All those interested in joining the Chaine must do so through a present Chaine member by invitation only. There are over 30,000 members in 123 countries, organized into National, Regional, and local Bailliages. The United States, even though getting a late start compared to European countries, currently have more Chaîne members than any other country in the world. The first Bailliage to form in the US was in New York in 1960. In 1969 the US was on a roll with 22 bailliages. Currently there are more than 8,000 members in 146 bailliages in the United States. The San Antonio Bailliage, which is one bailliage out of nine in Texas, has approximately 100 members.