The Washington DC Branch follows the philosophy that "less is more".
Branch COM meetings are held as deemed necessary, but never more
frequently than every other month, in order to:
- establish the dance calender for the following year so that a "chair"
can be found for each event, musicians arranged, and so the Teachers'
Committee can assign program devisors
- hear status reports for each upcoming event
- discuss details (themes, locations, finances) of upcoming events
- hear a post-event report for completed events
- discuss and review financial matters
- discuss publicity/recruitment/retention (an on-going issue)
- discuss Headquarters items
Our Branch COM is responsible for these activities, while the constituent
groups that make up the Branch each have their own COM to handle class
matters (schedules, locations, etc.) Representatives from the groups sit
on the Branch COM. The constituent group COMs meet as frequently - or
rarely - as they feel is necessary.
I experienced the US Navy's interesting philosophy of running short,
to-the-point!!! meetings, which is something you may flirt with - no one
sits down. Funny how people tend to rethink the importance of
ressurecting wornout issues and adding ad nauseum "me too" comments, when
there's a cost involved. For those interested in the meeting becoming
the social highlight of their week, they are always welcome to stick
around afterwards. Meetings are held on a weeknight. Refreshments are
provided while the meeting goes on.
Who was it who said "A task expands to fill the time available"?
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