|re: meeting strategies||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: fassnach (fassnachssc.wisc.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 17 May 94 13:06 CDT|
Rob asked about other group's meeting strategies. The strategies used at the meetings I attend work for the groups as they are today, but are far from perfect, and will, I expect, change as the groups grow and evolve. Although I am a member of the Porchlight group, I attend the general meetings of both Porchlight and the Village group. Both groups have lost membership lately, so both are rather small (around 6 to 9 households). This means that the meeting structure is a bit less formal than it would be if the groups were larger. Porchlight has well-defined roles of leader, facilitator and recorder. These rotate on a monthly basis among the active participants. Village seems to have one person who always leads the meetings, with the role of recorder going to whomever volunteers for a given meeting. Porchlight sets meeting agendas at the steering committee meeting that precedes the general meeting. Both groups try to mail information about upcoming decisions/proposals to members before the meeting at which the proposal will be presented. Members who can't make the meeting generally call someone ahead of time to let them know they can't make it, and to voice their opinion about items they know will be discussed. Both groups also call absent members, either during a general meeting, or a day on either side of the general meeting, to solicit the absent member's opinion on important decisions that the group is trying to reach. With the small size, it is relatively easy to sound out all members. Since both groups are so small now, there has been some talk of the possibility of merging. Both groups have been in existence for 2 to 2.5 years, and have spent a lot of time working out their respective group visions, and bonding with each other. I can see both advantages and potential problems in trying to merge. Does anyone have any experience with this? Thanks, Stephanie Fassnacht Porchlight Cohousing Madison, Wisconsin
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