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A section is a group of professional members who have chosen to affiliate around a specific geographic area. Each section operates as an official ISA affiliate per the charter agreement that defines the relationship between the Society and the section. Sections exist to support the mission and vision of the Society, governed by and subject to all policies and procedures set by ISA. Sections develop activities in response to local needs.

Establishment Requirements

Eligibility for Petitioning

  • Automation industry activity in the area
  • At least 30 professional members interested in forming a section
  • Acting officers willing to lead a new section
  • Section operating bylaws in English (any special provisions or modifications to ISA’s recommended regulations requires prior approval)

Petition to Charter

  • The acting officers submit a Petition for Charter to ISA Staff
  • The District Vice President reviews and submits the petition to the Geographic Assembly
  • The Geographic Assembly reviews and approves the petition for official chartering

Please allow 45 days after the submission deadline for notification.

In Good Standing

Upon charter approval, the section must meet the following requirements annually to remain in good standing:

  • Comply with all policies and procedures set by ISA
  • Maintain at least 30 professional members
  • Have, at a minimum, a president and treasurer in good standing and on record with ISA Headquarters
  • Hold a minimum of three member meetings each year
  • Submit an annual report by the prescribed dates
  • Include “About us” text in HTML area on section page in ISA Connect
  • Have current section bylaws posted in section file library in ISA Connect

If one or more of the requirements are not met as of 1 October, a section will be deemed not in good standing. These sections forfeit benefits, including but not limited to, rebates, consideration for Society awards, and delegate voting privileges. Not-in-good-standing status will be reevaluated quarterly.

View information on how to start a student section.