As soon as possible after a date is set, but no more than two months in advance, request of the Treasurer a check for $100 (or $150 if the speaker is travelling a long distance) be drawn in the speaker’s name. The check can be left in the Abbot’s mail slot.
Meet the speaker when he/she arrives at Kannon Do. If appropriate, take the speaker to dinner locally beforehand (reimbursement from Treasurer). Make the speaker feel welcome, indicate where he/she will sit during zazen. If the speaker is a priest, he/she may perform the short service before lecture, at the Abbot’s invitation.
Introduce the speaker (if the Abbot requests or is not present to do so) after the microphone has been set up, water served, and the opening chant performed. After lecture and questions, thank the speaker on behalf of the sangha. Take care of the speaker during tea time, including presenting the honorarium and a small gift, if appropriate. See that the speaker is clear on directions home.