for change? Putting the theory into practice Building Belonging in Neighbourhoods - a home is more than a house and a neighbourhood is more than a subdivision: This session will explore the important contribution that the neighbour relationship makes to human flourishing. Thinking about the historic role of local people and places in the formation of belonging and identity will shed light on the emerging neighbourhood movement. In the end, we will get practical balancing “the why” we need strong neighbouring relationships with a look at some of “the hows” that make this essential relational nutrient available. Keeping your Non-Profit Healthy: Are you a non-profit or Society operating in Alberta?  Do you have questions about your objects, or issues around financial or legal compliance? The topics that will be included are: Governance responsibilities, Non-profit legal compliance, CRA compliance (reporting, receipting, other CRA policies), GST compliance. This seminar would be of interest to Board members, Management and volunteers as we help you to explore the requirements to meet under your legislation for successful outcomes as you carry out your missions.  Our Proud Sponsors:

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