LOCAL CHAPTER APPLICATION
Completing this document is the first formal step in the process for establishing a new Slow Food USA local chapter in your community. Before filling out this form, you should check in with the National Office to see if there is a chapter that already exists in your area or if one is already in the process of forming. To do this, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-260-8000 to get the green light. This first phase of applying to start a chapter is primarily a self-evaluation process to help your leadership team established shared vision for the proposed chapter.
The process for setting up a local chapter can take some time and effort, but it should be fun too! The best way to ensure that it is both productive and fun is to work with a team of people who share your passion for spreading the Slow Food message. You’ll need a minimum of three people committed to serving on your chapter’s leadership team in order to get started. Once you’ve found your teammates, get together (in person and over food is best, of course!) to work through answering this form as a group. To prepare for the meeting, have everyone read through the Slow Food USA Chapter Handbook available online at www.slowfoodusa.org/leader-resources. There are three sections in this form that will help your team to think through your idea to start a Slow Food USA chapter. The primary purpose of completing this form is to get your ideas down on paper. Your answers can be of any length as long as they fit in the form, every question has a response, and you all agree that the responses capture your ideas.