The Society of Broadcast Engineers maintains chapters in more than 100 cities across the United States and in Hong Kong. All major markets have a chapter, as do most medium-size markets. Even some smaller markets have active chapters.
Though chartered by the national organization, SBE chapters operate as independent sub-groups, electing their own officers and planning their own monthly programs. Members can elect to be assigned to any chapter they wish, regardless of their own home or work location. Virtually all chapters welcome non-members to attend meetings; of course, we hope non-members like what they see and will soon join themselves and help support our efforts for the common good of all broadcast engineers!
SBE chapters that qualify with quality programs (and most do qualify!) receive an annual cash rebate of a portion of the national membership dues paid by regular, senior and associate members. This makes it possible for chapters to not charge any local membership dues at all.
To locate a chapter near you, go to Find a Chapter by State . You'll find a list of SBE chapters and the name and contact information of the chairman for each chapter. Contact the chairman for the most up-to-date information about their next meeting.
No SBE chapter in your area? Contact the SBE National Office for information on how to start an SBE chapter where you live.
Chapters made up of Student Members of SBE may be formed on campuses of colleges, technical and trade schools. These chapters elect their own officers, adopt their own by-laws and plan their own meeting programs. Student Chapters must have an SBE Member who serves as Chapter Advisor. Student Chapters will have a close relationship with a regular SBE parent chapter in the same market or near-by. This will help to encourage interaction and cooperation between the two chapters including providing a source for potential speakers, facility tours, internships and job opportunities.
For more information about organizing an SBE Student Chapter, contact John Poray, CAE, executive director.