Note: This message is displayed if (1) your browser is not standards-compliant or (2) you have you disabled CSS. Read our Policies for more information.
Environmental leaders have the daunting task of delivering on their mission of saving the world! With an abundance of obstacles and possibilities at every turn, environmental leaders need to spend their scarce time wisely. A good meeting agenda will serve as a guide to participants, making the meeting more efficient and productive. Most importantly, the meeting agenda gives a sense of purpose and direction to the meeting, which aids in the ability of committee members to reach consensus and make decisions.
An effective meeting agenda, which states what activities will take place during the meeting, serves various important functions:
It is not unusual to spend as much time planning a meeting as running it. Preparation begins with asking these questions:
An agenda is only helpful if it is used. It is common for conversations to move off-topic and still be useful to the group. However, make sure you reach a conclusion before moving on to the next agenda item. If time becomes an issue, allow the group to decide if they want to table a topic and pick it up at the next meeting.
More information on how to organize and run efficient committee meetings is available in the Watershed Toolkit.
Hocking River Association
Steering Committee Meeting
7-9 p.m. July 3rd, Athens Co. Courthouse
Item 1: Introductions, take attendance, recap from last meeting including review and approval of minutes.
Item 2: Finalize a list of concerns
Last meeting we compared our list of concerns with the watershed inventory data that’s been collected. We need to create a final list of concerns to focus on which are supported by our data as required under the IDEM checklist. There is no limit to the number of concerns we focus on and the concerns do not have to be nonpoint source specific.
Item 3: Define problems
Associating our concerns with defined problems is the first step toward setting watershed goals, another checklist item. Problems can be thought of as a condition that exists because of the concerns. For example, one problem can relate to several similar concerns. Goals will be set at a future meeting.
Item 4: Project coordinator’s update and questions from the committee
Update on the water quality monitoring, planning for the field day and news releases.