2018 Call for AFSH Board of Trustee Applications

May 7, 2018

Make Your Impact – Join the AFSH Board
The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand is critical to the future of the field of upper extremity surgery. The AFSH supplies necessary funding for vital research and education projects that may lead to groundbreaking innovation in surgery and treatment. The Foundation also supports outreach efforts to further education, training, and service, to underserved communities. Members of the Board should not only have a commitment to the Foundation's Mission but should also be willing to contribute and raise funds to support that mission.

Call for Applications
The AFSH Nominating Committee is now soliciting qualified candidates to serve as AFSH Vice Chair and AFSH Trustee-at-Large (member under 5 years) on the AFSH Board of Trustees. The AFSH seeks candidates with a diverse range of professional and volunteer experience. Candidate attributes can include, but are not limited to, previous service on a nonprofit board, fundraising and development experience and community service.

Available Positions

  • AFSH Vice Chair
  • AFSH Trustee-at-Large (member < 5)

Two-year term begins on 9/15/2018 and ends on 10/3/2020. Trustee-at-Large terms are renewable up to two times. See who currently sits on the AFSH Board of Trustees.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the AFSH Conflict of Interest Form after reviewing the COI Policy.
  2. Submit your online application. Includes:
    1. Description of current/past leadership roles with ASSH/AFSH.
    2. Description of fundraising experience or interest in supporting AFSH efforts.
    3. CV (not to exceed four pages in length).
    4. Up to two letters of recommendation from an ASSH Active Member
    5. Current headshot (for publication on website if selected).

Letter of recommendations may be uploaded as part of the online application or sent directly to Danielle Roesmann at [email protected]. Application materials must be submitted by July 16, 2018.

General Board Member Responsibilities

  1. To represent the organization, and act as a spokesperson, promoting the Foundation’s work and value to the hand and upper extremity field.
  2. Attend all Board meetings, committee meetings, and AFSH special events.
  3. Make a financial contribution at a level that is personally meaningful.
  4. Actively participate in one or more fundraising activities.
  5. Act in the best interest of the organization and excuse themselves from discussions and votes where there is a conflict of interest.
  6. Participate in and take responsibility for making decisions on issues, policies and other Board matters.

AFSH Board Time Commitment

  • A two-hour, face-to-face meeting in March, held in conjunction with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting.
  • A two-hour, face-to-face meeting at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Annual Meeting in the fall (September/October).
  • Participation in one to two, hour-long conference calls, throughout the year. Typically, once in the summer (July/August) and again in the winter (December/January).
  • Participation in regular email discussions, email ballots, and other communications, as needed.
  • AFSH Board of Trustees may also serve on special task forces and/or serve as liaisons to various committees for either the AFSH and/or the ASSH.

Notification of Selection
The AFSH Nominating Committee will submit their nominees for the ASSH Council to review. The ASSH Council vote will take place during the ASSH Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. At that time, nominees will be notified of Council’s decision. The incoming Trustees will be invited to participate in the Board of Trustees meeting taking place on Friday, September 14 from 7:00 – 9:00 AM. His or her first formal meeting as members of the AFSH Board of Trustees will take place in March, in conjunction with the AAOS Annual Meeting, on Friday, March 15, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV.


AFSH Officer, Vice Chair
Note: AFSH Vice Chair position succeeds to the office of AFSH Chair.


  • The Vice President position is an Officer of the AFSH Board of Trustees. An Officer must be an active member of the ASSH. (AFSH Bylaws, Article V. Section 1. Officers)
  • Clear commitment to furthering the AFSH mission.
  • Willingness to contribute to, and raise funds in support of, AFSH initiatives.
  • Leadership experience, including, but not limited to, past experience on ASSH Council.


  • Start Date: September 15, 2018.
  • The Vice Chair shall be elected by the Council of the ASSH for a term of two years. No Officer shall serve more than two consecutive full terms. (AFSH Bylaws, Article V. Section 2. Election and Term of Office.)
  • The Vice Chair shall succeed to the office of AFSH Chair at the end of the current Chair’s term.


  • Serve as an Officer of the Board of Trustees in fulfilling the mission of the Foundation.
  • In the absence of the Chair, the Vice Chair shall perform the duties of the Chair, and when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the Chair.
  • Support the Chair in organizing the meeting agendas and work with the President to develop fundraising goals and strategies.
  • Work with the President to help communicate the Foundation’s vision and direction to donors.

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AFSH Young Trustee-at-Large (member <5)


  • ASSH Active Member who became a member in 2013 or later - OR - any Candidate Member in good standing.
  • Clear commitment to furthering the AFSH mission.
  • Willingness to contribute to and raise funds in support of AFSH initiatives.


  • Two-year term, beginning on September 15, 2018 and concluding October 3, 2020.
  • Term may be renewed for up to two additional terms. No Trustee may serve on the Board of Trustees for more than three consecutive terms. Duties As a member of the Board of Trustees, the AFSH Trustee-at-Large:
  • Shall have supervision, control, and direction of the affairs of the Foundation.
  • Shall determine its policies or changes therein within the limits of the bylaws.
  • Chair the Order of the Complus Manus committee.

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