August, 2007
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

Membership Now Receives Two Monthly E-newsletters


  In addition to The Inspector, the full membership now receives First Thing, the monthly e-newsletter for national and chapter leaders. The ASHI Board of Directors requested that the leadership e-newsletter be shared with all members to ensure everyone knows what the leaders know. It arrives the last day of the month, and covers events and activities for the new month.

To receive all the e-newsletters, members must have an up-to-date e-mail address on file at HQ and have approved e-mails from ASHI with their service provider and/or SPAM software.

ASHI President’s monthly Podcast

To view the monthly podcast from Frank Lesh, ASHI 2007 president, visit the Membership Extranet section of If you’re a member who doesn’t know how to log in, contact HQ at  

ASTM meeting 

The next ASTM meeting to discuss home inspection activity will take place Monday, Sept. 24, 2007, at ASTM International HQ, West Conshohocken, Pa. The ASHI  Board of Directors encourages all members to attend and cast a vote in opposition to the proposed inspection standard development.

2007 Chapter Leadership Training: Send your newest! Send your best!

Chapters are encouraged to send their current and emerging leaders (not the old-timers, please!) to the 1-1/2-day event, beginning at noon on Thursday, October 18, and continuing through Friday, October 19, in Rosemont, Ill.

Learn more about planned events in Chapter News.  Invitations to the chapters were e-mailed to chapter leaders in July. Questions? Contact Bob Kociolek at 847-954-4177 or

Increase attendance by advertising chapter seminar

Reserve space early to advertise your chapter seminar in print or online. The 2007-08 ASHI Advertising Kit is now available. The good news is rates remain the same for the third consecutive year while online opportunities expand. Here’s the way to reach your target audience for a reasonable fee. Questions? Contact Sandy Bourseau at or 847-954-3177. 

InspectionWorld news
Exhibitor prospectuses were mailed to potential InspectionWorld exhibitors and sponsors in June. Space and sponsorships are selling quickly. If you’re interested but don’t receive a prospectus, contact Angela Orlando at or 847-954-3187.

Ready to make hotel reservations for InspectionWorld New Orleans, January 16-19, 2008? Call the hotel directlyat 504-561-0500 and mention InspectionWorld to receive the special rate of $183 a night, single/double occupancy.

For those making InspectionWorld plans, there will not be an ASHI coordinated restore New Orleans activity in conjunction with the conference. However, prior to the conference, ASHI will provide a list of opportunities for those who wish to give back on their own. Questions? Contact Angela Orlando at

Congratulations to Angela Orlando

Angela Orlando has added director of education to her duties as director of meetings and conference. Direct CE approval requests to her attention, as well as Standards or Ethics Requests for Interpretation. Contact her at 847-954-3187 or

Dues notices and CE claim forms coming this month

Dues notices will be distributed in August along with the new claim forms.

ASHI keeps growing

ASHI Certified Inspectors: 3,800
ASHI Associates with Logo Use: 190
ASHI Associates: 1,879
ASHI Retired Members: 127
Affiliates: 99

Support the profession, earn CE hours and more 

ASHI continues to seek ASHI Certified Inspectors to volunteer as Parallel Inspection Guides. Earn valuable CEs, volunteer to support the profession and share your knowledge with new inspectors entering the marketplace. The Parallel Inspections program is part of ASHI’s Smart Track. To read more about it, visit Education and Training under Home Inspectors on Questions? Contact Anthony Snyder at

ASHI calendar of events

• Oct. 18-20, 2007, Chapter Leadership and Board meeting, Rosemont, Ill.
• Jan. 15, 2008, COR meeting, New Orleans, La.
• Jan. 16, 2008, Board meeting, New Orleans, La.
• Jan. 16-19, 2008, InspectionWorld, New Orleans, La.
• April 11-12, 2008, Board Orientation and Board Meeting, Chicago, Ill.
• July 11-12, 2008, ASHI Town Hall Meeting and Board meeting, TBD
• October 17-18, 2008, Chapter Leadership Day and Board meeting, Chicago, Ill.