19, 2002 @ Dave Leopold's home
Attendees:Dave Leopold, Paul Morris, Bill Horelick, Scott Peterman, Tom Saunders, Bill Hirsch, Chuck
Loppacker, John Koch
1.Dave reported that Chuck's seminar
was approved for 2.0 CEU's. He also
reported that Michelle Paradis'
seminar was not approved for CEU's, and must be re-submitted with Dave as the presenter
for it to be approved.
2.Dave and Paul attended
leadership day since the last board meeting. Dave presented
the ASHI brochure, that the chapter
should use for future mailings. This brochure helps promote
the ASHI brand.
3.Dave indicated that
Jed Walker has reported to him that the web site has the capability
of having a chapter chat room, and or can allow other formats
which could include chat between our chapter and SNEC ASHI,
or event the possibility of posting a reference page for specific
known defects about specific properties. Dave hopes that we
can have a live demonstration of our website at an upcoming
4.Dave explained that
we need to encourage the chapter members to support the National
Home Inspector Exam over the proposed Experior
test as the State of Connecticut
home inspector licensing exam. We must defend the test that
has been proven by our industry. A simple way to do this is
by accessing the ASHI national web site, go to the "legislative
action center" and click on take action now. This will allow
a member to send his letter or a prepared letter to all of
the states legislators. It appears that this tool makes the
job easy, so all members should be encouraged to take action.
5.The balance of the
meeting was spent discussing the annual seminar. Paul Morris
has done a lot of legwork to prepare for the planning of the
annual seminar. As education committee Chairman, Paul will
also be responsible for the budget and overall coordination
of the seminar.Here
are some of the items discussed:
A.We decided on the seminar being held on Saturday March 8
and Sunday March 9. The proposed location is the Sheraton
in Danbury. The board agreed to authorize a commitment to this
location and date pending final price negotiations to be done
by Bill Hirsch over the next two weeks. A fire marshal's C
of O will be required from the hotel for our use.
B.Paul and Chuck have agreed to arrange speakers for the
seminar. It was agreed that Chuck will be reimbursed for expenses
to interview prospective speakers as required to assure that
their content will be relative to our needs. Paul indicated
that Ron Passaro has been approved
by the state to provide us with the Law seminar that is required
for our licenses.
Topics included in out
discussion of possible topics for the seminar included: solid
fuel burning appliances, Modular homes, Vinyl siding, Roofing,
Instrument instruction including moisture meters for detecting moisture
and various gas detectors. There was also discussion of having
a professional engineer's board discussing reasons to refer
a structural engineer. Engineers for this panel included:
Brad Mead, Chuck, Peter, Paul, and Jose Albane.
Andy Kaznay has offered to do is
Once the topics and speakers are
arranged, Paul will submit the required papers to the stat
C.Paul was going to discuss with Bruce Schaefer the task of
printing and mailing the seminar flyers. (In an error, Bruce
was not invited to this session.)
D.Scott has agreed to contact vendors to support and attend
the seminar. Paul provided Scott with a list of last years
phone numbers and names.
E.Paul discussed printing a conference manual to be distributed
to attendees. There will be further discussion on this as
the plans develop.
F.Dave indicated that we already have the software to generate
6.We decided to have the next meeting
at Dave's house again on January 29th at .
Meeting held:October 14, 2002, at the Peppermill
Restaurant, 1600 E. Post Road,
Leopold, Paul Morris, Kevin Morey, John Koch, Bill Hirsch,
Bill Horelick, John Ross
1.In general discussion
at the beginning of the meeting we discussed that we did not
have enough full members in time to qualify for second CORE
rep this year.
2.The recent offers by
YHD Foxton and determined that their
offer for home inspector participation in their preferred
program would probably be deemed unethical by ASHI national.
3.Monitoring our chapter
members, or ASHI members in general
for participating in these "unethical" programs. We decided
that we would not formally monitor this, but if it was determined
that our chapter members were participating, the president
would advise the member of the conflict. Action by the member
would be expected.
Further, we would
not approach any state ethics concerns at this time.
4.Having a holiday party
or just a monthly meeting at the Harbor Arena or other type
of facility. Dave Leopold and John Ross would look into this
when they visit the arena.
5.Kevin Morey made a
6.Our current chapter
roster has 42 paid members including candidates and affiliate
7.John Ross will follow
up on any possible errors with the member listing (there were
2-3 possible errors identified) with and will begin sending
out the chapter marketing letter within 48 hours of the board
A motion was made
and approved to re-send the marketing letter quarterly, and
to revisit this decision every 2 quarters.
8.A motion was made to
name Jed Walker the chapter's "Webmaster". The motion was
9.We agreed to have quarterly
BOD meetings this year.
10.Dave Leopold asked that
the board of directors complete their job descriptions and
binders as soon as possible as he requested in his letter.
11.Kevin Morey advised
the board that the chapter must become a "not for profit corp" per ASHI national.
12.Dave Leopold asked that
the Department of Consumer Protection information and the
home inspector regulations be included in the chapters
13.Dave will begin writing
14.Chuck Loppacker will discuss engineered lumber for the October
meeting. Paul Morris will advise Jed so he can post this on
15.Dave spoke with Hurlburt at DCP to praise Michelle for her presentation
at our meeting in September.
16.We will have name tags
at the next meeting. All members are asked to socialize in
the meeting portion of the restraint rather than the bar.
We did not determine when we will have the next business meeting.
17.Dave and Paul will attend
the leadership meeting in Chicago
on October 24.
ASHI Board Meeting Minutes Sept. 12July 10 2002 the Peppermill
1600 E. Post Rd.Westport, Ct.
The following was discussed:
Costs have been obtained for the Coastal ASHI letter to FairfieldCounty agents.
The board authorized up a maximum of $1500 be
spent on this project. The president elect's return address
will be used on the envelopes. A list of all paid chapter
members will be included with the letter. A list of approximately
600 agents has been prepared and labels have been printed.
Cost of everything except envelopes with printed return address
is approximately $1100. Bill Hirsch will get another price
from his printer on 650 printed envelopes and letters. John
Ross will find out who owns the "file" the printer creates
to print these items to insure Coastal ASHI keeps the file
and doesn't have to pay for the printer "set-up" charges if
we send this letter out again.
Dave Leopold and Paul Morris will attend the ASHIleadership
conference in Chicago
on October 25,2002. The chapter will
pay for Dave and Paul's expenses. ASHI national reimburses
Coastal ASHI$300 towards
Michelle Paradise from State of Connecticut Dept. of Consumer
Protection will be the speaker at the Sept. 19th
chapter meeting. Our state lobbyist will be contacted to be
present at that meeting.
The chapter must present a pay conference on Connecticut Law
before next July. Ron Passaro may
be able to be the speaker but it could be a conflict of interest.
Paul Morris - Secretary
ASHI Board Meeting Minutes July
Meeting held:July 10, 2002 at the Peppermill
1600 E. Post Rd.Westport, Ct.
The following was discussed:
There will be an ASHI leadership conference in Chicago
in the fall. The to be elected new
chapter President and Vice President will be expected to attend.
Bill Hirsch, as President, is going to nominate Jed Walker
to ASHI national for the John E. Cox award. The award is for
outstanding service to the chapter.
A letter from Jim Gallagher was read and considered. Jim suggested
more socializing between the members and their families. Perhaps
a picnic. This will be further considered. Jim also suggested
advertising the chapter in local newspapers. The board feels
this will be too expensive for the chapter.
The letter to the local agents about the chapter with a list
of members must be issued. Bill Hirsch to follow and get final
draft of letter and list of addresses.
The board suggests the nominating committee consider the following
for chapter positions:
Paul Morris-Vice President
A treasurer and
two other board members are still needed. The nominating committee
consists of Peter Seirup and Jed Walker.
Paul Morris - SecretaryIssued 7/18/02
ASHI Board Meeting Minutes May
Meeting held: May 8, 2002 at Peppermill Restaurant
1600 E. Post Rd.Westport, Ct.
The following was discussed:
Bill Hirsch received a letter from Jim Blonshine of SNEC ASHI
in having Coastal ASHI, SNEC ASHI and CAHI work together on
items of mutual interest such as insurance, limits of liability,
a state convention and a picnic. The board expressed interest
in working with SNEC ASHI and CAHI on state legislative issues
only but not with CAHI on any other issues. We will work with
SNEC ASHI only on the other issues to further the interests
of the chapter and ASHI in General.The board is still unhappy that CAHI does not help
support the cost of the legislative lobbyist that coastal
and SNEC pay for.
John Ross prepared two sample letters promoting our chapter
with a list of coastal members the chapter plans to send to
local real estate offices. List will include members
names, company names and phone numbers, listed alphabetically.
Some issues to be resolved are: How often will this be
sent? Laminate the list?
Mail to FairfieldCounty realtors
only? Bill Horelick, Paul Morris and John Ross will do the work.
Jed Walker discussed the idea of having affiliates pay for
advertising on the coastal website. There is no cost to the
chapter to do this. How much should we charge? Advertisements
cannot be very large. Jed will follow up with more specifics.
4.We are investigating the idea of using
the New England Management Association to run some of the
We may be too small a group for
this be cost effective.
5.Dues invoices have been sent out. Some members
Coastal ASHI dues are overdue. A member will be removed from
our membership list and not allowed at the meetings if dues
are more than 3 months overdue.
The idea of a coastal ethics committee was briefly discussed.
Paul Morris, Secretary
Connecticut ASHI Board Meeting Minutes
In attendance: Bill Hirsch, Bill Horelick,
Jed Walker, Dave Leopold, John Oppenheimer (candidate committee
chairman), John Koch (acting secretary)
Bill Hirsch will contact John Ross to discuss increasing membership.
After reviewing the cost of bulk mailing, it was determined
not to be cost effective.
A motion to incorporate the chapter was introduced and passed.
Bill Hirsch indicated that Directors and Officers insurance
has been provided by national ASHI
We discussed affiliate members advertising on the chapter
web site. Jed will inquire of the costs and different ways
to have affiliates advertise.
We discussed out-sourcing administrative services, mailing,
etc. Jed will contact New England ASHI to see how they handle
We discussed posting the chapter bylaws on the web site. We
agreed to post the bylaws on the members
area of the chapters web site.
A motion to allow the candidate committee chairman attend
the BOD meetings was introduced. It was decided that an agenda
of BOD meetings would be delivered by Bill Hirsch to John
Oppenheimer prior to BOD meetings. John would request input
from the candidate committee, and would by invited to the
BOD meetings if any contributions were expected from the candidate
committee. It was agreed that this procedure would be followed
for the next three months as a trial.
John Oppenheimer will try to form a "message" to the candidates
of the reason to become members.
ASHI Board Meeting Minutes2/6/02
The following was
Board of Directors meetings will be posted on the chapter
Standard Oil has sent an E-mail to Bill Hirsch refuting the
discussion about them that took place at the last ASHI chapter
meeting. A copy ofStandard Oil's E-mail will be put on our web
page and a copy sent to Steve Gladstone and John Ghent.
Currently, we have no speaker for our February meeting. Ira
Chernes and Dave Leopold will try
to get a speaker.
Bill Hirsch is working with Gil Cormier to present a 2 day
mold course to the membership which includes some field work.
Bill would like to have CAHI participate in this course and
present it soon.
Tom Saunders investigated printing an ASHI brochure The
printer has said it will cost too much. It was decided to
prepare our own letter and use bulk mail. John Koch will check
bulk mail rates and procedures. We hope to send this mailing
to all realtors from the Connecticut River
to the NY State border.
Our chapter must be incorporated per ASHI bylaws. Tom Saunders
to investigate what's required to incorporate.
Some people coming to meetings have not paid chapter dues.
Tom Saunders will send Paul Morris list for crosschecking
versus attendance. Bill Hirsch will remind members about policy
on this at meetings.
We have 33 members including 1 candidate. This entitles our
chapter to one core representative. We need 36 full members
to get a second core representative.
The idea of advertising for pay on our Webster was discussed.
No conclusions were reached.
10.Bill Hirsch told us
that CAHI mailed invitations to 350-400 inspectors and 70
showed up at their last meeting. We should send out a mailing
to try and increase our membership.
Dave Leopard has volunteered to make sure our meeting speakers
are approved by the State so we can get CEU's.
Minutes prepared by Paul Morris- Secretary
ASHI Board Meeting Minutes10/9/01
The following was
1.Financial reports (attached) were presented. Financially the chapter
is in good shape.
Next chapter meeting is Oct. 17,2001.
Dave Leopold will chair the education committee.
ASHI COASTAL CONNECTICUT
1.The name of this professional society
chapter shall be the COASTAL CONNECTICUT CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN
SOCIETY OF HOME INSPECTORS.
Chapter shall be a voluntary, not-for-profit subdivision of
functions of the chapter shall support ASHI and include the
a.To act as an agency, through which home
inspection companies and home inspectors may engage incooperative research and educational
activities, having as their objective the improvement of home
b.To establish and maintain a professional
code of ethics which recognizes the responsibilities of the
home inspector to the public and the profession.
c.To encourage the professional training of youth to
continue and sustain the profession.
d.To establish and periodically revise
recommended technical standards of practice.
e.To conduct appropriate research, technical
projects and programs and issue technical reports.
f.To provide an instrument by which the
professional and technical interests of the inspection profession
canbe properly served.
g.To promote cooperation and better understanding between
the members and others in the field.
h.To promote ASHI to the public.
The members of the chapter shall perform inspections of Residential,
Commercial and Industrial Real properties and prepare written
reports on their condition.
Members of the chapter shall not repair any condition found
during inspections and shall not endorse or recommend individuals
or businesses for repair work.
of the chapter shall be required to successfully complete
and obtain and maintain membership in the ASHI as a requirement
of continued chapter membership.
New:Members of the coastal chapter must be members
or candidates of ASHI national.
4.All chapter members
shall have the privilege of voting.Only chapter members that have an active membership
in the ASHI shall be eligible to hold office.
chapter members will have the privilege of voting on chapter
business and only ASHI national members will have the right
to vote on national matters.
chapter members in good standing can serve on and chair chapter
New:Affiliates: Affiliates of the Coastal
chapter are individuals or companies providing products and/or
services to the home inspection profession.Affiliates shall meet the requirements set forth by
the board and shall be entitled to such rights and privileges.Affiliates will not be allowed to vote.
New:Friends: Friends of the Coastal chapter
are individuals who are not eligible to be members, Candidates,
or Affiliates and have performed distinguished service to
the inspection profession and who are nominated by the board.Friends do not pay dues and do not vote.
New: ASHI Associate Membership:ASHI associate members are ASHI national members
and candidates that are nationally registered members of a
different other regional chapter and would like to partake
in Coastal ASHI meetings and functions without having chapter
voting privileges.These ASHI members and candidates will have
an annual dues of forty percent of
the annual Coastal dues.
members are subject to the rules, regulations, bylaws, and
standards of practice and codes of ethics established by the
ASHI.Punitive actions for violations of the ASHI
codes shall be handled by the ASHI and any punitive measures
shall be duplicated in the chapter.
member who has resigned may apply for reinstatement.Procedures and requirements for the Board
of Directors shall determine such reinstatement on a case
by case basis as submitted and recommended by the Committee
7.No member shall
be actively engaged in business as a broker or a salesperson
in the sale, purchase, or listing of Real Estate to third
parties.This prohibition shall not apply to retired
or honorary members, or to Friends of the Society.
Dues for membership shall be an amount as established from
time to time by the Board of Directors.
Dues for one year in advance shall be payable to the Treasurer
by May 1st of the calendar.
a) Dues notice will be in the April issue of the Coastal Newsletter,
including amount due and to whom to pay.
b) A "No Pay" individual notice mailed to delinquents
immediately after the June meeting.
c) Delinquents after the July meeting will be dropped at that
d) Special payment terms can be made with the Board, privately,
individually, and for that year.
Individual members who have been dropped from membership for
nonpayment of dues may be reinstated as determined by the
Board of Directors.
The officers of this chapter shall be a president, vice president,
secretary and treasurer.
New:Only chapter members that are members of ASHI national
can serve as officers.
officers of the chapter shall perform the duties normally
performed by such officers, together with such duties as shall
be prescribed by the Bylaws and the Board of Directors.
officers shall be elected prior to the annual meeting.Their terms shall commence at the adjournment
of the meeting.
officer shall be elected to the same office for more than
two successive terms.
officer or director shall, by reason of his office, be entitled
to receive any salary or compensation for the performance
of duties other than as officer or director, and may receive
reimbursement for expenses as defined by the Board of Directors.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS
president shall be Chairman of the Board of Directors and
shall be an ex-officio member of all committees except the
Committee for Nominations.
the absence of the President, the vice-president shall assume
the duties of the President.He shall also assume such other duties as are assigned
to him by the Board of Directors.In the event of a vacancy occurring in the
office of the president, the Vice President shall serve as
President until the adjournment of the next annual meeting
or until a successor is selected.
Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the chapter
and the Board of Directors.He shall also preserve all papers, letters, and transactions
of the Chapter; and have custody of the Chapter seal (if any).He shall deliver to his successor within one month
after the annual meeting all Chapter property in his possession.
The Treasurer shall collect, receive and have charge of all
funds of the Chapter; shall deposit such funds in a bank designated
by the Board of Directors; and shall provide for the expenditure
of such funds.Either
the President or the Treasurer may sign checks for the disbursement
of Chapter funds.
Treasurer shall report to the Board of Directors the financial
standing of the Chapter whenever requested to do so and make
a full report to the Chapter at each annual meeting.
retiring Treasurer shall, within one month after the close
of the annual meeting, deliver to the Treasurer all money,
vouchers, books, and papers of the Chapter in his custody,
with a summary report covering his term in office.
or Directors who fail to attend three consecutive meetings
may be removed from their offices by the membership upon the
recommendation of the Board of Directors.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chapter shall have a Board of Directors consisting of the
President, vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer, the immediate
past President and the Directors.
Board of Directors shall hold at least one annual meeting.
meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the President
on fifteen (15) days notice to each Director and shall be
called by the President in like manner on notice
by the written request of not less than 25 percent of the
Board. Special meetings shall be held at such times and places
as shall be specified.
DUTIES OF THE BOARD
The Board of Directors shall:
a.Establish administrative policies governing the affairs of
the chapter and devise measures for the Chapter growth and
b.Provide for the proper care of material, equipment, and funds
of the Chapter for the payment of legitimate expenses.
c.Approve the President's appointments to committees.
d.Have the power to fill anyvacancies on the Board of Directors excepting vacancies occurring
in the office of the President or Vice President.
e.Decide upon the exact date and place for holding the annual
meeting and provide for the payment for a place of meeting
when necessary; hold meetings of the Board of Directors as
herein before provided.
2.The Board of Directors shall construct and maintain a Coastal-ASHI
Policy book, the purpose of this book being to delineate HOW
the Chapter Membership and its Officers shall implement the
a)Items of Policy shall be constructed at quorum meetings of
the Board of Directors to correlate with specific by-law Articles,
and shall be recorded by the Secretary and identified as "Policy
for Article - - Section - -".
b)The Secretary shall publish these items of Policy in the
next edition of the Coastal-News letter.The secretary shall maintain the official Policy Book.
shall be subject to the will of a quorum membership meeting.
shall be published by the Secretary in the following Coastal-News
preserving all of these published items of Policy,
shall be in possession of a complete Policy Book.
The Secretary shall publish - in about six months - as a special
edition of the Coastal-News letter - the initial policy book
based on a unilateral study of the minutes of the past three
years of monthly chapter meetings.This Article VII-2-c shall be deleted from the by-laws
upon the publishing of this initial Policy Book, and upon
acceptance of it by the membership.
by-laws Committee shall immediately scour the present By-laws
and create Policy to replace the methodology material currently
in the By-Lam
1.The Policy will be submitted to the
Board for processing.
2.The thus revised by-laws will be processed
per Article XIV.
3.This Article VII-2-d shall be deleted
from the by-laws upon acceptance of the Policy and the by-law
by-laws Committee shall, upon the issue of the initial Policy
Book (VII-2-c), scour the by-laws, and submit a housekeeping
By Laws amendment to repair the by-laws in the event that
the Policy Book investigation discovers any anomalies exist.This Article VI-2-e shall be deleted from the by-laws
upon the approval of such an amendment or upon declaration
by the bylaws Committee that no amendment is required.
1.Committees, except as noted, shall assume such duties as
are specified in these Bylaws and other duties as may be assigned
by the Chapter Board of Directors.
2.The chairman of each committee shall maintain a liaison with
the respective National Committee as appropriate.
following committees shall be appointed by the President at
or immediately following each annual meeting (or as appropriate)
least three months prior to the election, the acting President
& Past Presidents shall be appointed to be the Nominating
Committee for the purpose of nominating candidates for the
election to be held at the annual business meeting.The president have at their discretion the option of
appointing other members to the committee to assist them.
(a standing committee).
Committee on Membership shall consist of senior members, shall
consider all applications for membership and shall present
such applications with recommendation to the Chapter Board
those candidates thus approved to a provisional Chapter membership,
the Committee shall monitor a timely sequence of events leading
to a Society Membership, and the parallel Chapter Membership.Problems and exceptions in this process shall
be referred to the Board for resolution.
c)Education (a standing committee).
The Committee on Education shall establish and operate
a continuing-education program for the members.
d)Bylaws (a standing committee).
The Committee on Bylaws shall review all proposed amendments
to the Bylaws and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.
Relations (a standing committee).
Committee on Public Relations shall develop a public relations
program for the benefit of all of the members.
Board of Directors, from time to time, may direct the President
to establish such committees as it deems necessary, and, subject
to its supervision, these committees shall make studies and
advise the Board in any field in which it may require such
The Board of Directors may direct the President to terminate
any casual committee when it is appropriate to do so.
President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and two Directors
shall be elected annually to serve for one year for
officers and two years for directors or until their
successors are elected.
shall be carried out by members voting by ballot as hereinafter
plurality vote shall constitute an election.In the case of a tie, the choice shall be by lot.
shall be open for such a period of time as shall be specified
in advance by the Board of Directors.
shall allow a space for write in candidates for each elected
shall be returned to the Chapter in individual sealed envelopes
with the voter's signature on the envelope.
Nominating Committee shall tabulate all ballots and shall
notify the Chapter Board of Directors of the results.
member may have his name printed on the ballot for one office
by submitting a petition to the Nominating Committee with
the signatures of 10 percent of the Chapter members.
Chapter shall hold an annual meeting. The time and place of
the annual meeting shall be designated by the Board of Directors
and announced by mail at least two weeks prior to such meeting.
Special meetings of the Chapter may be called by the Board
of Directors and shall be called by the President upon the
written request of 25 percent or more of the members.The time and place of any special meeting shall be
designated by the Chapter Board of directors.Official notice of a special meeting shall be mailed
to the individual members of the Chapter at least two weeks
prior to the meeting.The time, place, and purpose of the meeting
stated in the official notice
order of business at each annual meeting shall be fixed at
the beginning of the meeting and shall include:
a.Address of the President.
b.Reports of the Board of Directors.
c.Reports of officers.
d.Reports of committees.
e.Installation of officers and directors.
least 25 percent of the membership shall constitute a quorum
at any regular or special meeting of the Chapter, provided
that the quorum includes the President or the Vice President
and two other officers or directors.
2.A majority of the Board members shall constitute a quorum
at any meeting of the Board of Directors provided that the
President or the Vice President is part of that quorum.
3.A majority of the members of any standing or special committee
shall constitute a quorum.
1.The fiscal year shall be the
rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order shall govern meetings
of the Chapter in all cases to which they apply and in which
they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws.
Bylaws may be amended at any Chapter membership meeting by
a two-thirds vote of the members present. The Committee on
Bylaws shall see that allproposed amendments with the Committees
recommendations shall be submitted to the Secretary for a
reading at least one meeting prior to the voting meeting and
shall be appended to the call for the meeting scheduled for
the vote. This call shall be mailed at least 15 days prior
to such meeting.
amendment may be proposed by a petition signed by 10 percent
of the Chapter membership.
members who work for the Chapter to defend it in legal matters
may be compensated for their expenses as determined by the
Board of Directors and on a case by case basis.
The Chapter may purchase and maintain appropriate insurance
in this regard as determined by the Board of Directors.