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The Role of the Chairman
The Chairman of the Advisory Council is the key man insofar as the overall functioning of the Advisory Council. He is the presiding officer of the Council. He delegates the work of the Advisory Council to the various members and is responsible for their functioning in their respective jobs. The Executive Officer uses the Chairman as his primary contact with the Advisory Council. In delegating responsibilities to various Advisors, the Chairman must see that each job is clearly defined, and there is no overlapping of responsibilities.
In addition to the Chapter Advisor, the following Advisory Council positions are recommended:
One of the above may be designated as Secretary of the Advisory Council as well.
As a Chapter becomes more active, and has more Advisors available, there will be other areas of responsibility which can be delegated. Oftentimes there won’t be enough adults to fill all the jobs separately, so Advisors will need to fill two or more functions.
Part-time Advisors – Many times recruiting adults to be advisors can be easier if the time commitment is not as great. A part-time advisor must still be a certified advisor, but has volunteered a restricted number of hours per month or to perform a specific task only. This requires the Chairman to be more pro-active to be sure that the Advisor(s) is fully prepared and may require a little reminding since his commitment is less regular. Therefore the Chairman is also a human resources and scheduling manager.
The Chairman of a DeMolay Advisory Council can be compared with the coach of a sports team. The Chairman must provide the cohesiveness to mold the team of the Advisors into a wining combination. He assembles the most competent persons he can find for the Council. Specifically, his duties include:
A good Chairman will see the spirit of his leadership spread among the rest of the Advisors. Use the above check-off list and be sure you’re doing all that is expected of you.
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