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September 14, 2018

Check the Files —
Do You Have a Chapter Charter and Constitution? If Not, It’s Not Too Late

Make the 2018-2019 school year the year for creating a chapter that’s built on a rock-solid foundation. Whether you’ve had an active chapter for years or your chapter is just developing,

now is the time to ensure success!


To do that, take a look at the steps below to apply for a chapter charter and create a chapter constitution. Even if you have been operating as a chapter for a number of years, it’s not too late to create your constitution and formalize your structure. Don’t delay on this step, and be sure to get your members involved in the process. It is a great way to learn about the organization.


  • If you are a new chapter, it is imperative that you submit a local constitution and chapter charter to your state SkillsUSA director. Once the state SkillsUSA director has accepted your local constitution and chapter charter, your school will be included among the registered users on the SkillsUSA registration site.
  • Complete the SkillsUSA Application for a Chapter Charter. The charter requires an administrator’s signature. You may want to have students share their excitement about the new chapter by delivering the charter to the administrator for his or her signature.
  • Along with the charter, the chapter must submit a constitution. Use the Suggested Local Constitution as a guideline, and ensure that you update it with school-specific information. Your chapter can always amend the constitution in the future if there is ever a need.
  • Your chapter is official once your state SkillsUSA director has accepted your charter and constitution. You are ready to move forward to take advantage of local, state and national opportunities that await you and your students.



Plan Now to Participate in Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It occurs on the first Friday in October. While Manufacturing Day is officially Oct. 5, SkillsUSA chapters can plan events on any date in October that works best.


Events for students can include a plant tour, a virtual tour, an event on your campus that highlights manufacturing, and more.


SkillsUSA chapters are asked to share Manufacturing Day photos and stories with communications specialist Hayley Uffelman at huffelman@skillsusa.org. For resources, or to find events in your area, go to: www.mfgday.com


Posters, Brochures, Lesson Plans and More — Get Your Membership Kits!

Get outfitted for a new school year with posters, brochures, lesson plans and whole lot more that comes packed into your SkillsUSA membership kit. Kits have been mailed to all chapters that affiliated with SkillsUSA last year, but if you haven’t received yours, then call toll-free 844-875-4557 to request a copy.


There are two unique membership kits, each designed for a specific market: high school or college/postsecondary. Each kit contains three posters, a brochure, membership cards and a chapter management guide. The guide is key to your success and includes information on establishing a chapter, engaging students in chapter activities, tools for recruitment, lesson plans, programs, scholarship and recognition opportunities, and information on educational resources.


All of the membership materials can also be downloaded at: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/advisors/membership-kit/


Need Help with Your Chapter or Registering Members?
Call the SkillsUSA Membership Hotline Toll Free: 844-875-4557

Hotline operators are ready to answer your questions on how to start a new chapter, engage chapter members and strengthen an existing chapter — you name it, they are ready to tackle it! Operators are on call from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (Eastern time) Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday and Thursday. Don’t have time to call? Send the operators an email at operators@skillsusa.org or chat with them online at the membership registration site.