Thursday, July 7, 2011

Happy Summer to all our members

It has been a very busy time for ISA since I last wrote. The 2012 Conference Committee has been hard at work getting the Tempe based conference ready to present. The speakers are chosen, the tours are scheduled and the publication of the conference will be ready soon. Make your plans to join us in Tempe Arizona, April 21st through April 23rd 2012 for a fabulous conference line-up.

The BOD has had the opportunity to work with our newest member, Steven Roach who joined the BOD after the resignation of Francine Proulx. Steve has terrific business experience and has had some great input on the issues facing ISA and its members.

I had the privilege of meeting the latest CORE course attendees two weeks ago. We enjoyed a social evening getting to know each other. What a fantastic group of professionals joining ISA and we are very fortunate to have more and more professionals finding their way to ISA.

One terrific forward movement was the presentation of the new CORE manual. The new manual has been published and is now ready for purchase. If a member has taken the CORE course or Requalification course in the past 12 months they can order the manual at cost plus shipping from ISA. If a member wants a copy of the new manual and has not taken these courses within the past 12 months, the cost is $75.00 plus shipping. You can order the manual on the web site, www.ISA-Appraisers.org

ISA has initiated the seven hour Personal Property USPAP course for our members. For those who have taken the 15 hour USPAP Personal Property course as required to be a member, you are now able to take the 7 hour personal property update to keep your credential. You will need to take this 7 hour class every two years to be compliant with the AQB and ISA. You can take this course through any organization offering the personal property version. Members must have taken the 15 hour USPAP Personal Property version prior to being eligible to take the 7 hour PP USPAP.

I know many of our members will be thrilled to know that we have begun the revamping of our website. ISA has chosen the web designer and they are now in the process of gathering information from a task force regarding what is needed to update and make our website more user friendly and professional. Our members will have an opportunity to vote on the front page look when the time is right. Please let the web designers know what you prefer when the time comes.

Please visit the website regularly to see class updates, blog entries, and happenings in our society. Some of the information found on the website includes the names of new CORE attendees, recent CAPP recipients, member news, and webinar schedules plus more.

The Nominations Committee is almost finished with their task of forming a roster of candidates for the upcoming elections. This year there will be three open spots on the Board of Directors. Fred Winer, Christine Corbin and James Poag are stepping down from their positions on the BOD. ISA can never reward them enough for their hard work these past years and we will certainly miss their wise input. But, I am assured that whoever joins the BOD this October will come with their ideas and commitment to moving ISA forward for the benefit of the membership at large.

I want to thank all of you who have reached out to me with your comments, concerns and ideas. Your input is always important to all of the members of the BOD so that we can make sure we are working for the society as a whole.

I wish you all a wonderful summer season. Take the time to watch a sunset, enjoy the good weather when you can, and share a picnic with a loved one.

All the best,

Judith Martin, ISA CAPP
President

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