Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Business Meeting Format

Berkeley CLA Business Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at the beginning of the meeting instead of the pamphlet reading.

Meeting Time:
The Tuesday, 10 AM Clutterers Anonymous business meeting, held on the 1st Tuesday of the month for _________minutes, beginning at _______ o’clock.

1. Secretary Opens with:

We will now have our monthly business meeting.

Who would like to keep time?

Who would like to take notes? (Secretary provides paper from notebook.)

Please join me in a moment of silence followed by the reading of Tradition 2:

Tradition 2:
“For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority -- a loving God as expressed through our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern..”

2. Last month’s report and notes:
Secretary reads or designates reader of last month’s business meeting minutes.

3. Today’s business agendas
Secretary counts how many agendas, and announces:
“Today we have (how many) agendas. State briefly:
The agendas are: (for example)

Starting with agenda 1. Read what is written in business notebook.
Open up to group for discussion
Ask for a proposed motion
Ask for second motion
Ask for votes: YES, NO, ABSTAIN
Count and record
Move to next Agenda #2
Continue for each Agenda Item

Timer notates one minute left and informs Secretary, who announces:
“We have 1 minute remaining for the business meeting this month. We will table the agendas not finished to address/complete/discuss at the next meeting.”

Secretary lists agendas to be tabled for the notetaker.

“We will close the business meeting with a moment of silence followed by the Serenity Prayer.”
Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenityto accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.


If you wish to bring up anything at the monthly business meeting, please write in this notebook your suggestions. Please be present at the business meeting to address your agenda.

Agenda #____




Background Information (if any)




Suggested motion




By: _____________________________________________

Berkeley Clutterers Anonymous

You are cordially invited to join us in person!
North Berkeley Clutterers Anonymous Meeting

Monday evening 7:15-8:30 PM

Tuesday morning
10:00 AM sharp until 11:15 AM

Epworth United Methodist Church
1953 Hopkins Street
Berkeley, Ca 94707

Directions to Epworth:
Epworth United Methodist Church is located at 1953 Hopkins Street at Napa Avenue, near the south portal of the Solano Avenue tunnel.

By Public Transit:

AC Transit local routes 43, 9, and 7 stop at the corner of Hopkins and Sutter (Shattuck Avenue), near the south portal of the Solano Avenue tunnel. (Route FS provides TransBay service, weekday commute hours only.)

From there, it's a one-block downhill walk to the church. Route
15 stops at the corner of Hopkins and The Alameda (MLK Jr. Way), near the North Berkeley Branch Library. Walk uphill on Hopkins past Milvia - the church will be on your left.

Transfer to the 43, 9, and 7 buses at the Berkeley BART station. (Route 9 no longer stops at North Berkeley BART.)

On Your Bike:

The northern end of the Milvia Street Bicycle Boulevard intersects Hopkins Street, just a block from the church.

From Major Highways:

From the Eastshore Freeway (I-80) take the Gilman Street exit and continue eastward until Gilman intersects with Hopkins. Turn left and proceed uphill on Hopkins. You'll pass Monterey Foods, MLK Middle School, and the North Berkeley Branch Library on the way.

From Highway 24, take the Tunnel Road exit, and proceed west on Ashby Avenue to Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. Turn right on MLK, drive north for about two miles, then right again on Hopkins.

First Tuesday of the Month: Business Meeting
Second Tuesday: Speaker Meeting
Third, Fourth, Fifth Tuesdays:
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