Program Ideas for SBE Chapters
Local SBE chapters meetings provide great opportunities for members to learn about new or existing technology, regulatory issues and other topics of interest. In an effort to make meeting planning easier, the SBE National Office has created a list of chapter program ideas to help local chapters with meeting topics.
Is your chapter meeting via Zoom? Here are instructions on gathering an attendee list to submit your chapter meeting report.
The following forms are available in MS Word and/or PDFs:
- Chapter Operations Manual pdf
- Chapter Meeting Attendance Form pdf
- Chapter Meeting Report Form pdf
- Chapter Meeting Report Form MS Word (for printing and manual entry)
- Chapter Meeting Report Form MS Word (as a form to be filled electronically. Select “View >Edit Document” to enter data.)
- Chapter Election Summary Form pdf
- Chapter Election Summary Form MS Word
- SBE Membership Application pdf
Chapter Leadership Training
An SBE board member is assigned to each chapter to serve as a primary contact. Click here to find your liaison. Contact your board liaison anytime you have a question or concern regarding SBE national policies, to request help for your chapter or to suggest an idea.
Chapter Rebate – Qualifying chapters receive an annual cash rebate of a portion of the national membership dues paid by regular, senior and associate members. Rebates are paid on June 1 each year to chapters who have met at least five times during the previous year and provided documentation to the National Office of the program content and attendance.
Chapter Bank Accounts – Federal banking laws require an IRS-issued, Employer Identification Number (EIN), although chapters do not employ anyone, to open a bank account for your chapter. An EIN is easy to obtain and can be done online, as well as by phone, fax or mail. We have prepared an easy “just for SBE chapters” EIN line-by-line instruction sheet to help you complete the on-line form.
Beginning March 1, 2016, the Society of Broadcast Engineers began offering a new benefit to SBE chapters: a free chapter email list to any interested SBE chapter. Use of this benefit is optional. Many chapters already have their own chapter email list (or remailer). Chapters are welcome to continue to use what they have, or may switch to this new benefit at any time. Read the details on procedures and rules of use. To request a mail list for chapter use, contact Jim Ragsdale at the SBE national office at 317-846-9000.
The SBE maintains a calendar of all SBE events. Chapters are encouraged to create their own calendars using any of the available resources. Many, such as Google Calendars, are free. an iCal link from the SBE National Calendar can be provided to automatically add events to the chapter calendar.
Web Hosting and Member Email Lists
SBE Chapters are encouraged to create and maintain their own websites. The official SBE logo (linked below) can be used for chapter sites. The National Office can assist with additional information or site ideas. The SBE does not provide website hosting services.
Chapter leaders can request a list of all members assigned to a chapter by contacting the National Office.
SBE chapters and members may use the official SBE logo on chapter newsletters, websites, meeting report forms, etc. Members may use the official logo to indicate their status as an active member on business cards, personal web sites, letterhead, etc. Click here to download the official logo and for instructions on correct usage.
Use of Copyrighted Material
Chapters are cautioned to ensure that permission is received from the owner to use copyrighted white papers, diagrams, photos, audio recordings or other creative works, before they are posted or published on the chapter’s website, in its newsletter or other chapter communications available to members or the public. Copyrighted material generally must not be used without expressed permission provided by the owner of the work. Material found on the internet without a copyright notice does not indicate that it can be used without permission. If in doubt, don’t use it!