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What is THE ONLINE MEETING GROUP
and why should i care?
What is the Online Meeting Group?
The Online Meeting Group is a program sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors that exists for the purpose of sharing the chapter experience with ASHI members who, for whatever reason, find it impractical to attend local meetings. It has no geographic boundaries and meets online.
When does it meet?
The group meets on the first Wednesday evening of each month at
8:00pm Eastern Time
7:00pm Central Time
6:00pm Mountain Time
5:00pm Pacific Time
Where does it meet?
The group meets online through the popular webconferencing software, GoToMeeting. We use the same link each month, so you can just bookmark it: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/565820109
We organize one physical meeting (some might call a party) each year in the same city as InspectionWorld. This gives members who have never met in person to actually engage in face-to-face communication.
Should I register in advance?
Yes. It helps us plan better if we know who is coming. Preregistrations is necessary for us to issue certificates of attendance. You can find the calendar of upcomimg events here.
Do I receive continuing education credits for attending?
OMG meetings are approved by ASHI for CEs. Different states have different licensing CE requirements. We are working on getting these approvals, but there are some praticality issues that we have to contend with. In a nutshell, it becomes worthwhile to obtain state approval in states in which we have critical mass.
Do I need a camera and/or microphone on my computer to participate?
No. GoToMeeting allows attendees to share their web-cams, but we don't use that feature. Most comments from attendees are posed by text.
How do I join?
Joining the meeting group is easy. Just fill out the form. By doing this you are not actually joining the chapter. The net effect is that you will be added to our mailing list. You will later be given the opportunity to join the chapter.
How much does it cost?
Any and all are invited to attend two or three meeting. At some point, though, you will be invited to support our efforts by joing the chapter. Annual dues for Satellite or Auxiliary Members is $75 per year.
What is the difference between Satellite and Auxiliary Members?
ASHI members who live outside a forty mile radius of Rockville, Maryland are eligible to join as Satellite Members of MAC ASHI.
Auxiliary Members hold their primary ASHI chapter membership in another chapter. They do not count toward MAC's representation on the ASHI Council of Representatives (CoR).
What is MAC ASHI's role in this project?
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors sponsors the Online Meeting Group. It is constituted under the Meeting Group (MG) provision of the ASHI Policy Manual.
Why should I join?
Chapter participation is an important part of ASHI membership. Many members, however, for one reason or another, do not belong to a chapter. The OMG creates opportunities for unaffiliated ASHI members to realize the benefits of chapter participation--continuing education, council representation, mentoring and comradery.
Aren't ASHI chapters local in nature?
Chapters have always been local entities. Internet technology, however, opens doors and builds bridges that allow ASHI members who, until now, have found it impractical to travel to local chapter meetings.
Isn't NOVA ASHI already doing this?
The Northern Virginia Chapter has initiated a related, but very disimilar, project. NOVA has begun simulcasting its meetings. These are local meetings of a local chapter held in a brick and mortar building. The OMG holds meetings online through a webconferencing platform. It specifically does not have a local flavor.