The rule is for any type of organization that covers a large geographic area in which chapters, branches, etc., are necessary for local activities of the membership. These chapters, branches, etc., can normally be recognized in two years:

1. The organization is a fraternal one;

2. The designation of every chapter, branch, etc., includes a generic term that is either one traditionally used for such ("post," "lodge," etc.) or an imaginative innovation to convey the same sense ("valley," "stake," etc.).

Consider the presence of any of these generic designations used for presumably all the chapters, branches, etc., as sufficient reason for subordinate entry in all cases.


See also:

24. Headings for Corporate Bodies