State Chapters provide a vital resource for networking and information at the local level. The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children is actively seeking your help in working with groups within states that do not have State Chapters. Download the State Chapter Agreement, form a state chapter and network with other professionals in the field of child maltreatment.
Please send State Chapter Agreements (valid for three years), Annual State Chapter Reports, requests for new chapter start up grant funds, and State Chapter activity grant funds to:
Dee Dee Bandy
350 S. Poplar Ave.
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Please be sure to send a copy of these items to APSAC headquarters as well! Very Important: Your chapter cannot apply for and receive a State Chapter Grant until it has submitted its Annual Report. See link below to download the Annual Report template.
Click here to download the State Chapter Guidelines - This document, revised in February 2013, provides the who, what, when where, why and how to establish and run and APSAC chapter.
Click here to download the State Chapter Agreement - This document was revised in February 2013.
Click here to download the 2013 Chapter Annual Report Template - To be used for reporting financial year 2012.
Click here to download the State Chapter Grant Request Template.
Conference Calls: APSAC conducts State Chapter conference calls and any state chapter or state considering chapter formation is welcome to call. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the call-in number and password for accessing these calls. Calls are scheduled at on the following 2013 dates:
- Wednesday, May 15, Noon Eastern Time
- Wednesday, August 21, Noon Eastern Time
- Wednesday, November 20, Noon Eastern Time
Below, please find a list of current state chapters, along with e-mail contact.
Below, please find a list of states interested in forming chapters, along with e-mail contact.
|Tips for Making That Communication Link Effective
An important role of the state chapters is to maintain ongoing communication with members about upcoming training, events, and opportunities of interest. In order to disseminate information in a timely and cost efficient manner, many chapters have explored the use of electronic mailing lists to facilitate widespread distribution of information. A distribution list is a group of e-mail addresses, usually grouped under a single e-mail address. When you send to a distribution list, you're really sending to everyone whose address is included in the list. It's much easier than repeatedly typing in multiple e-mail addresses or cutting and pasting from a spreadsheet.
The following options are described to assist state chapters in using distribution lists. If you have access to IT support through your organization, you may also have other choices for electronic communication and dissemination that you can explore.For chapters who have access to Outlook, distribution lists can be easily set up to allow e-mails to be sent to groups of people.
The following steps allow the set up in Outlook:
Select File | New | Distribution List from the menu.
Alternatively, hit Ctrl-Shift-L (think list).
Type the desired name under Name:Now, you can add new members immediately using the Add New... and Select Members... buttons.
The list name is what you will use to address messages to the list.
Click Save and Close.
You should be aware that when you send messages to a distribution list through Outlook, the To field on received messages shows the individual addresses of all members of the list. If you want to protect the privacy of members and hide the e-mails that make up the list, put the name of the distribution list in the Bcc field (View | Bcc). The distribution list can be updated with the Update button if original e-mail addresses have changed. Distribution lists set up through Outlook ate limited to 128 entries.
An alternative to Outlook that offers a greater opportunity to personalize e-mails that are sent to members is the software PIMEX MailExpress http://www.pimexonline.com/Products/mailexpress.htm. This free software provides an easy and efficient means to send emails that are personalized to members using a simple text or HTML template, so all addressees will receive letters intended for them only. The free edition of PIMEX MailExpress has one limitation - it can only import up to 300 e-mail addresses at a time. If you would like to send more messages, you can buy the advanced edition of PIMEX MailExpress for $29.95. The advanced edition of PIMEX MailExpress can send up to 20,000 e-mail messages at a time.
Scheduling Meetings: Please note that both Outlook and Timebridge.com offer ways to electronically schedule group meetings. You can normally select various times to track best possible attendance, and you can set the system to automatically send reminders. Outlook is a common program available through Microsoft office, while Timebridge.com can be accessed on the web.