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 Model Chapters Program 

Model Chapters Program

(Participation in this program is voluntary)

2013 Model Chapters

Central Florida
Delaware Valley
Greater Los Angeles
Gulf Coast
Rocky Mountain
San Diego
St. Louis
Tennessee Valley
Washington, D.C.

(as of Aug 2014)



The program was established in 2001 to promote the continuing relationship and open communication between National and its chapters.  The chapter structure is a vital and beneficial networking outlet for members to reinforce the goals and mission and expectations of NDIA.

The criteria for Model Chapters permit each chapter to measure its own performance, and determine whether or not it meets the goals of achieving Model Chapter status.  The program is an annual evaluation.  Once a chapter feels that it has met the criteria, the board of directors is encouraged to submit documentation to NDIA National for confirmation. You will see several of the criteria are mandatory for reasons that will be obvious upon your review. 

In recognition of a chapter attaining Model Chapter status will receive a personalized chapter podium banner inscribed NDIA Model Chapter and what year for display at local functions and events, customized “Model Chapter” lapel pins for distribution to members of the chapter board, and special mention from our homepage ( and in our magazine, National Defense.

Model Chapter Criteria

(Mandatory criteria *)



Designate board member(s) to participate in and support one or more of our thirty-two divisions, i.e. “Science Technology, Engineering and  Mathematics Workforce Program (STEM)” or “Small Business”, etc. Conduct at least one relevant event associated with any division to  promote local awareness.  *
2. Ensure chapter board members are NDIA members in good-standing.  *
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.  Ensure chapter bylaws are current and approved by leadership of chapter and National. *
5.  Ensure chapter is financially self-sustaining with income exceeding expenses. *
6. Submit annual financial report within required date as requested by National. * 


Coordinate local events with National prior to date commitments to prevent schedule conflicts within a geographic area. View National events from National website. *


Initiate frequent communication with members via e-mail announcement, homepage link, or other sources (National maintains member database for such use).


Take part in local programs supporting military and educational facilities that align with our mission such as STEM outreach, ROTC Military, Wounded Warriors, USO, Fisher House, etc. *


 Promote member recruitment and rentention.


 Monitor content of chapter website to ensure accuracy of board members,
 upcoming events, community and defense-related issues, NDIA privacy statement
 and more.


 Ensure chapter leaders are familiar with content of NDIA Chapter Management Manual. *


 Maintain quality assurance of our branding name by using correct versions of NDIA
 National and chapter logos on all communication vehicles such as website, flyers,
 letterhead, etc.


 If called upon by another chapter for support, help it by communicating success
 stories, perspectives and ideas of your chapter.

Point of Contact

To nominate a chapter for recognition of the program, please forward your written nomination to Molly Flanagan at or phone (703) 247-2563.

(Revised 12 Sept 2013)

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Affiliate Associations

The Association for Enterprise Information    National Training and Simulation Association    Precision Strike Association    Women in Defense