President’s Message: Bruce Monighan, AIA
2011 AIACV Chapter President
It is that time of year again when people are asking, “Can I afford it?”, and “What I am getting from my dues?” Yes, it is that membership cost/value equation.
The traditional retort is that you “only get back what you put in.” But frankly not everybody wants to volunteer or participate—and that is ok. So there should be another way of looking at this. For those of us on the Board, making decisions on what programs to pursue, what benefits to try and bring forward and how to define a budget (that is not only balanced but valuable to membership) needs to factor in a key ingredient….you and what you want
So I am looking for just a bit of participation here, a one shot deal maybe. Tell me what you want for your money, or time, or both.
We represent a very divergent group in age, professional status, employment status and geography. Making it work for everybody is challenging but I believe we can do better. Our new website was a step in that direction. With this message you can talk to me, your chapter’s leadership and your colleagues by adding your comments below this post and telling us your thoughts. The website is now offering pictures of events and will be offering more programs on video. We have experimented with a few video postings and are moving toward complete programs on line. It would allow those outside of the immediate area to participate in architectural and educational activities. Technology will allow us a lot of connectivity and we want to use that in the best manner possible.
I believe it is an important function of a professional membership to help members, especially now. If you are not employed or underemployed how can we be of help?
If you are you in the licensing process (or deciding not to follow that line) how can we help, and what do you need to succeed professionally?
If you are a downsized office looking for a foothold in the “new normal” what do you need? Small firm roundtables, employment of legal direction, marketing ideas or techniques?
With your feedback we can tailor the chapter’s activities to your needs and then when you look at that dues invoice you will know that membership is a good idea. You might even find yourself in a committee or at a program that sparks your professional interest.
Add your comment below and click “post”. Talk back–we are listening.