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Formation and structure of member interest groups
Establishing a Member Interest Group
AAFP Active members may submit an application to the Commissionon Membership and Member Services (CMMS )to establish a Member Interest Group.
The application will include:
- Author of application
- Proposed name/topic of interest group
- The names of first-yea rofficers (Chair, Chair-Elect, andSecretary)
- At least 50 names of AAFP Active members supporting the application
- Interest group objectives
- Description of how the establishment of an interest group will further the AAFP's strategic priorities
- Proposed first-year activities (include selections from opportunities available)
- Long-term goals
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The National Law Review
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