Local Chapter: Outline of Guide

LOCAL CHAPTER

The local chapter is the foundation upon which the State and National Associations are built. It is in the local chapter that responsibilities of leadership are developed.

This manual is intended to assist new and existing chapters in interpreting and carrying out their official duties. It aims to define the responsibilities of each officer and committee chairman, to clarify the procedure for conducting chapter business, and to suggest policies as outlined in the bylaws and the Plan of Action.

The purpose of this handbook is to provide to local chapters basic information for the development of stronger professional groups.

In order to be an affiliated chapter, it is necessary to work within the bylaws of the State Organization.

AN OUTLINE OF A GUIDE FOR LOCAL CHAPTERS

I. ESTABLISH GUIDELINES

A. Compose bylaws for the local association.
B. Determine number of meetings to be held and content.
C. Prepare a Plan of Action (contact your MSNA President or Regional Director if you do not have a current plan of action to use as a guide).
D. Establish a calendar for the year’s activities.
E. Coordinate information into a yearbook for distribution to members.
F. Elect officers (must be members of MSNA and SNA).
G. Appoint committee chairmen and members.
H. Maintain accurate financial records to be turned in to MSNA each year.

II. CHAPTER ACTIVITIES

A. Conduct Meetings

1. Executive Board (Chapter President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer)
2. Association

B. Plan and carry out Fund Raising Activities

C. Participate in Region, State and National Programs


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