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TO: Blacks In Government Regional Councils and Chapter Presidents

FROM: Mr. J. David Reeves - BIG National President

DATE:  November 13, 2009

SUBJECT: 2010 Training In Communications Program

1.The National Organization of Blacks In Government (BIG) is sponsoring a Training In Communications (TIC) program.  The purpose of this program is to provide young African Americans training in communication and leadership skills, and practical experiences to develop those skills.  The TIC Program is composed of two parts: a) Communications Academy, and b) Student Oratorical Contest. 

2.The TIC program enables your chapter to make a positive contribution in the community, thus increasing the chapter’s visibility.  It provides an excellent opportunity to share with others BIG’s mission and vision.

3.The Oratorical segment of the program will culminate at BIG’s National Training Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, August 2010 at the National Oratorical Competition.  First place winners from Regional Councils’ Oratorical Competition will compete in the national competition.  Students will receive awards (plaques and scholarships) for successfully preparing and presenting an original oration. The National Awards for all categories are: a) First Place – Plaque and $1000, b) Second Place – Plaque and $600, and c) Third Place – Plaque and $400.

4.BIG has developed a program package to assist you in conducting the TIC program at the chapter level for participation in the regional and national oratorical competition.

5.Regional Council and Chapter Presidents should appoint a Chair to coordinate the competition, effectively.  Regional Council Presidents should also contact the chapters in their region and inform them of the date and location of their regional competitions.  Please note that regional winners must be selected no later than July 1, 2010, and submitted to the Chair, National Program and Planning. 

6.ALL entry forms and other documents received after the July 1, 2010, deadline will not be accepted and will be returned to the region. Regional Council Presidents are asked to forward this information to your regional Oratorical Competition Chair or your Program and Planning Committee Chair. Also, provide the name, phone number, and e-mail address of your ISSC Chair to the Chair, National Program and Planning Committee no later than 1 February 2010 at

7. There is a mandatory requirement for regions that compete in the competition at the national level to provide a regional chaperone.  Each region is responsible for assigning primary and alternate chaperones for their contestants who participates in the competition during the Annual National Training Conference.  The regional chaperones MUST meet the student when he/she exits the airplane and REMAIN with the student during his/her entire stay with BIG.  Final details on chaperone responsibilities will be provided closer to the national competition.

8. All student entries at the chapter and regional level must adhere to ALL of the national published guidelines.  Any entries submitted to compete in the national competition; which, did not adhere to the national guidelines at either chapter, regional or national level, will be immediately disqualified and will not be able to resubmit the student entry for reconsideration at any level.

9. If you have any questions concerning the Training In Communications program please forward them via e-mail to Thanks in advance.

cc:  National Board of Directors
National Executive Committee

1.TIC Program Table of Contents
2.TIC Program Guidelines
3.TIC Program Planning Guide
4.TIC Program Flyer and Brochure
5.TIC Program Sample Press Statements
6.TIC Program Entry Form
7.TIC Program Judges and Master Score Sheets
8.TIC Program Timekeeper Sheet
9.TIC Program Sample Award Certificate
10.TIC Program Permission Form
11.TIC Program Package Submission Checklist

2010 Training In Communications Program National President's Letter

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