June, 2007
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Call for Nominations for 2008 Officers & Directors

EDITED BY ASHI STAFF

2008 ASHI Officers

Source: Policy and Procedures Manual, Section 25: OFFICER NOMINATION AND ELECTIONS, page 60. The manual is available online at www.ashi.org in the Membership 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 2008.

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 ashi.org in the Documents section of the Membership Extranet and from ASHI headquarters, HQ@ashi.org.

As completed 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, 2007, 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 the results are strictly confidential.

Petitions


After the Nominating 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 upon a special form available only from ASHI headquarters, which requires 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 distributed to ASHI Certified Inspectors by Oct. 31, 2007, and the election will close Dec. 5, 2007.

Campaigning


According to the Policy and Procedures Manual, positive campaigning 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 a list of qualified voting members’ 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 2008 issue of the ASHI Reporter.

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

2008 ASHI Directors

Attention Council of Representatives: Nominations are being accepted for five, new, non-officer Board members and one alternate for 2008. 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, 2006. 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, 2007, and the Directors Nominating Committee selects a slate in September. Ballots are then mailed to the COR on Oct. 31, 2007.

If you have questions, please contact Bob Kociolek at HQ: bobk@ashi.org, 847-954-3177.

Annual Notice


The next hearing on proposed changes to the ASHI Standards of Practice will be held in January 2009. The Standards of Practice Committee accepts suggestions for changes to the Standards of Practice from ASHI Certified Inspectors from March through December in 2007.
Submission Requirements: Proposed revisions should include the current section of the Standards of Practice affected, the proposed revision and a rationale for the proposed revision.    

Send suggestions to Michael Long, ASHI director of education, at michaell@ashi.org.