Section VIII: Affiliates

Section 1: Negotiating Affiliation

When an organization with objectives consistent with those of the AFA requests affiliation, the President of the AFA or his/her representative(s) shall enter into discussions to prepare a Memorandum of Affiliation that outlines the mutual obligations and basis of agreement for affiliation. The Memorandum may be as simple or as complex as agreed to by the negotiators. Upon approval of the Memorandum by the National Council and by the appropriate agency of the organization seeking affiliation, the affiliation shall be submitted to the AFA Business Meeting. Upon approval by the Business Meeting, the organization shall be recognized as an Affiliate.

Section 2: Representation on National Council

Upon petition of fifty members of AFA who also certify that they are members of the Affiliate, the Affiliate may select a non-voting representative to the AFA National Council.

Section 3: Changes in Memorandum of Affiliation

Changes in the Memorandum of Affiliation must be presented to the Business Meeting of the AFA accompanied by a statement of endorsement or opposition from the National Council. Organizations will cease to be Affiliates when disaffiliation is requested by the Affiliate or by action of the AFA Business Meeting, if an AFA initiated disaffiliation. A motion for disaffiliation at the Business Meeting must be accompanied by a statement of endorsement or opposition from the National Council.