October, 2006
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

Bylaw Amendment Vote Halted


Due to a significant error on the Ballot to vote on recently proposed ASHI Bylaw Amendments, the Board of Directors held an emergency meeting on September 20th and voted to halt the entire voting process, both electronic and hard copy ballot. All votes cast so far in the process will be destroyed and no tabulations will take place.

The Board agreed to wait until December of 2006 to re-present the Bylaw Amendments to the voting Members. A formal letter of explanation will be forthcoming from the Board to all voting Members. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and confusion this has caused.

Call for Volunteers

The Society depends on its membership to participate in leadership at the national level. Each year, the call goes out for volunteers to serve on committees and taskforces.

This year, the form includes frequently asked questions and answers about volunteering. If you are ready to take a role in leadership at the national level, download a copy of the form in PDF from ASHI.org, Membership Extranet, Downloads and Forms, ASHI Documents and Forms.  

Current committee members must return the form indicating their willingness to serve another year.
Questions? E-mail Angie at HQ, angies@ashi.org.

Dues past due  

The due date for renewing ASHI membership was September 30, 2006. Two electronic and one U.S. mail notices went out to the entire membership.

Questions? Please contact Anthony Snyder, ASHI director of membership and marketing, anthonys@ashi.org.

Current Membership Numbers
Members: 3,810
Candidates with Logo Use: 191
Candidates: 2,434
Affiliates: 105
Retired Members: 103
TOTAL: 6,643

There are approximately 100 people who have not submitted their original MRCs due on 9/30/05. If you know of anyone who has paid dues, but not yet submitted last year's MRC Claim Form, please contact them immediately. They are in danger of losing their membership in ASHI.

Chapter presidents: If you want a list of those in your Chapter currently on Administrative Suspension, please contact Kate Zarko at katez@ashi.org.

Represent ASHI at NAR® conference in New Orleans

We are currently seeking volunteers to work in the ASHI booth during the National Association of Realtors Conference, November 10-13, 2006, in New Orleans, Louisiana. If you’re willing to help deliver the ASHI message, contact Angela Orlando, angelao@ashi.org, 847-954-3187.

Parallel Inspections

Currently, 80 Members have signed up as Parallel Inspection Guides.

It’s easy to sign up. Simply go to ASHI.org, Membership Extranet, My Membership, Find an Inspector & Web Settings. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the button for YES under Parallel Inspection Settings. Be sure to hit the Submit Changes button.

As a Guide, you agree to take ASHI Candidates on an actual inspection, providing them with feedback, via a checklist system, on the status of their reports. See the September ASHI Reporter for details.

Sign up members at chapter meetings

If you’d like to sign up new Candidates at your chapter meetings, please download an updated application from the ASHI Web site and ask the new Candidate to complete both documents at the same time.

ASHI Calendar of events
• Oct. 19-20, 2006, Chapter Leadership Days, Rosemont, Ill.

• Oct. 21, 2006, Board Meeting, Rosemont, Ill.

• Jan. 9, 2007, 1 p.m.-7 p.m., Council of Representatives Meeting, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.

• Jan. 10, 2007, Board Meeting, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.

• Jan. 10, 2007, PaRR/FEMA Training Course, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.

• Jan. 10-13, 2007, InspectionWorld California, Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, Calif.   

• April 13-14, 2007, Board Orientation and Meeting, Rosemont, Ill.

• July 13-14, 2007, Town Hall Gathering and Board Meeting, TBD