Internal Organizations Committee Home Page
Information of interest to Internal Organizations (IOs) and Affinity Groups of the NSS.
Grotto List Region List Section List Survey List Affinity Groups
IO Annual Report - Instructions - (Due each January for the previous year.)
Complete the report at www.nssio.org.
IO Annual Report - Status (Find your IO Serial Number here also.)
Update Online IO Records held by the IO Committee - Instructions
IO Manual with Table of Contents
Information about Your IO Newsletter [changed Feb.6, 2016]
Primary Affiliation - What is it?
New IO or Reinstatement
Miscellaneous helpful articles which may be of interest
IOs are groups which have been chartered by the NSS to further promote the purposes of the NSS. The privileges and respon- sibilities of IOs, as well as the criteria by which they are chartered, are set forth in the Policy for Internal Organizations as approved by the Board of Governors. Persons on the governing group of an IO must be NSS members.
A Grotto is
an Internal Organization made up of individuals who cave together and
maintain community by means of electronic or other communications. A
Grotto must have at least five NSS members who have designated the
grotto as their Primary
A Region is an Internal Organization made up of individuals and organizations in a general geographic area. A Region must have at least two other IOs who are members of the Region.
A Survey is an Internal Organization made up of individuals and organizations engaged in gathering speleological data in a general geographic area.
A Section is an Internal Organization made up of individuals involved in a common study or interest related to speleology. A Section must have at least ten NSS members who are members of the Section.
An Affinity Group is an organization which will foster the NSS goal of fellowship among those interested in caves with common interests of their members not directly related to speleology. An Affinity Group is not an Internal Organization and does not have the privileges and obligations of an Internal Organization. The purpose of an affinity group must be compatible with the purposes and policies of the NSS. An Affinity Group must have at least ten NSS members who are members of the Affinity Group.
Last updated 8/22/14 - Contact IO Committee Chair