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Your Chapter and the BHS Standard Chapter Bylaws

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As you likely know, every chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society follows a set of Standard Chapter Bylaws as updated and edited by the Society Board of Directors. Simply, when an update is made to the document, it automatically becomes effective to all chapters.  While changes are infrequent, it's important that you and your chapter remain up-to-date. When a change is made, an email is always s...
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Updated Training Manual for Chapter Secretaries

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Our new Chapter Secretary Manual is available for all new and veteran chapter secretaries.  Through the Society's Healthy Chapter Initiative (HCI), we've solicited content experts who have served as chapter or district secretaries.   The Chapter Secretary Manual no longer has a sister document which was called the "Exhibits Manual". We've consolidated the general manual and exhibits manual to in...
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Sing the National Anthem for the Harlem Globetrotters in your community

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There are two kinds of people in the world: those who hear “Sweet Georgia Brown” and think “what a great barbershop song!” and those who hear it and think of the Harlem Globetrotters. It’s about time we joined them together, don’t you think? The Globetrotters organization invites barbershop groups across the continent to audition to perform the National Anthem before games. (See their schedule fo...
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BHS Seeking Applicants for Certified Leadership Facilitator Program

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The Barbershop Harmony Society continues to expand its education offerings, and seeks dynamic, effective facilitators to continue to support our chapters through “thought leadership”. The group of certified facilitators will be part of a talent pool entrusted with the new Healthy Chapter Initiative leadership materials which will circulate in district leadership academies and other special events ...
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Updated Training Manual for Chapter Treasurers

4078 - Chapter Treasurer Manual
The Barbershop Harmony Society, through its Healthy Chapter Initiative (HCI), has updated and revised the Chapter Treasurer Manual.   In prior years, the chapter treasurer manual also had a separate "exhibits manual". We've since consolidated the two into one. The new manual includes increased appendices towards the end of the document for reference and guidance for our chapters.  In the coming ...
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New Process for ASCAP Reporting for Chapters

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All of our U.S. Chapters must complete an annual ASCAP Reporting Form and submit that information (with corresponding payment, if applicable) at the end of each year.  Effective January 2017, chapters will no longer be sending their ASCAP Reporting Forms to their district secretary for processing. Instead, all ASCAP forms and applicable payments should be sent to the Barbershop Harmony Society di...
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Annual bulletin contest now accepting entries

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What gets measured gets improved, and this applies to the craft of communications  just as much as it does to singing. These contests supervised by PROBE, the organization for Public Relations Officers and Bulletin Editors, can help you improve and advance your skills:  International Bulletin Contest, open to all BHS editors. Deadline is March 3rd, 2017. Contact chairman Lowell Shank: Lowell....
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Robert’s Rules of Order for Small Boards – A User’s Guide for Chapters & Districts

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The below is only an excerpt from the user guide. For the full, printable version of this guide, please visit the BHS Business & Finance Document Center by clicking here.  For the majority of our chapters and districts within the Barbershop Harmony Society, a board meeting usually does not consist of more than twelve members. In Robert’s Rules of Order, it specifies that where there are not m...
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U.S. Personal Income Tax Deductions for Barbershoppers

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The Barbershop Harmony Society shares the following as a guide, not an authority on US tax law. Always consult with a tax accountant or other professional, when in doubt. Some things you do as a Barbershopper are tax deductible. If you itemize your deductions, you may be entitled to include some expense for barbershop activity. If you had verifiable out‐of‐pocket expense in connection with a chap...
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2016 in review: A Message from CEO Marty Monson

Marty Monson
CEO, Barbershop Harmony Society
Now is the very best time to be a Barbershopper—more than ever. This is how we led off our End of Year letter in 2015. It’s STILL true. Our growth investments in programs, volunteer leadership, personnel and strategic planning have been unprecedented. We have added capacity to boldly expand support to the life of our chapters. We’ve embarked on a sweeping effort to understand our past and pres...
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