A. THE PETITION AND PETITIONERS
A Petition Form provided by the Headquarters for establishing a new Chapter requires the names, addresses, and signatures of no less than ten (10) individuals who subscribe to the Mission Statement set forth in Article 1 and who meet the requirements for membership prescribed in Article 6 of the AHEPA CONSTITUTION. Former members suspended for nonpayment of dues and members transferring to other Chapters shall so state next to their name, and identify the respective Chapter. The Petition shall be addressed to the Supreme Lodge after being endorsed by the Governor of the District in which the Chapter is to be established. No new Chapter may be established in a city where a Chapter exists, except by the approval of two-thirds of the Supreme Lodge.
SECTION B. FEES AND APPLICATIONS
Every petition for a Chapter shall be accompanied with or supplemented by the application for membership of each petitioner, whose name is signed thereon and shall also be accompanied with or supplemented by the full amount of the required initiation fee. No petition for a Chapter shall be considered unless it meets the requirements of this ARTICLE 7.
SECTION C. POWER TO GRANT AND REVOKE CHARTERS
The power to grant Charters shall be vested in the Supreme Lodge, or in any member or members thereof designated for this duty by a majority vote of the Supreme Lodge. The power to revoke a Charter shall be vested exclusively in the Supreme Lodge.
SECTION D. NEW CHAPTERS OFFICIALLY ADMITTED
A new Chapter shall be formally and officially chartered and admitted into the AHEPA, after, and not before, ten (10), at least, of those who petitioned for same shall have been duly initiated and the Officers of the proposed Chapter shall have been elected and installed. When the Chapter is thus organized, chartered and installed, the Supreme Lodge shall forthwith remit to the Treasurer of said Chapter such portion of the fees as thereto belongs under the provisions of the AHEPA CONSTITUTION and AHEPA BYLAWS and decrees of the AHEPA.
SECTION E. PROVISIONAL CHAPTERS
Chapters in the process of formation shall be termed “Provisional” and shall be under the jurisdictional care and guidance of the District Lodge.
SECTION F. ADDITIONAL CHAPTER IN SAME CITY
No Chapter shall be established in any city or town where there is already a Chapter or Chapters of the AHEPA, unless there is a petition by at least thirty-five (35) or more men who are not and have never been members of any other Chapter, and the District Lodge consents to the establishment of such additional Chapter.
SECTION G. MERGER OF CHAPTERS
Chapters may consolidate when three-fourths (3/4) of their respective members agree to do so, and the Supreme President and District Governor consent to such a merger.
SECTION H. INACTIVE CHAPTERS AND THEIR ASSETS AND FUNDS
A Chapter shall be deemed “Inactive” if during a complete calendar year it does not have any meetings, does not pay any of its national per capita tax and does not conduct, and report, its election of officers for that calendar year. AHEPA Headquarters will provide advance information about any Chapter becoming, or about to become, Inactive to the last known officers of that Chapter and the District Lodge. If a Chapter is Inactive for three (3) consecutive full years, a written notice will be sent by Headquarters to the last known President, Secretary and Treasurer of said Chapter and its District Governor. If the Chapter is not reactivated and ceases to become Inactive within six (6) months of that notice, the Inactive Chapter’s charter is automatically deemed suspended and its unrestricted and uncommitted assets and funds will be transferred to the District of that Chapter, with fifty percent (50%) of such assets and funds going into the District scholarship foundation in the name of such chapter (or the AHEPA National Educational Foundation in the name of such Chapter if no District Educational Foundation exists), and the remaining fifty percent (50%) of such assets and funds being used by the District of such Inactive Chapter to help problem Chapters in that District and fund District programs. If any such Inactive Chapter is subsequently reactivated, then any un-restricted remaining funds or assets of that Chapter held by the District will be returned by the District to that re-activated Chapter.