The CPA has compiled the following documents to aid Chairs of CPA's Sections in the formation, responsibilities, and running of a Section.
Within one year of obtaining approval to establish a Section, a Section is required to pass By-Laws (by email vote or at the Section's annual business meeting held during the Convention) in conformity with the Model By-laws (2009). These Section-passed By-Laws shall be forwarded for Board approval to the Chair of the Committee on Sections via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Section By-Laws may completely parallel the Model By-Law structure, or may vary from it, as long as all bold items in the Model By-Laws are covered in the Section's By-Laws.
Sections have official status under the By-Laws of the Association (see CPA By-laws (Amended June 2014)).
Procedures for Forming a Section
Approval to establish a Section within CPA may be granted by the Board of Directors when a group of at least 25 (any combination) CPA Fellows/ Members and Affiliates of the Association submit a petition which includes: 1) a statement of purpose and goals of the proposed Section; 2) the name of the Section; 3) the name of the founding Chairperson or Coordinator; and 4) the name of any other founding officers.
Click on the documents below for additional information on forming a section special interest group.