The AWS Section Toolkit is intended to provide Section Officers with the information and resources needed to support Section activity.
PLEASE NOTE: The new Section Toolkit is searchable! Simply use Ctrl+F (Command+F for Mac users) to open a search box that can be used to find the resource you are looking for.
The Section Toolkit will be updated periodically to ensure that content we feel is of value to our Section leadership teams is available. If there is a specific resource you are looking for and cannot find it in the Section Toolkit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The pages linked below will direct you to the Section Announcement Form and Welding Journal Submission Form.
The Section Announcement Form is to be used to submit a request for an announcement to be made to the members of your Section/District. Simply provide the information you would like to have announced and the method(s) by which you would like to have the information distributed.
The Welding Journal Submission Form is to be used to report happenings of Section meetings/events as well as to have Section activity considered for publication in an upcoming issue of the Welding Journal.
Guidelines for establishing a new AWS Section, Division or International Section
*Last revised 2/16/2018
Need to know how to run your Section? This manual provides all you need to know in a searchable pdf.
*Last revised 5/18/2018
This document outlines the various roles and responsibilities of Section Officers and Committee Chairmen and explains how these positions are filled. A must-read for Sections who want to ensure they are utilizing voluntary leadership in the most effective way.
*Last revised 12/8/2017
These guidelines are designed to supplement the AWS Manual of Operations For Sections and Divisions and bring the best business practices for Sections’ Treasury operations. Each Section should review, analyze and evaluate these guidelines and make necessary changes in its existing operations.
This tool is intended to be used to provide Section Officers with a quick overview of best/required practices for the operation of a healthy and productive Section. Click here to view a webinar that was conducted on September 26th to provide an overview of the checklist and review of the recommended practices. This is suggested viewing for all Section Chairman and Treasurers.
This publication has been prepared using the experience gained in local, national and international SkillsUSA contests to provide a guide for those wishing to run a SkillsUSA welding skills contest at any level.
*Last revised 2005
Resources (Unique to AWS)
Section Solutions Conversations
These monthly teleconference conversations are intended to enhance ties between AWS HQ and AWS Sections and Student Chapters by providing timely updates and tips on Section operations.
Recordings of past conversations are linked below:
January 2020 - AWS Foundation Scholarships and other funding opportunities
September 2019 - Successful Student Engagement
August 2019 - Hosting Successful Events
July 2019 - How to Welcome New Members
June 2019 - How to Inform and Motivate New Leaders
April 2019 - AWS District Conferences - What to Expect
March 2019 - Communicating with Members: Effective Practices for Email and Social Media
February 2019 - Reporting Section News to the Welding Journal
*Please note that a new Welding Journal Submission Form is in place. It is linked near the top of this Section Toolkit.
January 2019 - AWS Foundation Scholarships
*Please note that an updated presentation on this topic will be conducted in January 2020.
November 2018 - Diversity and Inclusion
October 2018 - Member Highlight: Ben Newcomb; Instructor at Madison College, 2018 Chair of the AWS Madison-Beloit Section, and past AWS Student Chapter leader.
September 2018 - Introduction to AWS Section-Support Staff
AWS Section News Newsletter
Links to the past 12 months of the AWS Section News Newsletter will be posted here.
A stacked version of one-color black and one-color white Section logos for apparel and/or merchandise use only are posted in the area below this description by AWS District. Click on the Section name to download the ZIP file.
Please contact Darrill A. Gaschler, Sr. Manager, Sections and Student Chapters at email@example.com, to request the appropriate version of the Section's logo for use in your newsletters, meeting notices, flyers and other materials.
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Boston • Central Mass / Rhode Island • Connecticut • Green & White Mountains • Maine Montreal
AWS District 02
Long Island • New Jersey • New York • Philadelphia
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Central Pennsylvania • Cumberland Valley • Lancaster • Lehigh Valley
Reading • Washington, DC • York-Central Pennsylvania
AWS District 04
Carolina • Charlotte • Northeastern Carolina • Southwest Virginia • Tidewater • Triangle
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Atlanta • Columbia • Florida West Coast • North Central Florida
North Florida • Palm Beach • South Carolina • South Florida
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Niagara Frontier • Northern New York • Rochester • Syracuse • Twin Tiers
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Cincinnati • Columbus • Dayton • Johnny Appleseed • Johnstown-Altoona
Mid-Ohio Valley • Pittsburgh • Tri-State • Wheeling
AWS District 08
Chattanooga • Greater Huntsville • Holston Valley • Nashville • Northeast Mississippi
Northeast Tennessee • Western Carolina • West Tennessee
AWS District 09
Acadiana • Auburn-Opelika • Baton Rouge • Birmingham • Central Louisiana • Mobile
Morgan City • New Orleans • Pascagoula
AWS District 10
Cleveland • Drake Well • Mahoning Valley • Northwestern Pennsylvania • Stark Central
AWS District 11
Central Michigan • Detroit • Northern Michigan • Northwest Ohio
Saginaw Valley • West Michigan
AWS District 12
Fox Valley • Lakeshore • Madison-Beloit • Milwaukee • Racine / Kenosha • Upper Peninsula
AWS District 13
Blackhawk • Chicago • Illinois Valley • JAK • Peoria
AWS District 14
Indiana • Lexington • Louisville • Mississippi Valley • Sangamon Valley
St. Louis • Tri-River
AWS District 15
Arrowhead • Northern Plains • Northwest • Saskatoon
AWS District 16
Eastern Iowa • Iowa • Kansas • Kansas City • Mid-Plains • Nebraska
Siouxland • Southeast Nebraska
AWS District 17
Central Arkansas • Central Texas • East Texas • North Texas
Oklahoma City • Ozark • Tulsa
AWS District 18
Chihuahua • Corpus Christi • El Paso • Houston • Lake Charles
Monterrey • Rio Grande Valley • Sabine • San Antonio
AWS District 19
Alaska • Alberta • British Columbia • Inland Empire • Portland
Puget Sound Olympic • Spokane • Willamette Valley
AWS District 20
Colorado • Idaho / Montana • New Mexico • Southern Colorado • Utah • Wyoming
AWS District 21
Arizona • California Central Coast • Hawaii • Kern • Long Beach / Orange County
Los Angeles / Inland Empire • Nevada • San Diego • San Fernando Valley
AWS District 22
Central Valley • Sacramento Valley • San Francisco • Santa Clara Valley • Sierra Nevada
Chile • Costa Rica • Ecuador • Emirates Welding • Germany • India • Israel • Jamaica • Korea • Malaysia • Peru • Rio De La Plata • Saudi Arabia • Scandinavia • Singapore • Taiwan • Trinidad & Tobago
Manual for District Directors
Manual of Operations for District Directors
District Director Expense Report
District Director travel expense report form
District Director Travel Fund Reconciliation Form
Quarterly Travel Fund Reconciliation Form
District Director Newsletter
Sample Newsletter templates