Interest Groups (IG) will be the heart of the association. They will be created by association members for other association members and can only come about when a group of members shows enough interest and enthusiasm to form an IG. These could be short-term or long-term groups. They could form to address an issue or hot-topic that is of interest for a specified amount of time. An IG could also be long-term and exist for several years, kept lively & vital by continued interest on the part of association members. An IG may also dissolve if activity ceases.
Interest Groups will form by submitting an application to one of the Sections. The application will certify that at least five association members are interested in the topic. It will have a contact person, a statement of purpose, an annual plan (if the IG is going to exist for more than a year), and a list of initial membership. Upon receipt of the application, the section board will review the application for these elements and if present, the IG will be established. It will be listed here among active IG's, along with contact information for those who wish to become part of it.
The IG will be responsible for submitting minutes or reports of meetings to the section board, which should forward them for publication on the website. If the IG shows no sign of activity for two years, it will automatically cease to exist and be removed from the list of active IGs.
Although there is no expectation that an IG will create a proposal for the annual conference or sponsor a workshop, members are encouraged to consider those possible activities as effective vehicles for sharing expertise and providing leadership opportunities. An IG could form simply as a way for association members to converse with each other about their specialties.