Friday, April 8, 2011

ACOW Needs You!

ACOW, the Appraisers’ Coalition of Washington, is your statewide organization for all appraisers. ACOW’s primary purpose is to monitor the state legislature with our paid lobbyist for any activity affecting our profession. This happens more frequently than you may know. The secondary purpose is to hold an annual event where several state approved CE seminars are presented over two days. This is an excellent venue to fill your CE requirement dance card, and to mix and mingle with your peers.

It has become apparent that the level of enthusiasm among statewide appraisers to support and promote ACOW membership ($45 annual) is less than hoped. ACOW may not be able to continue to be your eyes and ears in Olympia. And the annual event (August 19-20) may be affected, forcing cancellation. ACOW is managed by a dedicated group of appraisers who volunteer their time and effort. A small portion of dues income is used to pay a professional support staff for limited ancillary services.

ACOW is fortunate to have one of the finest lobbyists in Olympia, at a fee far less than he normally charges other groups. And at a fee much less than other lobbyists for other organizations charge their clients. I’ve checked. But due to lack of ACOW membership, we risk having that relationship end. Without his services, we appraisers may face some serious negative consequences when we are not directly and continuously represented.

So my questions to you are these:

1- If you are not now an ACOW member, will you commit today to log onto the ACOW web site and select the best payment option (credit card or mailed check) for you? (Apologies to those ACOW members who received this msg. No time to sort out current membership due to urgency.

2- Please respond to this message and let me know if you will commit to attend ACOW at the Summit, Aug. 19 & 20, 2011 – Howard Johnson Inn at Snoqualmie Pass.

Thank you for your support.

Dave Towne

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