How to Start a Chapter

Start a Regional Chapter

Starting a regional chapter with AHF is a rewarding and worthwhile experience. AHF chapter, as you might know, are the national Association’s regional link to operators across the country. Chapters are formed a run by volunteer operators and business partners with an interest in creating regional or state networking events. 

Forming an AHF chapter requires interested operators to gather together an inaugural board of directors, outline a plan of work, and get official documents and registrations secured. A checklist of required items, as well as a step-by-step guide on starting an AHF chapter, can be found below in the Chapter Handbook. 

If you are interested in forming a new chapter, review the checklist below and download a copy of the Chapter Handbook. Reach out to AHF staff when you’re ready to start the process.

1. Establish Region – Contact AHF to express interest

  • Chapters are based on regions. While state chapters are the most common, the chapter region can include multiple adjacent states or just a portion of the state. The goal is to increase local value of AHF membership.
  • Visit other chapters to gather ideas.
  • Come to the National Conference. There is no better place or time to meet other AHF members from your region.

2. Establish Chapter Board
3. Review the Financial Management, Permits, Insurance and Tax Information chapter. [Chapter 7 in Handbook]
4. Set up Chapter Microsite [Chapter 5 in Handbook]
5. Establish Calendar
6. Recruit Members and Business Partners

The chapter handbook contains general outlines and policies for starting and maintaining an AHF regional chapter. Download a copy of the handbook to get started.

  • Chapter 1 – How To Start (or Restart) a Regional Chapter
  • Chapter 2 – Organizational Structure
  • Chapter 3 – Chapter Structure
  • Chapter 4 – Nominations and Elections
  • Chapter 5 – Microsites
  • Chapter 6 – Membership
  • Chapter 7 – Financial Management, Permits, Insurance and Tax Information
  • Chapter 8 – Chapter Events & Programs
  • Chapter 9 – Communications
  • Chapter 10 – AHF Publication Standards
  • Appendices

Questions? Contact AHF Staff at [email protected]