How to Become a State Branch
Currently, the general process to become a fully recognized state branch of SAIGE, is to become a division of your state ACA organization, then get approved by SAIGE.
You should begin by finding out what the process is to start a division in your state organization. You may be required by your state organization to have a minimum number of interested members before you can officially become a division.
You should gather other interested SAIGE members in your state who are willing to join the effort to start a state branch. You will need enough members to have at least 3 board members. This may also require you to begin as a Special Interest Group, until you have paying members, an elected board, and active bylaws. All elected officers of a branch must be members of SAIGE.
The next step is to draft bylaws for the branch. Again, your state organization might have input, suggestions, or specific requirements for those, but they should also be written to be in compliance with SAIGE Bylaws.
Once the process is underway, you should report your activity to the State Branch Committee of SAIGE, who can help with the logistics of official approval. Once you have been officially granted Division status by your state organization, you can then submit your request for official recognition as a SAIGE state branch, which requires a 2/3 vote of the SAIGE board.
Our current branches have 2 years (July 2022) to change their name from our previous name as ALGBTIC to a name that incorporates SAIGE. Any new branch applications should use the name SAIGE within their name.
The Kentucky Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (KALGBTIC) was established in 1988.
The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling of North Carolina (AGLBICNC) was established in 1988.
Contact our Trustee of Membership and State Branches to get more information on becoming a state branch of SAIGE.