Blog post by Lauren Oloughlin
Information provided by Belinda Le
As part of the Executive, the Secretary has a very important role in the committee. This blog post will tell you all about this role and what the Secretary has been up to this year!
DLSS Geelong Secretary: Belinda Le
What is the role of this portfolio?
As the Secretary, I have been responsible for maintaining the administrative upkeep of the DLSS Geelong. In particular, I have been required to ensure that all documentation and records are maintained consistently and are in compliance with the law. I have also been responsible for recording detailed and concise minutes of all board meetings and general meetings, as well as ensuring that the DLSS Geelong is in compliance with the By-Laws, Constitution and other applicable legislation in place.
Aside from preserving the administrative upkeep of the DLSS Geelong, I have also been required to maintain constant communication with all Committee Members in order to ensure that each Portfolio is effectively working towards providing ongoing advocacy and peer support to all students throughout their degree.
Why should other people apply for this portfolio?
The main reason as to why I applied for the role of Secretary was mainly to challenge myself and allow for me to really step out of my comfort zone. Being the Secretary requires me to be in continuous contact with all Committee Members and has thus, provided me with an excellent opportunity to both work with and get to know my fellow Committee Members on a far more profound level. I feel that my position has pushed me to constantly be accountable for my work on the Committee and has also allowed me to not only develop my interpersonal skills, but to increase my level of confidence in ways unimaginable.
All in all, I really wanted to apply for a position which would require me to be proactive and organised and in addition, would allow for me to contribute to the DLSS Geelong in a positive and substantial manner.
If you’re looking to apply for a position which will not only motivate you, but will keep you on your toes, then the role of Secretary is the way to go!
What has the Secretary achieved in 2017?
I feel like the role of Secretary has allowed for me to accomplish a number of personal achievements.
First and foremost, I have been able to foster and develop a number of skills during my time as the Secretary of the DLSS Geelong. In particular, I have been able to develop my administrative skills, organisational skills, time management skills and interpersonal skills which are invaluable, as well as extremely transferrable in the workforce.
I have also been successful in ensuring that the DLSS Geelong’s operation is in regular compliance with the Constitution and By-Laws in place. In addition, I have ensured that all documentation and records are consistently maintained and accessible to all Committee Members and other stakeholders. Further to this, I have been able to regularly record comprehensive minutes from all board meetings and general meetings held throughout the year and have ensured their timely distribution and publication.
In working with a Committee comprising of 32 individuals, I have also played a role in assisting with the resolution of any societal issues and in effectively communicating with all concerned parties in order to ensure that a swift and appropriate resolution is reached.
Sound like something you’d be interested in? Hopefully this has given you some insight into the work that the Secretary has done on the behalf of Deakin Geelong Law students! Come along to the AGM to find out more about positions available and meet our current team!