What is THE ONLINE MEETING GROUP
and why should i care?
What is the Online Meeting Group?
The Online Meeting Group is a pilot program of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors that 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. A link is E-mailed to all registered members prior to the meeting.
We plan to organize one physical meeting each year in the same city as InspectionWorld. This will give members who have never met in person to actually engage in face-to-face communication.
How do I join?
Joining the meeting group is easy. Just fill out the form. After submitting the form you will find a payment button. Just click and pay through PayPal.You can also pay by check.
How much does it cost?
Annual dues for Satellite or Auxiliary Members is $75 per year. Dues are, however, prorated. ASHI members can join the pilot program for $20.
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. Satellite Members enjoy all the benefits of MAC ASHI membership.
Auxiliary Members hold their primary ASHI chapter membership in another chapter. They enjoy all the benefits of MAC ASHI membership except voting.
What is MAC ASHI's role in this project?
The MAC ASHI board of directors recently created an IT Task Force tasked to implement a 3-month pilot program to investigate ways and means of holding chapter meetings online. The Online Meeting Group is the implemenation of that pilot program.
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. Virtual ASHI 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. Virtual ASHI holds meetings online through a webconferencing platform. It specifically does not have a local flavor.
What are you going to do when/if...?
This is all a grand experiment. The answer to those and other questions will be answered in time one-by-one as Virtual ASHI meets, considers and rises to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.