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Purpose and Charter History of ACSM's Regional Chapters


The purpose of the Regional Chapter program is to stimulate involvement of large numbers of people in supporting the Mission and work of the national organization. The Chapters play a unique role, given the assumed ability to more directly and frequently interact with students, professionals and the public. Because of these unique qualities, Chapters were formed to: 


  1. Introduce students to ACSM.
  2. Serve as a proving ground for leadership in the College.
  3. Introduce non-member professionals to ACSM.
  4. Broaden the base of participation in ACSM activities in a manner that minimizes expenses to the participant - such as staging affordable educational conferences at the state and local levels.
  5. Play an integral role in national programs in the areas of public education, continuing education, public relations, governmental affairs, and ACSM membership promotion.

Charter History:

Chapter Area  Provisional Charter  Permanent Charter
Midwest IL, IN, IA, MI, OH, WI 1970 1972 
Rocky Mountain CO, WY 1973  1974 
Central States  AR, KS, MO, OK  1972  1975 
New England  CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT  1973  1976 
Southeast  AL, GA, KY, NC, SC,
1974 1976 
Northland  MN, NE, ND, SD  1976  1980 
Mid-Atlantic  DE, MD, NJ, PA, WV,
DC, NY (except NY chpt.)
1978  1981
Texas  TX  1980  1983 
Greater NY NYC, Nassau, Rockland,
Suffolk & Westchester
Counties, Bergen, Essex, Hudson
1978  1984 
Southwest  CA, AZ, NV, UT, HI, NM  1981  1985 
Northwest  WA, OR, ID, MT  1986  1988 
Alaska  AK  1987  1990 

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