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                      OF HOME INSPECTORS



ASHI President:

David Tamny
Professional Property Inspection
4857 Winterset Drive
Columbus, OH 43220-3138

Membership Committee:

JD Grewell, Jack McGraw, Russell Daniels


Council of Representatives:

Howard A Pegelow


ASHI Staff Director:

Jeff Arnold,


Dear David,


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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Chapter President:

Frances M. Brennan P.E.

Home Directions

8 Antler Pine Rd.
Sandy Hook, CT 06482

Past President:

Jed Walker

Walker Inspection Services, Inc.

4 Dittmar Rd.

Bethel, CT 06801



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1.         The name of this professional society chapter shall be the COASTAL CONNECTICUT CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HOME INSPECTORS.


2.         The Chapter shall be a voluntary, not-for-profit subdivision of the Society.

3.         The functions of the chapter shall support ASHI and include the following:


            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 inspection activities.


            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.






1                    The members of the chapter shall perform inspections of Residential, Commercial and Industrial Real properties and prepare written reports on their condition.


2.                  Members of the chapter shall not repair any condition found during inspections and shall not endorse or recommend individuals or businesses for repair work.


3.         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.


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.


New:    All 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.


New:    All chapter members in good standing can serve on and chair chapter committees.


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.


5.         Chapter 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.


6.         A 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 on Memberships.


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.







1        Dues for membership shall be an amount as established from time to time by the Board of Directors.


2        Dues for one year in advance shall be payable to the Treasurer by May 1st of the calendar.


3        a) Dues notice will be in the April issue of the Coastal Newsletter, including amount due and to whom to pay.


5        b) A "No Pay" individual notice mailed to delinquents immediately after the June meeting.


6        c) Delinquents after the July meeting will be dropped at that point.


7        d) Special payment terms can be made with the Board, privately, individually, and for that year.


8        Individual members who have been dropped from membership for nonpayment of dues may be reinstated as determined by the Board of Directors.









1                    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.


2.         The 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.


3.         All officers shall be elected prior to the annual meeting.  Their terms shall commence at the adjournment of the meeting.


4.         No officer shall be elected to the same office for more than two successive terms.


5.         No 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.







1          The president shall be Chairman of the Board of Directors and shall be an ex-officio member of all committees except the Committee for Nominations.


2.         In 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.


3.         The 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.


3.                  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.


            The 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.


5.         The 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.


6.         Officers 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.







1          The Chapter shall have a Board of Directors consisting of the President, vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer, the immediate past President and the Directors.

2.         The Board of Directors shall hold at least one annual meeting.


3.         Other 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.






The Board of Directors shall:


a.         Establish administrative policies governing the affairs of the chapter and devise measures for the Chapter growth and development.


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 by-laws.


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.

            1.         All policy shall be subject to the will of a quorum membership meeting.

            2.         Revisions shall be published by the Secretary in the following Coastal-News letter.

            3.         Any member preserving all of these published items of Policy, shall be in possession of a complete Policy Book.


c)                  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.


d)         The 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 revision.


e)         The 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.


3.         The following committees shall be appointed by the President at or immediately following each annual meeting (or as appropriate) as follows:


a)         Nominating.


            At 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.


b)         Membership (a standing committee).


            The 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 of Directors.


            For 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.


e)         Public Relations (a standing committee).


            The Committee on Public Relations shall develop a public relations program for the benefit of all of the members.


4.         The 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 material.


5.                  The Board of Directors may direct the President to terminate any casual committee when it is appropriate to do so.










1.         A 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.


2.         Elections shall be carried out by members voting by ballot as hereinafter provided.


3.         A plurality vote shall constitute an election.  In the case of a tie, the choice shall be by lot.


4.         Polls shall be open for such a period of time as shall be specified in advance by the Board of Directors.


5.         Ballots shall allow a space for write in candidates for each elected position.


6.         Ballots shall be returned to the Chapter in individual sealed envelopes with the voter's signature on the envelope.


7.         The Nominating Committee shall tabulate all ballots and shall notify the Chapter Board of Directors of the results.


8.         A 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.







1          The 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.


2.                  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


3.         The 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.




1          At 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 calendar year.







1.         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.




1.         These 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.


2.         An amendment may be proposed by a petition signed by 10 percent of the Chapter membership.







1          Those 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.


2.                  The Chapter may purchase and maintain appropriate insurance in this regard as determined by the Board of Directors.