This trustee chaired her first committee meeting (Finance Committee) last night. I focused primarily on making sure everyone, especially the non-trustee members, could have a chance to speak. There were some mechanics that I was unsure about, but luckily the committee members had much patience and the staff was there to help.It was an interesting exercise in blending Robert's Rules and the consensus rules that I'm more used to at cohousing and Green meetings. I couldn't diverge far from RR, but at committees we strive for consensus, so I felt that a temperature check with the committee members was an OK thing to try. There were some rounds of casual "I see many nods around the table" but the temp check offered more clarity. (A

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