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COASTAL CONNECTICUT CHAPTER
OF HOME INSPECTORS
Professional Property Inspection
4857 Winterset Drive
Columbus, OH 43220-3138
JD Grewell, Jack McGraw, Russell Daniels
Council of Representatives:
Howard A Pegelow
ASHI Staff Director:
At our last monthly meeting the members of the Coastal Chapter of ASHI were discussing where the home inspection industry and ASHI are headed in our state. With the downturn in the economy over the past several years we unfortunately weren’t very optimistic. ASHI has had a critical role in the formation of the home inspection industry in New England and the rest of the country. We and our sister chapter the Southern New England chapter fought hard and succeeded in getting home inspectors licensed in our state with what we like to think of as the best Home Inspection licensing program in the country.
It was ASHI that drew us together but it was the local chapter meetings and the time and dedication of our members that got licensing. Our monthly meetings with excellent educational programs and the interaction between the members has made us all better inspectors and a significant step above State Licensed inspectors. This success however has come with a price. We now have a licensing fee due to the State every two years, our own chapter dues and of course we cannot attend local meetings without first being members of ASHI national with its steep $399 membership fee. This expense is significant even in good times and now with the down turn in the housing market it is really hurting our membership. We all obviously see the importance of ASHI but in these financially challenging times local membership must be rewarded, particularly in a state that has licensing which has already hindered the importance and significance of membership in our organization. As a chapter we have reduced our own dues again this year to give our members a show of appreciation for continuing to support the chapter.
We feel that ASHI national should promote the significance of local chapter membership and give ASHI members and candidates a reduction in national dues if they are members of local chapters.
The whole industry started with a few people getting together and hashing out an idea that became ASHI. Continued local chapter attendance will not only turn out the next great idea but our future national leaders. We hope that you will see the importance and necessity of promoting local chapters and give nation members and candidates an incentive to get involved at the local level again.
Thank you for your consideration,
The Members of the Coastal Chapter of ASHI
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ASHI COASTAL CONNECTICUT BYLAWS
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 in cooperative 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 can be 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.
The members 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.
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.
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
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 any vacancies 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.
policy shall be subject to the will of a quorum membership
shall be published by the Secretary in the following Coastal-News
member 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 decreasing 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
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.
f. Miscellaneous business.
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.
The fiscal year shall be the calendar year.
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 all proposed 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.