I'm chairing this one committee this year. It's a big job, but someone has to do it. I've been on the committee before, but when you're chairing, it's different, I think. Or maybe before, I didn't quite get it?
It takes me 3-4 hours to prep for a meeting, sometimes more (this is outside of some bigger prep issues earlier in the year, which took a whole lot longer). When I do that, though, I feel like I really have a handle on things, and can make it work really well. I tend to send out some notes ahead of the meeting. My hope is that these save the rest of the committee some time, highlight things that we need to pay close attention to, and offer potential solutions if need be. And it's better to have one potential solution, I think, and work with that (even rejecting it outright) than to have everyone on the committee try to make a solution and then cobble them together.
But when we have a good meeting, we do good work, and it gets done, and I feel really good about it.