The AHF is a 503(c) non-profit organization with no employees. All of the activities of the AHF are supported by volunteer labor from the officers and membership of the organization.
The standing committee structure of the AHF can always benefit from volunteers from members. Standing committees include the following:
Project Development Committee
The Project Development Committee works on the creation and implementation of projects that fulfill the AHF’s mission to educate. Research, workshops, the AHF library, video archive, website content development, and exhibitions are just some of the undertakings discussed. It is the largest committee comprised of sub-committees as needed.
The Competitive Rules Committee is chaired by the First Vice-President and consists of six additional members, at least four of whom must be professional members. It the duty of this committee to formulate and interpret the rules for tournaments sponsored by this organization.
It is the duty of this committee to find and maintain sponsorship for the activities and competitions of the organization.
The AHF particularly needs volunteers to help with the following initiatives:
- Fundraising: Currently, the AHF’s primary sources of funding are memberships and a portion of tournament fees, which places the organization point at a roughly break-even point. Increased activities will require finding new means and sources of funding.
- Public relations and outreach: The membership of the AHF Facebook group currently dwarfs the paying membership of the AHF. A motivated volunteer working to raise awareness of the AHF and AHF activities would be of tremendous value.
- Website contributions: The AHF stands by the quality of materials published on the AHF website and online journal. In addition to the scholarly publications of the AHF, the Secretary wishes to launch a new blog for the membership to share shorter items of interest. The proposed name for the blog is ‘Sharp Bits of History’, and submissions can be made immediately via the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions can include links, pictures, texts, or squibs on topics within the areas of interest of the AHF.