Observation of the Stevenson High Choral Guild

Topics: Adlai Stevenson, Management, Board of directors Pages: 3 (1120 words) Published: March 18, 2016


Observation of the Stevenson High Choral Guild
Pamela Levinson
College of Lake County

Observation of the Stevenson High Choral Guild

The Stevenson High Choral Guild is the parent group for the three choirs at Adlai E Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. The executive board is made up of nine members; the co-presidents, vice president, co-secretaries, co-treasurers and the two teachers. I observed one of their monthly meetings. There was a lot to discuss at this meeting including the upcoming trip to New York City and changes to the organizations bylaws.

The executive board’s objectives for this meeting were to figure out which aspect of the New York trip the choral guild would pay for and to finish the revisions of the bylaws before they were brought to the entire choral guild for approval. Each member of the executive board was given an agenda for the meeting so that everyone knew what was going on and who’s turn it was to talk. The group quickly completed their first objective. The teachers led the group through the price list for the trip and the board had unanimously agreed on which activity they would pay for each student. The co-presidents helped moved the meeting move from point to point until the group got to the bylaw discussion. One of the co-presidents with the help of the other president, the teachers, and a former member of the board who was the last one to update the bylaws had drafted the bylaw revisions. The co-presidents thought they would be able to go through the changes quickly with little discussion, but this was not the case. There were long conversations for each change. These conversations were not calm ones where one person talked at a time. The members talked over each other and a lot of concerns and ideas were repeated because you were not able to hear what anyone else had said. The group members were not very good listeners because when they weren’t the ones talking, they were formulating what...
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