The planning board or secretariat is generally intended to provide support and assistance, as needed, for the region, zone or territory women’s leader.

Planning boards are by no means a requirement and do not need to be created unless the need arises. Existing planning boards or secretariats that are fulfilling a specific function to support the women’s leader may continue to function with a clear vision of its ongoing mission and a specified term limit.

In many cases, the creation of a one-time planning committee for a specific event will serve the purpose a planning board may have taken on, create the opportunity for wider participation, and alleviate the necessity of creating a permanent board.