ATA's 18 divisions — or professional-interest groups — play an important role in the association. By providing specialty-specific information and networking, divisions allow members to focus on meeting the practical needs of their business. Divisions publish quarterly electronic newsletters, offer specialty information by website and email, and assist in the organization of the ATA Annual Conference.
Beginning an ATA division requires a committed group of volunteers who have the time to work on organizing the group. It has happened where an ATA division was begun only to collapse because there were not enough volunteers. This is disappointing for everyone — ATA members, the Board of Directors, and Headquarters staff. So we encourage new divisions with only one caveat: you must have enough interested members to make this work and keep it going. And that is often the hardest part of establishing an ATA division.
When these conditions are met, the ATA Board of Directors will review the petition and the bylaws before voting to establish the division as a part of ATA.
This may be the first question you will find yourself answering as you look for people to join you in establishing a division. There are any number of answers, and you may come up with some of your own as you meet colleagues. Here are a few to start with:
Division membership is included in the association's annual dues. ATA members can join any number of divisions throughout the year without paying any additional fees. To see how this works, click Join an ATA Division.
For questions and additional information, please email Jamie Padula, ATA Chapter and Division Relations Manager, or call (703) 683-6100, extension 3017.