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A Year of Living Positively-Day 208

The meeting was terrific, all things considered. Yes, I pulled it off, with the help of my team, pretty well. I presided over our KOTESOL Chapter's monthly membership meeting to meet with success.

We were wondering how it would go, me having taken up the post of local president mid-way through our fiscal and election year, and it being July. It went better than hoped, despite a hitch. We had just planned a casual thing on teaching tips, with three members having been slated to present briefly on three tips to generate discussion. Over a dozen people showed up, old members and newbies. However, one of the speakers did not make it in time. Not looking at any copy of our meeting announcement, which were all easily available to him on his mobile, he decided to use Google maps and search the location, which is a corporate private institute chain with many locations. He went to two wrong locations far away, and failed to make it in time to present, even though we stalled and stalled waiting for him. Anyway, we filled up the time pleasantly. As a matter of fact, we had a candidate for my old position to introduce herself, so we had ample time for the people there to get to know her before I acclaimed her as the new Vice-President officer. Then that woman began to present, and we had lots of time for discussion. I was the second presenter. After my talk, I suggested we have a break. I allowed extra time for the break and during that period learned that the third speaker had mistakenly gone too far astray to make it. Calling the meeting back to order, we just discussed the fall schedule and the international conference that our organization is holding in October. We finished a little earlier than normal, but everyone except for two participants wanted to hang around and spend some time at a nearby cafe together. Wonderful! Hopefully, they will join or renew their memberships according to the circumstances of each, and some will make an effort to return and perhaps even to the international conference. 

That was a relief. Hopefully, the other officers now have confidence in me and themselves and the capacity to keep the membership up and the meetings of high quality. Yes, now I feel a little tuckered out. You have to be "on" during the whole meeting and throughout the "apres" meeting social activity if you are a leading officer, and you have to keep encouraging people to come to meetings consistently, join or renew, and advise them on their teaching situations, as well as pay everyone equal attention and preserve a warm and comfortable atmosphere. No longer can I sit back and come and go to meetings as I please.



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