The Chair welcomed Ms Soup to the week, declaring this one of the busiest weeks in the year. The Committee received the agenda and the Chair invited the inclusion of additional items for consideration under Other Business, noting that the agenda was already crowded. It was agreed to add the following additional items:
Item: two children’s birthday party invitations received at extremely short notice, necessitating emergency expedition to hideous local shopping mall to facilitate the purchase of age-appropriate gifts.
Item: printer broken immediately upon return from hideous local shopping mall, necessitating emergency return trip to hideous local shopping mall. Vacuum cleaner broken (again). It was agreed this matter was of minor importance as due to the aforementioned crowded agenda, there is little opportunity for housework.
[Secretariat note: delegate to Mr Soup].
Item: head cold, irritating cough. This to be added to late nights; children requiring transport to and from inconvenient locations for soccer matches; and teenager’s forgotten homework.
[Secretariat note: participant observer 'Third Party Commenter' requested delivery of a powerpoint presentation to facilitate full visual comprehension. The Chair reminded Third Party Commenter that participant observers do not enjoy voting rights on the Committee, however agreed to accommodate the request. Stills from the full presentation appear below where appropriate].
MINUTES FROM THE PREVIOUS MEETING
The Committee received the minutes of the previous week and agreed to confirm them as a true and accurate record of proceedings. It was noted that last week felt like a lifetime ago so the minutes may or may not be ‘true and accurate’ but following robust debate it was agreed to just sign the bloody thing.
Item: Twilight Market
Ms Soup reported that the Market was unanimously deemed a great success. Members commented appreciatively on the convivial atmosphere, the prevalence of class stalls selling hot chocolate and soup, the outstanding quality of the products available (in particular adorable tiny baby socks, exquisite hand dyed yarns and magnificent felted items and the overall increase in the number of youthful and enthusiastic musical buskers.
Sub item: Busking
The Committee agreed to recommend that children be encouraged to attend at least three music lessons prior to commencement of busking. The Committee engaged in a spirited discussion over whether The Cuteness Factor should be included as a Key Performance Indicator or if financial outcome should remain the sole KPI. It was resolved to defer the decision pending further investigation and the possible convening of a working party to undertake the task.
[Secretariat notes for 2009 Market: (a) it is dark by 6.00pm in winter, consider recommendation of candles; and (b) investigate naturopathic remedies for stakeholders’ blistered tongues should hot chocolate enterprise be run by 11 year olds again].
Ms Soup reported that this is complete and has been hand delivered to its destination. Champagne would normally be consumed but the Committee was advised that bed at 7.30pm with a good book and a cup of tea appears preferable.
Item: Nine year old’s homework project
Igloo with caribou and clay
[Secretriat note: the Committee thanked those participant observers who provided expertise re terminology, geographic locations, etc]
Currently on hold. It was agreed to consider this item at a future meeting when members have the energy to attend to it in an appropriate manner.
[Secretariat note: Investigate benchmarking figures for toothfairies to determine whether five nights of no-show is acceptable business practice. Refer item to Quality Assurance Sub Committee? Option 2: Delegate to Mr Soup).
Nil knitting to report.
The Committee was informed that Ms Soup will be requested to continue undertaking of additional hours due to three colleagues being absent through (i) prolonged hospital stay; (ii) long service leave - 3 months in Paris half-his-luck; and (iii) nuptial ceremony [sub species: Extreme Greek, therefore applicant entitled to additional leave in order to cope]. The Chair enquired as to Ms Soup’s progress regarding planning matrix (seek MUDmap or similar?) required in order to achieve these additional outcomes but Ms Soup could not be roused from her exhausted unconscious state and it was agreed to defer this item to a later date.
There being no further business, the week then closed.
[Secretariat note: The Committee was reminded that the next agenda is likely to be just as full therefore members are requested to keep items to a minimum pending resumption of normal business c. February 2009.]