It has been a while since you have heard from your president of AIA Wyoming. Since that time, there have been some changes to the leadership corp. Ed Armstrong resigned as AIA Wyoming president, but continues to support the organization where he can. The Executive Committee accepted his resignation at the February meeting and appointed me to fill his position until December 31, 2012. I will do my best to keep AIA Wyoming moving forward. In May, Nick Laferriere, our Associate Director resigned to further pursue his career in New York. Both Ed and Nick have devoted a lot of time and expertise to AIA Wyoming and will be missed in their leadership roles.
The Executive Committee has two positions to fill, the Director position that is held by the past president and the Associate Director position that was vacated by Nick. We are looking for interested members to fill these positions for the remainder of 2012.
Elections for the offices of President –elect, Treasurer and Associates Director will be held at the September meeting. We are looking for candidates for these offices. Please step forward and do your part to keep AIA Wyoming moving forward. Contact Bruce Hawtin, Fred Hynek or Mike Potter if you are interested in running for one of these positions.
WMR is also looking for a new Associate Director, so if you know of anyone who might be interested or qualified, please let me know.
The AIA National Convention was held in Washington, DC this year. The election of officers and voting on by-law amendments was the high light of my trip. Richard DeYoung, AIA was elected 2013-2014 Secretary, Susan Chin, FAIA and Donald Brown, FAIA were elected 2013-2014 Vice Presidents and Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA was elected 2013 First Vice President,/2014 President-elect. All are going to serve AIA very well. The by- law amendments all passed. The one that could impact AIA Wyoming members the most was the one that changed the Emeritus Membership Eligibility requirements. The new requirements are: good standing in AIA for 15 successive years immediately prior to application, attained the age of 70 and is retired from the profession of architecture.
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The summer AIA Wyoming conference will be held in Cody at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center on June 22, 2012 with an open house scheduled on Thursday at the Plan One/Architects office for those that arrive early. This will be a very good conference and I would encourage all of you to attend.
All of the committees have been working hard this year to make sure AIA Wyoming is providing you, the members with the organization you have come to expect. The Advocacy Committee is in the process of addressing procurement and residence issues right now. Knowledge and Resource committee continues to work with LCCC to establish a pre-Architecture program. Membership, Communications, and Chapter Infrastructure committees all are working on their agendas.
Your involvement in AIA Wyoming continues to impress me. There are now more members actively involved in planning meetings, serving on committees and task forces and generally helping where they are needed than at any time in our existence. Thank you for your support.
Feel free to contact me or any member of the Executive Committee if you have any questions, comments or concerns about AIA Wyoming. My contact information is:
Michael E. Potter, AIA
AIA Wyoming President