The taking of minutes forms an essential part of most meetings. The minutes are the permanent record of business transacted at a meeting and must be absolutely impartial. They must record the decisions reached at a meeting and be expressed in clear and unambiguous terms. Special care should be taken to record relevant dates and figures.
- The minutes should record all officers of the organisation present at a meeting.
- The minutes should be recorded in plain language which can be easily understood by all readers.
- The minutes should record decisions and not discussions.
- Special care should be taken to record relevant dates and figures accurately.
- The minutes should be checked for accuracy by the Chairman of the meeting and one further member of the committee.
- The finalised minutes should then be signed by the Chairman of the Meeting.
- As an added precaution, each page of the minutes should be initialed at the foot of the page by the chairman.
- The minutes should be stored in a minute book that is kept in a safe place so that the minutes can be reviewed at future meetings.
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