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11.14.18 AIAGR 2018 Annual Business Meeting

AIA Grand Rapids

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EST)

11.14.18 AIAGR 2018 Annual Business Meeting

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Thank you for your continued support and involvement in the AIA Grand Rapids Chapter.  AIA Grand Rapids is now heading into our newly revised election season.  This means there are several opportunities for our local members to join the Board of Directors.  Please join the AIA Grand Rapids Board for our Annual 2018 Business Meeting. We will be closing our Open Nominations period for our Annual Election and outlining what we have accomplished in 2018 as well as where we are headed in 2019.

Each year, your AIA Grand Rapids Board of Directors is faced, as is every organization, with the need to find and develop new leadership. The AIAGR Board is a great way to meet others passionate about advancing the profession of architecture within our community.  As a Board Member, you will learn more about the many ways that the AIA supports the professional growth of architects and help continue to bolster that support.  I urge all of you to consider a Board position, and I especially urge young professionals to become involved.  If you know a young professional in your firm who you think would be a good fit for a new generation of leadership, please forward this to them and encourage them to become involved.

The Board is asking that you consider running yourself, or nominating others, to serve.  The common question: What is the commitment of time?  Each officer attends the monthly Board Meeting typically held the first Tuesday of each month from September to June, with the specific meeting time to be determined by the Board.  Board members are also strongly encouraged to attend chapter programs to actively engage with members.  For specific activities related to the position, 4-12 hours per month can be expected. The chapter Vice President and President can expect 4-16 hours per month, but it fluctuates with the time of the year.

Seeking Re-Election will be our Treasurer,Neale Bauman, our Sponsorship Director, Dan Colella, and our Continuing Education Director, Gary Gerber.  Following the elections, we will welcome a new Vice President, as Andrew Eckert(our current chapter VP) will assume the Presidency, and I will move into the role of Past President.  We would like to thank our current Past President, Eric Biller, for his service. We look forward to continuing to work with Eric in his new role as AIA Grand Rapids Michigan Director.

Our nominations period will close during our Annual Business Meeting, which will be held at Ghafari // Concept Design, 89 Monroe Center St NW #400, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 on November 14, 2018, at 12 noon.  All AIA Grand Rapids members are invited to attend this meeting.  Please RSVP by registering on Eventbrite.

The elections will be conducted via online voting through SurveyMonkey, starting mid-November 2018.  Therefore, we will now be accepting nominations for the following positions:

Vice President (Year 1)/President-Elect (Year 2)/Past President (Year 3):  3 Year Term (January 2019-December 2021)

Vice Presidential Duties:

  • Will have opportunity to attend various conferences (paid for by the chapter), including AIA Grassroots 2019, AIA National Convention 'A19, and the AIA Michigan 2019 Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat.
  • Assist the President with various duties (including AIA National and AIA Michigan issues and Honor Awards Committee).
  • Perform duties of the President in the event of absence of the President.
  • Provide articles periodically for newsletters.
  • Assist with membership outreach.

Presidential Duties (Following Term as Vice President):

  • The President shall exercise general supervision over the affairs of this chapter, except those matters placed by the bylaws or Board of Directors under the administration and supervision of the Secretary and/or the Treasurer.
  • Review Board meeting Agenda(s) and preside at meetings of the chapter and of the Board of Directors.
  • Appoint, with the concurrence of the Board of Directors, all committees and committee chairs.
  • Sign all contracts and agreements to which this chapter is a party.
  • Have charge of and exercise general supervision over the offices and employees of this chapter.
  • Shall perform all other duties usual and incidental to the office.
  • Implement program plan for presidential year.
  • The President shall act as spokesperson of this chapter and as its representative at meetings with other organizations and committees unless otherwise delegated by the Board of Directors.
  • Provide articles periodically for newsletters.
  • Preside at Honor Awards Ceremony and Honor Awards Committee meetings.
  • May have opportunity to attend various conferences (paid by the chapter), including AIA Grassroots 2019, AIA National Convention 'A19, and the AIA Michigan 2019 Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat. 

Past Presidential Duties (Following Term as President):

  • Assure continuity of chapter strategy and assist with transition.
  • Maintain a voting position on the Board.
  • Help to plan the Annual Golf Outing.
  • Membership outreach.
  • Chair of Honor Awards Committee.
  • Provide articles periodically for newsletters.
  • Assist the President with significant events (AIA National/Michigan issues).
  • May have opportunity to attend various conferences (paid by the chapter), including AIA Grassroots 2019, AIA National Convention 'A19, and the AIA Michigan 2019 Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat.

 Treasurer:  2 1/2-Year Term (June 2019-December 2021)

  • General supervision of the books of accounts for the chapter.
  • Set up the annual director's budgets of income and expense.  Update Board quarterly to help keep Board within budget.
  • Review bank statements and pay bills monthly.
  • Collect money for chapter events.
  • Obtain bi-annual review of our accounts by an outside accountant.
  • Submit year end to accountant for tax filing. 

 Sponsorship Director:  2 1/2-Year Term (June 2019-December 2021)

  • Our chapter programs succeed because of our sponsors. These are our partners we build 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 (with the President), monthly programs, and the AIAGR Annual Golf Outing benefiting AIAGR's Student Scholarship Program.
  • Serve as a valuable member of the Board by attending monthly Board meetings.
  • Serves as the relationship conduit to our sponsors in order to maintain the long-term relationships and to build new ones. 

 Continuing Education Director:  2-1/2 Year Term (June 2019-December 2021)

  • Become familiar with the intricacies of the AIA Continuing Education process.
  • Attend the National CES Workshop held at AIA Convention (AIA Scholarship Submission).
  • Provide learning unit sign-up at monthly Lunch and Learns and send in Learning Units to the AIA.
  • Provide information to the members regarding Learning Unit Requirements and Continuing Education issues.
  • Coordinate and develop Continuing Education seminar opportunities (CEU Marathon days at CSI/AIAGR Spring Products Show and Fall Event).
  • Provide articles periodically for newsletters.

 Again, we want to thank all AIA Grand Rapids based firms who have supported their team members' involvement with our organization.  I look forward to seeing who comes forward to help our Board advance the profession of architecture in our community.  

We look forward to seeing you at our Annual Business Meeting in November.


Matt Slagle, AIA, CPTED, LEED AP
AIA Grand Rapids President

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Ghafari // Concept Design
89 Monroe Center St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EST)

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