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Organizing Chapters

10 Simple Steps to Starting a NAME Chapter

NOTE – A state/province country can have more than one NAME chapter OR the state/province/country can have one chapter and smaller sub-chapters in different parts of the state/province/country. 
1. Select an organizing chapter planning committee of local NAME members.  A group of three to five people is an ideal beginning.
2. With the organizing committee, select a working name for your organizing chapter. (This name can be changed later if the chapter elects to do so.)
3. Contact your Regional Director and NAME Executive Director at Bette@NAMEorg.org, with your organizing contact information. 

You can find your RDs name & contact info of the NAME website http://nameorg.org/board-of-directors/

We will post a notice that you are forming an organizing group and include your organizing chapter information on the NAME website
4.  Request a NAME membership list for your area  (from the NAME office, at the email address, above. Be sure to cc- your regional director in this request.) You are welcome to have a past members list, as well. This is a great opportunity to get past members to re-engage with NAME. 
Using the area membership list,  reach out to  current NAME members in your area and invite them select your organizing chapter, as their NAME chapter, by logging in to the members area of the NAME website and selecting your organizing chapter from the chapter list.  During this outreach process you can also invite these folks to join your efforts in developing the chapter. Your RD or the NAME ED can help you with this process. 

5. Invite others in your area to join the organizing chapter.  Also, invite past NAME members to rejoin NAME and join your chapter. Your regional director and the NAME national office can work with you on strategies for local outreach. Also, consider reaching out to other successful chapters and asking what strategies worked well for them

6. Encourage new people to join NAME, via the NAME website. 
It is quick and easy for people to join NAME and your chapter  online at www.nameorg.org/membership. During the process, they simply have to select your organizing chapter, when they are prompted to select a chapter. (Chapter membership is by self-selection. Some of our members prefer to be members at large)
7. Hold an organizing chapter meeting, in person or virtually. During the meeting write your Chapter by-laws and select your Chapter Founding Officers. For guidance you can download NAME Chapter Bylaws Template. Your Regional Director and the NAME National Office can help with this process.
8. Stay in touch with your Regional Director to track the number of people joining the chapter.
To formally initiate your chapter, you need 10 paid members in the NAME database. 
NOTE–Please do not just gather 10 names to submit to create your chapter. The chapter member count is based on paid members in the NAME database. Please have members join and select your organizing chapter online.
9. Once the organizing chapter has  at least 10 paid members, in the NAME system, submit all of your organizing chapter information to your Regional Director, at the the email address listed on the NAME website and to the NAME Executive Director, Bette@NAMEorg.org, for a vote of the NAME board.
Include the following information, when you submit your organizing chapter for vote:
  ~Chapter name
  ~Founding chapter officers 
  ~Founding chapter by-laws 
10. The NAME Board will be provided with all of your chapter information and will vote to charter your chapter. 
      Once the Board has voted, your NAME Chapter is official!


To assist in the organization of new chapters:
CLICK TO Download NAME’s GENERIC Chapter Bylaws_Template

If you are interest in helping organize a new NAME chapter,
please let us know so we can help get the word out!

Email your Regional Director and NAME@nameorg.org

Regional Directors

Region 1 – Regional Director: DaVerne S. Bell, Burlington VT Schools
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont
DaVerne Bell
Director of Diversity Education & Engagement, Burlington VT City Schools
Email: DaVernespeaks@comcast.net

Region 2 – Regional Director: Melba Venison
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
Melba Venison
Email: mveni4921@yahoo.com

Region 3 – Regional Director:  Otilia Salmón
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
Otilia Salmón
Associate Professor
College of Education and Human Services
Department of Foundations and Secondary Education
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, Fl  32224
Phone:  904.620.1842
Email:  osalmon@unf.edu

Region 4 – Regional Director: Robin Brenneman
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Robin Brenneman
4105 Saturn Road
Hilliard OH 43026
Phone: 614.527.4407
Cell:  614.404.3005
Email: kenrob@columbus.rr.com

Region 5 – Regional Co-Directors: E.L. Walter-Sullivan and Omiunota Ukpokodu
Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Regional Co-Director
E.L. Walter-Sullivan
Professor-Course Mentor
Teachers College
Western Governors University
Austin, TX
Phone: 877.435.7948  ext. 4286
Fax;  281.876.0414
Email: els2004phd@aol.com
Regional Co-Director
Omiunota Ukpokodu
University of Missouri–Kansas City
309 School of Education, Teacher Education
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO  64110
Office: 816.235.2469
Fax: 816.235.5270
Email: ukpokodun@umkc.edu

Region 6 – Regional Director: Rachelle Rogers-Ard
Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming
Rachelle Rogers Ard
Oakland Teach for Tomorrow
Email: ebavdir@yahoo.com

Region 7 – Regional Director: Chris Knaus
Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Chris Knaus
University of Washington-Tacoma
Email: Activeeducation@yahoo.com

Region 8 –Regional Director: Ann Lopez
 American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, Sovereign Nations within the U.S., International Members, and Indigenous Peoples
Ann Lopez
University of Toronto
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Email:   ann.lopez@utoronto.ca