Associations are important because they bring together people who share common goals and interests. Chapters within associations play a major role in communicating the group’s mission across different regions. For example, Fako America, an association that’s been around for 30 years and has ten chapters, including the oldest, FECA Minnesota, founded in 1994, and the newest, FACSA Arizona, established in 2022. Chapters provide inclusivity and group strength, allowing wider member access, engagement and involvement. They create a sense of belonging and help members connect, even if they can’t reach the national hub. Chapters are the physical representation of the association’s impact and power. Fako America’s expansion presents a perfect example of the importance and success of having chapters across different parts of the country for any association to attain greater success.