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VCBS Standing Committees

Bridge-Watch Committee: Presided over by the Bridge-Watch-Area Coordinator, a member of the Board of Directors responsible for establishing Bridge-Watch-Areas and helping Bridge-Watch-Areas Chairpersons to organize.

Communications Committee: Staffed by Society members, chaired by a member of the Board of Directors to publish The Bridger, the VCBS Quarterly Newsletter. and the VCBS website. The staff includes: The Newsletter Editor who collects stories, edits, and composes the quarterly issues of The Bridger; the Staff Writer to write feature articles, assist the editor in the collection of stories and to rewrite articles as needed; Correspondents to collect covered bridge items and stories and send them to the newsletter staff; and the Distribution Person who works with the copy center or printer, handles billing, labels and mails each issue of The Bridger.

Historical Committee: Staffed by Society members, chaired by a member of the Board of Directors. The Historical Committee will emphasize the 4th item in the Burlington Charter: To identify, document, and preserve all surrounding features that define the historic character of covered bridges and their settings, including approach roads, historic cultural landscapes, and views. The committee will collect covered bridge history in the form of documents, news and magazine clippings, books, photographs, postcards, and artifacts. The Historical Committee will oversee the use of the collection for display, and publication.

The committee also collects, designs, crafts, or purchases items for sale to help fund promotion of the preservation of covered bridges.

The Historical Committee maintains a lending library of covered bridge books for the use of the membership.

Events Committee: Staffed by Society members to plan All-Member meetings, bridge excursions, picnics, dinners and work parties, chaired and coordinated by a member of the Board of Directors.

Legislation Watch Committee: Staffed by Society members, chaired by a member of the Board of Directors to establish and maintain liaison with federal and state decision-makers, and with other non-profit organizations. The rules that guide 501c3 organizations are adhered to.

Membership Committee: Staffed by Society members, chaired by a member of the Board of Directors. The committee issues membership cards to paid-up members, welcomes new members, maintains a correspondence with the membership, helps design and participates in membership drives, and maintains and shares the membership database.

Publicity Committee: Staffed by Society members, chaired by a member of the Board of Directors to establish and maintain a working relationship with the media to provide the public with news, articles, and information about historic covered bridges, and about the Society's aims and activities.