Groups, Meetings, Organizations, and Clubs B

About a variety of groups, meetings, organizations of clubs including the Baker Street Irregulars with their history, membership numbers and contact information.

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Baker Street Irregulars, 33 Riverside Drive, New York, N.Y. 10023. Founded in 1934. According to the club's representative, Julian Wolff, "The Irregulars is a loosely organized literary society devoted to the study of Sherlock Holmes. There are no formal entrance requirements, but all members must have a thorough knowledge of the Sherlock Holmes stories. We keep in touch with each other and informed of developments by considerable personal correspondence and by reading The Baker Street Journal, a quarterly." Subscription to the magazine is $10 per year. Holds an annual meeting in January in New York. Sponsors a horse race, the Silver Blaze Handicap, each year. 600 members.

Bald Headed Men of America, 211 North King Avenue, Dunn, N.C. 28334. Founded in 1974, the society "strives to cultivate a sense of pride for all bald headed men and to eliminate the vanity associated with the loss of one's hair." Society states that "the best cure for bald headed men is to laugh about it, promote it, flaunt it, and remind others that the Lord made millions and millions of heads and those He didn't like He covered up." A $5 membership fee (from "qualified" persons only) entitles one to a membership card and certificate, a "Bald Is Beautiful" button, and a subscription to a quarterly newsletter, Chrome-Dome. Holds an annual convention. Prominent members include former Pres. Gerald R. Ford, Telly Savalas, Joe Garagiola, Phil Silvers, and Sen. Henry Jackson. 3,500 members.

Birding Association, Inc., American, Box 4335, Austin, Tex. 78765. Founded in 1969. The only international organization devoted to finding and identifying birds. Issues Birding, the official bimonthly magazine, which includes bird-finding maps and directions. Holds an annual convention, sponsors birding tours, and maintains a purchasing service for bird books and records. Individual membership is $7 per year; family membership is $10 per year. 3,000 members.

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