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Do you know your responsibilities as a new Committee Member?

08-Jan-2018

Now you have been elected to the committee, you are responsible to the members of the association for the proper management and conduct of the affairs of the community association. A major responsibility of the committee must be above all to ensure that their decisions and actions are at all times taken in the best interests of the members and clients of the association.

 

Some of the functions and duties arising from this responsibility are:

 

  • To ensure that appropriate staff are employed at all times.
  • To ensure the proper maintenance of any assets including building, grounds and equipment.
  • To ensure that proper control is maintained over the finances of the association not only for the present but also with the future in mind.
  • To be aware of the needs of the community in which the organisation operates and ensure that this knowledge is reflected in its decisions.
  • To encourage active client and general community participation in the activities of the association and to ensure that the community is aware of what the association is doing.
  • To initiate fund-raising and social activities so as to foster a close relationship between the association and the community.
  • To have an understanding of the organisation's programmes and its benefits for the clients and attempt to foster a general awareness of these aspects in the community.
  • To have an understanding of the organisation's programmes and its benefits for the clients and attempt to foster a general awareness of these aspects in the community.
  • To be aware of and ensure the regular review of the constitution and any by-laws, regulations and policies so that these are approprate to the current situation.
  • To have a willingness to learn about the organisation, its operation and its people/staff.

 

Since the committee is representing all the members of the association it is highly desirable that its decsions and actions always have regard to what is in the best interests of the majority of members of the association. Failure to do so may well lead to conflict within the association.

 

To assist you with your roles and responsibilities on the committee we have put together our Guide to Good Governance. This Guide provide you with 18 example documents to help you easily manage everything from Handover from outgoing to incoming committees, through to financial reports and meeting agendas. 

 

For more information on your roles and responsibilities as a committee member please do not hesitate to contact the CMSolutions team on 1300 007 110.

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