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What is it?

The “Focus on Five” campaign is designed to encourage each chapter’s participation in the Tau Beta Sigma national programs by presenting 5 simple things each chapter can do related to our national programs. Chapters will earn stripes for completing each activity and attempt to complete all of the stripes on the Tau Beta Sigma flag.

Those chapters that complete the most pieces of the flag will be recognized at each 2017 District Convention and at the 2017 National Convention in Orlando, Florida.

How do we participate?

For most of the activities listed below, your Focus on Five Liaison will need to post a message or photos to the Focus on Five Facebook Group Page. Be sure to tag your District VPSP and myself (Adrienne Olin Rall) in the post and use the hashtag #TBSFocusOn5. Those activities that do not require a social media tag will be denoted as such below.

Turn in your chapter’s Membership Education Program (MEP), Constitution, and Budget to your District Counselor. This activity does not require a social media post. Instead, we will gather this information from each of your District Counselors.
Deadline: December 1

Submit three photographs to the Focus on Five Facebook Group: 1) A photo of your chapter in formal dress (after Ritual, for example); 2) A photo of your chapter serving bands; and 3) A photo of your chapter participating in a National Program. Deadline: December 1

Host a “Women in Music” Speaker for your campus/community complete with a meet and greet/reception afterwards. Please see our “Women in Music” Speaker Program Guide at TBSigma.org for details.
Deadline: June 1

Participate in the Crescendo: A Musical Youth Initiative Program.
Please see our “Crescendo” Program Guide at TBSigma.org for details.
Deadline: June 1

Appoint someone in your chapter to be the Focus on Five Liaison. This person will be your chapter’s point person for submitting all of your Focus on Five accomplishments. This person will need to submit a request to join the Focus on Five Facebook Group where the current standings will be updated and posts for stripes and lyre pieces will be collected. Once in the group, your liaison will also need to post a greeting and say which chapter they are representing. Deadline: September 30

What are the bonus activities?

In addition to earning the flag stripes, you can also earn the three pieces of the lyre.

Left piece: Each District Council has created their own requirements for this Lyre Piece.
Please see the detailed “Focus on Five District Lyre Pieces” instructions
or contact your District VPSP for details.
Deadline: June 1

Center Piece: Host an NIB recording session for your school’s instrumentalists. Deadline: April 15

Right Piece: Send a Delegate to National Convention. Deadline: July 18

Questions about this or other Tau Beta Sigma National Programs can be directed
to Adrienne Rall, National Vice President for Special Projects, at adrienne@tbsigma.org.

*DISTRICT LYRE PIECES*

MIDWEST: The Midwest District Lyre Piece can be earned by actively participating in the #4gr8rChapters campaign. This campaign encourages chapters to take their service one step further and gives specific guidelines on improving specific aspects of the organization. Focus challenges are available at the beginning of every month, equaling to five campaign challenges per semester. To receive the lyre piece, chapters must participate in two of the program challenges this fall and three of the program challenges this spring; they must also show evidence of their work for approval to the Midwest District VPSP.


NORTH CENTRAL: The North Central District Lyre Piece can be earned by having at least 10% of your Active chapter membership* audition/apply for the North Central District Intercollegiate Band. As a bonus, if one person applies to be a Student Conductor for the NCDIB Reading Band, S/he will count as if two people have applied for the NCDIB. For example, if a chapter has 40 active members, then the following combinations of applications would earn the piece: 4 NCDIB applications, 1 Student Conductor application and 2 NCDIB applications, or 2 student conductor applications.
*Auxiliary, Guard, Twirlers, etc. do not count toward the total chapter membership in this situation if they do not play a concert instrument.


NORTHEAST: The Northeast District Lyre Piece can be earned by participating in a new service-focused District Program called the “Service Trio.” In order to receive this lyre piece, chapters must complete three service projects. Two of these projects must be new to the chapter or have not been done by the chapter in at least five years. The third project can be any service-related event, including events that the chapter has done before. Each project must fall into one of three categories: Preservation, Performance, and Education. These service events must be documented and submitted to the Northeast District VPSP for approval. Further details about “The Service Trio” can be found at tbsigmaned.weebly.com.


SOUTHEAST: The Southeast District Lyre Piece can be earned by actively participating in predetermined service projects each semester. These service projects will be determined by the Southeast District VPSP and will be announced via Instagram and Facebook during the first week of September for the Fall Semester and during the first week of January for the Spring Semester. To receive the lyre piece, chapters must participate in two of the three service project challenges each semester; they must also show evidence of their work for approval to the Southeast District VPSP.


SOUTHWEST: The Southwest District Lyre Piece can be earned by submitting information to the five Southwest District Databases: Sisterhood, Service, Fundraising, Rush Events, and Continuing Membership Education Activities. In order to receive this lyre piece, each chapter must provide one submission to each of the databases. Please contact your Southwest District VPSP for information on how to submit to each database.


WESTERN: The Western District Lyre Piece can be earned by submitting information to the Western District Service, Crescendo, and Fundraising Databases. In order to receive this lyre piece, each chapter must provide two submissions to the Service Database, two submissions to the Crescendo Database, and one submission to the Fundraising Database. Please contact your Western District VPSP for links to each database.

Questions about this or other Tau Beta Sigma National Programs can be directed
to Adrienne Rall, National Vice President for Special Projects, at adrienne@tbsigma.org.

 

 

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