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Achieving goals through committees

By Robin Loving Rowland

It has been said:
If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it. –Charles Kettering
A committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing, but who, as a group, can meet and decide that nothing can be done. –Fred Allen
A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling to do the unnecessary. –Fred Allen
A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours. –Milton Berle
Why, then, do we keep trying to get committees to do things, and how in the world can we enable them to actually get things done?

Those will be the answers heard at the Rotary Club Tuesday, September 24, at 12:30 at Hotel Real de Minas at the Ancha de San Antonio and Stirling Dickinson when past-president Gary Peterson presents Facilitation and Communication Skills: How all members of committees can be more effective in their roles as leaders and members by being responsible for achieving results.

Rotary Meeting
Tue, Sep 24, 12:30pm
Hotel Real de Minas
Ancha de San Antonio at Stirling Dickinson

Peterson invested 20 years of his professional life in corporate human resources training and development from IT, sales, and executive development in Fortune 500 companies such as Allstate, ConAgra, Kraft, and Frito-Lay. This on top of service as a Naval officer during Viet Nam.

Peterson has a master’s in project management from George Washington University and a bachelor of business from Oregon State University. He has been active with the National Society for Human Resource Management; American Society for Training and Development; Sales and Marketing Executives of Chicago; National Society of Sales Training Executives; Chicago Sales Training Association; the Human Resource Management Association of Chicago; and Rotary.

Rotary unites leaders from all countries, cultures and occupations to exchange ideas and take action for communities around the world. For more information, contact President Lee Carter at, and see www. Peterson may be contacted at

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