Village Books hosts author with new book on strengthening nonprofits

Bellingham’s Village Books, located in the historic Fairhaven District, hosts Vaughn Sherman, an author who’s written extensively about nonprofit management, as he discusses his latest book, “Walking the Board Walk: Secrets of an Enjoyable Nonprofit Board Experience.

The book talk and signing takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 29, in the Village Books store, 1200 11th St. in Bellingham.

Sherman was born and educated in Seattle. He has homes in Bellingham and Edmonds.

After working as a fisheries biologist in Alaska and Washington, he was recruited by the CIA and served for more than 20 years, mostly abroad.

Vaughn became involved in numerous community activities after taking an early retirement, namely the management and governance of nonprofit agencies and community colleges.

He has published three books on the topic.

“Walking the Board Walk” is designed to be more than just a set of instructions for organizing and managing a nonprofit board. The book is meant to provide tips for turning around poor board performance and dissatisfaction, including solving personality conflicts between members, coming to an agreement when board members are split on an issue, recruiting a diverse board, creating distinct responsibilities between the CEO and board and establishing an open stream of communication and respect among board members.

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