Guiding… it’s all about the girls.
Sometimes, the girls are older than others.
Long-time readers may remember that I’m the Division treasurer for my area. Among other things, this means I go to meetings with the rest of the Division team once or twice a term to discuss all the many things that are going on in the area.
In January, we had a Division Exec meeting that lasted 24 hours.
I know what you’re thinking.
And ok, yes, you’re right. I am exaggerating slightly. Or rather, I’m including the sleeping, eating, drinking, chatting, and laughing in the “meeting” time.
We did get a lot of important things done, lots of decisions made and plans achieved. But we also had a lot of fun.
I think it’s really important to mix in the friendship with the admin and planning. Otherwise, we’re all going to burn out and give up entirely, and then where would we be? In a small, crying heap on the floor, that’s where. And that doesn’t sound like fun, so let’s avoid that, yes?
Anyway, we started off talking about where our problems were, and with everyone in the room bouncing ideas around, we quickly had a plan to solve them all.
We talked about things that went well, and how we could share that expertise around so that everyone improved and had less stress in their lives.
We talked about the fact that some people in the house have a very poor sense of humour when it comes to choosing mugs.
We praised each other’s cooking skills (or shopping skills, in some cases). We talked about work, other hobbies (yes, some of us have other hobbies!), our families, our friends. We ate and drank and laughed and talked and laughed some more.
In short, we had fun.
The moral of this story is that if you’re considering volunteering for extra duties – district or division exec, or organising a large event, or helping out at a recruitment drive, or anything else – and you’re wondering whether it’s worth it, the answer is a resounding yes.