Guidelines on How to Start an IALEIA Chapter
Being part of an IALEIA chapter is one way to get more out of our international organization. It takes work and motivation, but once you get started you will find it is a great way to network with other IALEIA members in your area.
To begin, contact the International Director. The International Director will assist you with identifying other IALEIA members in your area and will supply you with a copy of the Chapter Bylaws under which chapters must operate. A chapter must have a minimum of TEN IALEIA members from the same geographic region.
The Chapter Charter serves to outline your purpose in creating a chapter, and details how a chapter would benefit local members and IALEIA. Once the IALEIA Board awards the charter, you must hold elections in accordance with the chapter bylaws. At this point, you can apply for $250 in start-up costs. Many chapters have taken the initiative and sold mugs and t-shirts to shore up their treasuries.
Once you have established your chapter, you need to schedule meetings for your members. Some chapters meet every other month, others meet quarterly; you will have to make this decision based on what you and your members can facilitate. Chapters must submit annual activity reports to the board, as well as yearly financial reports for tax purposes (regardless of financial activity, the report is required). You are encouraged to reach out to chapters which are already established for ideas and guidance. The entire Executive Board is made up of accessible individuals, most of whom also belong to chapters, so there will always be someone to help out.
Hopefully this will encourage new chapters to emerge where there is a concentration of analysts who would benefit from this level of organization. Good luck!
*(Note: chapters must be comprised of members within a geographical region; chapters that are found to be exclusionary will have their charters revoked under the provisions of the IALEIA Bylaws, Article IX, Section 6, Subsection B.)