Forming your own chapter is easy and fun and a great way to add value to your marketing!
Local chapters are run by the officers; the president, secretary and treasurer. They typically meet once a month. Often for dinner at a restaurant or hotel with a private room large to hold the all guests and in which a guest speaker gives a presentation. Each person pays for his or her own dinner.
Local chapters cannot charge dues, but they offer a number of benefits:
- Education- Typically a speaker will be an expert on some home system relevant to inspection or snagging, or to the home inspection industry in some other respect. Speakers should be given a background on the InterNACHI Standards of Practice, so that they can keep their presentation relevant.
Anyone who might expect to gain work from conditions discovered during a home inspection is a potential presenter.
Here are some suggestions:
- Professionals from the lending, banking, or insurance industries.
- A local IEASA representative
- Contractor (foundation repair, waterproofing, pest control, roofing, etc.)
- Structural engineer
- Environmental consultant
- Comparing information- Local chapter meetings are good places for inspectors to meet each other and compare reporting systems, equipment, and inspection and marketing methods. If you put two inspectors in a room, within a few minutes, they will be talking about inspection methods, equipment and legislation and everything else that affects their work.
- Learn about the industry- Chapter meetings are good places to discuss legislation.
Creating a Chapter Website
- Start your chapter website by going to Start a New Chapter. Chapter websites are important because they identify you and your officers and allow others to monitor inspection events.
- An example of a chapter name might be “InterNACHI South Africa Durban”
- In the Site Directory window, whatever name you enter will become part of the URL for your chapter website. ; for Durban, you might enter “Durban”. Enter the name in lower case and the software will immediately create the URL for you- http://state.nachi.org/durban.
- When asked to pick an Associated State, scroll to the bottom of the list and choose “International”.
- Visit http://www.nachi.org/chapters/ to view samples of existing American chapters. Yours will be similar.
- It’s very important to update the website frequently. Frequent updating helps with SEO and gives the impression that the organization is functioning and dynamic. One person should be always have this responsibility and be diligent. A website that never changes and is out of date signals an organization that is not functioning successfully.
Local Chapter Meetings
- For your first meeting, compile a list of potential attendees, and e-mail every inspector within 600 kilometers. People have traveled long distances to attend InterNACHI meetings!
- Schedule your meetings for during the week. Many inspectors would rather miss a workday than a day with their families.
- Especially with the first meeting, the meeting should be held at a place easily accessible for those who must travel.
- Once you have scheduled your meeting, notify us so we can announce it on the InterNACHI South Africa website. Please give us at least 30 days notice.
- As president of your chapter you should ask for volunteers for secretary and treasurer. If more than one person volunteers, you’re ready for your first election!
- When announcing meetings and events, ask for RSVP. If you get a good response, contact the local newspaper and ask them to cover the meeting.
- Send newspapers press releases publicizing the event.
- Ask us at InterNACHI South Africa about free door prizes and givaways. You can also go through our www.InspectorMALL.com.za and contact vendors directly asking for door prizes. Identify yourself as a chapter president. Vendors may supply you with codes or certificates instead of the actual product.
Local Chapter By-laws
LOCAL CHAPTER BY-LAWS explains the rules by which local chapters operate.
- Monthly meetings are open to members and non-members alike. Invite local estate agents. Attending meetings is a good chance for them to see first hand what InterNACHI South Africa is all about. Make sure your invitation lists you as chapter head and gives your contact information. Visiting agents to deliver a personal invitation is even better since it increases your visibility and will improve your position in the local market place.
- Invite members of any related industries to attend. Spouses are always welcome!
- Set a friendly tone for meetings. The purpose of monthly meetings is to:
- Create social and business opportunities for those in similar or complimentary industries.
- Improve inspection and marketing skills through:
- presentations by experts
- discussions among inspectors