FORTH QUARTER 2014 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Moreover, this year we had an amazing support team in place. There was the continuous participation of the Board of Directors, guidance from our past chapter leaders, and involvement of our committee members. It felt good to have everyone’s support and reassurance throughout the year. Here are some stats and highlights of 2014: Membership: We currently have a total of 341 members, of which 185 are Architects, 55 Emeritus, 81 Associates, 11 Fellow, 5 international, and 4 Allied members.
Nazanin Zarkesh, AIA, LEED AP What a great year! I couldn’t be any more satisfied by how things went in 2014. Before becoming this year’s president, it was indeed a privilege to serve on Fariba Shantiyai’s board as the director of sponsorship in 2012 and then as vice president in 2013 during Alek Zarifian’s presidency. They both encouraged and inspired me to become a leader with a passion for the AIA and with a vision to help our chapter succeed. I was so very fortunate to follow in the footsteps of diligent past presidents and their teams. They helped lay a firm foundation and brought new energy, ideas and prosperity back to the chapter. It was because of their work and care for the chapter that made it possible for us to hire our executive director, Zelda Wong, as a fulltime employee in January 2014. Zelda has been a tremendous help and is an asset for our chapter. She runs the chapter’s day-to-day operations, responds to our members request, maintains our website, sends e-blasts, and organizes the events. It is inspiring to see how passionate she is about architecture, the arts, and our community.
Events: We had total of 41 varied events including ADA, ARE sessions, hard hat tours, Friday Forums, Breakfast with Champions, the Birdhouse Competition, project show & tell, and the Design Awards. Collaborations: We have done a good job of collaborating with other local chapters, State Council, as well as National. We worked closely with leaders, exchanged thoughts, and shared ideas. We also partnered with contractors, engineers, and other chapter’s architects for different programs for greater visibility in the community. Accounting: The chapter‘s reserve has been increased by about 11%. We are thankful to the sponsorship committee for their hard work and to our members for their generous contributions. Scholarships: This year’s Birdhouse Competition raised $500 in scholarship funds, which the chapter matched with an additional $500. Also, the chapter received the AIA Component Grant of $1000. This journey as president has been rewarding and fulfilling. It is an experience that I will treasure forever. I must acknowledge Lance Bird, my great
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