You may find that turnover is higher among your association's younger Board members than among the older ones.

Don't let that hinder your efforts to maintain age diversity. Young Board members may still be putting their lives in order. They have other irons in the fire.

At one association, two young Board members won company promotions that required them to relocate overseas. The spouse of another was in the same situation and the couple moved away. Yet another returned to college to earn an MBA.

They weren't unhappy or dissatisfied. They didn't feel ignored. In fact, they were integral parts of the Board's governing process.

They simply had other concerns to tend to.

So, keep recruiting young Board members and don't worry about them staying only a short time. They may contribute significantly to organizational decision-making while they are here.