Create a new chapter
Interested in learning more about EVs? Or, sharing your EV experience with the community? How about gatherings to exchange EV knowledge or bringing in speakers for deeper technology dives? What about increasing the charging infrastructure at the workplace?
It all starts with a chapter. It just takes you and four other similarly interested folks to start an EAA Chapter and build from there. We'll help you do it. We'll provide the financial infrastructure, the non-profit status, base event insurance, business cards, guides on getting started and more. We'll assign an experienced national EAA board member to support with you.
If you are a student or staff at an educational institution, we have Educational Chapters designed for you and your colleagues.
Join us in changing the world. Details below.
Requirements for an EAA Chapter
1) Each chapter must file a statement of affiliation with the EAA by filling out the enclosed chapter information sheet and the EAA membership roster. These forms must then be forwarded to the EAA Board (membership) for approval and recording purposes. If a chapter fails to stay current, a new affiliation form will be required. It is recommended that a new affiliation form be submitted each year after elections, to be sure that data on the chapter is current.
2) Each chapter must have at least two elected officials who are current EAA members (dues must be current, failure to stay current could result in the chapter losing affiliation for the calendar year) -the President, Vice President, and/or Treasurer. Other suggestions would include a Secretary and Program Director. Variations on the above are acceptable; some groups have elected directors with no official title or duties. We are mainly concerned about having some form of organizational hierarchy in place, to keep meetings focused and productive.
3) Each chapter will hold a minimum of two (2) meetings or other events/activities per year. These meetings must be open to the general public and visitors from other chapters, without the requirement of membership to attend.
4) Each chapter will have a minimum of five currently paid EAA members to be considered an official (affiliated) EAA chapter.
5) Each chapter agrees to abide by EAA organizational bylaws as enclosed. These bylaws are subject to revisions over time, and are subject to California Non-Profit incorporation law changes. Chapter officers are encouraged to review these bylaws often.
6) Each chapter agrees to abide by EAA's Code of Ethics as enclosed.
7) Chapter identity (your unique chapter name) will include the designation "EAA" or the words "Electric Auto Association" or the statement "affiliated with the Electric Auto Association” and should be included in the distribution of the chapter name and can include the EAA logo. Some chapters use EVA instead of EAA. Seattle and San Francisco are two such chapters.
Requirements for an EAA Education Chapter
The Electric Auto Association promotes the development and use of electric vehicles throughout North America and, to that end, encourages the establishment of EAA chapters to support the dissemination of technical information about EVs to the general public. In addition, EAA has established the special designation of Education Chapter for the purpose of ensuring that students in high schools and colleges have the opportunity to gain theoretical and hands-on experience with the design and development of electric-drive transportation. EAA seeks to partner with educational institutions which want to provide this sort of educational experience to their students and encourage the next generation of EV enthusiasts and engineers.
PROCEDURE REQUIRED FOR ESTABLISHING AN EDUCATION CHAPTER
1) Complete a proposal with the following information:
a) Letter of support from the hosting educational institution.
b) Name, title, position and contact information of an advisor for the chapter, who shall be an employee designated by the educational institution. NOTE: EAA will provide a complementary membership to the institution for use by the advisor. EAA membership includes voting rights and a subscription to Current Events (CE) and internet password access to the archives of past issues of CE.
c) Minimum of three students, including their names, ages, area of study or interests, and contact information. NOTE: Student members of Education Chapters are not required to be paid members of EAA, but they may gain full membership privileges upon payment of the student membership fee.
d) Proposed meeting schedule for the academic year.
2) Send the completed proposal packet to the following address:
EAA Membership Committee, 323 Los Altos Drive, Aptos, CA 95003
PDF of the Chapter Handbook