Starting a New Chapter
So you are thinking a starting a new chapter - AWESOME!
In just five easy steps your application is ready to be submitted ...for more info.
Step 1: Check to see if there is already a chapter in your area.
Step 2: In preparation of your first (organizational) meeting, there are a number of forms and administrative matters that must first be worked out. It may seem like a lot of work, but it really isn't. Seek the help of a current Board Member or Officer, they can help you save time and frustration. We have provided a brief PowerPoint presentation that may help you with the journey.
Step 3: Conduct your first meeting (this is often times called the organizational meeting). At this meeting you will need to
- present tentative By-Laws, a sample is provided;
- the IRS FSS4, a sample is provided; ...and,
- distribute application forms to each of your new members, and submit them to the National Treasurer, an application form is provided.
Step 4: Your getting closer to success. Conduct your second meeting, and conduct your first election of officers.
Step 5: Congratulations, your almost there. Notify in writing the National President and the National Corresponding Secretary that you respectfully request to be inducted as a new Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. We would be honored to have you and your news members as part of an organization that strives to preserve African-ancestored family history, genealogy, and cultural diversity by teaching research techniques and disseminating information throughout the community. As our new chapter, your goal will be to promote scholarly research, provide resources for historical and genealogical studies, create a network of persons with similar interests, and assist members in documenting their histories.