Summer is over and time to get back to work! The excellent conversation around forming a Maine ASLA Chapter began in June at the Chapter Exploration event at USM Portland. Is it time statewide to demonstrate our commitment to Maine’s unique brand of landscape architecture practice? The energized group of Maine LA’s and Landscape Designers focused on the exciting possibilities – and challenges. So, where do we go with it, now?
We will be conducting a series of three webinars over the coming months focused on the different aspects of chapter formation. These webinars will be geared to inform those who weren’t able to attend the June event, and as a recap for those who did, giving us all a chance for wider, more inclusive dialogue. Each session will be planned for approximately one hour each, and generally cover the following:
Background and Overview Chapter Formation in Maine: How did we get here?
Benefits of Chapter Formation: What’s in it for us?
Mechanics of Chapter Formation: How do we make it happen?
We plan to schedule these roughly every two months during regular business hours in a “GoToMeeting” or “Zoom” type of setting, allowing unfettered access from where you practice, and enabling ease of interaction and response. At the conclusion of these sessions next spring, Maine ASLA members will be called upon to vote “go/no-go” concerning Chapter formation, a two-thirds vote “yes” will be required to start the process. We whole-heartedly encourage and want non-ASLA members to join the webinars and discussions, as that will provide valuable input for the ASLA members who are voting. If you are at all considering joining ASLA please do in the first half of 2019 so your vote can be counted!
Be on the lookout for more information and dates in future newsletters and e-blasts!
In the meantime click here for information on ASLA membership benefits.