One Community uses Welcome Teams to help new members get up to speed, promote group facilitation skills, and further team building and leadership development. This page is the outline of the purpose and function of Welcome Teams and Welcome Team Facilitators:
The purpose of the Welcome Teams is to maintain a smaller community environment where people can share what is going on in their lives and, as we grow beyond 20 people, the diversity of happenings of the different Project Teams. With a team less than 20 people, the goal of the Welcome Teams is a monthly social call. Once the team grows beyond 20 people, the Welcome Team focus expands like this:
The Welcome Team Facilitator role is selected based on their understanding of the One Community project as a whole and their ongoing ability to facilitate the smooth functioning of their Welcome Team.
SELF-EVALUATION: Are Welcome Teams on track?
Team calls are foundational to the effective functioning of our organization. Per the One Community Hands-Off Administrative Policy, the following guidelines have been established for the Weekly Team Calls, Welcome Team Calls, and Project Team Calls:
Attendees are expected to join all calls punctually at there starting time and remain on the call for the full duration. However, when an emergency or unexpected event may arise, to be counted as “in attendance” and avoid a blue square (see the Policies and Procedures) for Welcome Team and Weekly Team calls, the following must be met (Project Team calls are arranged with the Project Team leader):
In these situations, a person is expected to email the team if at all possible, and include in their email the time they expect to join the call so that everyone knows when to expect them and to minimize disruption to the team. (See also the Communication page.)