Here is an update regarding chartering a local (ISC)² Chapter in Kansas City. First, from (ISC)²:

Determine Eligibility and Petition to Start an (ISC)² Chapter
First determine if a chapter already exists in your area by referring to the (ISC)² Chapter Directory. If not, then review the (ISC)² Chapter Guidelines for requirements and if eligible, complete and submit the (ISC)² Chapter Petition for review and approval. Once approved,(ISC)² will reserve your requested territory and post your contact details in the directory.

I submitted an (ISC)² Chapter Petition Feb 21st and received an initial response from (ISC)² Friday March 7th. The response indicated that (ISC)² will indeed assist in the formation of a new chapter in Kansas City. WOOT! It informed that there are 180 members in our area, which is super encouraging. The next step is for the petition to go to the (ISC)² chapter committee for “further review and consideration”. And the response indicated that we “should receive feedback and/or approval within 2-3 weeks.” This approval merely means that we may proceed with forming a charter of a local chapter. It isn’t the acknowledgement that a chapter has been formed.

Although we have a small group of guys that are interested in launching the chapter, I filled out and submitted the petition on my own. Although this wasn’t a mistake, I would recommend communicating that you are not one person petitioning (ISC)², but rather a small group. Use words like “we” and “us” when responding to (ISC)². Also have an initial mission and vision in mind.

We do not quite have 15 (ISC)² members on board yet. This is our next hurtle. But I am confident that we will gather that group and proceed to the next step of holding an initial start-up meeting.

Here is a quick overview on the steps involved in starting an (ISC)² Chapter in your local community:

  1. Determine Eligibility and Petition to Start an (ISC)² Chapter
    First determine if a chapter already exists in your area by referring to the (ISC)² Chapter Directory. If not, then review the (ISC)² Chapter Guidelines for requirements and if eligible, complete and submit the (ISC)² Chapter Petition for review and approval. Once approved,(ISC)² will reserve your requested territory and post your contact details in the directory.
  2. Hold a Start-up Meeting and Submit an Application
    Notify local members, hold a start-up meeting, discuss chapter goals and plans, elect officers and collect signatures on the (ISC)² Chapter Application from a minimum of 15 (ISC)² members, and then submit to (ISC)² for review and approval.
  3. Process Documentation and Establish Chapter Governance
    Once the application is approved, you’ll receive an information packet containing the paperwork necessary to finalize the application process. This includes signing off on the (ISC)² Chapter Affiliation Agreement, registering your chapter (if applicable), and developing your Chapter Bylaws (or other governance document).
  4. Become an Oficial (ISC)² Chapter and Receive a Welcome Kit
    Once the required paperwork has been processed and finalized, you will become an Official (ISC)² Chapter! You will receive a welcome kit containing your custom chapter materials and access to the chapter officer portal.
  5. Send Official Chapter Announcement and Hold an Inaugural Meeting
    (ISC)² will send an email notification on your behalf to announce your chapter to all local (ISC)² members within your geographic boundaries, and to invite them to the first chapter meeting.
  6. Maintain Chapter Reporting and Activity Requirements
    Submit interim activity reports after 90 and 180 days of receiving your charter, then annually thereafter; and hold regular chapter member and officer meetings throughout the year.
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