Passing the hat to 2015 President Bob Bullis, AIA
Lisa Lamkin
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An End of Year Message from 2014 President Lisa Lamkin, AIA

The future strength of our organization depends on our continued relevance to the next generation of leaders who become active long-term members. 

The first obstacle to membership is lack of engagement—a personal invitation from an active member makes a powerful connection that resonates.  As we know from experience, members who get involved early in their careers often stay involved, as they realize the benefits  through engagement that AIA can provide to their career.

As part of our strategic plan AIA Dallas places emphasis on building strong networks and offering focused programs such as Associates’ Success Teams, ARE workshops, and Architecture on Tap to serve as a bridge to further engagement and membership.  The support, encouragement, and inspiration we get from our peers is a powerful draw.

As we enter the new year, I encourage you to reach out to your colleagues, peers and co-workers with an invitation to join us—be it through a committee, an event, a volunteer opportunity or lending their voice online.

In closing, I must thank the AIA Dallas staff, Executive Director Jan Blackmon, FAIA, 2015 President Bob Bullis, AIA, and the rest of the 2014 AIA Dallas Board once again for their support and  hard work on behalf of the Chapter this year. Merry Holidays and Happy New Year!

Important 2015 Dues Update:
AIA Dallas has held the line on dues with no increases for 6 years, but we recognize that our potential Associate members are often still discouraged from membership due to cost.  After careful deliberation on the financial impact a dues reduction would have on the short term budget of the chapter, your Board of Directors has approved a significant 33% reduction of $50 in local chapter dues for renewing Associate members under the age of 30 in 2015. Associate member renewal invoices going out this month will reflect the new local dues levels.  Investing in our youngest members early in their careers will pay important dividends in the long term for our chapter and our profession.