Start a Chapter

Looking to start your very own Local Chapter of NAYGN, but don’t know where to begin?  Check out this step-by-step guide!

Step 1

Identify Your Local Chapter Membership

Assess the need for a new Local Chapter.

  • Is there an existing Local Chapter of the NAYGN nearby?
  • Will that local chapter include members from your company in its activities and membership?

Identify organizations in your area where potential members may be employed.

  • Nuclear Plants
  • Nuclear Vendors
  • Medical Facilities
  • Universities
  • Government Agencies

Identify potential NAYGN members.

  • Talk to friends & colleagues.
  • Talk to your Human Resources representatives.
  • Talk to your management.

Include your 36+ colleagues and coworkers from the very beginning!

There is a role for them in NAYGN! Make sure they know what that role is and how they can participate.

Partner with – don’t compete with – other local organizations.

  • Identify local chapters and sections of ANS, HPS, WIN, ASME, etc.
  • Identify potential collaboration areas with other local organizations.
  • Ask local organzation leads how NAYGN might help expand participation in their activities.

Step 2

Make First Contact

Get the word out.

  • If you haven’t done it already, talk to your friends and colleagues!
  • Post interest notices on your company’s bulletin boards, website, or newsletter.

Establish a planning committee.

  • Identify enthusiastic volunteers to share the work load!
  • A planning committee provides broader perspective and helps insure that Local Chapter goals are representative of your Local Chapter’s personal and professional diversity.

Recruit a Mentor or Sponsor.

  • A mentor or sponsor should be a more experienced professional familiar with and well-known within your organization.
  • A mentor or sponsor should:
    • Help you interface with management
    • Help you recruit members
    • Help encourage active participation

Get in touch with NAYGN.

  • The NAYGN Vice President is responsible for helping new local chapters kick off.  The Vice President will answer your questions and help walk you through the process of starting a local chapter.
  • The NAYGN US Affairs Chair, Canadian Affairs Chair, or Mexican Affairs Chair can get you in touch with your Regional Lead and other NAYGN local chapters in your area.

Step 3

Develop a Plan

Establish your mission.

  • You can’t accomplish anything if you don’t know what you want to accomplish.
  • Outline an initial mission for your local chapter. What do you want your Local Chapter to do for it’s members?
  • Get input from as many potential members as possible.

Develop a strategic plan.

  • A Strategic Plan will help your Local Chapter achieve it’s goals.
  • Identify your Local Chapter’s primary goals.
  • Identify tasks for the next year that will help your Local Chapter achieve those goals.

Develop a business case.

  • A business case will help ensure that your Local Chapter has adequate resources available to achieve its goals.
  • Identify benefits of establishing a Local Chapter to your employer/corporate sponsor/corporate partners.
  • Identify risks of establishing a Local Chapter to your employer/corporate sponsor/corporate partners.
  • Develop a preliminary budget for your Local Chapter and identify/propose funding sources.

Has your Local Chapter developed a business case?

Share it with others who wish to establish a local chapter!
Send your PDF document to the NAYGN US Affairs Chair.

See Example

Step 4

Build Corporate Support

Identify support needed.

  • Before you talk to your company, decide what you are asking your company to do to support you!
  • Prepare a short document or presentation which describes all of the anticipated costs and benefits to your company (or companies for joint chapters).
  • If you are seeking financial support, be sure to provide a preliminary annual budget! Be as specific as possible.

Share your plan and enthusiasm.

  • Work with your mentor or sponsor to share your business case and plan with your company’s management.
  • Contact your Human Resources department to discuss how your Local Chapter could support their efforts.
  • Remember that enthusiasm is contagious!

Step 5

Kick Off!

Establish a charter.

  • Document the mission and operation of your chapter to transfer the knowledge you’ve gained!
  • Give your chapter a name.  Get input on your chapter’s name from your management, HR, and your company’s communications office.
  • Provide a succession plan, with guidelines for officer positions and responsibilities.

Plan a kick off meeting.

  • Get in touch with the NAYGN Vice President to have NAYGN send promotional items for your meeting.
  • Choose a time and location for your Kick Off meeting. Be considerate of alternative work schedules and try to maximize participation when deciding whether to hold your meeting on or off site.
  • Advertise. Advertise. Advertise. Get permission to post notices on company bulletin boards, in company newsletters, and in regularly distributed company emails.
  • Encourage more experienced professionals to participate. Sometimes a personal invitation is the most effective invitation.
  • Be sure to invite managers and HR representatives who are supporting you!

Example Charters

Has your Local Chapter developed a Charter? Share it with others who wish to establish a local chapter! Send your PDF document to the NAYGN US Affairs Chair to be posted here.

Kick Off Meeting Announcements

Share your Local Chapter’s Kick Off Meeting Announcements with others who wish to establish a local chapter!
Send your document to the NAYGN US Affairs Chair to be posted here.

See Example

Step 6

Keep the Ball Rolling

Keep your members involved.

  • Establish committees to plan activities and events.
  • Publish a newsletter to keep everyone up to date.
  • Hold regular meetings to keep your Local Chapter focused.

Focus on addressing the diverse needs of all members.

  • Plan both professional development and community outreach activities.
  • Host guest speakers at your meetings.
  • Expand your social and professional network by planning social events
  • Establish a survey process to evaluate how well your Local Chapter is addressing its members needs.
  • Look for ideas in Go Nuke!

Stay in touch.

Your National Affairs Chair (US, Canada, Mexico), along with your Regional Lead, serve as the information pipeline from the continental organization to your local chapter.  Stay in touch with NAYGN for important updates, sharing of information, and participation in regional and continental-level initiatives.  Refer to the local chapter resources page for more information.

Tips and Tricks

Share ideas that worked for your Local Chapter here! Send your tip or trick to the NAYGN US Affairs Chair. Be sure to include your name and your Local Chapter’s name in your email.