Registered 2016 or earlier
QGIS ZA (South Africa) - contact: Admire Nyakudya (certificate expired 2019-01-24)
Organization of user meetings
Coordination of development, taking into account regional/national standards and requirements
QGIS information: meetings, articles in GIS magazines, QGIS information in social media, GIS discussion boards, etc.
Collection of case studies of local QGIS usage
Sponsoring: a local user group could collect reasonable annual membership fees (depending on the country). This collected funds could be used to pay development of certain features, to help with bug-fixing or as a donation to the international QGIS project.
Establishment of interest groups, e.g. surveying, urban planning, server/web client, etc.
Initialization/coordination of application modules, e.g. surveying, urban planning, server/web client, etc.
Electing a representative to act as a QGIS Country Voting Member
stay vendor/company neutral
establish democratic structures for the steering committee, voting and important decision
stay transparent, esp. if you deal with membership-fees and how you spend it
inform the international project from time to time about your local activities
Depending on your country, a smaller legal entity, e.g. an association, could be established. Depending on local legislation such an entity implies that you meet at least once per year (general assembly), publish a yearly report and make the financial report available to your members. Often it also implies the creation of statutes.
Statutes of the Swiss QGIS user group as an example:
english (translation): https://www.qgis.ch/en/association/statutes-of-the-swiss-qgis-user-group
french (translation): https://www.qgis.ch/fr/association/statuts-du-groupe-d2019utilisateurs-qgis-suisse
Membership application forms:
You can use these statutes and membership application forms as an idea or reference and change them to your local situation.
It is recommended to register your local country domains, e.g. qgis.ch or qgis.uk. If the domain is already taken by someone other organization, company or person please negotiate if you can transfer the owner to the local QGIS user group. The QGIS international project has registered QGIS as a trademark, which should help you during your negotations.
if you do not wish to host and design from scratch the group website, you can use the template provided at https://github.com/qgis/qgis-template.github.io