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Checklist for Starting a SinC Chapter
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Sisters in Crime chapters bring many rewards to their members in the form of community, knowledge, support, and networking. The process of starting a strong chapter can take several months, but a group of involved, enthusiastic Sisters can easily take the necessary steps. The national office and the SinC chapter liaison are helpful and responsive throughout this process.

If you have questions or issues, please contact Alec Peche, Chapter Liaison

There are several formal steps that a group must take to become a chartered SinC chapter: choose a name, create bylaws from our bylaws template, submit a membership list, and open a bank account. Most of these steps require approval or a response from national.

When the process is complete, SinC will award the new chapter a start-up grant of $500. This grant was approved by the SinC Board for chapters that are chartered after April 15, 2016.

When your chapter is ready to apply for its Start-Up Grant, please complete the Chapter Start-Up Request form.



The process is given in more detail below:


New Chapter


1. An interested group contacts the SinC national office to convey interest in establishing a new chapter. The group establishes a social media presence and organizes in-person events to gather interest from their community. The group contacts any nearby chapters, an important source of information and best practices.


2. The national office assists in identifying current members who may be appropriately affiliated with the new chapter.

3. The national office sends membership brochures and a variety of other materials to encourage membership.

4. The interested group organizes its board, selects a chapter name, and notifies national.


5. The interested group drafts bylaws using the SinC chapter bylaws template, and sends a digital copy to national for approval.


6. The group works with Alec on a temporary logo to be used as place holder until a final logo can be devised (Logos are optional).


7. National reviews and approves the group’s name and bylaws.

8. The group’s membership votes to approve the bylaws, and a digital copy is sent to national.


9. The group sends a membership list to national, which confirms the chapters’ members are also members of SinC.


10. The SinC board votes to charter the chapter.


11. The chapter is listed on the SinC website; the chapter president is added to the Yahoo listserv.


12. National (Alec) mails two copies of the chapter charter agreement, signed by national president or his/her designee, to the new chapter, to be signed by the chapter president. One copy must be kept by the chapter, the other returned to the national office.

13. The chapter applies for an EIN and opens a bank account with multiple alternative signers. An exception can be made if the chapter is unable to open an account despite a good faith effort, within the Exec Director’s judgment. The chapter notifies national.


14. National sends the chapter a SinC binder and a start-up grant of $500.

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