TinMan wrote:The problem we are having are too many cooks in the kitchen causing problems for the wards.
Sounds more like a lack of policies. (Or lack of a master chef if you want to stick with that analogy.)
TinMan wrote:We went to schedule our ward Christmas party last month.
I hope this is for 2013. If it's for 2012, you're pretty late in the game. If for 2013, then it's time to call the "building scheduler" to deal with these conflicts. That's their new role. They can move and even cancel any event that takes place at their location.
And even then, at some point they're going to say "you should have planned this sooner". With 10 wards in a stake - that's going to be like growing up in a house with 9 brothers. Either you learn to eat fast or you starve.
Private parties would have to wait until all the wards had a chance to schedule their activities for the year.
TinMan wrote:Imagine our surprise when every Saturday in December was scheduled with "private parties."
In our stake, church activities have priority. Baptisms always have priority. But then, we also run all private parties though the stake scheduler, so that helps.
TinMan wrote:All of them scheduled by people who have regular access to schedule events.
Default admins or others? If it's others, then I wonder what calendar they are putting it on?