Proposal to Create Regional & International Chapters
Creating a new Chapter in the Society for Freshwater Science
A Proposal for Establishing and Implementing Regional and International Chapters: an Approach to Grow and Diversify the SFS Membership
Updated 7 March 2012
The Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) propose to allow members to form regional/international chapters. The formation of chapters will help SFS build a more responsive, diverse, multidisciplinary membership, and to facilitate gatherings of scientists and others at a smaller, regional scale. The SFS 5-year Strategic Plan is to grow the Society in a manner that fosters a global “voice” in addressing water resource issues. The formation of and membership in a Chapter would be optional and developed from a bottom-up, local level process. The potential benefits to both the SFS and the Chapters are numerous as summarized below.
Benefits to the Society
- SFS develops a larger and more diverse membership;
- Regional leadership becomes a resource to SFS leadership;
- SFS increases the potential for membership involvement at different levels;
- SFS has access to a pool of candidates with experience for future office;
- SFS gains a source of technical workshops and sessions with regional focus;
- SFS gains a better appreciation for policy developments and conservation actions within international sectors through chapters, which will provide for a more global voice of the society and consideration of non-North American conservation awards.
Benefits to the Regional/International Chapters
- Chapters are affiliated with SFS, which provides a technical, administrative, and logistical resource;
- Chapters foster collaboration and allow for activities at a regional/international level;
- Chapters provide the option of attending smaller, more focused meetings;
- Chapters will attract a more multidisciplinary membership (i.e., academic, agency, private sector) regionally;
- Chapters provide a means for students to attend a local affordable professional meeting, which facilitates networking;
- Chapters allow for the development of partnerships with more local/regional groups (e.g., riverkeepers, state DEP or DNR, small colleges).
- Making Waves Podcast Episode 26: Carbon Fates, Dr. Erin Hotchkiss more
- Fall 2017 Issue of In the Drift now available! more
- September 2017 Issue of Freshwater Science now online more
- Does Cultural Diversity Matter to Scientific Societies? Read the President's Environment more
- SFS Student Presentation Awards! more
- In the drift just fell into your sampler! The Spring 2015 Newsletter is here! more
- Making Waves Podcast Episode 14: Nitrogen Fixation in a Warming World, Dr. Jill Welter more
The deadline to submit proposals for AQUATROP Special Sessions or Symposiums is now November 17, 2017.more
SFS joins CASS in condemning silencing of EPA scientistsmore
Andy Leidolf appointed as SFS Executive Director
VOTING CLOSED - SFS LOGO CONTEST VOTE!
Over 60 logos were submitted by 28 individuals and narrowed to 3 finalists. Now is your chance to select the winner.more
SFS signs two letters sent to the US EPA regarding the Trump Administration's proposed revisions to the Waters of the US rule