I went to observe a meeting of the
. This is an organization of select craftsmen who try and get there
handcrafted wares to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to plan and
organize craft shows and how they are going to get the people to come to the
shows. The main topics of the meeting was craft shows and different items
the members were going to try and sell to the public. The organization meets
once a month to discuss any new business.
This month the meeting was
held on November second at six-thirty in.
There were four members on the cabinet who get together to plan and
schedule the meetings. They asked me not to reveal any of their names.
The four members of the cabinet are the president, vice president, secretary,
and the treasurer. The secretary was the newest member of the cabinet.
The meeting that I observed was the first meeting that the secretary was able
to fulfill her duties.
There were also three other new members in the group
that decided to join the organization. In order to be in the organization, all
the regular members have to do is pay a membership fee but the cabinet
members must be elected by the other cabinet members and by the other
members of the group. When all of the members arrived at the meeting, the
president asked the older members to stay outside and all of the new
members to come in and sit down. The president passed out little booklets.
She gave one to me. It was the agenda of what the group was going to
discuss at the meeting.
After she passed out the agenda the president
explained all of the rules and regulations the members are asked to follow.
When she was done talking with the new members, she asked the older
members in the group to come in. She passed the agendas out to the rest of
the members. I can tell there was primary tension between the new members
because they just sat there at the beginning of the meeting and did not talk to
anyone. They didnt even participate very well. The president served as the
liaison or spokesperson of the group to introduce the new members.
think some of the tension went away because they started to participate.
It was six-thirty on the button when the president called the meeting to
order. The members on the cabinet sit at a long table . The president was
sitting at the far right of the table. She was considered a designated leader
because she was elected by the group. I think she participated very well in
playing her role as the leader of the group.
She introduced the new members
to the group and cabinet, explained the rules and regulations to the new
members, called the meeting to order, and asked for new business. She also
tried to get the new members to mature so that they would be comfortable
enough to participate in the meeting. She broke the primary tension by
introducing the new members to the group. They even allowed a joke or two
get passed them. I think the group matured pretty fast compared to some
club meetings in college that I participated in. I think the president played an
important part in getting the group to mature.
I would consider this a norm
because she does this type of thing at every meeting that is held.
The vice-president showed up late for the meeting. The president did
not look happy. She likes everyone to be on time. I think the vice president
is suffering from group hate because she did not participate well in the
meeting. She sat on the right of the president in the middle.
president was talking to the group, she used interaction cues by pointing to
other members and telling them when to talk. She was doing the same
towards the vice-president. The vice-president is always late or never shows
up for the meeting. I think she could also be a social loafer because she did
not talk much at the meeting and she just sat there listening to .