The NEWCANEWENG Tribe is the
name of the Honor Club of the Northeastern District. The Tribe is not a district
level organization, but it does have official status as a subsidiary of the
Barbershop Harmony Society. The group was founded in 1967 by prominent NED
members Miles (Jack) Finch, Richard Hawes, Steve Dickinson and Vin
Zito. It was patterned after the DELASUSQUEHUDMAC Honor Club of the Mid-Atlantic
District. The name of that group was selected by combining parts of the names of
the major rivers that run through MAD (I'll let you figure out the rivers'
names). Jack Finch proposed that the name of this club be 'The Newcaneweng
Tribe', with the name incorporating parts of the names of the geographic areas
that form the boundaries of the Northeastern District; New York,
Canada and New England.
Several times a year, we publish a
newsletter called the Smoke Signal to keep our members informed of our
goings on. We meet once a year, usually the first full weekend in June, for a
relaxed weekend of fun and singing, exchanging ideas on an informal basis for
the benefit of the NED and the Society, and enjoy the fraternal atmosphere of
the annual Campfire with our guests, usually a top quartet or two from the NED
or outside the district.
It is a private fraternity, open by invitation only to NED barbershoppers in good standing, who in our estimation are friendly men of excellent personal character, socially compatible, and who have made an outstanding contribution to their chapter, district, or Society over and above the call of duty. Over the years,
we've grown to over one hundred thirty members.
Member's dues are fifteen dollars per
year. The officers of the Tribe are Chief (president), Scribe (secretary) and
Wampum Keeper (treasurer). A number of committees serve to organize the many
facets of our annual meeting's activities.
Brian O'Leary, Chief 2011-12