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Bayjove wrote:Regarding sub-chapters for those interested, it's a no-go. If you read back on past threads there once was a time when folks were talking about creating sub-chapters or squads, but that was before 1) ZSC-016 got its stuff together and 2) I think before the new chapter forming policies were put in place by HQ. As it is, we really need to keep our chapter intact and limited to a two-hour radius with no sub-chapters or squads. I think the new policy from HQ is a good one because usually if you get further than two hours away a group tends to splinter and not have as good communication with each other. The point of us interacting in person as we do is so that we can have a stronger sense of community and not just share our interests here on a message board. If we have sub-chapters and squads, it sort of defeats the purpose.
More to the point, a chapter has a lot of protocol to follow also. For every event we have I have to submit a request form and then a debriefing afterwards, including member meetings and we also had to fill out paperwork and do a qualifying event just to get this chapter back up and running. If folks started functioning as an independent "arm" of a chapter, having their own meetings and events, they wouldn't be submitting the required paperwork because only chapter officers do that.
HOWEVER, if you have just three people in a certain area of Georgia that isn't covered by ZSC-016 chapter and you feel like it's too far to regularly come out to our functions, by all means you can start a new chapter. It used to be that chapters were state-specific (hence the discussion of squads and such last year), but that's not the case anymore--a state can have multiple chapters if they are two hours or so apart. In fact we encourage folks to start a chapter for those reasons above so that members can feel more a sense of local community, more easily get together, and educate more communities on preparedness. If you are going to use the ZS name for events or meetings you really do have to have a chapter and as such have to fill out the paperwork etc. mentioned above.
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