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 Model Chapters Program 

NDIA Model Chapter Program

(Participation in this program is voluntary)

2014 Model Chapters

Central Florida

Delaware Valley


Greater Hampton Roads

Greater Los Angeles

Gulf Coast


Lone Star


New England


Rocky Mountain

Tennessee Valley

Washington, DC 

  2015 Call for Nominations


In 2001, the program was established to promote the continuing relationship and communication between the Association and the chapters. The chapter structure is a vital platform in which members can network locally with government and private industry on defense-related issues.  

The program allows each chapter (Board of Directors) to measure its own performance and determine whether or not it, meets the necessary criteria of achieving Model Chapter status. Once the criteria have been fulfilled by a chapter, the board members are to submit documentation to National for final approval.  Due to internal management and guidelines, several of the criteria are  mandatory

In recognition of a chapter attaining Model Chapter status, a customized podium banner will be inscribed with “Chapter Name, NDIA Model Chapter and year 20xx” for display at events. 

Secondly, each board member will recieve a customized Model Chapter 20XX lapel pin. 

Lastly, in recognition of the program, each chapter’s name will be posted from National homepage (, and recognition in the August issue (Mega Directory issue) of our National Defense magazine.

Model Chapter Criteria

(Mandatory criteria *)

1.  Designate at least one chapter board member to participate in and support one (or more) of our 37 divisions, i.e. “Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Workforce Program (STEM)” or “Small Business”, etc. Conduct at least one event associated with any of our divisions to promote local awareness.*

2.  Ensure chapter board members are NDIA members in good-standing. *

3.  Designate a board member as a liaison to local Women In Defense (WID) Chapter board to promote mutual support and joint ventures (should be reciprocal).
4.  Maintain current chapter bylaws with signatures of chapter AND National presidents.*
5.  Ensure chapter is financially self-sustaining with income exceeding expenses. *
6.  Submit annual financial report to NDIA National office within required date as requested.*  
7.  Coordinate local events with NDIA National prior date commitments to prevent schedule conflicts within a geographic area. View National events from National website. *
8.  Initiate frequent communication with chapter members via E-mail announcements, chapter  website, and other sources of outreach (Request current chapter members list from National office for such use).

9.  Participate in local programs supporting military and educational programs that align with our goals and mission: STEM program, ROTC Military programs (junior high schools / universities), Wounded Warriors, USO, Fisher House, etc. *

10. Promote member recruitment and retention.

11. Develop and monitor content of chapter website.  Ensure accuracy of current board members, events, community and defense-related issues, NDIA privacy statement and POC webmaster email.

12. Ensure chapter board members are familiar with the Chapter Management Manual. *

13. Maintain quality assurance of NDIA branding with use of chapter logo pertaining to chapter website, event brochures, newsletters, letterhead, etc.

POC:   Molly Flanagan, Director of Chapter Relations: or 703-247-2563

(Revised 10 Sept 2015)

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