June, 2009
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Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors



2010 ASHI Officers

EDITED BY ASHI STAFF

Source: Policy and Procedures Manual, section 15, available online at www.HomeInspector.org in the Members Only Extranet, Publications section.


Attention ASHI Certified Inspectors:
Nominations currently are being accepted for the Society Officer positions of president-elect, vice president, secretary and treasurer for 2010. Any ASHI Certified Inspector in good standing may be nominated to any office. Self-nominations are permitted, and all nominees must agree to serve if elected.

ASHI Nominating and Election Guidelines require that all nominations include a completed Matrix for Evaluating Nominees. The official revised matrix is available on HomeInspector.org in the Documents section of the Members Extranet. The matrix also can be obtained by contacting ASHI Headquarters at hq@ashi.org.

As matrices are received at headquarters, the staff will verify that all nominees have agreed to serve and have submitted the necessary background information, including a response to all matrix questions.

Headquarters will verify the nominees’ status as ASHI Certified Inspectors in good standing.


Nominations will close Aug. 15, 2009, and the matrices will be distributed to the members of the Nominating Committee.


Nominating Committee Purpose:
 The objective of the Nominating Committee is to identify and name candidates who meet ASHI’s leadership requirements for the offices of president-elect, vice president, secretary and treasurer. All contents, discussions and documents of the meetings and their results are strictly confidential. 



Petitions:
After the Nomination Committee names its candidates, a petition of 10 percent of ASHI Certified Inspectors in good standing can cause the name of a qualified ASHI Certified Inspector to be added to the ballot for a specific office.



Petitions must be presented on a special form available only from ASHI Headquarters and require the name (printed) and the signature of each petitioner, as well as the office in which the petitioner would serve, if elected. The form must be received by mail or fax at headquarters at least 10 days prior to the distribution of the ballots. Staff will verify the validity of the petition prior to placing the name of a candidate for office on the ballot.



Ballots will be mailed to ASHI Certified Inspectors by Oct. 31, 2009, and the election will close Nov. 30, 2009. 



Campaigning:

According to the Policy and Procedures Manual, campaigning positively by or about any candidate is permissible as long as no ASHI assets are used. Staff, Nominating Committee and Election Committee members shall not participate in campaigning. Nominees or petition candidates for an officer or board of director position may purchase mailing labels or lists of qualified voting member’s contact information from headquarters at cost. Negative campaigning (against candidates or nominees) is not permitted. The Election Committee should preview campaign statements or materials in advance if there is any uncertainty about the appropriateness of their contents.   



Ballots will be counted the first week in December and election results will be published in the January 2010 issue of the ASHI Reporter.



Comments and questions about the nomination process are welcome. Please contact ASHI Headquarters. 



2010 ASHI Directors

Attention Council Representatives:
Nominations are being accepted for five new, non-officer Board members and one alternate for 2010. Nominees shall be ASHI Certified Inspectors in good standing who have served a minimum of one year on the Council of Representatives, the term beginning no later than Oct. 1, 2008. Nominees must be on the council during the election process, up until the time the ballots are counted. If elected, the council member must step off the council, and the chapter will be allowed to fill the vacancy. 



The Directors Nominating Committee will submit names of possible candidates, and any COR member may submit his/her name or any names as nominees. All candidates must agree to serve and provide background information, as required on a matrix that is available from HQ. Nominations close Aug. 15, 2009, and the Directors Nominating Committee selects a slate in September. Ballots are then mailed to the COR on Oct. 31, 2009.

April 17-18, 2009, ASHI Board of Directors Meeting Report Out


ASHI’s second Board meeting of the year was held on April 17th in Rosemont, Ill., This is a brief report to ASHI members of the official actions taken during this meeting. Discussion items and withdrawn or failed motions are not included. The official minutes will be presented for Board approval at its next meeting July 17-18 in Rosemont, Ill.
ASHI members are encouraged to review this report to learn of actions taken by the Board on their behalf. ASHI directors and officers welcome questions about Board actions. Contact information for those serving on the Board is available in the ASHI Reporter and in the ASHI Online Membership Directory.

Consent Agenda

Consent agenda items are those that do not require debate or dialogue in order for the Board to take action.
The Board reviewed and approved a correction to the Certification Committee motion from the January 21, 2009, Board Meeting to add ASHI Executive Director as a permanent non-voting member of the committee.

Meeting Minutes

Board meeting minutes from the January 21, 2009, Board meeting were reviewed and approved on April 18, 2009, with the following clarification:

The amendment made at the January 21st meeting to Policy 10.3.A.7 and Procedure 10.3.B.8 was to require a simple majority vote of the Board to approve draft ancillary standards of practice.

Committee and Task Force Reports and Action Items

At each meeting, the Board receives status reports from committees, task forces and staff. Several reports were given, with the following motions presented and approved.

The Standards Committee
The Board approved considering the adoption by ASHI of the two potential sets of standards listed below in accordance with ASHI Policy and Procedures 10.3A and 10.3B, and it directed the committee to report back in July with a written report as to liability implications, insurance requirements and costs to adopt each:
  1. Standards of Professional Practice For Swimming Pool And Spa Inspections, and

  2. Standards of Professional Practice for Pre-Interior Wall Coverings Inspections.
The Education Committee
After participating in discussions as a Committee of the Whole, the Board approved providing educational opportunities to anyone desiring education or continuing education in the profession of home inspection. 

The Governance Task Force    
The Board directed the Governance Task Force as follows:
  • Complete its task and issue a final report to the Board at the July meeting.  The report shall make specific recommendations with rationale to the board for consideration for strategic planning.

  • Add two members, one from the Board and one from the Council of Representatives, to be mutually agreed upon between the ASHI president and the Council speaker.

  • No consultant shall be hired at this time.

Miscellaneous Reports

Finance Committee/Treasurer’s Report
The treasurer presented the report, noting that current challenges were being dealt with and would continue to be in future.

The Finance Committee will assist the Education Committee in researching the collection of a per-student fee from course providers in the ASHI CE approval process.

New Business

ASHI/NAHI unification update: Earlier in the meeting, the Board had received an update on ASHI/NAHI unification talks.

Informed of the discontinuation of those discussions, the Board approved accepting NAHI members who meet the NAHI CRI membership requirements as sufficient for ASHI Certified Member status.  NAHI members will be required to pay applicable dues and fees and to complete the SOP education module and report review process. This acceptance will expire on October 30, 2009, unless extended by the Board.

The Board authorized Secretary Marvin Goldstein to represent ASHI at the National Healthy Homes Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., on May 7, 2009.

Adjourn

With no additional business to discuss, the April 17-18, 2009 ASHI Board of Directors meeting was adjourned at 2:45 p.m.