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

Vol. 37, No. 4 October-December 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
Laguna Woods, Calif.
Louisville, Ky.
Kenosha, Wis.
Hillsburgh, Ont.

PROBEmoter is published quarterly and distributed
by mail to all PROBE members. Membership in PROBE
is open to anyone. To join, mail dues to PROBE, c/o
SPEBSQSA, Inc., 6315 Third Ave, Kenosha, WI 53143-5199.
Dues, $5.00 per year, are managed by the secretary-treasurer,
and are payable by individuals or chapters.

Correspondence about PROBEmoter, content and
contributions for publication should be sent to the editor.

Deadlines for 2001 issues,

Jan. 8: Jan-Mar
April 2: April-June

Jim Styer inducted into PROBE Hall of Honor

Jim Styer of Battle Creek, Michigan, was inducted into the Society's PROBE Hall of Honor at the International convention in Kansas City.

Recognizing "members who have made unique contributions to the organization," it is the highest honor that can be conferred on a member of PROBE.

Two other Pioneer District Barbershoppers are previous inductees, the late Robert McDermott of Detroit-Oakland in 1992 and Roger Morris of Milford in 1996.

"Sometimes there are well-deserving people long overdue for nomination who've simply been overlooked because nobody took the time to nominate them," said nominator Grant Carson of Dallas, a former PROBE officer. "Jim has been a credit to PROBE in both public relations and barbershop journalism."

Doug Pearson of Lansing, district marketing VP, who wrote, supported the nomination, "In our ever-changing musical hobby, Jim is a 'constant' who carries well-earned credentials."

Styer, 59, a retired journalist, has been a Barbershopper for 16 years and a PROBE member nearly as long.

He was PR vice president of PROBE while it was facing a budget crunch and potential dissolution. He was involved with McDermott and others in reorganizing PROBE and making it self-supporting.

Styer also revived the International PR competition and was a PROBEmoter writer.

He is founder and operator of the district e-mail list, district convention PR chairman, coordinator of district PROBE bulletin and PR contests, a Troubadour writer and a former district communications officer and area counselor.

For the Society's 50th anniversary, he organized a district convention celebration around a 50-foot "world's longest cake."

On the district's 50th anniversary, he coordinated a celebration, including a 63-foot display of greeting cards from around the world and guest Betty Cash, daughter of the barbershop Society's founder.

While chapter president, Styer spent a year organizing a SingAmerica week in Battle Creek in 1994. With a $15,000 Kellogg Foundation grant, this brought together diverse musical groups in the community and developed into a pilot program for the Society's then-new SingAmerica/SingCanada service project.

Also for the chapter, Styer is PR officer and a board member, former bulletin editor and former membership VP. He produced a weekly half-hour barbershop show on local cable TV for five years and coordinated two barbershop specials for PBS' WGVU-TV.

His previous awards have included chapter Barbershopper of the Year, district Area Counselor of the Year, district PR Officer of the Year twice, International PR Officer of The Year twice, top district bulletin editor twice and placement as high as 10th in the International bulletin contest.

At the Battle Creek Enquirer for 28 years, he had been a reporter, copy editor and TV editor. He previously worked at smaller Michigan papers for six years.

Styer currently is a lay ministry student, church council secretary and newsletter writer, Knights of Columbus member, computer enthusiast and avid reader.

(scroll down for index of articles)

Contents of this issue

red ballFrom the editor's cauldron
red ballBulletin editor craft
red ballJust what does membership mean?
red ballHistoric artifacts wanted
red ballSome thoughts on emceeing
red ballYou want to sing in a quartet -- right!
red ballMembership recruitment - it never ends
red ballMembership does matter
red ballYou can help PROBE honor top volunteers
red ballWhat Is This Thing Called Sing!?
red ballGetting your bulletin on the Web
red ballMy ideas for Youth Outreach
red ballGleanings From the Mailbag


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