Want to start a chapter at your optometry school?
Starting a chapter is very easy! The top four 3rd year officers of your student government will be the founding officers for your school. Gold Key chapters have four officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. You may decide who holds which office however you see fit. The new officers will select the remaining members in the usual manner through applications at the appropriate time. Once you have selected officers you should obtain a faculty advisor that is willing to stay in contact with us at the international chapter. It is important that there be a permanent contact at your school since all officers graduate each year. Once you have selected officers and an advisor, send that information to our international office. If you decide to begin a chapter this year we will send you enough graduation stoles for each member in your chapter plus one extra. This is a one time only incentive to begin a chapter. The stoles are traditionally passed down from class to class rather than purchased each year, but that option is available if you wish your members to keep their stoles. In a package we will included everything you need to begin and maintain a chapter:
- A lapel pin for each new officer
- A month-by-month guide for maintaining a chapter
- A sample application for prospective members
- A copy of the Gold Key constitution
- A menu of Gold Key products
We hope your school will join with many others across the continent in recognizing and encouraging the leaders in your student body. Your own leadership on this matter will make it possible to provide this opportunity to the students of your school for the benefit of all.