APMP recognizes that developing new chapters is essential to the growth of APMP. Chapters offer APMP members the following significant benefits:
- Networking opportunities for like-minded and expanded industry contacts.
- A base for APMP Community participation.
- A forum for presentation of proposal-related issues.
- A working environment to promote APMP objectives.
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A.1. Chapter affiliation: APMP membership is through the international association, and all members in good standing are asked to affiliate with a specific APMP chapter. All APMP membership dues will be paid to the international association. Chapter accrue fiscal benefits from membership affiliation, as follows:
A.1.a. Upon successfully petitioning for a chapter charter, the international association will provide a one-time stipend of US$500 to assist the chapter to assist in startup activities. If the chapter's charter is revoked for any reason, the unused portion of these funds will be returned to the international association.
A.1.b. APMP will return to the chapter 24% of the annual membership dues for each APMP member in good standing who has affiliated with the chapter. Funds are paid to the chapter leadership, quarterly, after submission of a quarterly chapter activity and financial report. Unused funds are eimbursed to the international association, if a chapter charter is revoked.
A.1.c. APMP and its related chapters are non-profit entities. All funds accrued by the chapter will be applied to current and future chapter functions, to benefit members affiliated with the chapter.
A.1.d. The chapters may not charge membership dues. They may charge a fee for meetings, workshops, and other chapter activities to defray the costs of these activities, and/or to provide earnest funds for future activities.
A.2. Ensuring the viability of a chapter: The chapter incorporation bylaws specify the requirements and activities deemed necessary for a chapter to maintain continuous successful operation. This includes a minimum number of members, chapter officers, minimum number of meetings per year, hosting of workshops and symposia (chapter conferences), chapter documentation and reports, and fiscal requirements. Failure of a chapter to meet these requirements could result in the inability of the chapter to function as an operating entity and could be the basis for charter revocation.
Prior to submitting a chapter charter application, the potential chapter must establish and hold pre-charter meetings to determine level of interest, willingness of candidate board members to volunteer, ability to attract and retain members, corporate sponsors, review lessons learned, and other success criteria.
A.3. Maintaining oversight of the chapter by the APMP Board of Directors (BoD): The chapter must govern itself within a framework established by the APMP BoD bylaws, to ensure that each chapter meets the legal, ethical and performance standards of the association. The APMP BoD will monitor chapter activities.
A.4. Correspondence/Communication with International Office: In addition to required year-end reports, chapters are required to correspond with the international association to announce meetings or activities, which may be posted on the Events Calendar of www.apmp.org.
A.5 Use of APMP Logo: APMP is a registered trademark, with specific guidelines governing its use. Chapters who wish to use the APMP branding or logo should do so without alteration. Electronic copies are available upon request through the international association. New chapters should submit a copy of their proposed logo to the APMP Executive Director.