Resource Guide

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Chapter Resource Guide


The TRA Chapter Resource Guide was created to help chapters run successfully, gain membership and coordinate and plan special events and fund raisers. Below are 11 links that will help guide you through the resource guide; explaining everything from how to run a chapter meeting to getting your chapter involved in the Step By Step Crusade. All sections are broken down into sub-categories found below each link and can be printed-out. You must have Adobe Acrobat reader to access these links.

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Section 1. Chapter Strategic Plan
Chapter Strategic Plan
Implementing the Chapter Strategic Plan

Section 2. Leadership

Chapter Officer Responsibilities
Chapter State Directors
Core Chapter Committees
Chapter Board of Directors
Chapter Board Meetings
Election of Chapter Offices & State Directors
President & President Elect Relationships
The TRA Board of Directors
TRA Committees
TRA Member Recognition
Section 3. Finance
Financial Statements and Forms
Setting-up Chapter Financials
Financial Budget
Financial Record-Keeping
Tax Filings
Association Law
Chapter Meetings

Section 5. Membership Activities
Involving New Members
Recruiting Volunteers
Marketing a TRA Membership
Member Services
Section 6. Special Events Management
The Value of Fund-Raisers and Parties
Special Event Management
Guidelines for Organizing a Taste
Guidelines for Other Events
Section 7. Communications & Publicity
Publicity and Public Relations
Publicizing a Special Event
Food For Thought 
Chapter Website
Newsletter Template 
Section 8. Education
TRA Education Foundation
TRAEF Programs & Initiatives
How to Coordinate an Education Committee
How to Identify Various High School programs

Section 9. Government Affairs

The Importance of Political Involvement
TRA’s Political Action Committee
PAC Fund-Raisers
Government Key Contact Program
How to Build a Coalition
How to Lobby Public Officials

Section 10. Southwest Foodservice Expo
Expo-Corporate Meeting Package

Section 11. TRA Overview
Mission Statement
TRA Organization and Structure
Chapter Formation
TRA Past Presidents




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