October, 2008

Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

And the Early Renewal Drawing Winners are ...


The names of ASHI Associates, Associates with Log Use and ASHI Certified Inspectors who renewed their membership by September 3 were placed in a drawing. Sarah Walsh, membership and marketing coordinator, is pleased to announce the following winners:

The First Prize winner is Steve Hancock, National Property Inspections, Knoxville, Tenn. He wins a free full registration for InspectionWorld Orlando, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, January 21-24, 2009.

The Second Prize winner is William Root, Roots Home Inspection, Scotch Plains, N.J. He wins a free 2010 ASHI membership.

The Third Prize winner is Peter Bishin, Peter Bishin, Architect, Montreal, Canada. He wins a $50 gift certificate for the ASHI Marketplace.

Congratulations to the winners and to all who have ensured they will continue to receive all the benefits of membership without interruption by renewing early.

Renew Your Membership and Report CEs the Easy Way

It’s as easy as logging in as a member on www.HomeInspector.org. Once you log in, your renewal notice will automatically appear. As soon as you renew, we promise to stop sending you e-mails and letters.

Remember, renew by Sept. 30 to ensure there is no interruption of your membership benefits (such as being listed in the Find the Inspector search function.)

Future Leaders Gather in New Orleans October 16-17

Chapters are sending their current and future leaders to the 1-1/2 day Leadership Training Conference in New Orleans, staring at noon on Thursday, Oct. 16. The event kicks off with a workshop by renowned ethics presenter Debbie Long. Highlights on Friday include workshops by volunteer recruitment expert Jill McCrory and legislative consultant/lobbyist Janet Swandby.

With $99 (plus tax) room rates, after rebate, and another outstanding lineup, this is the perfect opportunity for chapters to motivate and train the people necessary to provide leadership for a strong future. For information, contact Bob Kociolek at bobk@ashi.org or 847-954-3177.

Award Nominations Closed Sept. 30

The Phillip C. Monahon Award goes to an ASHI Certified Inspector who has made outstanding contributions to the Society and the profession over a long period of time. Those nominated are now being considered by a committee of three previous recipients of the award and one ASHI past-president.

The John E. Cox Award is ASHI’s annual tribute to a member who has made exemplary contributions to his or her chapter. Nominees are submitted by ASHI chapters and presented to council representatives, who vote by secret ballot.

The recipient of each award will be announced at the ASHI Annual Conference.

Call for Volunteers

ASHI depends on volunteers to help develop and carry through on the programs and activities that create value for the membership. Some of the hardest-working volunteers are those who serve on the committees. Volunteer forms were distributed with the First Thing newsletter on Sept. 1 and are available on HomeInspector.org  in the Members Only section under Downloads and Forms.

If you are willing to take a leadership role at the national level, start the process by completing and returning the Call for Volunteers form. If you have questions, contact Richard Bennett at richardb@ashi.org or 847-954-3183.

Chapter Leaders – Do you Remember the Chapter CD?

If your chapter is looking for chapter newsletter templates or the outline for a successful meeting, go to the online Chapter CD, and scroll down to Chapter Development.

New Advertising Rate Card Available

Some of the new advertising opportunities may be of interest to chapters marketing their educational seminars. The good news is print ad rates have remained the same and rates for HomeInspector.org are lower. You can download the rate card from www.ASHI.org under Media and Advertising, or contact Sandy Bourseau at sandyb@ashi.org or 847-954-3179.

Market Your Business with the Send Out Cards Program

The Send Out Cards marketing program for members will automatically send thank you cards, follow-up cards, even birthday and anniversary cards. ASHI Chapters can sign up at the Entrepreneur Level under ASHI’s umbrella and chapter members should sign up as wholesaler under their chapter or under ASHI.

The new contact person for the program is Bill Lewis, bill@ashi.org or 847-954-3187.

Current ASHI Membership

ASHI Certified Inspectors: 3,695
ASHI Associates with Logo Use: 165
ASHI Associates: 1,790
ASHI Retired Members: 151
Affiliates: 92
Total Membership: 5,893

ASHI Calendar of Events
• Oct. 16-17, 2008, Leadership Training Conference, Hilton Riverside, New Orleans, La.

• Oct. 18, 2008, Board meeting, Hilton Riverside, New Orleans, La.

• Jan. 20, 2009, Council of Representatives annual meeting, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Orlando, Fla.

• Jan. 21, 2009, Board meeting, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Orlando, Fla.

• Jan. 21-24, 2009, InspectionWorld, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Orlando, Fla.

• April 17, 2009, Board orientation, Rosemont, Ill.

• April 18, 2009, Board meeting, Rosemont, Ill.

• July 18, 2009, Board meeting, TBD

• Oct. 22-23, 2009, Leadership Training Conference, Rosemont, Ill.

• Oct. 24, 2009, Board meeting, Rosemont, Ill.

• Jan. 17, 2010, Board meeting, Las Vegas, Nev.

• Jan. 17-20, 2010, InspectionWorld, Las Vegas, Nev.