One of my favorite actors, Clint Eastwood, is credited with saying, “What you put into life is what you get out of it.” That expression will be my mantra this year because I believe that the same is true with respect to membership in the Appraisal Institute. There are 192 members of the Alabama Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. My goal, as this year’s President, is that each of you attends at least one of our chapter’s functions.
There are a number of opportunities for participating in chapter activities. This year we will be offering seven different educational seminars at locations ranging from Orange Beach to Little River Canyon. With topics that include Attacking and Defending an Appraisal in Litigation, Forest Valuation Part II, Advanced Land Valuation: Sound Solutions to Perplexing Problems, Real Estate Damages and Rural Valuation Basics, there is at least one seminar that should benefit each of you. As with last year, the highlight will be our Second Annual Valuation Symposium. You should have recently received information in the mail regarding each of this year’s educational offerings. If you haven’t already registered for January’s seminar, which will be Attacking and Defending an Appraisal in Litigation, I strongly encourage you to do so. Ted Whitmer, who developed this seminar, is known nationally as one of the Appraisal Institute’s best instructors. Even if you don’t plan on doing court work, in the litigious world in which we live, this information will be invaluable. In addition to our seminars, this year the chapter will also be providing at least six opportunities for chapter members to meet socially. Five of these will be AI After Hour events, while the sixth will be our annual Christmas Party. While some of these events are typically timed throughout the year to coordinate with educational offerings, seminar attendance is not a requirement of participating.
Over the next eleven months, I will be contacting each member of our chapter to personally encourage you to become more involved. Wherever it takes place, whether it’s a seminar, a chapter meeting or a social outing, the real benefit of chapter membership is interaction and developing relationships with your colleagues. This year I challenge each of you to attend at least one chapter sponsored event. By doing so, it is my hope that each of you will get more out of it than you put into it.