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Westchester magazine raises the bar for addressing your audience

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Professional layout and design, "insider" feature content, and loads of advertising combine to make the Westchester Chordsmen's Overtones magazine a model to emulate. The full-size magazine format allows plenty of space for a clean, airy presentation, and showcases the numerous advertisers to best advantage. Evergreen content covers the chapter's active performance schedule, outreach activities, ...
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Discovering Hidden Member Talents…

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The Healthy Chapter Initiative has published a sample "Chapter Member Talent Survey" that chapters can utilize as a resource in discovering talents of their members.  Serving as a potential starting point for your nominating committee to dive into finding individuals to serve in various positions with your chapter, this also primarily serves as a tool in finding capabilities of your members to ma...
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Financial Filings Coming Due for Chapters, Districts & Subsidiaries of BHS

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Have you already submitted your required IRS 990 or CRA Filings? THANK YOU! Many of our chapters, districts, and subsidiaries have already filed these reports but may not have reported to Society HQ. Filing these reports with the IRS, CRA, or other equivalent is not just a good idea; it is the law!    The Barbershop Harmony Society also requires reporting to the organization as a matter of compl...
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Chapter Guidelines for Conducting a Music Director Search

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Sooner or later every chapter/chorus will find it necessary to find a new music director. Many things can be done to maximize the probability of success in finding a director. We recognize that this isn’t always an easy process, but we hope these guidelines can help provide some suggestions around the process of a search. Important note: These guidelines are not intended to be a ‘checklist’ bu...
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Direct them to the dotted line… A Sample Contract for Chapter Music Leaders

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Most chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society have a music director for their chorus. BHS has provided a SAMPLE contract as a starting point for negotiations and conversations with your music leader. As with any type of contract, it may be appropriate for the chapter and the individual to negotiate amendments and modifications to suit their own circumstances. If either party is in doubt about ...
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Insurance Coverage for BHS Chapter Owned Property

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The Society has worked out an arrangement to offer insurance coverage for chapter-owned property.   Coverage is available at various levels; property covered includes risers, uniforms, audio and visual equipment and all the normal paraphernalia needed to operate the chapter.   If your chapter has property and you wish to participate in this program, complete the enrollment form and return to t...
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Revised BMI/SESAC Show Clearance Form for U.S. Chapters

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The Barbershop Harmony Society has updated our Application for Show Clearance: BMI & SESAC License Form and is now available for download on our Society online Document Center. The general form updates are reflective of what our current process is for processing show clearance requests as an organization, alongside your District Leadership. We're happy to report that rates for a BMI/SESAC Sho...
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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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Updated Training Manual for Chapter Treasurers

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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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