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The quarterly newsletter for Public Relations Officers and Bulletin Editors
John Petterson, Editor

Vol. 37, No. 1 January-March 2000


The Association of
Public Relations Officers
and Bulletin Editors
of the
Society for the Preservation and
Encouragement of Barber shop Quartet
Singing in America, Inc.

Grady Kerr
8403 Manderville Lane, #1072 N
Dallas, TX 75231
Tel. (214) 369-5893

John Sugg
P.O. Box 1244
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72702
Tel. (501) 521-2020

Bruce T. Anderson
2060 So. 26th St.
Lincoln, NE 68502-3025
Tel. (402) 435-0974

Brian Lynch
6315 Third Avenue
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53143-5199
Tel. (800) 876-SING

Waldo Redekop
6 Church Street, P.O. Box 276
Hilllsburgh, Ontario, Canada N0B 1Z0
Tel. (519) 855-425


John Petterson
1017 Meadow Drive
Norwalk, Iowa 50211-1215
Tel. (515) 981-0057 home
(515) 270-8048 business
(515) 270-8056 FAX at business

6315 third Avenue
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53143-5199
Tel (800) 976-SING

Herb Bayles
W.Grant Carson
Dick Girvin
Mike Jones
Brian Lynch
Waldo Redekop
Escondido, Calif.
Dallas, Texas
Hemet, Calif.
Louisville, Ky.
Kenosha, Wis.
Hillsburgh, Ont.

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Deadlines for 2000 issues,

April 3: Apr-Jun
July 17: Jul-Sep
Oct. 16: Oct-Dec
2001 - Jan. 8: Jan-Mar

Sam Tweedy named IBC chairman

By Grady Kerr, PRESIDENT

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of the new International Bulletin Contest chairman.

Please join me in welcoming Sam Tweedy of Austin, Texas. Sam is well known around the Society as the talented baritone of the Quasars (1975 SWD Quartet Champions) and several other fine quartets. Currently he is starting his second year as president of the exciting Heart Of Texas (HOT) Chapter who has just earned the right to be the very first wildcard entry from the SWD to the International Chorus Contest. The Heart of Texas will be singing in Kansas City along with the Vocal Majority this summer.

Sam Tweedy has also served his chapters as an editor and won the IBC in 1971 for his Austin ReChorder.

Sam's address:

14607 Sandy Side Drive
Austin, Texas 78728
(512) 990-9325

Thanks, Sam. Filling the shoes of Dick Girvin will be a challenge but I know you can handle it.

Sam writes:
By the way, this is not my second term as president of HOT. I was president the first three years, have not been president the past three years and am about to enter my fourth term as president. I thought there was supposed to be a law against that. This will actually be my ninth term as a chapter president (1966 in Greater Canaveral - succeeded by Mr. Tim Hanrahan - and four - 1972, 73, 79 and 91 - in Austin). For whatever it's worth, I was one of the founders of the Heart Of Texas Chorus and have been heavily involved in both our weekly chapter bulletin and our newsletter, HOT Off The Presses, since day one. Yes, we had a chapter bulletin at our very first rehearsal. For years I've asked that old question, "which came first - a good chapter bulletin, or a good chapter?" I still don't know the answer, but I think it might be "yes."

Years ago, I judged both District and International bulletin contests, before they got picky about judges being qualified to judge. I also sang in an "old-(guy)s" quartet called Starlight Knights that got a third place medal in the International Seniors Quartet Contest in 1995. As you think of things about PROBE and the IBC and the people involved that might be helpful to share with me, please pass them along. I feel very much like an outsider right now and anything you can do to help me get up to speed would be appreciated.

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Contents of this issue

red ballNew clip art
red ballThere's another way to skin a cat
red ballPR - On the cutting edge?
red ballA whale of a time!
red ballEditing: A challenge for any editor
red ballBulletin editor craft
red ballSix hints for pleasing guests
red ballFound money!
red ballHey PR Man, what do you see when you walk in the door?
red ballThe horrors of L&R
red ballGetting your bulletin on the Web
red ballCheck your alignment
red ballMy Barbershopper's 'wish list' for the New Millennium
red ballPublic Relations Officer of the Year Information
red ballPROBE Hall of Honor
red ballBulletin contest - 1999
red ballBulletin Editor Survey
red ballGleanings From the Mailbag


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