There are many benefits that go along with belonging to a Local Chapter. These benefits are only available to Local Chapters of the Scrollsaw Association of the World.
The Opportunity Grant Program will provide funds to your Local Chapter to help bring demonstrators/speakers to your group, or to send a Chapter member to a scrollsaw related class. If funds are granted to a Chapter member, the member is then required to put on a program at your Local Chapter meeting to help educate all of your members. Applications for this program are to be channeled through the Local Chapter Contact.
Chapter Web Site
A list of Current Local Chapters of SAW is provided on the saw-online.com website. The list includes a link to the Chapter's web site (if they have one), a contact person's e-mail address link, and a content area that the Chapter contact can enter information such as a summary of their newsletter, where the meetings are held, or just a quick note from the club.
This arrangement gives visibility to Chapters that do not have a website and makes it possible for a person with no web site experience to post information on the website. The Chapter contact can update their Chapter news space at their convenience under Local Chapters.
Any time you update your Chapter News, a notice that you have posted new information will be displayed on the home page of the SAW website under the box on the right entitled Recent Updates.
Feel free to post a short summary of your Chapter Newsletter under you chapter news on the Local Chapters list.
United States and Canada Only – As soon as your Chapter is officially certified as being an official Local Chapter of the Scrollsaw Association of the World, your Chapter is also covered by a General Liability Insurance policy. This coverage may help you to obtain a better meeting place. You can find more information about the insurance coverage here. This benefit is provided at no cost to the Local Chapter.
SAW has developed (with the help of SAW Member Ron Unkefer) a Sample Release Form which can be used if your group is teaching a class, or allowing the public to try a scrollsaw, or hosting a "Make a Memory" type activity. There are two variations to the Release Form, one for Adults, and one for Children. Please download and print these as you have a need for them. These are generic forms, you will need to fill in the name of your group, the name of the venue the activity is taking place at, and the venue sponsor is there is another entity involved in the activity.
SAW has been officially certified as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization by the Federal government of the United States. This status does not automatically trickle down to the Local Chapters. If your Chapter wishes to pursue gaining this status, the process should be greatly simplified as a result of your parent organization attaining it. SAW will be happy to assist however they can in your attempt to also gain this status.