Start A New Professional Chapter

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Interested in starting a new professional chapter? You're embarking on a monumentally important journey.?This page lists out the most important considerations for forming a chapter.

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Benefits of Serving

  • Bring the vision for your community to life
  • Gain leadership experience and advance your career
  • Give back to your community and profession
  • Gain exposure for yourself and your company
  • Recognition from your peers
  • Discounts on membership dues and the annual International Design Conference (IDC)

Basic Requirements

  • Chapters are required to have a Chair and Vice Chair (however, the most successful chapters have 3-5 officers on their Board to maintain consistent programming throughout the year)
  • Only Professional and Young Professional members can serve as officers
  • All new chapters must have the interest of at least 20 voting members of IDSA and be approved by the Board of Directors

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The makeup of each Chapter's Board is unique, but we've listed the most common positions and their responsibilities.

Chapter Chair

  • Serves as leader of the chapter,?establishing and implementing?its?overall strategy
  • Responsible for overall execution of chapter events
  • Maintains ultimate responsibility for chapter finances
  • Leads all meetings of the chapter Board
  • Manages succession planning efforts, ensuring a pipeline?of individuals 'ready and able' to lead the chapter into the future

Vice Chair

  • Assists the Chair with all chapter functions
  • Assumes the duties of the Chair in their absence
  • Performs the duties of the Secretary / Treasurer in the absence of that position

Secretary / Treasurer

  • Maintains chapter Board?meeting minutes
  • Maintains the chapter's general and financial records; ensures integrity of fiscal affairs
  • Works with IDSA HQ related to the chapter credit card, reimbursements, vendor payments and contracts

Events Coordinator

  • Plans chapter events, coordinates logistics (food and beverage, etc.)
  • Develops and maintains a list of volunteers and supporters that can assist with planning and execution
  • Serves as the point of contact for event registration / sets up event registration sites (e.g., Eventbrite)
  • Works with IDSA HQ to update content on the chapter's?idsa.org webpage

Communications Coordinator

  • Promotes all chapter activities via newsletters and social media
  • Maintains credentials for all websites and social media platforms

Student Chapter Liaison

  • Coordinates with local university student chapters
  • Provides programming, mentoring and support

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Ready to formally propose a new chapter?

Step 1: Review other?helpful information and guidelines
Step 2: Submit a proposal

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