About the CFA
The Chapman Family Association (CFA) is a Texas non-profit corporation, which has been exempt from federal income tax by the Internal Revenue Service as provided by Internal Revenue Code 501(c7). The Association has no paid staff or employees and depends entirely on volunteer workers.
History of the CFA
Most folks feel that the CHAPMAN CHATTER, a newsletter created and edited by Gil Alford, was the prelude to the Association.
In April 1994, the Association received a Certificate of Incorporation, tax-exempt status with the I.R.S. and created the CFA bank account. Shortly thereafter, Jim Haynsworth created the Chapman Family Association emblem.
The Chapman Family Association newsletter #1 was published September 1994 and reported 56 members.
The initial officers of the Association were:
State Agent & Executive Director- Robert Sonfield, Jr.
President- Ernie Chapman
Vice President & Treasurer- M.D. (Mike) Chapman Morgan
Secretary- Joan Chapman
Newsletter Editor- Amelia Chapman Painter
Genealogist- Albert L. Chapman
Historian- Phillip Chapman Ellsworth
Librarian- Dian Chapman Gustafson
Publicist- Phyllis Chapman
Corresponding Secretary- Gilbert K. Alford, Jr.
You can also read a detailed account of our history by our founder, Gil Alford
Purpose of the CFA
The purposes for which CFA was organized, as stated in Article Four of the Articles of Incorporation of the Chapman Family Association, are as follows:
1. Collecting, compiling and editing historical and genealogical records of Chapman family members;
2. Establishing a central repository and retrieval system for the collection of Chapman family historical and genealogical records;
3. Publishing books, newsletters, magazines and periodicals to disseminate the collection of Chapman family historical information to members of the
Association and interested members of the public;
4. Educating young Chapman family members about the historical contribution of the family to the development of the United States of America;
5. Providing a means for social and fraternal association and fellowship among the members;
6. Establishing an organization with perpetual life to continue and preserve the herein described purposes for successive generations; and
7. Any and all other lawful purposes permitted by the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act, which are not inconsistent with the purposes, described herein.
CFA By Laws
Gil Alford, Missouri
PRESIDENT - Mark Chapman, Texas
VICE-PRESIDENT – Ray Chapman, South Carolina
SECRETARY - Pauline Chapman, Illinois
TREASURER – Kathy Crouch
Board of Directors
Mark Chapman, Chair
Robert Sonfield, Jr. Executive Director
Committee Chairs, Project Officers, Etc.
Census Project Officer - Paul Kannowski, Texas
Cookbook Project Officer - Faye Chapman, Texas
Facebook Coordinator - Debra Georgantis-Miller
Family Stories - Jean Snow, California
Genealogist, Joan Miller, Pennsylvania
Historian - Open
Librarian - Dian Chapman Gustafson, Oregon
Master Book List Project Officer - Dian Gustafson, Oregon
Membership - Billie and John Chapman, Texas
Military Chapmans - Open
Notable Chapmans - Liz Codding, Oklahoma
Obituaries Project Officer - Kathleen Tovar, California
Photographs Project Officer - Kathleen Tovar, California
Program Chair- Liz Codding, Oklahoma
Publicity - Billie Chapman, Texas
Quarterly Editor - Shelley Chapman, Texas
Web Site Administrator - Robin Chapman, Kansas, Susan Collard, Texas
Y-DNA Project Officer - Ernie Chapman, Illinois