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AIAGV Board of Directors Election

Posted by: 
David Maxam, AIA
Saturday, September 10, 2011

Each year, your AIA Grand Valley board of directors is faced, as is every organization, with succession--the need to find and develop new leadership.  Our election of officers will be held at the annual meeting coinciding with a lunch and learn on September 30th from 11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  (at FSU/GRCC Applied Technology Center,  Room 130, 151 Fountain Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503)(http://september30lunchandlearn.eventbrite.com), with the lunch and learn following immediately after.

The board is asking that you seriously consider yourself or others you think would be particularly well suited to serve on the AIAGV board by nominating that person at the annual meeting on September 30.  AIAGV bylaws state that nominations shall occur from the floor at the annual meeting, followed by a vote of those present at the meeting

You do NOT need to attend the lunch and learn to attend the annual meeting.  Please RSVP by using this link (http://september30lunchandlearn.eventbrite.com) if you plan to attend the annual meeting (if you have already signed up for the lunch and learn, you do not need to RSVP).  Lunch will be provided.

The common question is:   What is the commitment of time?  Each officer attends the board meeting held from 4 to 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month and chapter programs (except June through August for both).  For specific activities related to the position, 4 to 12 hours per month can be expected.  The chapter vice president and president can expect 4 to 16 hours per month, but it fluctuates with the time of the year.  The primary counterpoint always to this question is the universal observation that "you get out of it what you put in."

The following positions are up for election, along with their general roles:

Vice President: Two-Year Term (Vice President in 2012 and President in 2013)

  • Attend AIA Michigan leadership retreat in Traverse City (January) 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.

Sponsorship Director: Two-Year Term (2012-2013)

  • Our chapter programs succeed because of our sponsors.  These are our partners that we rely upon to accomplish our goals.  With the help of the board, this role coordinates obtaining sponsors and assuring they get their benefits from us.
  • Program sponsors are obtained for the honor awards, monthly programs, and the AIAGV annual golf outing benefiting AIAGV's student scholarship program, for which this position serves as the chair.  

 Public Relations Director: Two-Year Term (2012-2013)

  • Act as AIAGV public relations director to promote involvement of members and the public in chapter-sponsored events.
  • Develop and maintain contacts with local media, including newspaper, television, and radio.
  • Work with AIAGV board of directors to promote events, programs, and activities of AIAGV.
  • Direct preparation of advertising to promote AIAGV.
  • Coordinate the production of the online newsletter.  Articles are provided by board members and others.

Government Affairs Director: Two-Year Term (2012-2013)

  • Act on behalf of the chapter membership as a liaison to the local and state legislative bodies.
  • Plan the AIAGV legislative breakfast.
  • Attend legislative meetings as appropriate.
  • Act as liaison to the building officials and agencies.
  • Report the unlicensed practice of architects and violations to the necessary state governmental office through AIA Michigan.
  • Provide articles periodically for newsletters.

Michigan Director:  Two-Year Term (2012-2013)

  • Two directors required (terms run alternately).
  • Liaison between the Grand Valley chapter and AIA Michigan.  Represent the chapter issues and concerns at the state level.
  • Report to the chapter issues being addressed at the state level by AIA Michigan.
  • Attend monthly AIA business meetings (six per year).
  • Attend AIA Michigan mid-summer conference at Mackinac Island (partially paid).
  • Provide articles periodically for newsletters.

Associates Director: Two-Year Term (2012-2013)

  • Represent associate AIA members at the board.
  • Attend outreach lunches, board meetings, and various AIA functions.
  • Update A.R.E. library.
  • Set up monthly associate program meetings for associates/YAF.  The program meetings are generally at architects' offices or building/site tours.
  • Provide articles periodically for newsletters.

 Professional Affiliates Director: Two-Year Term (2012-2013)

  • Held preferably by a professional affiliate, this position is intended to build the relationship, value, and purpose between AIA members and the affiliates.
  • Chair the AIAGV golf outing with assistance from committee members.
  • Provide articles periodically for newsletters.

The AIAGV board wants to thank our partners at all of the design firms that have encouraged their members to be involved with their professional organization, in any capacity, but especially when they run for office and have supported them in their AIAGV responsibilities.