A meeting is the bringing together of all parties concerned with an issue. A meeting agenda is a step-by-step listing of all the activities that are billed to take place during a meeting.
This is prepared by the secretariat responsible for planning the meeting, in consideration with the chairman of the meeting.
The minutes of a meeting are defined as the official record of all that transpire during the meeting.
They are, therefore, written out and are formally adopted as the correct record of the proceedings of the meeting, usually at a subsequent meeting.
There is a standard format for writing minutes: the title of the meeting, including details of place and time are stated at the top of the title page next, membership of the meeting is indicated, with provision to show whether a member was actually present or absent (at the particular meeting), then come the ‘substantive’ matters for discussion.
Such issues could be staff matters, reports from various committees or administrative and financial reports. The motion for adjournment comes at the end since it marks the formal closure of the meeting.
Technical Terms Association with Meetings
There are several operational terms, associated with meetings, which are designed to ensure the smooth conduct of such gatherings. Such terms as: Quorum, Motion, point of Order, Proxy, Chairman, Secretary Voting and casting Vote are hereby discussed.
A quorum is the minimum member of the members of an assembly or society that must be present at a meeting in order for the meeting to be considered as valid.
This is usually stated in the constitution or the legal document setting up the body. It is a device to protect the body from any minority group that may meet and tale decisions on behalf of the entire group.
A meeting is called to order when the Chairman is satisfied that the quorum has been formed.
At a meeting, a motion is a formal proposal made by a member for the body to adopt as the position taken by the house.
Usually, a seconder of the motion is required before it is put up for adoption. However, there could be a Counter Motion, which takes the opposite view of the Motion on the floor of the house.
A decision to adopt either the Motion or Counter Motion is made through voting: the majority decides which way to go.
Point of Order
When a member of a meeting feels that the correct procedure is not being taken in handling a matter, they raise a Point of Order, which temporary stops all other discussions until the Chairman decides whether it is ‘in order’ or ‘out of order’.
In the formal case, the former case, the procedure must be corrected, whereas in the latter, the procedure would continue (since the Point of Order is not valid)
A proxy is someone who has been authorized to represent someone else, especially in voting. An Annual General Meeting (AGM) of a company usually makes provision for such representation. A proxy has all the rights of a full member of a meeting.
The Chairman presides over a meeting. Guided by the Agenda, he dictates what is to be discussed at any point in time.
The secretary is the scribe of the meeting. He takes the minutes of the meetings and ensures that the Notice of meeting gets to all members ahead of each meeting. He or she is usually in charge of the logistics of the meeting.
Voting is the principal instrument used to decide the majority opinion at a meeting. The ballot may be open or secret.
When voting is deadlocked because no majority has emerged, the Chairman has the right of a casting Voting. The casting Vote then is the extra vote (cast by the Chairman) in order to decide an issue when votes on each side are equal.
Format of the Meeting Josa landlords association
Minutes of the 7th regular meeting of the josa landlords association held at city hall, josa, on Saturday, august 10, 2010 at 12.00am
Chief A. A. Owode Chairman
Justice Z. C.Udo Vice Chairman
Emeka Samuel Secretary
Mrs Bisi Alawiye Member
Madam Kofo Member
Dr Bola Adigun Member
Absent with Apology
Honourable D. O. Sulaimon
John C. O
Pastor A. O.
Absent without Apology
Adoption of the Agenda
The motion for the adoption of the agenda was moved by Mrs Bis Alawiye and seconded by Madam kofo.
Chairman’s Opening Remark
The Chairman welcomed members to the 7th meeting and expressed his satisfaction with the large turnout of members on time.
Adoption of the Minutes of the 6th Regular Meeting Held on Saturday, 8th August, 2010.
The minutes of the 6th regular meeting were read and later adopted following a motion to that effect moved by Justice Udo and seconded byMrs Bisi Alawiye.
Matters Arising from the Minutes of the 6th Regular Meeting
It was reported that the issue of the provision of adequate road traffic signs, especially at Sake Crossings, had been brought to the attention of the Chief vehicle Inspection Officer, who had promised to look into the matter…
Report from Committees
- Sanitation No: 2345
As its Regular Meeting held on Saturday 5th July 2021, it was observed that 8th on 4th Avenue had not had its refuse cleared for two consecutive weeks. The Committee, therefore, directed the Zonal Supervisor (D), to take up the matter with the Ministry of Environment. The report was accepted, but the Chairman asked the committee to maintain its vigilance and ensure that refuse did not pile up on the streets.
- Health No: 9876
The committee was unable to submit a written report. But its Chairman, Chief A. A. Alawode was reported to have headed a team that visited the General Hospital last month.
- School Management
The committee’s submission could not be discussed for technical reasons…
Author’s Report (Year Ending June 2021)
The Author’s Report was presented by Eke G. O. the principal Partner, Sons and partners. The report… A motion for the acceptance of the report was moved by Justice Udo and seconded byMrs Bisi Alawiye. The report was, therefore, accepted.
Report of an Inquiry into the Collapsed Building at No. 2. Market Road
It was reported that the Ad-hoc committee set up to look into the matter had not yet concluded its settings. However , a verbal report was given by its Chairman Dr Bola Adigun. A member pointed out the urgency of the matter and wondered why it was taking so long to conclude the case, the Chairman urged…
The new matters discussed.
Any other business
No issue was raised.
The meeting adjourned at 3.00pm when a motion to that effect was moved by Dr Bola Adgun and seconded by Madan Kofo.