|Forming an NFSA Chapter|
The process of forming a new Chapter requires organization and teamwork. Below are the steps to follow once you have decided to start a new Chapter.
Once you have decided to start a new Chapter, there are some recommended decisions that your group should make in order to proceed with Chapter formation. If there are many individuals interested in starting a new Chapter, you may want to form an informal "organizing committee" that will be in charge of making these decisions and taking care of the initial Chapter arrangements. This committee should dissolve once the Chapter is approved by the NFSA Board of Directors, in lieu of a Chapter board of directors.
Potential Membership List ‐ Think about who you would like to be involved in your Chapter. Chapters have the same categories of and criteria for membership as the NFSA. Chapter members should also be members of NFSA, except that, as discussed below under "Start Up Period," in the first two years after a Chapter charter is granted, an NFSA Chapter may include both NFSA and non‐NFSA members.
Funding Sources‐ Think about how you will fund Chapter activities. As detailed in Chapter 9, most Chapters raise money through Chapter dues, training events, or other fundraising campaigns. Please refer to the section in Chapter 8 titled "Working within the 501(c)(6) Exemption," for guidelines on funding sources.
Petition the NFSA Board of Directors
Once you and your group have thought about some of the logistics of starting a new Chapter, you may petition the NFSA Board of Directors for recognition as a Chapter. A petition to the Board of Directors shall include the following:
In addition, Chapters should attach to their petition form a copy of the MOU and bylaws that they have adopted or intend to adopt.
A copy of the petition form is available in Appendix XI. Model MOUs and model Chapter bylaws are located in Appendices I and III. Chapter bylaws and MOUs should be consistent with these models.
The Chapter "start‐up period" is two years from the date that the chapter’s charter is granted. During this time, per approval of the Board of Directors, the NFSA "start up" Chapter may be organized with both NFSA and non‐NFSA members. The Chapters may be supported by the NFSA Regional Manager and staff and can be supported by Chapter dues from both NFSA and non‐NFSA members. Planning and conducting the Chapter will be in accordance with the NFSA Chapter Handbook.
During the two year period, the "start‐up" Chapter members and their companies in good standing are eligible to receive partial benefits. Chapter members who are already members in good standing of NFSA will continue to have access to all the membership benefits of NFSA. Chapter members who are not current members of NFSA may request access to approved "start up" benefits from their local Regional Manager. Such benefits may include:
‐ Limited access to Expert of the Day (EOD) service