Re: Roundtable & Unit Comish Meeting
Kirk Barley (kbarley@EROLS.COM)
Mon, 18 Nov 1996 13:38:11 -0800
I have been in a district that tried concurrent meeting and I hated it.
This appraoch may be perfectly suitable for your situation, but it never
worked for me.
My reasons are that Unit Commissioners are different from the District
Committee and Unit Training, but when we met at these these other events
our purpose is subordinated to them. In on of my districts we were
constantly PRESSED to be volunteers at District events. Most of us
participated in other events like training or event staff, but we chose
when and where we made those commitments. By showing up officailly at
other events we,as a pool of labor, lost latitude and did a disservice
to Unit Service.
Secondly, a lot of Commissioners are double hatted. Many of my freinds
are CM, SM or ASMs and UCs. By holding joint meetings, you may preclude
their roaming from one roundtable to another. I go to Commissioner
meetings to be trained as a Commissioner, hear reports from the District
Commitee and learn the District Commissioner's plans. I go to
roundtable to touch base with my units, pick-up materials for them if
they miss and to hear their traiing and the information they are
hearing. Concurrent meeting inhibit these opportunities.
Finally, having the meeting after roundtable stops fellowship. I like
to sit around and talk after each meeting. Often to people I only see
once a quarter. I learn more and often get more done in the 15 minutes
after a meeting than I do during.
Just my thoughts, not gospel.
MCB Quantico VA
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