November 2010 Newsletter
Congratulations to those Franklin members who have launched into the KTA programme at the Bronze level.
Liz Hall, Raewyn Fricker, Kelly Jones, Heather Waldon and Marion Walker.
The full list of achievers has been forwarded to the Executive Secretary for inclusion in this newsletter.
And how are we all going with KTA? I have not received any notifications of new achievements so far this month. What is holding you back? Want to chat? Give me a call – 021435342 or 04 970 4148 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, let’s look at the Silver level.
Step one – regional meetings. Most members will have already attended a regional meeting, either in their own area or further afield and can tick this box. For newer members who have not yet had the opportunity, or have felt that the regional meeting is not for you, look to next year. These meetings and mixing with different club members is your food for inspiration both personally and within your clubs. Each time I go to a regional meeting there seems to be a great leap forward in planning, quality of speakers, learning workshops. Get involved!! Stay fresh!!!
Step 2 we touched on in the last issue.
Step 3 – Chairing a club meeting!!!!!
Let me tell you, this can be daunting at times for even the most experienced. However, the only sure way to remember everything is to write it down!!! Once you have arranged with your President to run a meeting, find out which members are responsible for certain tasks through the evening. The clubs do differ slightly in how the meetings are run, so ensure you have a list of the responsibilities for the night and speak briefly to each person before the meeting to ensure everything runs smoothly. Have a written agenda so that you include all the business for the evening. Ask about and be clear about the handling of motions from the floor.
Reports are moved by the person reporting and seconded by another.
You will then ask if there is any discussion on reports. Following that you will repeat the motion and ask for fors, againsts and obstensions.
Very rarely that a report is not accepted. This may not be the case for other motions from the floor.
Once the motion has been seconded, ask the mover of the motion if they would like to speak.
Following that if there is anyone wanting to speak against the motion they would then be given the opportunity. If the debate is a heated one, then it is wise to limit speakers to 3 for and 3 against for 2 minutes each only. Otherwise you will be there until midnight and your speaker would have been long gone!
Remember to have one of the members read out or lead the Collect. All should stand for this.
At our club we also read out the aims of the organisation, as we feel this helps to keep us focused for the evening.
Attending regional meetings and conferences will provide great learning for how meetings are run.
Remember that at all times you are acting in a safe and supportive environment within your club. Your ‘chairmanship’ does not have to be perfect. One of the things I am sure it will do for you is to have a greater appreciation for the person who does stand up in front of the meeting month after month.
Relax and have fun with it. I would love to hear from you if you take up this challenge to run a meeting in your club.
Until next time…..happy achieving!
October 2010 Newsletter
Helpful hints for Bronze Level Steps 3 and 8, Silver Level Step 2
These steps in the KTA booklets encourage members to write a profile for the club newsletter, an article on an issue you are passionate about, a press release about a club activity, or a 200 word article for the Federation Newsletter.
This need not be the daunting task it may seem to some, and you can have fun putting together a short piece using the following guidelines.
Writing for dummies – adapted from a presentation by 4 Winds Communications
- Use a 25 word introduction to answer the who, what, where, when, why or how of your article, using very plain English.
- I thought per sentence
- 1 sentence per paragraph
- Apostrophe’s PLEASE!!!
- Less is more – the fewer words the better
Use the P.RE.P. principal – Make your Point
Give your Reason
Give an Example
And again, make your Point
Photographs. especially of people, to illustrate your article, are usually welcomed by local newspapers. The more you can do for the journalist, the better.
There are a number of books you can read to help with your writing skills. One that comes to mind that is a personal favourite is ‘Write Language” by Alan Pease, the author of “Body Language”.
For a really good guideline, read the articles in your local newspaper and the Federation newsletter and your own club newsletter. Which ones stand out for you? What interested you? What is the style of writing in these articles? Can you adapt your message to the same style? Have some fun trying!!