Kansas City Bettys
1. Purpose Clause and Mission Statement
2. Association Dues
3. Who are the Kansas City Bettys?
4. How to become a member of the Kansas City Bettys and meet criteria
5. How a member of the Kansas City Bettys can become terminated
6. How a member of the Kansas City Bettys properly resigns
7. Wardrobe and Attire Guidelines, including Betty Helper Description and Dress Code
8. Manors and Attitude
9. Working Relations and Situations
10. Dance Responsibilities
11. Donations and Tips
12. Volunteering and Patriotism
13. Press and Public Relations
14. How to become a Senior Betty and Senior Betty responsibilities and Betty Liaison description
15. President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer Nominations and Term lengths
16. Dissolution Procedure of the
Article 1: Purpose Clause and Mission Statement:
The Kansas City Bettys is organized exclusively for charitable purposes under section 501(c)3 of the internal revenue code, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code. The specific purpose for which the Kansas City Bettys is organized is to honor in a charitable manner U.S. veterans of war and/or U.S. Military by volunteering to perform, assist, or serve at any event which honors U.S. veterans of war and/or U.S. military. Therefore, the event may have veterans, soldiers, and/or troops in attendance, or should be beneficial to such. The Kansas City Bettys receive no compensation for their volunteered time at such events. Organizations (i.e. VFW, American Legion, U.S. Government, Museums, etc.) which host such events, may request the Kansas City Bettys to volunteer by performing , assisting, or serving at their particular events in which U.S. veterans of war and/or U.S. military is being honored.
“We are proud of our country, believe in our freedom, and support our soldiers, and veterans. We appreciate the sacrifices they and their families have made for our great nation. Our goal is to bring a smile to your face and make everyone’s day a little brighter. But most importantly, the Kansas City Bettys remind people of a time in history when our soldiers were on the forefronts of everyone's minds and in everyone's prayers. We do not want people to forget that we still have soldiers far from home doing their duty to keep America the great nation that it is today." Note: The
Article 2: Association Dues:
Each member is responsible to provide $30.00 for membership dues, due on the third Thursday of February each year.
Article 3: Who are the Kansas City Bettys?
The Kansas City Bettys are a volunteer group of Christian women and men. The women are known as, and named, “Bettys” and emulate the 1940s style dress, hair, and make-up. The men are known as and named, “Busters” and assist the Bettys with security, labor, and support. The Kansas City Bettys perform and make appearances at Veteran Events, Museum Events, and Military Exhibits in the Kansas City Area.
Article 4: How to become a member of the Kansas City Bettys and meet criteria:
During this time you may be asked to do an interview, and a legal public record background check may also be performed with or without your knowledge or consent.
At any time before or after becoming a member of the Kansas City Bettys, if certain criteria becomes false, and/or does not meet the stated standards, it will make you ineligible to be a member of the Kansas City Bettys and/or will terminate your membership.
Article 5: How a member of the Kansas City Bettys can become terminated:
If a vote is made for a certain member’s termination and evidence of misconduct or good reason is brought forth in front of the group, 2/3 of the voting body is enough to terminate a membership, and no membership dues are therefore reimbursed.
Termination misconduct includes any of the following:
- Convicted of a Felony
- Misrepresentation of age, occupation, citizenship, etc.
- Misrepresentation of the Kansas City Bettys’ name, group, etc.
- Consecutively unable to perform duties and responsibilities
Article 6: How a member of the Kansas City Bettys properly resigns:
If life, job, family, and other responsibilities make it difficult to remain a member, then we would appreciate at least a two month notice due to scheduled engagements. Your resignation may be written or verbal, as long as it is brought to the entire organizations’ attention. Therefore a replacement if need be can be arranged and so forth.
Article 7: Wardrobe and Attire Guidelines for Bettys and Busters, including Betty Helper Description and Dress Code:
All wardrobe, accessories, etc., must be approved by a Senior Betty, before wearing them publicly and presenting yourself as a member of the Kansas City Bettys.
All wardrobe expenses fall upon each individual member who is wearing them. You are responsible for purchasing your own attire and accessories. Also, if you borrow a fellow member’s wardrobe, accessories, etc. you must reimburse that member monetary wise if the items are lost, damaged, stolen, etc.
Kansas City Bettys, Bettys must meet and agree upon certain attire for each event, prior to the event.
Have A Lady Like Appearance:
Tattoos should not be visible and always should be covered while portraying a Betty. (We realize the “rock-a-billy” look may be popular, but women in the 1940s just didn’t commonly have tattoos, so cover them up!)
Naval and/or belly button should NEVER be seen. This was considered very risqué in the 1940s and the Bettys are ladies and would never share such a thing!
Cleavage should be at a bare minimum. We realize some Bettys are a little more well-endowed than others, but please be respectful and tasteful. Cleavage should be no more than 1” long.
Skirt length, short length, and swim suit length shall be appropriate. If you have a questionable length or questions about any wardrobe, accessories etc, ask a Senior Betty.
Amendment Added 6/16/2011: No Swim suits of any kind shall ever be worn.
All wardrobes, should be on a red, white, and blue color scheme. Black is the only other color that can be worn for belts, buttons, and shoes. Bettys should always be wearing all three colors (red, white, and blue) at every event, unless approved otherwise by the Senior Betty committee.
Make-up should be tasteful and highlight each individual Betty’s features. A red/maroon shade of lipstick is a must.
Seamed stockings should be worn with nearly every outfit, this is a staple of our wardrobe. (Seamed stockings should be nude or light tan in color.)
Nails & Gloves:
White gloves are required to be worn outside and when a coat or jacket is on, especially in the colder seasons. White gloves are usually tucked into the front right-to-center of your belt when inside and jacket/coat is off.
During certain warmer seasons and events, white gloves may not be required, but white gloves are also a staple to our wardrobe.
Finger nails, and toe nails (if visible) should always be painted a shade of red.
Hair, should be of a natural color (not hot pink, green, etc.)
Victory roll/s are usually a must and is another staple of our Kansas City Betty look.
Please invest in bobby-pins and hair spray, they are really a Betty’s best friend!
Shoes and heels, should be appropriate looking to the 1940s time period.
Accessories (earrings, jewelry, broaches):
Bettys should wear jewelry, earrings, and accessories that are appropriate to the 1940s. (i.e. big hoop earrings are NOT acceptable). Clip on earrings, small wide loops, are acceptable.
Brooches/pins were quit common, and are a nice garnish on a Betty’s lapel.
Dangly bracelets can be a pain when serving food, shaking hands, and taking on and off gloves. Avoid bracelets.
Silk/satin scarves, which meet the color scheme are encouraged to be worn around a Betty’s neck or incorporated with her hair-do.
Rings are pleasing, but stay away from thumb rings. Too many rings can be a pain when taking on and off gloves.
Purses should be appropriate to the 1940s era, yet most of the time Bettys do not even carry a purse, and Security Busters keep track of our lip stick, etc. in their pockets.
Purses are usually left in dressing rooms, or automobiles.
Busters should have their designated Kansas City Bettys Security T-Shirt on, with blue-jeans or slacks, and proper shoes. During colder months, black coat can be worn, and during warmer months, khaki shorts are acceptable. Sandals, thongs, or open toe-d shoes are unacceptable.
Betty Helpers: (New Type of Member Amended on: 11/7/2011)
Description of designated members, called "Betty Helpers" and their acceptance, responsibilities, and dress code:
A "Betty Helper" member is not required to pay yearly membership dues.
An individual must be interviewed, and accepted by unanimous vote by the Bettys and Busters to become a Betty Helper. Article 4, sections: 1-6 and last paragraph, Article 5, and Article 6 of Bylaws concerning requirements for becoming a member, the termination, and proper resignation of a member applies to Betty Helpers as well.
A Betty Helper is allowed to attend monthly meetings, though a Betty Helper is not allowed to vote during any election, nomination, determination of event attendance, etc.
A Betty Helper's responsibilities include: attending events and running merchandise table, assisting the Bettys and Busters in setting up and disassembling equipment, preparing for an event, etc., also assisting the public at events by answering questions about the KC Bettys organization, and knowing our Mission Statement. If a Betty Helper is individually asked to be interviewed by media, or news outlet, the Betty Helper must decline and immediately pass the request onto a KC Betty or Buster.
Our individual opinions can be expressed privately among ourselves, but never advertised as a member of the Bettys or represent the Bettys. “We believe in our freedom, support our soldiers, and veterans. We appreciate the sacrifices they and their families have made for our great nation.”
Kansas City Bettys business cards can be handed out at events, but our individual business cards, etc. from our individual occupations, from our private lives and so forth can Not be.
Betty Helpers are expected to support the event/s we are attending and their particular cause, and also represent our own Kansas City Bettys association/organization with grace and class.
The dress code and wardrobe requirement for a Betty Helper at events is to wear a KC Bettys T-Shirt with logo, which must be purchased at retail price. Pants, capris, skirts, jeans, etc. must be slightly above knee or longer. Naval (belly button), and midriff shall also be covered by clothing. Tattoos may be displayed on forearms, calves, neck, etc., though tattoos which are offensive shall be covered at all times. If a Betty Helper is not sure if a tattoo is offensive or not, please show it to at least three Senior Bettys to have it determined if it shall be covered or not prior to events and representation of the KC Bettys.
Article 8: Manors and Attitude:
Cursing is Not acceptable. Speak with proper English and poise. A Betty is always polite, even when upset.
A Betty should say,
“Hello” instead of “Hi”
“Pardon me” instead of “Please move”
“Thank you very much” instead of “Thanks a lot”
One thing we do as Kansas City Bettys, is we try to take people back in time with us.
One particular and special thing we do, is we always refer to gentlemen, no matter how old or young, as “boys,” and ladies, no matter how old or young as, “girls.”
i.e.: “Hello Boys!”
Bettys should call each other and introduce themselves by their given name, followed by Betty.
i.e.: Hello, my name is Melinda Betty.
Busters are called Buster, then their given name.
i.e.: Hello, I'm Buster Jake.
Kansas City Bettys should always have a smile on their face. We are photographed so much that we always want to be smiling. Plus smiling is contagious and it brightens a room right up. People are always excited and pleased to see us and nobody wants to see a frowning Kansas City Betty.
Winks, Hugs, and Kisses on the Cheeks are always acceptable. But please do Not do anything that makes you uncomfortable.
Walk with your shoulders back, and with confidence. After all you are a Kansas City Betty!
Always smell pleasant, and have excellent hygiene. A smelly breathed or b.o. smelling member of the Kansas City Bettys is Not acceptable.
Article 9: Working Relations and Situations:
If a Betty is upset, crying, or frowning, remove yourself or that Betty from the public immediately.
If you are in an uncomfortable situation of any kind, you should contact a Security Buster and/or another Betty immediately and gracefully remove yourself from the situation immediately.
Bettys Always Stay in Groups of Two or more, whether it’s another Betty or Buster.
This is for your safety and reputation.
If alcohol is present, remember boys can get a little “rambunctious.” Always stay close to other Bettys, and especially to the Security Busters.
If someone wants to buy you a drink you can graciously accept or politely refuse, though always consider your duties and responsibilities before making your decision. One cocktail is o.k., but a Betty being a sloppy drunk or slurring her words is Not acceptable. Refrain from getting tipsy or drunk, remember you are working.
Amendment Added 7/14/2011: KC Bettys and Busters can go out to eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner as a group and dressed in uniform representing the KC Bettys organization, yet members must change out of their uniforms and cease from representing the KC Bettys organization when going out for (alcoholic) "drinks" etc. with other members of the group following or prior to an event and/or meeting.
If a Betty is asked an inappropriate question or is called an inappropriate word, etc. remove yourself or that Betty from the company of such individuals immediately, but calmly. Contact a Senior Betty and/or a Security Buster immediately and report the incident.
Never return an insult. A Betty (lady) or Buster (gentleman) never has to reply to indecency. She or he can simple walk-away and should!
If a Betty is physically harassed or inappropriately touched, she should signal a Security Buster immediately. As a lady, and as a Betty, remove yourself gracefully from the situation with little incident, and leave the Security Buster to do his job, and you should move on to other more courteous company.
If you see a fellow Betty in distress or in need, assist her by getting a Security Buster, and look out for your fellow Bettys at all times.
Event Request and Invitations:
Amendment Added: 3/3/2013 – Concerning Invitations to Events Not Discussed in Association Meetings: When the KC Bettys are invited to participate in an event and there is not enough time to discuss and vote on in an KC Betty Association Meeting, the invitation must be sent in writing (via KC Bettys yahoo or Senior Betty emails). Senior Bettys consult each other to ensure invation meets mission. When Senior Bettys agree invitation meets mission, all KC Bettys are asked to commit to the event. (Senior Bettys contact all members of KC Bettys via phone, emails, FB, text, etc.) All current guidelines must be met and Betty liaison is required before event is approved.
A single Betty or Buster may accept telephone numbers and suitors’ advances at events, though never go on a date as a Betty or Buster, and dating should be done on your own time. Single Bettys and Busters can give their numbers out, though refrain from being un-lady like or not a gentleman.
Bettys and Busters are not allowed to go off with strange men or women at events, you are working!
When in front of crowds, cameras, meet and greets, etc. Bettys should never be using their cell phone. Politely excuse yourself to the restroom or go behind closed doors to check messages, use phone, etc.
Cell Phones are usually left in dressing rooms, or automobiles, and Bettys can be excused periodically to check such “modern devices.”
Article 10: Dance Responsibilities:
All Bettys are required to learn their assigned dances and numbers to excellence and the best of their ability before performing in the "Betty Show."
Senior Bettys are responsible for teaching and assigning you your dance part and number. As a Betty, showmanship should be of utmost importance and you should be in sync with the other Bettys when performing.
A Senior Betty must give you approval and see you perform the assigned dance/s correctly and perfectly before you are allowed to perform at an event.
For practice, we encourage you to perform for your family and friends, this way your nerves get used to the excitement, and you get used to performing in front of people.
When a dance routine is performed at an event, the Bettys can and may receive donation for the Kansas City Bettys organization. This covers dance rehearsal rental space, music, etc. ***Though, a donation is NOT required, but appreciated. The proceeds will be deposited into the Kansas City Bettys organization bank account. Checks should be made out to Kansas City Bettys, and given to a Senior Betty.
Article 11: Donations and Tips:
During an event, the Bettys can and may receive donations for the Kansas City Bettys organization. ***Though a donation is NOT required, but appreciated. The proceeds will be deposited into the Kansas City Bettys organization bank account. Checks should be made out to Kansas City Bettys, and given to a Senior Betty.
Article 12: Volunteering and Patriotism:
Remember, the Kansas City Bettys are a Volunteer group. We show our patriotism, and work hard, because we want to. It is our duty as Americans, Christians and as members of Kansas City Bettys to be respectful, give 100%.
Article 13: Press, Public Relations, Scheduling Events:
The Kansas City Bettys are Not affiliated to any political movement or party.
Our individual opinions can be expressed privately among ourselves, but never advertised as a member of the Kansas City Bettys or represent the Kansas City Bettys.
“We believe in our freedom, support our soldiers, and veterans. We appreciate the sacrifices they and their families have made for our great nation.”
All questions, from the press or individuals should be answered by our Mission Statement and who we are.
Kansas City Bettys business cards can be handed out at events, but our individual business cards, etc. from our individual occupations, from our private lives and so forth can Not be.
We’re Not a Chamber of Commerce or Rotary Club, and we are Not about individual advancement at events.
We are expected to support the event/s we are attending and their particular cause, and also represent our own Kansas City Bettys association/organization with grace and class.
We do not accept invitations to do private interviews away from an event, without voting on each particular opportunity as a group first.
We do not accept invitations to events without the approval of the Senior Bettys, and voting on each invitation as a group.
When a Betty or Buster is asked, if the Kansas City Bettys will attend, make an appearance, or perform at a particular event, she should research and retrieve all information possible about the event, including when, where, and what they expect of our organization. Then the member shall present the proposal at the next association meeting for discussion, vote and approval.
If the event is outside of the Kansas City Area, and requires travel expenses, members of the Kansas City Bettys can accept hotel rooms paid and reserved by the event coordinator/s, etc. and traveling expenses, food, etc. can be accepted as well. Receipts should always be kept, if reimbursement arrangements have been made with the event coordinator/s etc. All reimbursement agreements should be in writing and in contract form, before the event and expenses are made.
Amendment Added 10/18/2012: Commitment Guidelines, to attend an event: Parade and/or Meet & Greet Event: At least 3 Bettys must commit to event at time of vote. Performance: At least 5 Bettys, and 1 Helper and/or Buster must commit at time of vote.
Article 14: How to become a Senior Betty and Senior Betty responsibilities, and Betty Liaison Description:
To become a "Senior Betty" a member must first be a “Betty” member of the Kansas City Bettys for at least six events. Amendment Added 10/18/2012: Along with the requirement to attend six events as a "Betty," you must also be a "Betty Liaison" for at least one event to become a Senior Betty.
A "Betty Liaison" is a Betty, Buster, or Helper who is a representative of the KC Bettys for each particular event. A Betty Liaison is the direct contact for the coordinator of the event and ensures all details and requirements are confirmed.
Senior Bettys are responsible for training new members, making executive decisions when need be, approving dance routines, approving wardrobe, etc. and also, nominating new board members for election.
Article 15: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer Nominations and Term lengths:
The Senior Betty committee nominates and votes to fill the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
The nomination and election for the following office terms is held at the October Kansas City Bettys meeting.
President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer elected members serve a term of two years before reelection.
New term begins January 1st of the following year after election during the October meeting of the former year.
If a President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer resigns, unable to perform duties, or fulfill term due to injury or death, an emergency meeting may be called by the Senior Betty committee to nominate and elect a new office holder to fulfill the original term length, though not exceed.
Both the offices of Treasurer and Secretary can be held by the same elected member or two different elected members.
Article 16: Dissolution Procedures of the Kansas City Bettys:
Provides that the KANSAS CITY BETTYS, with respect to which there have not been either willful repeated acts (or failures to act) or a willful and flagrant act (or failure to act) giving rise to a liability for tax, shall be terminated, if the KANSAS CITY BETTYS distributes all its net assets to one or more 501(c)(3) organizations ,each of which has been in existence and so described for a continuous period of at least 60 calendar months immediately preceding such distribution.