Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and healthy holiday season. Thank you for the opportunity to serve our Chapter as President in 2021. I have been in the appraisal profession for 27 years and an active member of the Alabama Chapter for over 12 years. During that time, I have seen our Chapter grow and flourish, and our educational programs attract an increasing number of local and out of state appraisers and real estate professionals. We have been fortunate to have amazing leaders over the years and I have big shoes to fill! I am looking forward to a great year, although I think our current challenges will continue for the first few months. Our meetings and educational programs will continue to be virtual for the first part of the year. The virtual classes have been well attended and our Chapter has continued to support the educational efforts. Thank you for sustaining our Chapter with your attendance.
For those of you unable to attend the December Zoom Chapter meeting held in lieu of the Christmas Party, the new Officers and Board of Directors were installed, and designations were presented. Thank you to Mike Tankersley, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS for conducting our installation and for updating us on Region and National news. Congratulations to Scott Douglas Helms, MAI and Britton R. Falkner, MAI for receiving designations in 2020.
An important letter to our Chapter was emailed on December 18, 2020 outlining information for the potential merger of the Alabama and Mississippi Chapters of the Appraisal Institute. This email briefly outlined the timeline and actions that have been taken by our chapter leading up to the vote which will be conducted via Zoom meeting on January 19, 2021. Attached to this email was a copy of the proposed merger plan and the proposed merger by-laws. The Steering Committee will host a Zoom Chapter Meeting on January 6, 2021 to answer any questions regarding the merger and I hope you are able to attend. The 2020 Board of Directors are in favor of this merger as we recognize that in order to achieve continued success we must adapt to our changing environment. The merger gives us the opportunity to bolster our membership roster (Mississippi has 118 Members) and offer additional classes in Mississippi. It also provides an additional pool of future leaders that will serve the Chapter in the years to come. I strongly encourage you to attend these meetings to become informed and to vote for the future of our Chapter.
Our membership has strongly supported both classroom and virtual education over the last several years and I encourage you to continue this support in 2021. Our Chapter reinvests our educational proceeds into our membership with scholarships and stipends to LDAC and for members to attend Region meetings. On February 19, 2021, Leslie Sellers, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS will be teaching “Examining Property Rights and its Implication on Value” virtually. This is an informative seminar that Leslie developed, and it has been taught throughout the country to great reviews. April 16, 2021 Randy Button, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS will present “Rapid Response: Market Analysis in Volatile Markets” via virtual class. We hope to have an in person class in Orange Beach in June and several Fall classes are in the planning stages. As our in-person classes resume, we will continue the After Hours events for networking with friends and colleagues.
Although these are challenging times, I hope you will continue to support our Chapter through attending educational offerings and meetings in 2021. In order for our Chapter to continue to grow and thrive, we need your attendance and participation. I hope to see you soon, online and in person, at our events and classes. Please feel free to contact me with questions or suggestions of how the Alabama Chapter can better serve its members.
Jennifer McDade, MAI, SRA