Establishing a Local or Student Chapter of Kindness360

Establishing a Local or Student Chapter

Responsible professional adults, at least 35 years of age, can form local chapters. Kindness360 (the “Organization”) encourages local chapters as a means of advancing our primary mission, increasing membership and preparing individuals for leadership roles on the national level. The following guide provides some brief information on the process of forming local chapters.

Why Go Local?

Kindness360 is a rapidly expanding charitable organization which tries to deliver a range of benefits to members. There are many things that can be accomplished on a local level much more effectively. Local chapters serve as a venue for members to get together, exchange views, and attend continuing education courses and social activities. Local chapters can regularly interact in a local community to provide programs or activities that directly impact the Kindness360 mission. And, most importantly, a local organization is aware of and sensitive to the needs that are unique to every community. For these reasons, the creation of a local chapter would make sense and provide value to local chapter members.

What You Need To Get Started

Starting a chapter is not a difficult process, but it is a process which requires commitment. It requires individuals who agree with the Kindness360 mission and wish to take a proactive role accomplishing the mission. Without this commitment an effective chapter cannot exist.

Steps in getting started

Contact the national Organization. Inform the President that you are interested in forming a local chapter of Kindness360. The Organization will provide a list of members in your community or metropolitan area, if available.

Get four (4) more people who share your enthusiasm and goals to assist you in the creation of the local chapter. These members may be the founding officers of the new chapter.
Contact local Kindness360 members and students, if available. This can be done by telephone or by mail, however, the Organization recommends that you first identify individuals or members you already know. Contact them and ask them to participate in the formation of the new chapter.

Decide upon a structure.

The Officers.

What officers you will have and who they will be.(Required officers: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Historian.)

Dues.

A chapter is not designed to make money, but you will need funds for organizing, events, meeting expenses and so forth. The Organization will have guidelines for you to consider.

Affiliation Fee.

A chapter is responsible for the yearly affiliation fee, currently set at a modest: $385.00.

By-laws.

Review the Organizational Articles of Incorporation and by-laws, if available. A sample set of local chapter by-laws is available to help guide you.

The initial goals of the chapter.

What do you want to accomplish for your first year? Develop your MISSION statement.

Set-up a system for record keeping and accounting.

At a minimum you will need to track:

  •  Member contact information
  •  Dues received and owed
  •  Expenses
  •  Affiliation Fees
  • What To Do, Once You Are Started

    Hold an organizing and recruiting meeting. Hold this in the evening at someone’s house or office or a location on campus. Serve refreshments. Invite everyone who may be interested. Include current members of the Organization and potential members, if available. At the meeting be prepared to:

  •  Sign up new members to both the local chapter and the Organization. Discuss the organization’s mission and goals.
  •  Disseminate a schedule of events, or to at least receive suggestions.
  •  Recruit members for committees and specific activities.
  •  Most importantly: Generate enthusiasm for the new local chapter.
  •  Secure a faculty advisor (for student chapters) and get a commitment from the university.
  •  Open your bank account. Student chapters will need to become recognized as a student organization by their college or university. Then a bank account may be set up through the school. If that is not an option, the Organization will walk you through the process under the Organization’s policies.
  •  Designate a location (s) for your meetings. The location will depend upon the type of meetings you will be holding. Generally locations are easy to arrange, such as small meeting rooms at hotels or banquet rooms at a restaurant. For student chapters you may find locations within the University to hold meetings. These facilities are eager to host and cater professional meetings.

  • Locations can include:
  •  Officer’s meetings: Restaurant, professional office, officer’s house, library.
  •  Educational meetings: Hotel, library.
  •  Board meetings: Professional office or officer’s home.
  •  University facility.
  • Publish a schedule of events.

    Be sure to contact local organizations and associations to place announcements in their journals or newsletters.

    Activities

    The chapter exists to perform acts of kindness new and creative ways. It is important the chapter has a mix of activities and a structure to those activities. This will entice membership as people may join for different reasons and it will bestow the professional creditability appropriate to a chapter of Kindness360. Current chapters engage in the following activities:

    Public Education.

    The chapter may provide classes, printed matter, or activities centered around educating the public on the virtues of Kindness. Generally it is not difficult finding speakers and programs for a group. Teachers, academic professionals, life coaches, experts and vendors are usually willing to provide presentations. Depending upon the venue, it is appropriate to charge a fee above and beyond membership dues for a session, especially if dinner is provided.

    Community Events.

    Local chapters may participate in or organize:

  •  Kindness & Civility Fairs, including classes on how to speak in public, all about manners, how to be civil.
  •  Anti-bullying classes & events
  •  Mentoring
  •  Social Events can encourage professional networking and provide organizational cohesiveness.
  • Advocacy.

    The Organization will provide information and updates on issues the Organization is working on. Organize community involvement to help encourage change in negative (unkind) behaviors.

    Forms, Documents & Supplies

    Any organization requires paper to function. Be prepared to develop or acquire the following forms.

  •  Membership application
  •  Certification of Membership
  •  Receipt books
  •  Flyers for events
  •  Newsletters or informational mailings
  •  Banner (s)
  •  Yard sign (s)
  • Conclusion

    Don’t worry about doing everything right away. Organizations grow and develop. The important thing is to start. Kindness360 stands ready to assist any members in starting a local chapter. The Organization can connect members and facilitate the many tasks required.

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