AIA-NJ at Grassroots

March 10, 2012

AIA-NJ's Regional Director Jerry Eben on stage during the opening session

Over 20 representatives of AIA New Jersey and the 6 local AIA chapters joined over 700 AIA members in Washington DC this past week to attend the AIA 2012 Leadership and Legislative Conference –  Grassroots.

AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA, and First Vice President & Grassroots Chair Mickey Jacob, FAIA, welcomed AIA and CACE members from across the country and around the world to Grassroots on Wednesday, March, March 7th.  Saying to all – “Come as you are – Leave Inspired”.

Over the next three days there was much shared on Leadership, Advocacy and Communication.  Highlighting case studies on what other chapters and components have been doing to succeed in these economic time.  Small break out sessions and seminars to connect, learn and get questions answered.  Offers of assistance to help the leaders of our local AIA serve YOU the members of AIA better.

AIA-NJ members on Capital Hill after meetings outside the house office buildings

Thursday, March 8th, meeting were held on Capital Hill.  Your AIA-NJ representatives met with either House or Senate members to bring the issues important to architects and the profession to our Congressional members.  We hope you should be hearing more about these visits at your local chapter meetings.  Issues highlighted are outlined on AIA’s Advocacy website: www.aia.org/advocacy/federal/AIAB092674

Congratulations to AIA Newark & Suburban, who had entries from their Live the Box and Newark Visitors Center competitions on display in the AIA Headquarters gallery.   We heard many great comments from AIA members across the country on these wonderful competitions.

The main conference end with a keynote address from Vernice Armour, inspirational author of  Zero to Breakthrough: How A Breakthrough Mentality Creates Breakthrough Results.   She reminded all to, ” Acknowledge the obstacles, don’t give them power” and that, “Opportunities don’t go away, other people take advantage of them.”

To learn more about Grassroots ask you local AIA president.

Also we have started posting some photos on our Facebook page – Go have a look, and remember to “Like Us”.

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