The ABPA encourages the establishment of local chapters in order to provide a
more localized response to member needs. The chapters are established within a
region and can be state wide or more local in scope. A reasonable number of
members are needed to form a chapter. There shall be enough members to have a
President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Secretary and Treasurer
positions may be a combined job. The members of the chapter shall develop a set
of bylaws which are consistent with the Association and Region bylaws.
The prospective chapter must petition their Regional Director for a "Certificate
of Charter". Within this petition, the prospective chapter shall include a list
of chapter officers and chapter bylaws. The Regional Director shall forward the
petition to the Association Bylaws Committee which will review all chapter
bylaws to assure conformity with the Association. Once the bylaws are accepted
by the Bylaws Committee, the Board of Directors will vote to grant the
"Certificate of Charter" which will remain in the custody of the Chapter
President or Regional Director until the Chapter is decommissioned. Chapters are
encouraged to incorporate and to adopt bylaws, establish a governing board, levy
dues, elect officers, and appoint committees. As long as the Chapter activities
are consistent with it's bylaws, the Association's bylaws and Articles of
Incorporation, the chapter shall be in "good standing".
It is advisable to have a Board of Directors to help steer the activities of the
Chapter. The Officers and Board may find it helpful to appoint committees to
perform tasks or compile data. There should be interaction with the Regional
Director to assure actions are always consistent with Association bylaws. The
chapter is required to hold at least one meeting a year. Meetings are an
excellent opportunity for the members to express their needs and concerns.
Additional meetings are highly encouraged to promote effective communication
within the Chapter and Region. Seminars are an excellent tool many chapters find
helpful in educating it members and non-members.
Interaction with groups other than ABPA is recommended as a way of educating
non-ABPA members on cross-connection control. The number of groups are many and
will be different in each local area. This interaction can help others to
understand the potential hazards to the water supply and the benefits of a
defensible cross-connection control program.
Chapter newsletters have been found to be an excellent vehicle to communicate
with the chapter members and non-members to announce scheduled activities or to
help educate them on specific subjects.
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