Below is information that will help members and candidates have a better understanding of the commitment needed to be a member of the Board of Governors, and the roles and responsibilities of a Governor.

Responsibilities of a Member of the Board of Governors

Governors provide governance and strategic guidance to AmCham, whose primary objective is to ”…promote trade and investment between Vietnam and the United States.” Chambers of Commerce, in general, focus on “improving the business environment,” and offer opportunities to members for “networking, information sharing, problem solving.” Governors may participate in one or more Board Committees (Executive Committee, Nominating Committee, etc.) or participate in/act as Board Liaison to one or more of the other committees and guide committee activities to achieve AmCham’s objectives.

Board of Governors Meeting, usually the second Thursday of every month, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, especially important to be present for the “busy months” of Sep, Oct, and Nov in the Fall and Mar, Apr, May in the Spring. Jun-Jul-Aug and Dec-Jan-Feb are “slower months.” Governors are expected to be present unless they are out-of-town, have company visitors in town, or are sick.

Other regular meetings and events

Regular Board of Governors Breakfast with the Consul General and Key Staff, 8:00 – 9:00 am. Hosted roughly every other month by AmCham, Governors are expected to attend if they are in town.

AmCham Networking and Informational Events, Morning Briefings, Networking Nights, Member Lunches, Member Nights, Palooza Parties, etc.. Organized by AmCham committees or or companies, especially Sep-Oct-Nov and Mar-Apr-May. Governors are invited to attend if in town.

Representational Events with visiting officials/business leaders. These are ad hoc events for visiting U.S. Government officials (executive branch or legislative branch) and/or visiting U.S. business leaders who want to meet U.S. business representatives. Governors are invited to attend if they are in town.

Major Annual Events

Mar-MaySpring Members’ Nights
Jun/JulIndependence Day Celebration & Family BBQ
Sep-OctFall Members’ Night
DecAnnual Governors’ Ball
DecAnnual General Meeting and Members’ Night

Governors are expected to attend a number of the above major annual events if in country.

AmCham Vietnam in HCM City

AmCham Vietnam in HCM City has nearly 500 companies and about 1,000 representatives, a full schedule of committees’ meetings, events and activities, and an annual budget of over US$ 1,000,000.

For more information, put your cursor on the About Us menu button above and click on the sub-menus  including Benefits and Services, Legal Status, Charter and By-Laws,  What is an AmCham?, and Home / Board of Governors.

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Ten Basic Responsibilities of Not-for-profit Boards

Three Legal Responsibilities of Not-for-profit Boards

Individual Not-for-profit Board Member Responsibilities and Characteristics

Board Members Governance Documents

•  Code of Ethics

 Conflict of Interest Policy, Annual Statement

•  Board Member Job Description

•  Board Member Agreement

What to consider before joining a non-profit board, Wall Street Journal,

Source: BoardSource “Dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations and their boards of directors.”

BoardSource opened its doors in 1988 as the National Center for Nonprofit Boards with a staff of three and an operating budget of $385,000. Today, BoardSource has grown to a staff size of more than 30 and an annual operating budget of US$ 6.5 million.

The organization now has 7,000 members, and serves more than 75,000 nonprofit leaders.

Posted: Nov 10, 2010. Last updated: Sep 26, 2018