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

Nominating Committees Met in September


The purpose of ASHI’s nominating committees is to identify and name candidates who meet ASHI’s leadership requirements. All contents, discussion and documents from the meetings and their results are strictly confidential.

The Officer Nominating Committee met September 13 to slate candidates for the positions of president-elect, vice president, secretary and treasurer for 2009. The slate will be presented, with any petition candidates, to ASHI Certified Inspectors in good standing on Oct. 31. The election closes Nov. 30. Questions? Contact Jeff Arnold, jeffa@ashi.org, or 847-954-3182.

The Director Nomination Committee met September 15 to slate candidates to serve as directors on the ASHI board. The ballot will be mailed to council representatives on October 31. Questions? Contact Bob Kociolek, bobk@ashi.org or 847-954-3177.

After the Nomination 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 on a special form available only from ASHI Headquarters and require 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.

According to the Policy and Procedures Manual, campaigning positively 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 lists 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 2009 issue of the ASHI Reporter.

The ASHI Chapter Enterprise Award

Enrichment, fun, camaraderie, rewards and $750  — The ASHI Chapter Enterprise Award for Participation at InspectionWorld can mean that and more for the members of two chapters that finish at the top of their respective categories. Here are the guidelines for the award. 

The ASHI Chapter Enterprise Award for Participation at InspectionWorld has been established by an ASHI Certified Inspector who attributes his personal success as a home inspector and the prosperity of his multi-inspector firm to the ideas and information acquired by regularly attending InspectionWorld for many years.
It has been funded by a donation of $15,000, to be invested by ASHI’s staff, and the proceeds used in accordance with these guidelines: 

1. The ASHI Chapter Enterprise Award shall be presented annually at InspectionWorld for 10 years or however many years funds remain available, commencing with InspectionWorld 2007. The current ASHI president shall present to each winning ASHI chapter a Certificate of Appreciation and an award in the amount of $750. The awards shall be presented at the Annual Destination Luncheon, Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony of InspectionWorld each year.

2. There shall be awards given for two approximately equal-sized categories. For the 2007 awards and beyond (unless changed by ASHI staff to recognize a new median for chapter size), the categories shall be (i) chapters with 30 members or less, and (ii) chapters with membership of 31 and more. The ASHI chapter in each category with the highest percentage of registration of its members (chapter members shall include ASHI Certified Inspectors and ASHI Associates) to attend InspectionWorld, as determined by the ASHI staff, each shall be awarded the ASHI Chapter Enterprise Award. The award shall be presented to the ASHI chapter president, if in attendance, the council representative or other representative of the winning chapters. 

3. The basis for the awards will be the total confirmed reservations for InspectionWorld for each chapter as of close of business the December 31st preceding the date of InspectionWorld. Immediately thereafter, the ASHI staff shall compare the number of registrations for each chapter retrieved from registration forms with the total number of members of that chapter retrieved from the ASHI database to determine the percentage of registration. In case of a tie, ASHI staff shall extend the calculation to the extent necessary to break a tie. If two chapters have identical percentages (e.g., 25 of 100 and 50 of 200), two awards will be given that year. 

4. No chapter shall receive the $750 award more than once every three years. If an ASHI chapter that was awarded the ASHI Chapter Enterprise Award during the previous two-year period qualifies to receive the award for the current year, that chapter shall be recognized and given a Certificate of Appreciation. The ASHI chapter in that membership category with the second highest percentage of participation of its members at InspectionWorld shall also receive a Certificate of Appreciation and the $750 award. 

Questions? Contact Bob Kociolek at HQ, bobk@ashi.org.

Nominations for Individual Awards Now Closed

Nominations for the Phillip C. Monahon Award and John E. Cox Award are closed. The winners will be announced at InspectionWorld Orlando.