(This role may be combined with Grammarian as needed)
The main duty of the Ah Counter is to note words and sounds used as a ‘crutch’ or pause filler by anyone who speaks during the meeting.
Words may be in appropriate interjections such as “and’, ‘but’, ‘so’, ‘well’, or ‘you know.’ Sounds may be ‘ah’, ‘er’, or ‘um.’ You should also note when a speaker repeats a word or phrase, such as ‘I’, ’I’ or ‘this means’, ‘this means,’ as well as restarts (when someone stops a sentence before completion and then restarts with a new thought).
Before the meeting
Prepare a brief explanation of the duties of the Ah Counter for the benefit of guests.
Upon arrival at the meeting
Work with the Ah Counter’s Log you’ve printed previously or you may also obtain a copy from the Sergeant-at-Arms when you arrive.
During the meeting
- When introduced by the General Evaluator, explain the role of the Ah Counter.
- Throughout the meeting, listen to everyone and keep track of all inappropriate filler sounds or words used by anyone who speaks during the meeting, including repeats and restarts. Be sure to write down the name of each person who speaks so you can give an accurate report of non-offenders.
- Tally the counts for each speaker and the group as a whole.
- Give a report when called upon by the General Evaluator, including the total count for the meeting and who did particularly well (you may also wish to mention any fillers that were used particularly heavily).
After the meeting
Give your completed report to the club Secretary.