June, 2008
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

Leadership Training Conference


 The October 16-17 Leadership Training Conference will be held in New Orleans. Chapters need to be ready to respond when they receive their invitations. With room rates under $100 and another outstanding lineup of sessions, this is sure to be a popular event. The October 18 Board of Directors meeting also will be held in New Orleans. The July 11-12, 2008, Board Meeting now is slated for Rosemont, Ill.

Grant thanks responders

The following message was sent to the 186 ASHI members who responded to the call to e-mail their senators regarding HR 4776:

Dear ASHI Members:

Thank you so much for taking the time to send e-mails through the ASHI Legislative Action Center to your Senators regarding HR 4776.

We had a very respectable turnout and response from the membership.

Your response to these legislative matters is very important, and we are assured by our federal lobbyist, Randy Pence, that it does make a difference.

There is a flurry of activity on the Hill involving the housing industry and market and ASHI will likely
request your assistance in the future.

Thank you for your support!

Brion Grant
2008 ASHI President

The nomination process begins

The following members were elected to the Officers Nominating Committee:

Jay Balin
Larry Cerro
Cheryll Brown
JD Grewell
Tom Lauhon
Jack McGraw
Marygail (Sully) Sullivan
Bob Walstead
John Biegalski and Reggie Marston (tied) for the alternate position.

Immediate past-president Frank Lesh was appointed chair.

Questions? Contact Jeff Arnold at jeffa@ashi.org.

The following members were elected to the Director Nominating Committee:

Shannon Cory
Jack Feldmann
Randy Sipe
Tom Tussing
Howard Pegelow is the chair and David Samloff is the alternate. 

The committee is accepting nomination matrix forms from May 1 through August 15. Director nominees must have served a minimum of one year on the Council of Representatives and must currently be serving on it. For a nomination matrix, contact Bob Kociolek at bobk@ashi.org or go to Downloads and Forms on the Members-Only Web site for a Word document of the form.

Welcome a new chapter

It’s official. The Wiregrass Chapter is ASHI’s 87th and now serves members north and west of Tampa Bay to include Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Polk Counties. For more information, contact Tom Rinicker, 813-300-5027, tom@inspectorhelp.com.

The new chapter meets the second Wednesday of each month at Song and Dance, 27221 Foamflower Blvd., Wesley Chapel, Fla.

Chapter bylaws reviewed for you

All chapter bylaws and rules must be in compliance with ASHI bylaws and policy. New chapters must submit their bylaws to HQ and legal counsel for review. Existing chapters, if they haven’t recently done so, must submit their existing bylaws and proposed amendments or other changes for review. Questions? Contact Bob Kociolek at bobk@ashi.org or 847-954-3177.

Share chapter highlights

Chapter news is a regular feature in the ASHI Reporter. Share your chapter’s accomplishments and activities by sending photos and stories to Sandy Bourseau at sandyb@ashi.org.

Update your profile so clients can reach you

ASHI uses the media to send consumers to ASHI.org and specifically to Find an Inspector. It is the responsibility of ASHI members to keep their profiles updated and complete so that Find an Inspector users can contact them. Log in and check your profile today and remind others in your chapter to do the same.

ASHI provides insurance to chapters

On April 28, Dick Bennett, ASHI director of finance and administration, sent a memo to chapter presidents summarizing the coverage of the Directors’ and Officers’ liability insurance ASHI provides to the chapters.

If chapter presidents note a possible claim or have questions about the insurance, they should contact him at 847-954-3183 or richardb@ashi.org.

Current ASHI Membership

ASHI Certified Inspectors: 3,642
ASHI Associates with Logo Use: 174
ASHI Associates: 1,630
ASHI Retired Members: 136
Affiliates: 88
Total Membership: 5,670

ASHI calendar  of events

• July 11-12, 2008, Board meeting, Rosemont, Ill.
• Oct. 16-17, 2008, Leadership Training Conference, New Orleans, La.
• Oct. 18, 2008, Board meeting, New Orleans, La.
• Jan. 21, 2009, Board meeting, Orlando, Fla.
• Jan. 21-24, 2009, InspectionWorld, Orlando, Fla.
• April 17, 2009, Board orientation, Rosemont, Ill.
• April 18, 2009, Board meeting, Rosemont, Ill.
• July 18, 2009, Board meeting, Rosemont, Ill.
• 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.