Good Morning to All,
For your information and I wonder if I am the only one to encounter this reaction. Within a few hours of it being announced that I was appointed to SEA for New York, I received the following e-mail. I think the group should be aware of this exchange so we are all “reading the same paragraph”.
May I ask what your role is in NY State as it relates to New York State Schools that are recognized by NACHI and what your role as it relates to NACHI Approved Chapters
Our chapter is a separate legal entity as is NY NACHI and the Long Island Chapter, with recent filings.
Please advise. Much luck. I do not, however understand the role you will be involved in as how it will effect educators and chapters."
Sounds like some reasonable concerns and questions, along with some turf protection. This was my reply.
The role has not been carved in stone by NACHI. Since each (licensing) state is in, or has, various CE requirement, it appears the exact “job” for each state rep will, of necessity, be varied.
As I see it at this time, I need to maintain communication with folks like yourself and each chapter leader in an effort to:
- be aware of / become aware of educational needs
- coordinate or help coordinate educational programs
- develop such programs when needed
3a. work with NACHI Educational folks such as, but not limited to, Gerry, Will, etc
- stay abreast of any future legislation under the licensing law regarding CE and if necessary advise “the powers that be” through consultation and / or lobbying efforts
- assist in any way possible the education (“Professionalism”) of NACHI Certified Inspectors
- be a reference, source and “clearing house” for professional education of New York State NACHI Members.
On that note: I do not believe it is or ever was the intention of NACHI at the National Level to, no will I use or allow the position to, usurp the sovereignty of any NACHI Chapter or Educational Organization recognized by the DOE of New York State. I believe that establishment of State Educational Administrator position by NACHI is a good effort at being able to respond to the often unique educational needs of our members due to varying State Licensing, local and geographical requirements. Professional educators such as yourself, Chapter Presidents, NACHI National and I are a team in advancing the Professionalism and public perception of our occupation.
(Name), I hope that answers your queries and concerns. Please, do not hesitate to call me. This e-mail stuff is okay, but I think that sometimes the direct give and take of a simultaneous two way conversation is faster and more productive. With that in mind, the office is 518 827 4852.
A phone call was received within the hour. His ruffled feathers seemed smoothed.
I am aware there is some underlying positioning going on with the gentleman. However, the gentlemen may also be expressing concerns unspoken by others in chapter leadership positions. I intend to contact each Chapter President in the State with a copy of the reply to this gentleman, using it as a “Mission Statement”, provided my interpretation of the position as I presented it is correct.
Questions, comments or otherwise please.