What is a committee?
A committee is elected by the members of a community association to continue the work of the association between general meetings. It is the committee members' responsibility to make sure that decisions taken at its association's general meeting are acted on during their year in office.
What size should a committee be?
Most committees have between 12 and 15 members. Committees with more than 15 members tend to be unwieldy and difficult to operate. committees with less than 6 people tend to be unrepresentative.
Who and what are the office bearers or honorary officers?
Every member of a committee has an important role to play and contribution to make. However, there are 3 posts or offices which need to be filled in order that the committee can operate effectively.
The chairperson of a committee is responsible for the smooth running of meetings, allowing all members to have their say, and for guiding the committee's work towards the aims set by the community association. This is a vital position in any community association and a good chairperson will do the following:
At committee meetings
It is most important that a community association is not spending money that it does not have, and that good records are kept of its income and expenditure.
A treasurer should
The secretary is the community association's point of contact with its members and the wider public in line with the direction given by the committee and its chairperson. The work involves writing letters on the association's behalf, and organising and keeping records of committee meetings.
A secretary is expected to do the following
Before committee meetings