You Can Party at Business Meetings Too

I have the privilege of being the President of our Carseland & District Agricultural Society & Community Association. Carseland has no town council but is under the county. Our community association functions a little like our town council. We also look after our ball diamonds, recreatioinal centre where our curling happens, and the community hall. Along with that we plan a few big events throughout the year.

Most of our meetings are busy with pointing out all the things that still need to be done. Because there is always so much more to do, it seems like we never get anything done. Maybe like some of our church meetings too. We are so focused on things that are not happening that we forget what we have accomplished.

This past week I decided to go back to our Ag Society Board retreat we had in October and see if we had accomplished anything. I came up with a list of at least 20 things that we had actually completed. I read the list, said “DONE”, and then asked everyone to cheer after each item that was accomplished was read. As they were cheering for each item, I had the two vice presidents throw out candy each time as well. I even arranged for coffee and donuts. I just wanted to celebrate a bit before we got to our next business.

It went really well. There were a few agenda items of the evening that caused some board members to get a little hot, but it seemed that the fun at the beginning helped to temper that a little. I even received a few compliments from people, even some by email, as people appreciated being made aware of what we had actually accomplished.

I think I have to try this more at my Elders Board meetings as well.

It’s okay to party and celebrate!

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