Checklist for Building an Effective State or Regional Plastic Surgery Society
1. Identify plastic surgeon leaders
- The success (and long-term survival) of the local society rest with leaders who are willing to accept responsibility, establish long-term and short-term goals, communicate effectively with members and provide services of perceived value to plastic surgeons. State and regional societies promote fellowship among members, as well as provide opportunities to share surgical experiences and address practice-related issues.
- Obtain pertinent contact information regarding area members and potential members to develop member mailing list. ASPS can also provide census information which will be of value in determining the geographic area to be served.
- Utilize practical experience and advice from the Council on State Affairs regarding establishment and operation of the society.
- Assess the interest level from members regarding organizing or re-organizing the society.
- Identify potential members of the new board of directors. Ensure that they are committed to furthering the society's goals and are willing to commit sufficient time to its establishment and operation.
2. Create not-for-profit corporation
- Work with legal counsel to develop Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. Detailed information on these areas appears elsewhere in this resource.
- Submit necessary federal and state paperwork.
- Begin development of the strategic plan.
3. Begin development of the strategic plan
- Utilizing ASPS research, review results of member needs assessment and determine if additional information is required for the local society.
- Articulate mission statement.
- Develop clearly defined goals and strategies.
4. Create financial accountability
- Assess financial needs.
- Establish dues structure.
- Identify potential sources of non-dues income.
- Develop operating budget.
- Set up bank accounts.
- Purchase directors and officers' liability insurance through ASPS broker.
5. Identify major programmatic initiatives
- Establish committee structure.
- Design and implement government relations effort, including building coalitions with other medical and non-medical organizations.
- Develop annual schedule of meetings.
- Establish and implement communications plan.