Chartering an AMSA Chapter
Chartering your AMSA chapter is important as it allows your chapter, and your individual chapter members, official recognition by AMSA National, providing access to all the organization's offerings, leadership trainings, member discount benefits and more. The chartering process at AMSA is really very simple, so there's no reason not to. Just follow these 3 easy steps:
Get at least 5 active AMSA members
This is important, so make sure your members have officially joined before your petition is reviewed.
Submit an application and a copy of your Constitution & Bylaws
The application is online and couldn't be easier. Additionally, sample constitution & bylaws are provided for quick and easy modification.
Pass a chartering resolution at the National Convention
We take it from here, so just sit back and wait for us to do our thing.
We are here to guide you through each step - from recruitment, to coordinating with AMSA National, to getting your chartering resolution passed at the annual convention.
Required to Charter
There are two parts to chartering your chapter - the application to petition and your local chapter Constitution & Bylaws. The application to petition is an online form. After filling out this form, you will be asked to email us your local chapter Constitution & Bylaws (samples are provided below which you may use to draft up your own version). Both the application and the chapter Constitution & Bylaws must be submitted no later than January 1, 2015 to be considered for chartering.
Chapter Petition / Constitution & Bylaws
What Happens Next?
After submitting the required information to the national office, your application will be reviewed. If your application is not complete, you will be notified via email. If it is complete, your request is magically transformed into a resolution. These resolutions are edited by a reference committee and then presented to the House of Delegates at the national convention in March. The body of the House votes and presto!, your school is chartered.
Now the wonderful world of AMSA opens its doors for you and your colleagues to experience. There are numerous activities to get involved in: Action Committees, Legislative Affairs, conventions and AMSA conferences, etc. Not to mention the individual benefits.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your application in, join AMSA and together we can make a difference!