Starting a New State Society

 
Are you interested in forming an ACOFP affiliate society?

Remember that all affiliated societies must be organized in conformity with the ACOFP’s Constitution & Bylaws

Start by drafting your state constitution and bylaws, which must then be submitted to and approved by the ACOFP Congress of Delegates. Then, launch a membership campaign to all osteopathic family physicians in your state, asking them to become charter members of your affiliate society. 

Next, schedule elections for state chapter officers and to constitute a board of directors. 

Remember that at least every five years or whenever you amend your state’s constitution and bylaws, they must be sent to the ACOFP Executive Director for ACOFP Constitution & Bylaws Committee recommendations for changes. Then they have to be approved by the Board of Governors. 

The bylaws will be kept on file in the ACOFP National Office in Arlington Heights, Illinois. 

If you want to have a national ACOFP officer attend your annual meeting, you are encouraged to submit a letter of invitation. The ACOFP will then work with you to make the appropriate arrangements. 

For more information, contact the ACOFP main office at 800.323.0794.