SASC is Part of a Tri-Level Organization
Local | Regional | International
Local Level - SASC
"Local" is the individual Chorus--Southern Acappella Sound Chorus in Monroe, Louisiana. Sometimes when we are talking about MUSIC we refer to ourselves as a "chorus" as opposed to when we are talking about where we fit in the larger International organization, and then we usually use the word "chapter." We are a chartered chapter of Sweet Adelines, International, which is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, and we function under that nonprofit umbrella.
Each of the 600 or so chapters around the world has its own unique needs, so each chapter creates their own set of "Standing Rules" to govern the chapter, including such details such as how much dues are, and how often a member is required to attend rehearsals, and so on. There are form bylaws for each chapter, also, but only the International Board can alter those.
A Region is the multi-state, geographical level of Sweet Adelines, International.
Regional changes moved SASC from "Region 25 Heart of America" on May 1, 2013, to Region 10 Great Gulf Coast. Now we are in the same region as the OTHER Louisiana choruses! Woo Hoo!
Each region has their own set of standing rules and official annual competition requirements, as well as educational events, leadership training, and programs.
Sweet Adelines International ("SAI") is the "top level" of the organization, and anything the top level says goes--goes! The international CORPORATE nonprofit bylaws are the "top-level rules" of the organization, then the regional bylaws and standing rules, THEN the local chapter bylaws and standing rules.
The chapter bylaws are standardized, and only the International Board can change them.
There are necessarily rules and regulations that each and every member, chapter, and region must adhere to, in order to maintain our nonprofit status, as well as the laws governing performance rights, and such. Changes to any rules are announced in the periodical publications. We are SERIOUS about preserving barbershop harmony!