One way we described the business meeting last week was to call it a shambles. But that was probably not fair. “Organised chaos” might have been a better description. As Chairman 2 Michael chose to deliberately flout some of the conventions associated with running a business session. This was an invitation for members to wholeheartedly enter into the resulting fun.
The result was actually an educational session that was enjoyed by all. The only drawback was that it inevitably ran over-time. Of late we have been running near perfect business sessions, sticking to the cheat sheet script. This is a good learning method for the less experienced chairmen. But the real learning takes place when we depart from the script. Then both the meeting and the chairman need to work hard to get things back on the rails again.
The result, provided we adhere to the grounds of propriety, is usually both fun and educational. It also usually gives the Parliamentarian something constructive comment on and thus able to offer a point of education. Thus the lesson from last meeting is that, with experienced members in the Chair, we need to get involved and be prepared to rock the boat bit. Because going through the motions of a normal session every meeting can be rather boring for both members and visitors.
So let us continue to have a little fun in the business sessions from time to time. And never again let a Past President off the hook in the way we did in the first meeting in July when our traditional fun night didn’t eventuate.