Big Hat Club

Big Hat Club LogoThe Big Hat Club is an honor group within AMBUCS. In order to qualify, a member must recruit three new members in a 12-month period. The club exists to take membership, fundraising and fun to a whole new level.

The Big Hat Club was started by Past National President Charles E. Mitchell during his term at the June 18, 1939, executive board meeting. The idea was to present a shirt to each Ambuc able to recruit at least three new members in a 12-month period. The concept was to create incentive to bringing in new AMBUCS members. The individual who brought in the most new members would receive the “Rabbit Trophy”! Fortunately, at the July 2 meeting it was decided to award a ten-gallon hat instead and recipients would form a Big Hat Club.

These special, fun-loving members are the backbone of AMBUCS and provide leadership in recruiting new members and supporting the AMBUCS mission.

2020 Big Hat Fundraiser – Corporate Donations

For this year’s Big Hat Fundraiser, we are doing things a little differently. We are seeking member and chapter support to attract corporate donors.

If 150 chapters each identify one $500 corporate donor, we will raise $75,000 for the AMBUCS mission.

The National Big Hat Club will provide AMBUCS brochures and a newly re-cut 90 second AMBUCS video.

See my National Conference presentation for tips on how to achieve this goal, who to ask and how to ask!


The top fundraising Big Hat Club will receive 10% of the total raised ($7,500 if the goal is met).

The top fundraising member will be recognized with a $1,000 donation awarded in their name (or 1% of the total if goal is not met).

We can reach our goal and raise funds for the mission from corporate partners outside of the organization working Shoulders Together, friends! Let’s make the total funds raised for National programs next year in Louisville even higher.

Jack Bellware
2019-2020 National Big Hat President
cell: (269) 207-1444



National Big Hat Club Officers

Big Hat Club Guidelines

Big Hat Club Constitution and ByLaws

Best Big Hat Club Award