Groups of members organized to promote purposes identified in the Constitution Article II, Section 1, may be recognized as component units of the Association on such conditions as the Governing Council may fix. Regional divisions are among the units that may be recognized.
In addition to the regions in existence at the time this amendment is adopted, other regional sub-units may be established upon petition of two hundred fifty or more members to the Governing Council via the Executive Director. The petition will include a statement of purpose, organization, and activities. The Governing Council will specify that portion of the Association membership dues to be credited to the regions.
All regions must have written by-laws filed with the Executive Office within two years of the establishment of the component unit. These by-laws must provide for democratic election of officers and must prohibit the same person from serving in an office for more than five consecutive years.
All regions will present yearly reports to the Governing Council that review their activities and budgets. These reports will be made available to the membership of the Association.
Any region that falls below two hundred fifty members will be subject to review by the Executive Committee. In addition, any petition to the Executive Director by at least ten members of a component unit alleging impropriety in governance will trigger a review by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will report to the Governing Council, which will decide whether or not to re-charter the region.