What is a SIG?

A SIG is a Special Interest Group -- a community within our community that represents a specific sub-interest or segment within MAC's membership.

What are SIGs?

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are a great way to network and build connections among a subset of MAC members with a common identity or interest.  SIGs operate in a manner similar to committees but are often more independent or self-directed.

What are MAC's current SIGs?

MAC currently has the following SIGs:  

Bank Consortium

The mission of the Bank Consortium is to connect and educate people in the banking industry on issues related to the processing of payments. To help them gain confidence to support the protection of the payments infrastructure, stay in compliance with their obligations as clients of the payment networks, and stay updated on industry best practices.

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Past President's Council

The Past President’s Council exists to support MAC leaders (volunteer and staff) in continuing to move the MAC mission forward.  They serve as a sounding board and mentoring mechanism for current Board Officers and the Executive Director.

How do we create a new SIG?

So you want to form a new SIG?  Fantastic!  New SIGS are created by submitting an application to the Governance Committee.  A SIG's application becomes the group's charter to guide its successful growth. Staff and volunteers can assist you with the application process.
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Applications must include the following information:

  • SIG name.
  • A primary contact person for the application.
  • Explanation of how the proposed SIG fits within MAC's mission and vision.
  • An estimate of the number of potential SIG members.
  • An explanation of how marketing to those potential members will occur.
  • An explanation of how vetting those that apply to be part of the SIG will occur.
  • Explanation of the need for the new SIG, including its specific purpose.
  • The topical areas to be included or encompassed.
  • Description of the pool of committed leadership available to establish and maintain the proposed SIG. 

Upon receipt, MAC's Governance Committee will review the application, request any clarifications, and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors.  The Board will vote on the application and notify the applicants of their decision. 

Do SIGs have rules?

Yes.  SIGs adhere to many of the same policies as MAC Committees. In contrast, SIGs are more independent in that they establish things like goals and activities. There are some policies that apply specifically to MAC SIGs that can be found in Section 2 of the Board's Policy and Procedure Manual

There are three major requirements for SIGs:

  • SIGs are required to have a charter, where they define their mission and focus, and where they may define additional rules or restrictions--such as any restriction on membership.
  • SIGs must also closely monitor potential conflicts of interest and adhere to MAC's antitrust compliance policies.
  • SIGs must remain active, with evidence of leadership, multiple members, regular meetings, and a brief annual report on SIG activities.

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