How do we form an NMA Chapter?

In 30 days, you can have your chapter up and running…

First Meeting (1 hour)

Select your formation coordinator.  Using the model Bylaws as a guideline, coordinator assigns teams to prepare Articles as it applies to chapter being formed.  Results to be brought to next meeting for final review and approval.

Article I – Name

(Have everyone list suggested names on paper and bring back to next meeting.)

· Article II – Mission and Purposes

(assign to team)

· Article III – Membership (assign to team)

· Article IV – Dues (assign to team)

Assign volunteer to do physical changes of Bylaws as they are changed by the group.

Second Meeting (1 hour)

Brainstorm suggested chapter names and compile list.  Bring list to next meeting (enough copies for everyone).

Review, wordsmith, and approve Article II, Article III, and Article IV.

Using the model Bylaws as a guideline, coordinator assigns teams to prepare the following Articles as they apply to the chapter being formed.  Results to be brought to next meeting for final review and approval.

· Article V – Officers, Article VI – Committees, Article VII – Board of Directors

· Article VIII – Nominations and Elections, Article IX – Meetings

· Article X – Amendments, Article XI – Dissolution

Third Meeting (2 hours)

Review Article recommendations, wordsmith (painful), and approve

Select officers (could be volunteers for first year)

President to make committee chair selections and report back at next meeting

Assign Team to develop skeleton program plan for upcoming year

Treasurer to meet with officers to develop a tentative budget and bring to next meeting for approval

Distribute list of names and have group rank them.  Tally results for next meeting.

Fourth Meeting (1 hour)

Announce committee chair selections

Vote on three highest ranked chapter names.  Insert name in Bylaws.

Approve Program Plan

Approve Budget

Select charter date

Treasurer and President to open bank account for chapter

(a fifth meeting can be scheduled if needed)

 

Key Points to Remember!