In July I was fortunate to be invited to attend category school at Belmont University, Nashville along with a small contingent of AGBJ members. Being the only Contest Administrator, I joined my BHS and Harmony Inc counterparts as we spent several long days (8:30am – 10pm) discussing and sharing our challenges and learning from each other about how contests are facilitated. I was invited to share with the class the AGBJ experience and to discuss the differences in how we operate and what roles CA’s have in Australia and New Zealand. We certainly do way more in the preparation and planning for a contest than the CA’s do in USA. I am grateful for the grant assistance that I received towards the cost of attending the school from BHA. Some of the learnings have already been enacted with the recent BHA and BHNZ contests and will be incorporated into the forth coming regional events. As with any barbershop gathering, there is lots of fun singing, fellowship and of course ice-cream.
Linda Vinall CA CS
Photo : front row L-R: Dan Millgate, Charlotte Murray, Alex Morris Second row: Matt Gifford, Linda Vinall, Richard Reeve, third row: Sarah Bradley, Andrew Carolan, Eddie Klimowicz, Michael Markham