instructions for filing a|
"Petition for Charter"
Complete two copies of the "Petition for Chapter". Send one to QCWA HQ and keep the other for your files.
A minimum of five (5) QCWA members whose dues are current are required to petition the National QCWA for a charter.
We suggest that those members who desire to establish a chapter meet, choose a name for the prospective chapter, elect a president and a secretary (the minimum number of officers). The petition must be signed by the president and one copy sent to us. Keep the second copy of the petition in the chapter files and we suggest the secretary be the custodian of this and all chapter records to provide one place or person who will have it available. Please be sure that all names, addresses and signatures, etc, on the petition are readable. Upon receipt of the petition at QCWA, the list of members is checked for dues status and if a minimum of five (5) are current members - the petition is then processed. There is no cost to the members for the issuance of the charter to establish other than the personal work of one or more members who desire the chapter and are willing to devote a little time (sometimes a little money) to getting it 'Off The Ground'.
Note too, that membership in a chapter is predicated upon members being first a paid up member of the National QCWA. They are then able to apply for membership in the chapter with continued membership contingent upon keeping their national dues paid. There is no connection between the national QCWA dues and those dues that a chapter may charge their membership. Payment of dues in the local chapter does not automatically pay the dues in national QCWA. A chapter should consider dues sufficient to carry on the necessary work of the chapter.
It is expected that at regular intervals, the chapter will keep QCWA advised of the activities of the chapter which may be of interest to other QCWA members.
A few comments from our Chapter Relations Chairman, Ken Simpson, W8EK It only takes five active members of QCWA. One of the very minor problems that we have occasionally encountered is that the prospective chapter sends in a list, with 5 QCWA members on it. The only problem may be that all five of these are not actively paid up members of national QCWA. They think they are, but may have failed to renew their membership. To avoid this problem, I suggest that you do one or more of a couple things:
1) have several extra members on the list
If you do this, it will avoid needing to do more at a later date.
2) use life members
3) have the members check the Journal label to see if their dues are current
If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.
Chair, QCWA Chapter Relations Committee
E-mail to W8EK@FLHam.net or W8EK@arrl.net
Voice Phone (352) 732-8400
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April 21, 2012