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Regional Chapters

Regional chapters provide a forum for Guild members to connect with their neighbors. Members come together to share information and ideas, gain skills, provide mutual support and inspiration, and achieve common goals.

The Guild currently has 10 regional chapters:

  • Northeast (ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI)
  • Eastern Great Lakes (upstate NY)
  • New York Metro (NY metro area)
  • Mid-Atlantic (eastern PA, southern NJ, MD, DE, WV)
  • Central Great Lakes (western PA, OH, KY, IN, MI)
  • Southern (VA, TN, NC, SC, GA, AL, MS, AR, LA, FL)
  • Southwest (UT, CO, OK, TX, NM, AZ)
  • Western Great Lakes (MN, WI, IA, IL, MO, ND, SD, NE, KS)
  • Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY )
  • West Coast (CA, NV, HI)

Ways to connect with Your Chapter

  • Chapters hold a meeting at the national conference each fall, as well as additional meetings locally or by telephone. Contact your Chapter Chair to learn about updates, meetings and information.
  • Use the online Member Directory to generate lists by regional chapter, discipline, budget size, and more.
  • Resources for Chapter Chairs, Vice Chairs and Secretaries are available in the Members Only section of the website.

Chapter Leadership

Chapters are led by member-elected officers who serve three-year terms, and typically include a chair, vice-chair, and a secretary. The nomination and election process for these positions are held annually in the fall, at the time of the annual conference. Chapter Chairs also serve on the Members Council.

Nomination and Election Process

Membership in the National Guild is accompanied by the opportunity for every member organization to participate in one of 11 chapters nationwide.

Chapters are administered and represented by the following:

  • A chapter chair (or two co-chairs) that shapes the annual agenda for the chapter with the input of chapter members; oversees chapter activity; participates in periodic teleconference calls with regional chapter officers; assists in membership development within the regional boundaries; and serves as a regional representative on the National Guild’s Members Council. Typically, chapter chairs are directors of institutions or organizations.
  • A vice chair that assists the chair and carries out the duties of the chair in that person’s absence; participates in periodic teleconference calls with regional chapter officers; in the absence of the secretary, the vice chair is responsible for the minutes, and
  • A secretary-treasurer that keeps minutes; notifies chapter members of chapter meetings; participates in periodic teleconference calls with regional chapter officers; and in collaboration with the chapter chair forwards pertinent chapter information to the national office for posting on the National Guild’s website.
  • Additional chapter representatives (if applicable) who serve on the National Guild’s Members Council.


Each of these serves a term of three years and may be re-elected to serve up to two consecutive terms.

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