board elected or deputed to examine, consider, and report on any
business referred to them.
Committee is a group of men who keep minutes and waste hours.
- I have been on numerous committees
at various times in my life. From Church
committees to a variety of Sports clubs and Union
organisations. I have been in numerous positions,
from Chairman to Secretary /Treasurer and Gopher.
So, in the following I will try to impart some of
the knowledge I have gained , mixed up with a bit
WHO.... wants to be on the Committee ?
- So you want to be on a Committee ?.
- You want to help your club or organisation
- Think very carefully before volunteering,
it could be more difficult than you imagine.
- You could be like me and want to help. But
not being content to stay in the background and opening
my big mouth on any occasion, I find that you can soon
lose friends on a committee.
- Nevertheless if you feel inclined, have a
go you could find it interesting and you might make a
Some members keep a Club
While others join just to belong.
Some dig right in. Some serve with pride,
Some go along just for the ride.
Some volunteer to do their share,
While others lay back and just don't care.
Some do their best. Some help to make it.
Some do nothing, only take it.
Some help the Club to grow and grow.
when asked to help, they don't say no.
Some drag, some pull,
Some don't, some do.
Consider; which one of these is YOU.
- The Role
of the Committee
- Committees work better if everyone
concerned has a good knowledge of what is expected of
- Briefly a committee is responsible for the
management of the organisation.
- They ensure that the organisation carries
out its objectives as laid down by its members and the
- They attend meetings and after listening
to the information, they make decisions which they deem
are in the best interests of the organisation.
If they're at the Club, they haunt the place.
If they're not there when they're wanted, they're never
on the job.
If they talk on a subject, they're always trying to run
If they remind you of a rule you've broken, they're drunk
If they are silent, they have lost interest in the Club.
If they agree with you they are "yes" people.
If they don't agree with you, they are ignorant.
If they take a holiday, they've been on one all the year
If they aren't well dressed, they aren't upholding the
image of the Club.
If they are well dressed, they think they're big shots.
If they've been on the committee for a long time, they're
in a rut.
If they've been on the committee for a short time,
they're trying to take over the Club.
If they see both sides of a question, they're fence
sitting or two-faced.
If they can't give you an immediate answer, they're
incompetant or passing the buck.
If they give you an immediate answer, they're impulsive
and don't think things over.
This is all part of the honorary job of being on a
But, fellow members, do remember, you elected them!.
Committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing,
but as a group decide that nothing can be done.