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House Rules: Keep your meetings relevant and to the point

EVERY sport and recreation organisation needs to hold meetings to run their activities.

Unless there are clear procedures, these meetings can be ineffective, drag on for hours and or not provide an opportunity for balanced discussion.

To ensure your meetings are effective, here are some tips you can follow:

Prepare an agenda and circulate to members one week prior to the meeting;

Include in the agenda, copies of previous minutes and copies of written reports or updates for members to read prior to attending;

Read the material distributed prior to the attending the meeting;

Turn up 5-10 minutes early to allow the meeting to start on time. Formal meetings need a quorum before they can start;

Keep the meeting on track. Every meeting needs a chairperson - someone who is a good listener, allows reasonable debate and keeps to the agenda;

Ensure there are clear actions in minutes stating who will do what, by when or a clear decision recorded;

Send out a copy of the minutes of the meeting within one week of the meeting date and the date for the next meeting.

Volunteers will be much happier to attend and contribute if they know they won't be there for hours on end every month.


Sports awards

THE City of Ipswich Sports Awards will be opening soon so start thinking of your achievements throughout the past year.

The awards recognise the significant achievements of our local sports heroes.

Categories include individual performances, team and club performances with winners receiving cash and prizes up to the value of $2000.

Nominations can be completed on line at


Care for your mouth

SPORTS Medicine Australia has developed a new mouthguard policy for clubs to include in their guidelines.

In association with the Australian Dental Association, the policy has been developed to clearly outline how clubs can commit to reducing the impact of mouth injuries and trauma that may occur from playing sport.

If you club requires players to wear mouthguard's adopt the policy at resources.


AFL corporate suite

FOR those wanting to watch an AFL game in style, take part in the NAB Footify Fanshake competition.

Do something good for the game, challenge a team and make a fanshake on the agreement.

Gather evidence of your pledge through a video and then upload the proof at

If you are the winner, you and 10 friends can be enjoying the live action in a corporate suite.

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