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Required Board & Committee Meetings

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Our fire department has two boards, an executive board made up of the usual association officers and a service board made up of the Captains, Lieutenants &  Chiefs. Each board has their duties. We also have various committees. Apart from one section requiring the Executive Board to meet to discharge a specific duty, there is nothing in the bylaws about these boards or committees meeting. Most of them don't meet at all, let alone regularly. So at our general meeting each month as reports are called for the committees generally say no report. The Chief & the President just say that their respective boards didn't meet. 

It seems odd to me we have various bodies that appear to do little and there is a lack of accountability. We have had a couple of recent problems with boards not doing their jobs although for the most part the jobs get done by individual officers. Short of an amendment requiring these boards to meet is there anything that can be done to compel these bodies to meet?

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15 minutes ago, AFS1970 said:

It seems odd to me we have various bodies that appear to do little and there is a lack of accountability. We have had a couple of recent problems with boards not doing their jobs although for the most part the jobs get done by individual officers. Short of an amendment requiring these boards to meet is there anything that can be done to compel these bodies to meet?

The membership could adopt a motion ordering these bodies to meet at whatever frequency the membership desires.

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An alternative would be to abolish all boards and standing committees and as each task surfaces the assembly of the department would appoint an ad hoc committee that would generate a solution to that task, present its report and go out of existence. The lazier members get sidelined and the more energetic members get more kudos. And no one has to deal with boards and committees that do not meet.

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