Meetings drive a significant amount of functionality inside Our Cat Herder.
To access meetings click the Meetings link in the left hand green menu.
The meetings page is divided into two tabs, upcoming and past meetings.
Once a meetings end time has passed (based on the current date/time) then it will be automatically moved to the past meetings tab. This means only current meetings are shown in upcoming meetings tab.
To access meeting types click the Meeting Types button at the bottom of the Meetings page.
Meeting types connect to the following parts of Our Cat Herder:
- Agenda templates
- Action (Action Tracker & Closed Actions)
- Minutes last meeting
- Organisation of Meeting Archive in Documents.
For further details on meeting types click here.
Creating a Meeting¶
To create a meeting click the New Meeting button at the bottom of the Meetings page.
A modal window will appear and you will need to enter the following information:
Meeting Type. Read more about meeting types here.
If you choose "Other" from the drop down this will provide a space to type a new meeting type, which will create a brand new meeting type (appearing in the Meeting Types list) which will be accessible in meeting creation for all future meetings.
Choose something that will allow you to easily identify the meeting in the future. The most common naming convention by other Our Cat Herder customers is to use the type and date of the meeting. E.g. "Board Meeting March 2020".
Add you meeting location so meeting attendees have it for easy reference.
- Start Time
- End Time
You can choose any person who is a member on your portal to be the meeting chairperson. This gives you flexibility to have different members chair different meetings and sign off meeting minutes.
You can use this to include additional information and messages to meeting attendees.
You will also have the following two settings (these can be adjusted later):
Do not email invite(s)
If you do not tick this checkbox meeting invites will be sent immediately to the selected Meeting Chair and if you add people in the meeting details page they will immediately receive an invitation.
We recommend you check this setting as it gives you more control over notifications being sent.
Show "Minutes this Meeting" button only to Meeting Creator, Admin and Meeting Chairperson.
This will stop the "Minutes this Meeting" button on the Meeting Details page from showing to anyone other than the meeting creator, users with the role Admin or the Meeting Chairperson (as selected in this modal).
Once you have added all the information completed then click the Create Meeting button at the bottom of the modal.
The meeting will now show on the Meetings page. If the meeting date is in the future it will show under the "Upcoming Meetings" tab. If the meeting date is in the past it will show under the "Past Meetings" tab.
Click the name of your new meeting to go to the Meeting Details page to start customising your meeting agenda and more.
The Meeting Details pages is where you can administer the meeting. As an Admin user you will have quite a few options here.
If you are assigned the Admin role the white buttons will show on any meeting you view. Which buttons are accessible changes based the current state of the meeting.
Invite People Button¶
This may also show as the Add People button.
This button has two states that change based on your choice for the setting "Do not email invite(s)" during meeting setup.
If you have checked " Do not email invite(s)" then you will see Add People. When this button is in the Add People state then email invites to the meeting are not sent. To send invites in this state you either need to:
a. un-check the " Do not email invite(s)" by clicking the Edit Details button. As soon as you save this change email invites will be immediately sent to all meeting invitees.
b. Click the Resend button which.
If " Do not email invite(s)" is unchecked then you will see Invite People. When this button is in the Invite People state then email invites to the meeting are not sent.
To invite members of your portal listed on your Members page click the button. You will be presented with a modal where you can tick a checkbox next to each persons name to invite them to the meeting.
If you have " Do not email invite(s)" is checked then you will see the following note in the modal:
"Note: Emails will not be sent to members. To send email use 'Resend' button or enable sending invites in meeting details."
The RSVP button will show if you are invited to the meeting via the Invite People or Add People Once you have RSVP'd to the meeting (you can choose Accept or Apology) the button will change to show the response you have input.
As an admin you can modify your own and your members responses under the Invited Members list. Click here for further information.
This button allows you to resend invite to all meeting attendees. Once you click Confirm in the modal invites will be sent.
If " Do not email invite(s)" is unchecked then every time you click the Save Changes button meeting invitees will get an email notification about the change.
The Edit Agenda button provides access to the Agenda builder functionality, which also drives the Minute Taker structures.
Click here for further information on building your meeting Agendas.
The Background Paper button allows you to create background papers directly inside Our Cat Herder.
Click here for further information on creating background papers.
The Add Attachment button allows you to quickly attach files to your Agenda. Either by uploading from your computer or by allowing you to select documents already stored in your portal's Documents area.
The Minute Taker button takes you to the minute taking functionality for your meeting. You can also assign actions for this meeting in this area as well.
Please see Minutes for more information.
The green buttons provide quick access to all documents added to the meeting. With one exception, based on meeting settings, these buttons show to all people invited to the meeting.
Meeting Papers ¶
Next to the heading "Meeting Papers" you will see a small folder icon. This is a quick link to the Meeting Archive folder for this meeting. Clicking it will take you directly to that folder. Initialy the folder will be empty, however it will populate as you add documents to your meeting. If at any time you can't see a document that show be there, try using the Generate Documents in Minute Taker.
This button shows the system generated PDF of the meeting minutes which you have input via the Minute Taker.
You cannot replace the system generated PDF with your own PDF or document.
When setting up your meeting you can check the " Show "Minutes this Meeting" button only to Meeting Creator, Admin and Meeting Chairperson." checkbox. This will hide this button from all meeting attendees, except for:
- The Meeting Creator
- Members assigned the "Admin" role
- And the member set as the Meeting Chairperson.
This button will download all meeting documents as a .zip file to your local computer. For details on how to open a zip file on your computer or device google ".zip" + the type of device you have.
This button will combine all documents attached to the meeting that are in PDF or Word format into a single meeting PDF.
The order of the documents is not currently customisable.
The order is as follows:
- Meeting Agenda
This button shows the system generated PDF of the Meeting Agenda based on the Agenda you construct in the Agenda Builder Edit Agenda.
This button shows the system generated PDF of the Minutes PDF from the previous meeting of the same type. This is driven by the Meeting Type selected. And will always show the last meeting on the system. To see the last meeting visit the
This button shows all actions (marked "Not Yet Started", "On Hold", "In Progress" or "Complete") connected to Meetings with the same Meeting Type as selected when you created the meeting. This allows you to quickly carry actions across meetings of the same type.
This button shows all actions marked "Closed" connected to Meetings with the same Meeting Type as selected when you created the meeting.
On the middle left of the Meeting Details screen you will see the "Invited Members" which features four vertical tabs:
Each will have a number in brackets next to it. If you have not invited anyone all will show 0 in brackets.
Invited - shows all members invited to the meeting. [is the default selected tab]
No Response - shows all members who have not yet RSVP'd
Accepted - shows all members who have RVSP'd "Accepted"
Apologies - shows all members who have RVSP'd "Apology"
To the right hand side of each member name you will see a small icon. You can click this to modify the member's response if required. The member will also see the same button next to their own name (not others) when they are view the meeting in their account so that they can modify their response if needed.
Under the "Invited Members" area there is a comments section which is accessible to everyone invited to the meeting.
Deleting a Meeting¶
To delete a whole meeting head to the main Meetings page via the main green menu.
Find the meeting you wish to delete under the Upcoming or Past Meetings tabs.
On the far right of the meeting name under "options" there will be a small trash icon.
Click this icon and a modal will appear asking you to confirm you wish delete the meeting.
This action will irreversibly delete all data for that meeting. Use with caution.
Updated: 27 March 2020