It allows for questions to be answered before the meeting if clarification is needed. Then the Committee is able to make an informed decision
The Agenda includes an estimate of how long an item might take and assists club leaders to prioritise the items.
- Agenda closes for next Committee meeting
- Reports due for next Committee meeting
- Draft Agenda (including timings) finalised by Secretary and President using:
No later than 2 days prior to meeting Committee members advise the Chair of any extraordinary issues arising out of reports that will require significant discussion ( timings may need to be adjusted prior to the meeting)
Actual Agenda Headings:
- Opening (including any formal requirements such as approving Minutes from previous meeting), apologies declarations of any conflicts of interest,
- Business Arising from Previous Minutes / Meeting
- Strategic Issues and Major Items for Decisions (these are based on our Committee calendar as well as any new issues)
- Governance Issues (these are based on the plan from our calendar as well as the tabling of the financial statement for the month and any new issues)
- Other (this is not “general business” – it is specific matters as nominated before the meeting using the process above
- Tabling and Discussing as Required Reports (including portfolio reports)
- Close (including reviewing and adjusting the Committee calendar)
- We have a time keeper appointed separate to the Chair
- Each Agenda item has a recommended time
- Has a short extension for the item
- Continues discussion at the end of the meeting
- Defers the matter to a Working Group or other Subcommittee source for final consideration at the next meeting, or
- Divides the item into two sections – what we can agree and progress now and; what we must defer to the next meeting and then move to next item.
Best practice for Minute taking is either by a Minutes Secretary or a technological solution (digital recorder which then converts to a Word document). It is most efficient to have a Minutes Template prepared and to take your laptop. A Minutes Secretary does not replace the Committee Secretary. The Minutes Secretary is anyone who can accurately take minutes and provide a first draft quickly and efficiently to the Secretary.
Minutes should NOT record who said what unless someone distinctly request to go on the record. The Minutes should provide a record of the proceedings of the meeting just sufficiently to be useful and transparent. E.g. the Minutes do not need to detail all the points of discussion, rather summarise and provide the resultant decision.
Motions, decisions and other formal aspects are recorded. It is very important that:
- Motions and any ongoing actions have a designated person responsible to oversee the implementation of the motion or action, and this person is recorded in the Minutes.
- Minutes must be disseminated electronically to the Committee within seven working days of the meeting.
- The “What Do We Tell Our Members from This” summary for publishing to members is disseminated.
- If a delegate or Committee Member has made a representation to the Committee, a written report as to the topic, actions and outcomes needs to be provided within the Minutes.
- The Secretary on behalf of the Committee maintains a Record of Key Committee decisions and a Committee Action Tracking List as below.
Committee Action Tracking List
Let the person undertaking the action advise of the completion date. If unhappy with this, then simply ask “What would it take to get it done by…?”
- What is the issue?
- Is the issue for the Committee to understand (for noting) or for the Committee to make decisions about (for decision)?
- Why is it important – likely consequences?
- What are the options or choices?
- Who has this already been discussed with?
- What is the recommendation for the Committee to adopt?
- A book or a set of cards for the register of members
- A minute book and notebook or pad for taking notes at meetings
- A filing system suitable for keeping records
- Stationery - plain or embossed with club's name, address and logo.
- A book to record assets and liabilities
- Membership application forms and other standard forms (eg Committee nominations)
- A calendar for recording dates of meetings, activities and deadlines
- Accounting records - the Treasurer takes charge of these
- A manual of procedures - this can be the club’s most valuable asset. Many tasks have to be completed at the same time each year and should be recorded in standard form.