I’m sorry if I tried to be too polite and didn’t get straight to the point and say this clearly enough.
Those of us that were out there at the state capitols in BOTH Kansas and Missouri giving up our home inspection time and $$$$$$ for legislative meetings for the past 5 to 6 years in a row; meeting one-on-one with legislators from around the 2 states; holding 5 or 6 meetings for mixed groups of home inspectors in BOTH Kansas and Missouri to update the NACHI, ASHI, NAHI and unaffiliated inspectors on the goings on in both states; ASKING these inspectors for help working on committee’s, writing letters, calling legislators, attending the legislative hearings / We came to realize one blatant, hardcore fact of life.
Many fellow inspectors would complain BUT never get off their butt and go out and do anything … That might have cost them an inspection that day UNLESS they tried to reschedule it (God Forbid they take a chance and upset the realestator). That would NOT have even been so bad, if they had just joined the groups fighting for THEM.
If memory serves me correctly / ONLY about 40-50 inspectors in either Kansas OR Missouri joined their respective groups. That left us without funds to do mailings to legislators, hire a lobbyist, etc. ASHI on the other hand hired a lobbyist and worked the crowd.
Even as active as Jim Bushart has been in writing letters or sending emails to the news media, etc. Jim has only been seen at 1 legislative meeting in the past.
Many other inspectors made lots of noise on bulletin boards or contacting the media BUT never showed up when needed / where it counted. I could count on the fingers on both hands (not thumbs / just fingers) how many home inspectors EVER showed up in EITHER state at legislative hearing to testify or help us fight.
So - those of us that have helped hold licensure off for over 5 years in Kansas and 7 years in Missouri, NOW officially give OTHERS our permission to get up, take your turn AND get out there in PERSON into the trenches.
We need BODIES out there / Not just noise.