Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Is It Me?
The minutes I received today were from April 12, April 29, May 2, May 9, and May 16.
Today is August 9th.
Time for a lesson.
The purpose of meeting minutes is two fold. 1) To record for posterity to goings on inside a particular group, and 2) to inform those that were unable to attend the meeting of those goings on in a timely fashion. This is usually done before the next meeting has begun in order to provide for feedback with old business. The town is getting it half right.
Recording, and dispersing meeting minutes, like so many other things we make difficult in our lives, is a pretty simple process. Take notes, type notes, submit minutes. If one is unable to do this due to other duties, or undo editing from other sources, then something is wrong.
120 days from meeting to dispersal of the minutes.
(sigh) Maybe it's me, and I just expect too much.