Starting a chapterRequirements for chartering a chapter
Model Constitution and model Bylaws
There are several questions that should be asked before chartering a local chapter to help ensure its success.
Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm in chartering an IIE chapter. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Chapter Organization Committee
This committee is an informal group who meets regularly to plan and work toward the organization of a chapter. One member of the group should be designated as the liaison with IIE headquarters during the charter process. You will also want to make several assignments for committee chairpersons, such as recruitment, publicity, finances, secretary, etc.
Assistance from IIE Headquarters Your primary contact at IIE headquarters is the Membership Coordinator. She can assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. She can also provide you with a list of IIE members in your area, as well as the names and contact information of officers of adjacent chapters. IIE can also provide brochures, membership applications and magazines for recruiting new members.
The Region Vice President (RVP) is an elected volunteer responsible for a specific geographical area. Your RVP can also assist with any questions you may have about IIE or chapter organization.
Each IIE chapter is responsible for its own financial affairs. However, if the committee needs funds to assist with the chapter organization, they can be requested from the RVP. If the RVP is confident that the chapter is feasible and will be formed, they will forward the request to the Senior Vice President - Chapter Networking for approval. If approved, funding up to $150 may be provided.
You will need at least 50 IIE members to charter a US or Canadian chapter. International chapters need 20 IIE members. Information from IIE headquarters can assist in locating current IIE members in your area. However, you will also want to recruit new members. Here are some suggestions to assist with that effort:
This meeting should be held in order to accomplish the following:
You will need to elect officers to serve in the interim while the chapter charter is awaiting approval. It is also a good idea to ask the people elected if they would be willing to run for a 'permanent' position once the chapter is chartered. Chapters should hold an annual election of officers, and details are outlined in the model constitution and bylaws. You should elect the following officers: President, vice president, secretary and treasurer (the last two can be combined if desired).
The officers should then appoint several temporary committees, however, these should be elected positions once the chapter is formed. The following committees are recommended for organizing a chapter:
The items listed below must be included in your charter package, which should be sent to the attention of the Chapter Operations Administrator at IIE headquarters, 3577 Parkway Lane, Suite 200, Norcross, GA 30092
Contact the IIE membership coordinator.