Re: meeting minutes
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2015 11:40:13 -0700 (PDT)
The problem I have with a summary at the top of the minutes is that it can 
easily be misleading. For example, one problem we have is that people think a 
decision is one where you have a proposal and go through the process of 
amending, etc. But decisions are far more common than that and often more 

A decision to buy a leaf-blower was a major issue for many but considered by 
the people who bought it the same as replacing a broom. (The people who made 
the decision had never heard one. I think it was used once to great objections.)

And if it isn’t included in the summary at the top, is it still a decision?

All of this obviously depends on how experienced the notetakers are. These are 
team minutes and often the task falls to anyone with a pencil (or computer).

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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