Start an Alumnae Chapter
Alumnae Chapters offer opportunities to connect sisters with finding a continued network of support as they navigate the “real world”. The National Alumnae Association (NAA) offers sisters the opportunity to establish an Alumnae Chapter through the Alumnae Chapter Establishment Process (ACEP). The establishment process takes about a year to complete and works closely with the VP Alumnae to compose essential documents, organize an election process, recruit other alumnae members, and host alumnae events.
Below you will find a step-by-step process into starting the next chapter of Everlasting Sisterhood in your area.
CONTACT THE VP ALUMNAE
Contact the VP Alumnae to receive more information regarding the establishment process, application and expectations.
WRITE A LETTER OF INTENT
A minimum of 5 interested Alumnae members are required to submit a Letter of Intent. However, a minimum of 12 paying members are required by the final application deadline in July. Alumnae Chapter Interest Groups with less than 12 members by the final application deadline are encouraged to continue their growth until the 12 member minimum is reached and resubmit their application before Convention of the following year. Letters of interest will be accepted until September 29th of every year.
PASS CHECKPOINTS 1 & 2
Two checkpoints have been implemented into the ACEP to assist Alumnae Chapter Interest Groups in creating an operational structure. The checkpoints will also assist in streamlining the process for the Alumnae Chapter Application.
RECEIVE APPROVAL FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The deadline to be considered for establishment is July 1st at midnight EST. Once a completed application is received, the Board of Directors will review all necessary documents and make a final decision within 10 business days.
Successful Alumnae Chapter Interest Groups will be formally inducted into the sorority at Convention. Once formally inducted, the established Alumnae Chapter Interest Group will take the title of the university the group is affiliated with under the National Alumnae Association.
Alumnae Chapter Membership Eligibility
In order to be able to join an Alumnae Chapter/Network, each member must fall into one of the categories below:
Graduate Member - any initiated sister who has successfully completed their collegiate process at an undergraduate chapter and has received a degree from a college or university.
Non-Traditional Alumnae Member - any sister who has never received an undergraduate degree, but have been granted alumnae status by the national office.
An alumna applying for Non-Traditional Alumnae status may do so by emailing the Director of Alumnae Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org. The alumna must be granted status before she can join any Alumnae Chapter.