Every Chama leader must pick a Deputy Chairlady to help her run the Chama as well as stand in for her in her absence. This is a very powerful docket in the Chama as this person is number two to the leader. Be assured that everyone in your Chama wants you to be successful. Most members will help you succeed if the tasks and expectations are clearly defined and reasonable and the members share appropriate interest and skill. You represent the Chairlady in her absence for members will follow; attendance, a positive attitude and working with the members’ interests in mind are most important. So, once you are picked to hold this office, what is your role really? For starters, a Vice President’s duties as a social club officer are similar to that of the President’s duties. The Vice President of the club oversees events by the appointed committees and members but also steps into the role of President if the President is unavailable. He may also be responsible for planning and organizing approved events for the social club. Here’s more of what is expected of you.
Support the Chairlady
A well-organized and properly operating Chama should have a properly trained Deputy Chairlady who is prepared to administer the Chama in the absence of the leader.
Plan programs and education
Provide supportive leadership
Establish a climate of enthusiasm, openness and concern. Follow up, congratulate and listen. Make it apparent that you are concerned and accessible. Seek input and explore alternatives before making important decisions.
Preside over meetings
Perform Chama administration
Keep in mind that your role is mainly to support the Chairlady in her absence and also work hand in hand with her during Chama meetings. Thus you must be loyal, follow instructions and update her once she returns.
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