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Form a New Chapter

Five Steps to Forming a New Chapter

(or Reactivating an Old One)

Better... the forms themselves

STEP 1: SELECT A FACULTY SPONSOR

The sponsor should be a full time faculty member in the department of Speech or Theatre (unless the academic and production activities are in some other discipline). All correspondence is sent to the advisor, unless the advisor elects to do otherwise.

STEP 2: SELECT NEW CANDIDATES

The theatre staff and/or advisor will supply the sponsor with records of new candidates. Most chapters operate by point guidelines. A suggested point system is outlined in the constitution and can be adjusted to each chapter's needs.

STEP 3: CONDUCT AN INITIATION CEREMONY

The National office will, upon request, make the faculty sponsor an honorary member and authorize him/her to induct the new members and elect officers. In order to do so, you will need to order the ceremonies book from the National Office.

Once an initiation ceremony has been conducted, send the initiation report to the National Office with each individual's dues (These are paid only one time per member). Membership cards for each person on the report will be mailed. Faculty sponsors become honorary members and are not required to pay dues.

STEP 4: ADOPT A SET OF LOCAL BY-LAWS BY WHICH YOU OPERATE

The by-laws should include qualifications for membership and anything else that is relevant to your chapter. In most institutions, the administration requires that the constitution and by-laws of student organizations be deposited in the office of student affairs. The National Constitution can be used as a guideline in developing your by-laws. The constitution is available online here.

STEP 5: READ THIS GENERAL INFORMATION

Charter - If you have lost your chapter's charter, you may purchase a replacement. This is not required as you already have a chapter and charter at your school.

Supplies - Supplies are ordered from the National Office. Supplies available include: pledge cards, membership cards, jewelry, scroll, charter, constitution, ceremonies book, membership certificates, and a wall banner. Costs of each are printed on the Supplies page.

Honorary - Alpha Psi Omega chapters are not normally producing organizations but are honorary and run simultaneously with the regular producing organization. Close cooperation and motivation for succeeding are essential for a smooth running and meaningful cast. Most casts establish awards to keep students active and motivated.

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