President-elect 2017 Mid-year Summary

2017 Mid-Year Chapter Presidents Council
On April 28-29, the Chapter Presidents Council (CPC) and Board of Trustees (BOT) held the 2017 ASLA Midyear Meeting and Advocacy Day. This year the St. Louis Chapter Trustee and President-Elect joined nearly 90 chapter leaders from 47 chapters in Washington D.C. to deliberation a wide range of topics including career discovery and diversity, chapter web presence and social media efforts, and chapter communications.
Below is a brief summary report from your president-elect, Cory Murner, following the Midyear CPC meeting.
Unfortunately I was unable to attend the Advocacy Day activities, but luckily our Chapter Trustee, Scott Emmelkamp, was in attendance. As I understand it, more than 170 chapter leaders met with their federal legislators to discuss how Landscape Architects are Leading Community Infrastructure Design and Development.
Career Discovery and Diversity Manager Shawn Balon, ASLA, presented on ASLA’s initiatives for Career Discovery and Diversity. Balon highlighted the strategic priorities that assisted in creating the new position, ASLA’s work plan for the role, Diversity Summit action items, and YOUR LAND orders.
Susanna Butler, Manager of ASLA Chapter Relations, presented the results of the 2016 Membership Cup. In 2016, the Louisiana chapter won for “Percentage of Growth” with 12.5% growth and the Texas Chapter won for “Number of New Members” with 106 new members. As of April 2017, the St. Louis Chapter is ranked 5th for “Percentage of Growth” with 2.75% growth.
The Board of Trustees and Chapter Presidents Council luncheon panel discussion focused on infrastructure, with panelists from the ASLA, Urban Land Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects. The panelists provided specific perspectives on what infrastructure investments are needed and recommendations on how to finance projects. They also highlighted the need to design and build projects for resilience and community equity.
An update on ASLA’s rebranding initiative was presented and discussed. Lead designer Richard Poulin of Poulin + Morris, the agency contracted for the campaign, gave the presentation. CPC members had mixed opinions of the schematic design, but provided input and constructive feedback for future design efforts.
2018-2019 National President-Elect candidates Robert Golde, FASLA and Shawn Kelly, FASLA presented their platforms and answered questions from the CPC on a wide range of topics related to their candidacy. Election Polls are open from May 2, 2017 through June 2, 2017. All Full, Associate, and International members in good professional standing are eligible to vote and will receive a paper and/or email ballot to participate.
As part of the midyear meeting, the Government Affairs department presented ASLA’s parameters for public positions. During the presentation, Director Blackwell reviewed the federal priorities process, discussed ASLA’s federal agenda, and highlighted the organization’s responses to threats posed by the current administration to programs important to landscape architects.
The 3rd annual BOT/CPC Kickball game was held between the Trustees and Chapter Presidents on Saturday. This year the Chapter President’s continued their dominance with a walk-off win over the BOT. The prestigious traveling trophy mysteriously disappeared during the CPC/BOT Open House & Reception at the Center for Landscape Architecture. Although not confirmed, CPC suspects foul play from the BOT.

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Trustee 2017 Mid-Year Summary

Day 1 • Trustees and Chapter President’s in attendance at the mid-year meeting advocated for the landscape architecture profession on Capitol Hill. David Stokes (Prairie Gateway Chapter President), Chris Cline (Prairie Gateway Chapter President-elect) and Scott Emmelkamp (St. Louis Chapter Trustee) visited with Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. Roy Blunts office. Landscape architects were advocating for three issues this year: permanent re-authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund; transportation enhancements…specifically speaking out against eliminating TIGER Grants and increased clean water funding from the EPA. 

Day 2
• Trustee and Chapter President’s business meetings including VP candidate presentations for Communications, Education and Government Affairs. Annual Kickball match between the Trustees and Chapter Presidents was won again this year by the Chapter Presidents. David Stokes (Prairie Gateway President) was the hero by kicking a game winning walk off home run to end a tie game. Congrats to the Chapter Presidents. The agenda included a reception in the recently renovated Center for Landscape Architecture office building. The space looks great and is functioning above expectations. 

Day 3 • Trustee and Chapter President’s business meetings including presentations by the ASLA President-elect candidates, optional participation in the People’s Climate march in DC. The Board of Trustees worked on a SWOT exercise for ASLA and discussed preparations for the Annual Meeting in Los Angeles that will occur October 20 – 23, 2017.


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