Aspects of an Active Committee

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The Four Aspects of an Active Committee

  • Good Leadership

A good leader will encourage a team effort by delegating responsibility and involving other members in the planning and organizing of an event or project. Select committee chairpersons carefully so that the chairpersons are members who will take responsibility and work with their committees to accomplish the committee goals. Keep meetings prompt, on the subject, and encourage discussion of all viewpoints. Recognize those who have done a good job and keep up with those who slow down on their responsibility.

  • Good Organization

Good leadership, sound planning, and conscientious follow-through are the results of good organization. A dedicated group of leaders with good organizational skills will plan meetings, special events, activities, or projects that result in the members actively participating in these events.

  • Good Meetings

Meetings that are informative, productive, and free of ambiguities are good meetings. Chapters that use parliamentary procedure and have well-constructed agendas, have productive meetings where decisions are made, business is accomplished and the time is considered to be well-spent.

  • Good Projects

Good, successful projects are the direct result of sound advance planning. A good project is well-designed, well-staffed, well advertised, well-planned, and most of all, well-attended.

Types of Committees

Permanent Committees

Permanent Committees for your chapter include, but are not limited to:

  • Alumni
  • Awards & Scholarship
  • Fund-raising
  • Initiation
  • Program & Public Relations
  • Service
  • Social and/or Recreational

Additional permanent committees may be established to best fit the needs of the chapter.

Ad-Hoc Committees

Temporary or Ad Hoc Committees can include, but are not limited to:

  • Chapter Bylaws
  • National Constitution (proposing changes)
  • Retreat Planning
  • Special Events (volleyball tourney, brotherhood games)

Features of the Committee

Committees in a fraternal setting should represent a system characterized by these three distinct features:

  • Specialization- Each committee member performs a special responsibility.
  • Commensurate Authority- Each specialized committee member possesses the authority to execute his/her committee functions in the same manner as an officer.
  • Budgeted Funds-Each specialized committee member has the necessary funds to complete his/her responsibilities within the chapter budgetary limits as determined by the chapter treasurer.

The key to successful chapter committees is to have every member and initiate involved in a committee. Members who have a specific interest or preference in a committee, should be placed on that committee.


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