Wendy, I don’t know what you are talking about.
Greg, Bill has the distinction of being NACHI’s first “due-paying” member. I also believe his son was at one time NACHI’s youngest member and our first teenage member. His son, like my son, started out as inspector helpers.
Years ago when NACHI was just a little group in Pennsylvania we didn’t charge dues. We didn’t have many expenses so guys like Bill and I would just throw cash into NACHI to keep it going at first.
Later we ran into a problem, but it wasn’t over money. The problem with running a free association, one where there are no dues, is that you really don’t know who is and who isn’t a member. You see, paying dues is what defines one as a member of an association. So we decided to charge dues. At first we charged one-time, lifetime dues (which Bill got in on early). I think it was $1,000.00 at the time. We later went to annual dues of $289 instead.
I liked the free association idea but eventually was convinced that dues had to be charged if for nothing else, to define one as being a member. The one-time, lifetime fee appealed to me though and 10 years later I used it at www.certifiedmasterinspector.org where there is only a one-time fee to be a CMI.
Bill later moved to FL and got his GC license. I hook up with him every time I head to S. Florida.