Forming a Branch (Chapter 3 of CGEA Procedures Manual)
Establishment of a CGEA Branch will be in accordance with the following procedures utilizing the petition form contained in Enclosure 2 to CGEA Procedures Manual.
1. No less than 10 members of the CGEA, in a geographical area, may petition to the CPOA National Officers for a CGEA Branch Charter. However, an exception may be made based on the concentration of personnel within that geographical area. An exception may be made on a case by case basis.
2. Prior to the actual signing and forwarding of the petition, some basic procedures must be followed.
a. Any group desiring to form a Branch may petition the National Office stating their aims, purposes for the Branch, and that they subscribe to and accept the provisions contained in the
CPOA Association’s By-laws. The petition shall be addressed to the CGEA National President and must be signed by not less than 10 regular members of our Association.
Personnel may become members by including their dues with a membership application attached to the petition.
b. The officers for the Branch shall be identified by the potential Branch: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The position of Secretary and Treasurer may be combined. All Pro-Tem officers shall hold their titles and conduct Association business accordingly until the installation of the Branch.
c. The name of the new Branch will be determined by the members and should be easily identifiable with the geographical location of the Branch. (i.e. The Golden Gate Branch).
d. The petition package shall be forwarded to the CGEA National President. Along with an enclosure listing prospective members. The package will be reviewed and forwarded to the National CPOA for final approval.
e. The CGEA National President will contact the Pro-Tem President and arrange for the official installation of the Branch. Within ninety days of the Charter approval the President Pro- Tem will notify the CGEA National President of the official ceremonial arrangements.
f. Preservation of the non-profit status of the CGEA is mandatory. The Executive Director will obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN #) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).