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Direction and Intent

Like all of us, a committee needs a reason to exist. It needs a purpose and a goal.

For neighborhood council committees, the direction and intent is set by official action of the neighborhood council board.1

Committee directives should be specific enough to focus the committee, but broad enough to allow the committee flexibility to develop creative solutions.

Here is an example directive for a Holiday Party Ad Hoc Committee:

Create a budget and plan for the Neighborhood Council’s annual holiday party to be held in December of this year.

  1. This is described in Article VII of the NC bylaws. For example: “The creation, direction, intent, and guidelines of all Standing and Ad Hoc Committees will be decided by official action.”