September, 2007

Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors


Officer Nominations Now in Committee Hands

EDITED BY ASHI STAFF

2008 ASHI Officers
All the officer nomination are now in the hands of the Officer Nominating Committee. The committee members are charged with identifying and naming candidates from those nominated who meet ASHI’s leadership requirements for the offices of President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The names of those selected will be placed on the ballot. 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 on 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 Dick Bennett at HQ. E-mail  richardb@ashi.org or call 847-954-3183.

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.

2008 ASHI Directors
Attention Council of Representatives:
Nominations closed August 15 for five, new, non-officer Board members and one alternate for 2008.

The Directors Nominating Committee meets this month to select the slate. Ballots will be mailed to council representatives on Oct. 31, 2007.

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

Award Nominations


Attention Members: Nominations open for Philip C. Monahon Award


Purpose:
The Philip C. Monahon Award recognizes an individual who has made exceptional and innovative contributions to the ASHI Membership.

Criteria:
The recipient must be an ASHI Certified Inspector who is dedicated to the goals and ideals of ASHI as stated in ASHI’s Code of Ethics and, as a member, has rendered outstanding contributions to ASHI for a minimum of five (5) years. Contributions consist  of time, talent or expertise that has been beneficial to the Society, its members and the general public that ASHI ultimately serves.

Nomination of an individual: All ASHI Certified Inspectors are encouraged to nominate someone for the Philip C. Monahon Award. The nomination should include how the individual has contributed to ASHI, as well as other vital information as to why the individual should be considered for the award. Submissions received after the September 30, 2007, deadline will not be accepted.

Evaluation of nominees:
Nominees are evaluated by the Philip C. Monahon Award Committee, which consists of three (3) previous recipients of the award. The committee is chosen by the ASHI President from the immediate past and five previous recipients, with the chair to be chosen among themselves.

Announcement of award: The recipient of the Philip C. Monahon Award will be announced at the Annual Conference. An annual cash donation of $500 is made to the Newton-Wellesley Hospital in the name of Philip C. Monahon. The hospital is located at 2014 Washington Street, Newton, Massachusetts 02158.

Attention Chapters: Nominations open for John E. Cox Member of the Year Award

Purpose:
The John E. Cox Award honors an individual who has made exemplary contributions to his or her chapter during the specified year.

Criteria:
The recipient must be an ASHI Certified Inspector who has rendered outstanding service to an ASHI Chapter, either over a period of years or under circumstances that are special and may not occur again.
Nomination of an individual: Each chapter may submit the name and biography of one individual for the John E. Cox Award. Submissions received after the September 30, 2007, deadline will not be accepted.

Evaluation of nominees:
Nominees will be submitted to the Council of Representatives for a vote by secret ballot. The nominee receiving the most votes becomes that year’s recipient of the John E. Cox Award.

Announcement of award:
The recipient of the John E. Cox Award will be announced at the Annual Conference.

Nomination Forms

Nomination forms for both awards are on ww.ashi.org. Log in as a member and go to www.ashi.org/members/ashidocs/ashidocs.asp. If you’d like a nomination form faxed, call 847-759-1620 or e-mail hq@ashi.org.

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 who 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. The ASHI Chapter Enterprise Award has been funded by a donation of $15,000, to be invested by ASHI’s staff, and the proceeds used in accordance with these ASHI Chapter Enterprise Award guidelines:

 1. The ASHI Chapter Enterprise Award shall be presented annually at InspectionWorld for ten 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 COR 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 percents (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.

5. The ASHI staff and the ASHI InspectionWorld Committee may use this award in pre-convention publicity, the ASHI Reporter and other materials to encourage participation by Members and Candidates, and to prompt the COR and the chapters to encourage their members to attend InspectionWorld.

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