Start a Local Section

Sections facilitate professional networking and benefit their local communities through education outreach, advocacy activities, and more! OSA's national organization works to support each group through a variety of resources, funding opportunities and special events. We encourage you to work with colleagues in your area to establish a section!

Step 1

Hold an organizational meeting and elect officers. In support of section recruiting efforts, OSA will provide a list of OSA national members in your area. A minimum of 10 active OSA members is needed to establish a local section.

Step 2

Submit the following application materials. Materials will be reviewed by the OSA Member & Education Services (MES) Council.

Step 3

Submit the OSA Local Section Application.

Submit your chapter application materials electronically to:, or by mail to:
OSA Member Services
C/O Chapters and Sections
2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036 USA

Once approved, your organization will receive a welcome letter, $250 USD in start-up funding, and the many benefits and services available to OSA Local Sections! Information and instructions for requesting start-up and other section funds is available online.