Why A Chapter Bulletin?
For several reasons, but primarily for the benefit of the
chapter members. Benefit that accrues when the editor
knows and pursues his purposes. They are:
- INFORM of coming events. List their nature, place
and time, and supply the small but important details
needed for chapter members to participate effectively in
- RECORD recent barbershop events. Your Members
interest in barbershop does not end with Keep America
Singing, each week. They will always find interest in
accounts of conventions, contests, HEPs, COTS,
Harmony Colleges; things that occur outside the chapter
- REFLECT views of chapter officers and members on
chapter activities. (Strengths, weaknesses, future plans,
projects, etc.) A vital function. A basic responsibility of
chapter officials is to inform members of their work. A
well informed membership is a participating, cooperating
- RECOGNIZE efforts and accomplishments of
members and others. And not just those which occur in the
chapter environment. News of noteworthy deeds in other
phases of barbershop, in professions, in careers are
interesting to fellow members, and enhance fellowship and
- EDUCATE about chapter, district and Society history,
aims and goals; about various aspects of singing craft;
about events and actions that shape the future of
barbershopping. Things each member should know. A
smart barbershopper is an active and participating one
simply because he knows whats going on in his hobby.
- PROMOTE barbershopping in general, together with
chapter, division, district and Society events and
programs. Each entity needs enthusiastic participation in
its activities to survive and prosper. Promotion at the
chapter level is where it begins.
- RECRUIT Encourage members to bring guests;
support member drives; publicize guests and new
members. A crucial function to head off waning
membership; to maintain the chapters vigor.
- ENCOURAGE pride and participation in our hobby
and Society. The Preservation we all value so highly
cannot survive for long without pride and participation
among the rank and file.
Another good reason for chapter bulletins is the benefits
they provide for non-members of the chapter; wives and
families. With information gleaned from the bulletin, they
can plan and prepare for upcoming events, keep abreast of
the chapters programs and personalities, and relish seeing
their mans name in print from time to time.
Hence, it is important to ensure a bulletin reaches each
members home. Absent members, members with poor
memories, members who misunderstand instructionsall
have their problems solved with a current, accurate
bulletin somewhere around the house.
Still another reason: Some bulletins are distributed to
selected barbershoppers outside the local chapter, to
district and Society officials, other bulletin editors, etc.
The bulletin is the window through which these interested
outsiders view and judge the health and welfare of the
A final reason: Some chapters have active historians;
some do not. With each successive issue he publishes, the
bulletin editor in fact writes another page of chapter
history. If he consistently provides names, dates and
thorough descriptions of chapter activities, he is the
chapters de facto historian. Research through the past
issues he saves will provide a comprehensive picture of the
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