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AIA Grand Rapids Call for Nominations

Posted by: 
Deborah Dik
Thursday, April 4, 2013

Each year, your AIA Grand Rapids Board of Directors is faced, as is every organization, with succession--the need to find and develop new leadership. The Board is asking that you seriously consider yourself or others that you think would be particularly well suited to serve on the AIAGR Board by nominating that person. Please contact me with your nominations or interest in serving on the AIAGR Board or if you have any questions about serving on the Board.


Thank you,

Brian Swem | AIA | LEED AP 

AIA Grand Rapids President










The following board positions are open or up for reelection:


Vice President:  Two-Year Term (Vice President through May 2014 and President through May 2015)

  • Attend AIA Michigan leadership retreat and AIA grassroots in Washington DC (March), paid by the chapter.
  • Perform duties of the president in the event of absence of the president, president's disability, or refusal or failure to act.
  • Assist the president with significant events (AIA National/Michigan issues, honor awards committee).
  • Set up chapter program for the following year.
  • Membership outreach.
  • Provide articles periodically for newsletters.

Treasurer:  Two-Year Term (May 2013 through May 2015)

  • The treasurer shall have charge and shall exercise general supervision of the financial affairs of the chapter.
  • Make written reports for each of the Board of Directors and chapter meetings.

Sponsorship Director:  Two-Year Term (May 2013 through May 2015)

  • Our chapter programs succeed because of our sponsors.  They are our business partners that we rely upon to achieve our goals.  With the help of the Board, this role coordinates connecting with sponsors and assuring that they receive full benefit of their sponsorship.
  • Program sponsors are sought for the honor awards, monthly programs, and the AIAGR annual golf outing benefiting AIAGR's student scholarship program.  We also seek general sponsors at the chapter level.
  • The sponsorship director would be responsible for reaching out to potential sponsors on behalf of the chapter.  

Membership Services Director:  Two-Year Term (May 2013 through May 2015)

  • Assist in the development and planning of programs that directly support our membership.
  • Provide articles periodically for newsletters.

Continuing Education Director:  Two-Year Term (May 2013 through May 2015)

  • Manage the monthly lunch and learn program.
  • Keep members up to date on continuing education requirements and opportunities.
  • Provide articles periodically for newsletters.

Government Affairs Director:  Two-Year Term (May 2013 through May 2014)

  • Act on behalf of the chapter membership as a liaison to the local and state legislative bodies.
  • Attend legislative meetings as appropriate.
  • Act as liaison to the building officials and agencies.
  • Report the unlicensed practice of architecture to the AIA Government Affairs Committee.
  • Provide articles periodically for newsletters.

Michigan Director:  Two-Year Term (Elected May 2013 to serve 2014-2015)

  • Two directors required (terms run alternately).
  • Liaison between the Grand Rapids chapter and AIA Michigan.  Represent the chapter issues and concerns at the state level.
  • Report to the chapter the issues being addressed at the state level by AIA Michigan.
  • Attend monthly AIA business meetings in Detroit (six per year).
  • Provide articles periodically for newsletters.