:Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York,Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma,South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
:Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, SouthDakota, and Wisconsin.
: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and Guam.For reasons that are not clear, the previous regions did not include American Samoa and the Northern MarianaIslands.Over the last two years, regional directors and some states had expressed a strong desire to redistribute theregions. The national board of directors generally felt our state support efforts could improve with a largernumber of regional directors, each focused on a smaller number of jurisdictions. One particular concern, which was addressed in the two proposals submitted to the board of directors was to separate states in the NortheastRegion
specifically, to ensure West Virginia was in a separate region. Several configurations were considered,including one that separated New England into a region of its own, but in the many proposals drafted, the only combination of states that worked, considering many of the factors listed above, was one wherein New England and New York were included in the same region, while West Virginia was included in a new, Atlanticregion. Ultimately, the committee felt the most logical distribution for an Atlantic region would requirePennsylvania and Maryland to be a part of it. Once a region includes Maryland, it inevitably must include theDistrict of Columbia, and potentially, Delaware. It is unlikely, moving forward, that Virginia and West Virginia will ever end up in separate regions
most configurations considered kept the two states together.
Detailed Proposal Information
Out of proposals 20 and 21 (attached) Proposal 21 was chosen by the board. It was subdivided into thefollowing regions:
Northeast Region Atlantic RegionSoutheast RegionCentral RegionGreat Plains RegionSouth Central RegionUpper West RegionLower West Region
(Please refer to Map 21 for a detailed lists of states per region).Originally the committee advocated for a regional redistribution wherein the Rocky Mountain and the Pacificstates would be separated into two new regions (please refer to map 20). After feedback from state chapterleaders and further regional director discussion, an alternate map was developed: splitting the Western part of the United States into an upper and lower half, each spanning the combined northern and southern sections of the Pacific and Rocky Mountain areas and resulting in