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 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.
Chapter Petition / Constitution & Bylaws
So, you’re interested in starting a local AMSA chapter at your school? True, you won’t be official until next March when your petition is reviewed, but you can begin your chapter recruitment and activitiesnow. In fact, we highly encourage it. Take a look at all our online resources for running a successful chapter and feel free to contact us for support, materials, or advice. We’re here for you!
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 February/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, conventionsand AMSA conferences, etc. Not to mention the individual benefits.