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  1. The SquadronCommander

  2. Duties of the Squadron Commander • To ensure that all CPS policies, both Squadron and District, are carried out • Responsible for the overall quality of the training and other programs • Be the Squadron’s representative on the District Council • Supply regular reports to District Council, AGM’s and any others requested • Perform other duties as required

  3. So How Do We Do All Of This The Guidebook for CPS Officers is your best reference for all questions…

  4. The Guidebook • Found on WBAS under “Officers Web Home” • Then “Officer Guidebooks”

  5. Squadron Organization • Squadron function • Squadron organization • Squadron Meetings

  6. The GuidebookMeetings & Ceremonies • This section mainly refers to General Meetings and will be of great assistance in preparing for Annual General Meetings. • Preparation is the key for all meetings.

  7. The GuidebookMerit Marks • Merit Marks, Commander’s Citation and Letter of Commendation are our official way of thanking our member volunteers. • Letters of Appreciation can be awarded to non-members of CPS who assist our Squadron, District or National organization

  8. The GuidebookFinancial Management & Insurance • Squadron Expenses and reimbursements • Liability Insurance – for usual Squadron activities • Dues increase request procedure • Financial Statements

  9. The GuidebookAppendix C • Squadron Officers Job Descriptions • Commander should be familiar with all of these • Should make sure that your Officers also know how to access their own description

  10. The GuidebookAppendix G • Suggested Squadron Activity Calendar

  11. The GuidebookAppendix H WBAS Procedures • How to set up your computer for WBAS • How to use WBAS • Which Officer has access to what information • Frequently Asked questions

  12. Supplementary Documents • CPS National Directory • Model Squadron Regulations • The Successful Squadron • Financial Statements and other forms • CPS Bylaws • CPS Training Manual • Much other useful information

  13. Relationship Between Squadron and District Commanders • The Squadron Commander needs to be kept informed, and similarly the District Commander should be kept informed about Squadrons affairs. • You are the liaison between Squadron and District. The D/C is the liaison between District and National.

  14. Dual Responsibilities • The Squadron Commander is also member of the District Council, and the District Commander is a member of the National Governing Board. District Council is where squadrons can share their successes and concerns with all in the District. • It is at the Governing Board I can bring your concerns and successes to others across the country.

  15. How Squadron and District Commanders’ Jobs are Similar • Ensuring that the policies of Squadrons and Districts are effectively carried out; • Supply the Commander’ reports – Squadron to District, District to National; • Ensuring that the National Secretary is notified of any changes in Squadron or District Officers within 2 weeks.

  16. How Squadron and District Commanders’ Jobs are Similar • Completion of Merit Mark recommendations by both Squadron Commander, and District Commander by December 1. • Ensuring that AGM minutes and audited financial reports are submitted to National and District within one week of AGM.

  17. Review • The success of any squadron relies on the working relationship between the Squadron Commanders and the Bridge Officers. • By keeping abreast of news from other Squadrons/District/National, you will be able to keep your Squadron moving forward • Share with others your successes and your disappointments. We are all working towards the same goal…

  18. Leadership Skills • Vision • Communication • People skills • Delegation • Adaptability • Teamwork • Mentoring and Development • Decision-making • Planning

  19. Leadership • Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity – George Patton • The real leader has no need to lead – he is content to point the way – Henry Miller • Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. – Peter F. Drucker • A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm. Henrik Ibsen • I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. – Ralph Nader

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