by Holley Owings, PLA, ASLA
ASLA South Carolina Chapter Trustee
I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for this opportunity to represent our chapter as our new Trustee. I am honored to be writing my first report.
For background information, the ASLA Board of Trustees consist of the ASLA President, ASLA executive committee, Trustees from every chapter, and representatives from LAF and student ASLA. The Board establishes policies, strategic objectives, and priorities; provides financial oversight; and monitors the program and budget in the context of the strategic plan. Our duties include amending the bylaws, establishing and amending policies including ethical standards, adopting the annual budget, setting dues, electing vice presidents, and reviewing appeals to Executive Committee judgments on ethics cases to name a few. In short, it is my job to represent our chapter on the national level.
This past October I headed to Philadelphia where I attended the fall Board of Trustees meeting as South Carolina’s Trustee-elect. The experience was truly amazing. First, I want to thank Bill Eubanks, our Trustee for the past 6 years, for being an amazing mentor and friend. Bill is always a gracious host, and this extends into the board room. Bill took me under his wing and showed me the ropes. His ‘How to be a Trustee 101’ made this experience easier. It was great to watch Bill in action discussing policies, making motions and challenging ideas where appropriate. Attending the meeting as a visitor with a mentor to ask questions is an experience I will also cherish and a traditional I will pass on to my predecessor.
This October the board welcomed incoming Trustees and thanked outgoing Trustees and Vice Presidents. Each committee presented a report with updates of their activities during the past year. The finance committee presented on the 2019-2020 Operating Budget and Capital Expense Budget. Their report included discussing the ASLA Chinatown Green Street project, which is a demonstration project for urban areas that embraces green infrastructure and smart street concepts. The project is located outside the front door of National ASLA’s headquarters in Washington DC. The board requested more information that we can share with our membership, I will share this update once it is available. In the meantime, more information on this project can be found at this link, https://www.asla.org/greenstreet.aspx. Climate change and resiliency was a hot topic that was mentioned in several committee reports. ASLA is working to be a leader in addressing design standards that can be implemented to help our communities adapt to our changing weather patterns. Expect to see more discussion on this topic in the future. The ASLA National Meeting is also being rebranded to be more inclusive and better representative of the event. The meeting will now be called the “ASLA Landscape Architecture Conference.” This change will go into effect next year.
While in Philadelphia, I also attended the ASLA Council of Fellows Investiture Dinner. This year South Carolina inducted two new members into the ASLA Council of Fellows. It was a pleasure to celebrate with Scott Parker and Mary Haque. Scott was honored for Works, one of the hardest categories to achieve. We are blessed to have Scott as a member and his work across our state. Mary was honored in the Knowledge category for her work as an educator and advocate for the profession of landscape architecture. She touched thousands of students during her time at Clemson University and taught the importance of sustainable design. Mary is our chapter’s first female Trustee, an honor that is overdue and truly deserved. For a full list of new Fellows please visit https://www.asla.org/ContentDetail.aspx?id=53443.
I am honored to be representing our chapter for the next three years. Please reach out to me anytime with any questions, concerns or requests firstname.lastname@example.org. I looking forward to seeing you all soon at upcoming chapter events.
-Holley Owings, PLA, ASLA