Board or Committee Application

Lake Wilderness Arboretum Foundation is working toward fulfilling our dreams and goals for the future, and we would like to invite you to help us.  Please review the Board expectations and Committee responsibilities below, and consider applying to join either one.

Board Profile: The Lake Wilderness Arboretum Foundation Board seeks leaders who are deeply committed to the agency’s mission of providing “A sanctuary to inspire, educate and connect us to the natural world.”  

Expectations of Members of the LWAF Board:

  • Number at least 7 and no more than thirteen members.
  • Are committed to the mission and work of the LWAF.
  • Ensure that the LWAF is compliant with federal, state and local requirements.
  • Annually review and approve the budget.
  • To actively participate in and support the Foundations fund raising, including personal solicitation, major gift campaigns, special events, and planned giving.
  • Add knowledge, resources, and connection to the development, implementation, and evaluation of key programs and services.
  • Have a succession plan (emergency and long term) for each executive position they are responsible for.
  • Actively participate in at least one recruiting group of three or more members, to attract qualified Committee Chairs &/or members when there is a vacancy. 
  • Evaluate the Board and its members on a regular basis, no less than every other year.
  • Attend all Board meetings. A member should be punctual and plan to stay for the full meeting. If an absence is necessary, the Executive Assistant should be notified prior to the meeting. All Board members must attend at least 10 of the 12 monthly meetings per year.
  • Will serve a term of three years and no more than six.  Board members can return to the Board once after a year away from serving.
  • Serve in leadership positions, on committees, or undertake special assignments willingly and enthusiastically when asked.

Committee purpose: to develop and maintain the Lake Wilderness Arboretum in a way that preserves and displays Northwest ecosystems and cultivated landscapes in an environment sustainability. 

Responsibilities of Members of LWAF Committees:

  • Education
    • Coordinate and train Docents
    • Youth programs
      • Partner with Maple Valley Library on educational events
      • Earth Day
    • Classes, speakers, workshops 
    • LWA Library 
  • Events and Marketing
    • Plant sale
    • Hellebore Tea
    • United Way’s Day of Caring 
    • Coordinate calendar of Events with City and other Committees
    • Make A Difference Day 
    • LWAF merchandise
    • Fundraising 
  • Membership
    • Tracking of all new and renewal members, including any new lifetime nominations
    • Renewal and new members packets 
    • Recruiting
    • Donations & sponsorships