August, 2009
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

Who Should Lead ASHI in 2010?


2010 Officer Nominations Close August 15, Election Opens October 31

Source: Policy and Procedures Manual, section 15, available online at in the Members Only Extranet, Publications section.
Here’s how ASHI elects its officers:

1) ASHI Certified Inspectors submit their matrices for the positions of president-elect, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 15.

Any ASHI Certified Inspector in good standing may be nominated to any office. Self-nominations are permitted.

ASHI Nominating and Election Guidelines require that all nominations include a completed Matrix for Evaluating Nominees. The official revised matrix is available on in the Documents section of the Members Extranet. The matrix also can be obtained by contacting ASHI headquarters at

2) As matrices are received at headquarters, the staff verifies all nominees are ASHI Certified Inspectors in good standing, have agreed to serve and have submitted the necessary background information, including a response to all matrix questions.

3) Once the matrices are verified, the staff distributes them to the members of the Nominating Committee. The committee is scheduled to meet on Sept. 12.

4) The Nominating Committee uses the matrices to identify and name candidates who meet ASHI’s leadership requirements for the offices of president-elect, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

These names are placed on a ballot to be presented to voting members on Oct. 31.

All the discussions and documents from the meeting and their results are strictly confidential.

5) Now it’s time for petitions. After the 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.

A few rules: 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.

6) Ballots are distributed to ASHI Certified Inspectors by Oct. 31, 2009, and the election closes Dec. 5, 2009. (Note: an incorrect date was published last month.)

A few rules about campaigning: 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 member’s 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.  

7) Ballots will be counted the second week in December and election results will be published in the January 2010 issue of the ASHI Reporter.

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

2010 Director Nominations Close August 15, Election Opens October 31

Here’s how ASHI elects its directors:

1) Council Representatives submit their matrices for the five non-officer Board of Directors positions and one alternate position open for 2010.

The required nomination matrix is available from ASHI headquarters or it can be downloaded from in the Documents section of the Members Extranet.

Nominations close Aug. 15. 

Nominees shall be ASHI Certified Inspectors in good standing who have served a minimum of one year on the council, the term beginning no later than Oct. 1, 2008.

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.

2) The Directors Nominating Committee meets in September, submits names of possible candidates and any council representative may submit his/her or any names as nominees. All nominees must have agreed to serve and provided background information as required on the matrix.

3) Ballots are mailed to council representatives on Oct. 31, 2009. The election closes on Dec. 5 (Note: an incorrect date was published last month), and the results are published in the January ASHI Reporter.

Newly elected officers and directors are installed at InspectionWorld in January.

Do You Know Someone Who Deserves An Award?

Nominations Being Accepted

Philip C. Monahon Award

Attention ASHI Certified Inspectors:

Nominations open for Philip C. Monahon Award Purpose: To recognize an individual who has made exceptional and innovative contributions to the ASHI membership.

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. Download the form from in the Documents section of the Members Extranet or contact

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.

Announcement of award:
The recipient of the Philip C. Monahon Award will be announced at InspectionWorld. An annual cash donation of $500 is made to the Newton-Wellesley Hospital in the name of Philip C. Monahon.

John E. Cox Member of the Year Award

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

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

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. Each chapter may submit the name and biography of one individual. Download the form from in the Documents section of the Members Extranet.

The deadline for submissions is Oct. 1, 2009.

Win as a Team: The ASHI Chaper 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.

It was established and funded 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. Here are the guidelines for the award:

1. The award shall be presented annually at InspectionWorld for 10 years or however many years funds remain available, commencing with InspectionWorld 2007. The 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 Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony.

2. There shall be awards given for two approximately equal-sized categories: (i) chapters with 30 members or less, and (ii) chapters with membership of 31 and more. The 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.

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.

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.

Annual Notice

The next hearing on proposed changes to the ASHI Standards of Practice will be held in 2010. The Standards of Practice Committee accepts suggestions for changes to the Standards of Practice from ASHI Certified Inspectors from March through December. 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 Sandy Bourseau,