Recently, PASS has opened it call for nominations for the seats for the Board of Directors. The deadline to get your nomination in is Sep 3, 2009. I have been a member of PASS and involved since 2001. I started out volunteering for a committee. I then led the committee. And I ran for the Board of Dirctors in Nov 2002. I did not win, but I was appointed (starting in Jan 2003) to fill the vacancy created as a board member decided to resign. That is how I made my journey to the Board of Directors.
The organization has changed significantly over the years as has the role of a director. When I first started, the position was more tactical than strategic. Lately, the position demands more strategic thinking; there is still plenty of tactical work to do, but we are encouraging more of that work to be done by our dedicated committee leaders and volunteers. While the organization is best known for the annual PASS Community Summit, there are other ways which the organization serves the community. There are lots of great ideas and limited resources in which to execute. Part of the responsibilities of being on the Board is to help to determine which of these ideas make sense to allocate resources to. We have budget meetings to help sort this out, but you get to spend the time with some great folks.
Kevin Kline has produced several articles that may be found at www.sqlpass.org which outline some of the traits of a good director. You do not need to have all of the traits listed to be successful. You do need to be motivated to improve yourself and to work cooperatively with others. Perhaps the one item which has been common with the other successful directors over the years is the goal to keep the community in the forefront when making decisions and setting direction. Maybe you are that next person to join the Board and help set the direction.