Starting a Chapter

County Chapters

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Ready to Start a County Chapter?

Special Notes: In accordance with WVPE’s Constitution, there must be at least 10 members to form a county chapter. Contact WVPE for other opportunities for representing your area or county if there are fewer than 10. County Chapter Presidents are welcome to participate in Executive Board Meetings. Forming a county chapter creates a stronger presence in your county and gives you more prestige when communicating with the local school board, central office, and administrators.

First Steps

1. Gather a group of WVPE members and develop/approve a charter and bylaws. WVPE can provide copies of existing charters and bylaws. Notify WVPE Executive Director and send a copy of the charter. 2. Elect 3-4 officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, or a Secretary-Treasurer. 3. Request funds from the WVPE Treasurer. Download the form from the website and submit. Your chapter will receive $10.00 for each full member. You will need to open a checking account for these funds.

Next Steps

1. Determine how/when your chapter will meet. Some counties operate by email; some hold meetings annually. 2. Look for opportunities for the chapter to be involved in your county. Some possibilities are listed below:

  • Request a meeting with the superintendent to introduce WVPE and your chapter
  • Host a back-to-school event for members, prospective members, administrators, and BOE members Have a table or display at county wide meetings
  • Have a representative of the chapter attend local Board of Education meetings
  • Sponsor refreshments or meals at county events
  • Request a place on county level committees such as Calendar, Teacher of the Year selection, Budget, etc. Create scholarships for college students
  • Display WVPE posters and brochures in each county school
  • Provide “Welcome Bags” to all new teachers with WVPE promotional materials
  • Arrange meetings with state legislators from your county before or during the legislative session
  • Recognize American Education Week or National Teacher’s Day with some type of recognition for all educators Look for events at which WVPE staff and state officers may participate with displays or presentations

3. Create an email group list or mailing list for contacting members. 4. Promote WVPE throughout the county school buildings. Posters, brochures, new teacher handbooks, and other items are available on request. Contact WVPE for any assistance, information, copies, or promotional materials needed.

Executive Director David Gladkosky
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President Jackie McDaniels
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Associate Director Libby Surface
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County Chapters

County Chapter Funds Reimbursement Click here