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. Caucuses of members with particular interests or characteristics are among the units that may be recognized.
Caucuses may be established upon petition of fifty or more members to the Governing Council via the Executive Director. The petition will include a statement of purpose, organization, and activities. Caucuses may establish dues. The Executive Office will disburse funds to the activities of Sections.
All caucuses 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 caucuses 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 caucuses that falls below 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 caucus.