I sympathize with your dilemma. Having checked my Webster’s Unabridged, there is a precedent for using the word ‘chairpersons.’ At the same time, perhaps you could rewrite the sentence or the list of distinguished volunteers so that those people involved are listed as “Co-Chairs.” While I would have shudderred at listing people as chairs several years ago, I now feel it is an acceptable alternative.
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In So CA the phrase ‘on the yard’ is in use. When I say ‘in the yard’ I am corrected. I am told New Yorkers say ‘on line’ which is wrong.
However, one stands on an imaginary line , but gets into line. NY’ers understand that.
I cannot ever see a usage for ‘on the yard’ as correct. will let them know that too.