Join Our Board of Directors


This fall, Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail is looking for people with positivity and a passion for our mission to join our board of directors! We have two board seats open for 2020.

Why join? Board members make a difference at the Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail, in our region and for our economy. Our board of directors guides our strategic direction and our long-term sustainability. Their leadership helps ensure our vision and values and our commitment to equity are lived out in daily work.

Board members work collaboratively with other members. They are expected to contribute in ways that match their interests, abilities, talents, and connections. You can learn more about board member responsibilities below.

We value a broad range of personal and professional backgrounds. This year, we are especially seeking people with experience working in: event planning, finance, or food and beverage.

Interested? Email us to discuss this leadership opportunity! Applicants are typically voted on during our mid-December board meeting.

Responsibilities of board members include:

1. Act in the spirit of the Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail vision, mission, and values.

2. Together with other board members, steward strong governance:

  • Set goals and long-term organizational strategies

  • Support the winery members through events, marketing and business knowledge

  • Build awareness of the Wine Trail, its mission and the winery members

  • Participate in succession planning by recruiting new board members, providing for a Board that remains healthy and regenerative

3. Contribute to board work:

  • Prepare for each Board meeting

  • Attend board meetings absent irreconcilable conflict, and actively contribute their knowledge and views in an honest and mutually respectful manner

  • Disclose any potential or actual conflict of interest and, where appropriate, avoid participating in considering or voting on a matter

  • Serve on a board committee, adhering to the same values listed above

4. Steward organizational financial health:

  • Thoughtfully leverage personal and/or professional connections to further the organization’s fundraising goals

  • Develop and maintain a basic understanding of nonprofit financials, and use that knowledge to maintain fiduciary responsibility (the duty of care, the duty of loyalty, and the duty of obedience

5. Support achieving organizational goals:

  • Maintain knowledge of current Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail programs

  • Be accessible to the winery members, respond in a timely way to requests, and serve as a resource to winery members in areas where the member has knowledge or expertise.

  • Serve as a liaison between the organization and other organizations and constituencies to which the member has personal or professional connections

  • Represent the organization to the public, legislative and policymaking bodies, media, and/or stakeholder groups as appropriate.

Positivity and passion for the Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail mission are the most important keys to success in this role.

The time commitment for membership is approximately 3-6 hours per month on board, committee, and fundraising related duties.

Board terms begin at the start of the calendar year, are 3 year terms and are unpaid.

If you are interested in joining our board in 2020, email us! Be sure to include your resume or your LinkedIn profile. Positions are open until filled, but new board members are typically voted on at our mid-December meeting.