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Chapter President's Report

Chapter President’s Report

It will an honor to serve for a second year in the role of President of our Chapter.  I want to thank all of the members that have volunteered to participate on the Chapter’s 2020 committees. We are currently looking for members that are interested in serving on the 2021 board. John Rimar, as past President, will chair the Nominating Committee this year. We will have two 3-year director positions open as well as the Secretary position. Please reach out to John if you are interested in serving.  Your interest in volunteering is greatly appreciated! The 2021 nominees will be presented to the membership for a vote at the June membership meeting.

 

Congratulations to the Chapter members who have recently earned professional designations! Donna Howard and Eric Caldwell have earned the MAI designation, while John Hottle, Jr., MAI, has recently added the AI-GRS designation. We currently have 22 candidates who are working toward membership designations. It is wonderful to see so many of our members making the effort.  Good luck to you all!

 

Thank you for your support of our chapter and your attendance at our meetings and educational offerings. Chapter meetings are an excellent place to connect with fellow appraisers and share information. I look forward to seeing you on March 26th at the Westover Spring Symposium!

 

Russell N. Rench, MAI

2019 - 2020 President

 

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Coronavirus Update & Impact on Chapter

Due to the spread of the Coronavirus, the Westover Memorial Symposium and classes have been cancelled through April 16th.  Stats, Graphs, and Data Science has been postponed until July.  Due to social distancing requirements, meetings and class offerings may be impacted.  Due to the uncertainty of the present situation, announcements will be forthcoming as the situation develops.  Please stay tuned for more announcements.

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Changes to Chapter Bylaws

Changes required to chapter bylaws – 2019

 

When amending your bylaws please be sure to list the effective date of your bylaws as November 14, 2019 as it is listed on the Model Chapter Bylaws:

The following sections of your chapter bylaws should now read as follows.  For ease, please feel free to copy the language below and replace the corresponding sections of your current bylaws:

 

ARTICLE IV, Designated Members, Candidates, Practicing Affiliates and Affiliates of the Chapter and Their Privileges

Part A: Designated Members

Section 1. Categories and Statuses

Chapters shall have Practicing and Non-Practicing Designated Members as defined in the national Bylaws. Practicing Designated Members may also hold the status of Practicing Life Designated Member or Practicing Semi-Retired Designated Member. Non-Practicing Designated Members may also hold the status of Non-Practicing Retired Designated Member or Non-Practicing Life Designated Member.

 

Section 2. Voting Rights

Designated Members in good standing except Non-Practicing Designated Members who do not hold the status of Non-Practicing Retired Designated Member or Non-Practicing Life Designated Member shall have the right to vote at the Chapter level.

 

Section 3. Eligibility for Service

Designated Members may serve in any Chapter office, on the Chapter Board of Directors and on any Chapter committee, panel, project team or other Chapter body if such Designated Members:

 

  1. are members of the Chapter in good standing;

 

  1. hold the status “continuing education completed”;

 

  1. have not been subject to a publishable disciplinary action by the Appraisal Institute within the five (5) years prior to election or appointment;

 

  1. stay up-to-date on the content of Appraisal Institute communications, including but not limited to,

 the content of all non-commercial e-mails originating from the national organization, the

 individual’s region and the individual’s chapter; and

 

  1. are not otherwise precluded from serving by these Bylaws.

 

Part B: Candidates

Section 1. Candidates

Chapters shall have Candidates as defined in the national Bylaws. 

 

Section 2. Voting Rights

Candidates in good standing shall have the right to vote at the Chapter level except on: 

 

  1. education issues where examination security is impacted; or

 

  1. admissions issues.

 

Section 3. Eligibility for Service

Except where provided otherwise, Candidates in good standing may serve in any Chapter office other than President, on the Chapter Board of Directors and on Chapter committees, panels, project teams or other Chapter bodies if such Candidates: 

 

  1. are Candidates in good standing;

 

  1. have completed the continuing education requirements for Candidates;

 

  1. have not been subject to a publishable disciplinary action by the Appraisal Institute within the five (5) years prior to election or appointment; and

 

  1. stay up-to-date on the content of Appraisal Institute communications, including but not limited to, the content of all non-commercial e-mails originating from the national organization, the individual’s region and the individual’s chapter.

 

Candidates who serve at the Chapter level may not participate in:

  1. education issues where examination security is impacted; or

 

  1. confidential admissions issues.

 

ARTICLE V Fiscal Year, Chapter Dues, and Fees

Part B: Annual Chapter Dues or Fees

Except as provided otherwise, all Designated Members, Candidates, Practicing Affiliates and Affiliates belonging to a Chapter shall pay annual Chapter dues or fees.  The amount of Chapter dues and fees shall be set by the Chapter Board of Directors if the national Board of Directors has not established such amount. The amount set for Chapter dues and fees may not exceed the annual national dues and fees set by the national Board of Directors for Designated Members, Candidates, Practicing Affiliates or Affiliates. Invoices for dues and fees shall be issued by the Appraisal Institute with the Chapter dues and fees being remitted to chapter bank accounts. Except where the national Bylaws, Regulations, and policies of the Appraisal Institute provide otherwise, dues and fees collected during one month shall be remitted to chapter bank accounts no later than the fifteenth of the subsequent month.  Other Chapter expenses, such as meal costs and assessments, shall be the responsibility of the Chapter for collection and shall not be considered as dues or fees. 

 

As defined in the national Bylaws of the Appraisal Institute, Honorary Members, national Past Presidents and Non-Practicing Retired Designated Members are not required to pay Chapter dues.

 

 

Part D: Administrative Fees for Designated Members

Non-Practicing Retired Designated Members shall pay an annual Chapter administrative fee in an amount set by the Chapter Board of Directors. The amount set for a Chapter administrative fee may not exceed the annual national administrative fee set by the national Board of Directors. Non-Practicing Retired Designated Members who fail to pay the administrative fee shall cease to receive any services from the Chapter.

 

Part E: Payment Date

Annual Chapter membership dues, Candidate fees, Practicing Affiliate fees, Affiliate fees and Chapter administrative fees for Non-Practicing Retired Designated Members shall be payable in accordance with the policy set by the national Board of Directors.

 

ARTICLE IX, Chapter Committees

Part A: General 

Section 1. Number and Types of Committees

Except where otherwise provided, each Chapter shall have the following committees: 

  1. Candidate Guidance Committee;

 

  1. General and Residential Appraiser Education Committees (at the Chapter’s discretion, the General Appraiser and Residential Appraiser Education Committees may be combined into one Chapter Education Committee);

 

  1. Finance Committee; and

 

  1. Nominating Committee.

 

Chapters whose jurisdiction covers an entire state or territory shall have a Government Relations Subcommittee in accordance with Regulation No. 8 (see Regulation No. 8 Government Relations Subcommittee for requirements). 

 

Each Chapter may have additional committees consistent with the Bylaws, Regulations and policies of the Appraisal Institute.  Such additional committees may include but are not limited to the following: Bylaws Committee; Candidate Committee; External Relations Committee; Public Relations Committee; and Government Relations Committee where there are multiple Chapters with jurisdiction over portions of a state or territory.

 

Part C: Optional Chapter Committees

Section 5. Chapter Government Relations Committee

If the Chapter Bylaws provide for a Chapter Government Relations Committee, such Committee shall consist of a Chair and a minimum of two (2) other Committee members.

 

The Chapter President shall appoint the Committee Chair and any Committee members whose terms shall commence at the same time as the Chapter President’s, subject to the approval of the Chapter Board of Directors. The Chair shall be appointed to serve a one (1) year term. The other Committee members shall be appointed to serve three (3) year staggered terms. The Chair and the other Committee members shall be eligible to serve consecutive terms.

 

The duties of the Chapter Government Relations Committee shall be to promote the Appraisal Institute’s policies and programs regarding legislation and regulations that are of interest and importance to appraisers and to support the Government Relations Subcommittee in the Chapter’s state or territory.

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