Council Officer Resources

Council Officer Resources

As a council officer, you play a critical role in both growing your state’s reach and impact and shepherding and supporting your local chapters to help them succeed. The resources below, designed by staff and fellow volunteers, come from best practices, lessons learned from fellow council leaders and more. The goal is to help you with everything from the basics of council leadership to the nuances of effective advocacy.

As in all things TU related, there’s no reason to reinvent the wheel if others have already found success and we can learn from the ideas and innovations of each other. The following resource pages are designed around the most common requests we receive. If you have additional questions or need help with a specific issue or activity, don’t hesitate to contact your Volunteer Operations Staff.

Position Descriptions & Key Tasks by Role
Depending on the role you have taken on in your council, their are various responsibilities you are asked to tackle. The following position descriptions and resources by role are designed to help you accomplish your important tasks.

Running A Council

The basics of council leadership, the expectations and requirements of the council and the roles of various council officers are described in this section.

Chapter Support

A council is only as strong as the combined effort of its local chapters and state volunteers. Tools and tips to help grow and support your chapters are covered in this section.


TU Volunteer Leaders trainings are a powerful way to connect with resources, learn from fellow volunteers and grow your impact locally. Join us for the following events:

In-Person Trainings:

2021 Annual Meeting
Due to increasing COVID-19 concerns and projections, the 2021 Annual Meeting is cancelled.

2021 Regional Rendezvous
Due to increasing COVID-19 concerns and projections, the 2021 Regional Rendezvous are postponed.

Online Trainings:

View past training recordings or join an upcoming live, online webinar, held at 8 p.m. EST unless otherwise noted.

February 23 — Virtual Advocacy: Using Online Petitions to Grow Impact (8PM)

March 4 — Filing the NEW Annual Activity Report & IRS Reporting Requirements (8PM)

March 15 — Embrace A Stream Grant Training (8PM)

March 29 — Effective Digital Communications During COVID (8PM)

April 8 — TU Event Registration Tools to Better Manage and Promote Your Activities (8PM)


Your Volunteer Operations Staff is here to help! 

Nick Halle
Volunteer Operations Coordinator
(703) 284-9425
Contact Nick for:

  • Volunteer Leader Login Issues
  • Insurance Requests / Questions
  • Fundraising Program & Support
  • Membership Recruitment Tools
  • L.L. Bean Rod Donations

Lisa Beranek

Leadership Development Manager
(907) 205-0974
Contact Lisa for:

  • Leadership Recruitment & Development
  • Embrace A Stream Grants Program
  • Strategic Planning Support
  • Diversity Event Planning