Joining a Chapter
Select a local chapter from active-chapters.pdf and contact the Chapter Secretary for information on how to join.
If you don't find a local chapter, you have other options.
You can Reinstate an inactive chapter. A list of all chapters can be found at Chapters by QTH.
The reactivation of a chapter has no hard and fast rules but if you provide the following, the Officer Manager will put you back on the lists of active Chapters. The questions are from the Annual Report every chapter must file in January to remain on the Active Rolls.
Please send the following to our Officer Manager via
Chapter name and numberWhen you receive the Annual Request next December, there will be a few more questions about new members, number of chapter meetings, total membership, etc.
Remember, some of your members might have a home chapter other than the one you are trying to reactiveate and might not appear on a summary list from headquarters.
I strongly advise that you set up some type of database to record your membership that includes a field for a chapter number, which might be other than 60. It can be done in Excel or even in Word. I have used a Mac for years and, as Secretary for my home chapter, I used File Maker Pro. But there are others for Windows users.
So send this info and a list of your current members and I'll update the chapter list we give to new members and post on the web. If you have other questions, please contact me any time and I'll help as much as I can.
Good luck and 73,
You can also "Form a New Chapter".
COMPLETE TWO COPIES OF "PETITION FOR CHARTER". SEND ONE TO QCWA HQ AND KEEP THE OTHER IN YOUR FILES.
A MINIMUM OF FIVE QCWA MEMBERS WHOSE DUES ARE CURRENT ARE REQUIRED TO PETITION THE NATIONAL QCWA FOR A CHARTER.
WE SUGGEST THAT THOSE MEMBERS WHO DESIRE TO ESTABLISH A CHAPTER MEET, CHOOSE A NAME FOR THE PROSPECTIVE CHAPTER, ELECT A PRESIDENT AND A SECRETARY (THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF OFFICERS). THE PETITION MUST BE SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT AND ONE COPY SENT TO US. KEEP THE SECOND COPY OF THE PETITION IN THE CHAPTER FILES AND WE SUGGEST THE SECRETARY BE THE CUSTODIAN OF THIS AND ALL CHAPTER RECORDS TO PROVIDE ONE PLACE OR PERSON WHO WILL HAVE IT AVAILABLE. PLEASE SEE THAT ALL SIGNATURES OR NAMES AND ADDRESSES, ETC. ON THE PETITION ARE READABLE. UPON RECEIPT OF THE PETITION AT QCWA, THE LIST OF MEMBERS IS CHECKED FOR DUES STATUS AND IF A MINIMUM OF 5 ARE CURRENT THE PETITION IS THEN PROCESSED. THERE IS NO COST TO THE MEMBERS FOR THE ISSUANCE OF THE CHARTER TO ESTABLISH OTHER THAN THE PERSONAL WORK OF ONE OR MORE MEMBERS WHO DESIRE THE CHAPTER AND ARE WILLING TO DEVOTE A LITTLE TIME (SOMETIMES A LITTLE MONEY) TO GETTING IT 'OFF THE GROUND'.
NOTE TOO, THAT MEMBERSHIP IN A CHAPTER IS PREDICATED UPON MEMBERS BEING FIRST A PAID UP MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL QCWA. THEY ARE THEN ABLE TO APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE CHAPTER WITH CONTINUED MEMBERSHIP CONTINGENT UPON KEEPING THEIR NATIONAL DUES PAID. THERE IS NO CONNECTION WITH NATIONAL QCWA DUES AND THOSE DUES THAT A CHAPTER MAY CHARGE THEIR MEMBERSHIP. PAYMENT OF DUES IN THE LOCAL CHAPTER DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY PAY THE DUES IN NATIONAL QCWA. A CHAPTER SHOULD CONSIDER DUES SUFFICIENT TO CARRY ON THE NECESSARY WORK OF THE CHAPTER.
IT IS EXPECTED THAT AT REGULAR INTERVALS, THE CHAPTER, THRU THE SECRETARY OR OTHER DESIGNATED PERSON, KEEP QCWA ADVISED OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE CHAPTER WHICH MAY BE OF INTEREST TO OTHER QCWA MEMBERS.SEND COMPLETED PETITION TO:
Finally, you can continue to be a Member At Large.
Hams join QCWA for all kinds of reasons, and having a local chapter is just one of them.
Don't get me wrong, a local chapter is nice, but QCWA is so much more. Starting with the premier QCWA event of the year, our Annual Convention. http://www.qcwa.org/conventions.htm
QCWA offers a variety of "Get on the Air" possibilities with two QSO parties every year and a host of national and local nets. Many of these nets are on HF, and all welcome check-ins if you are a member of their chapter or not. http://www.qcwa.org/chapters-on_the_air.htm
From a single scholarship presented to John, WA2MYU in 1978 to the 18 awarded in 2007, QCWA scholarships have been given for 30 consecutive years. To date we have awarded over $237,000 in 287 scholarships. http://www.qcwa.org/scholarship-program.htm
I hope you find a way for QCWA to enhance your Amateur Radio Adventure and for your membership to enhance QCWA.