President’s Message

Women’s Council Texas 2011 has had a fantastic start!

All of you have been working toward you goals for Retention & Recruiting for the National Contest and the results are in from National! CONGRATULATIONS to AUSTIN Chapter, 2nd place winner in the mega category for retention, with a 71.26% retention rate ending 3-31-11.  Way to go Austin!  Austin Chapter will receive their award at the WCR National meeting in Washington DC in May.  Gold & Silver Chapter Excellence Awards will also be presented at the national meeting in May.

Our new & improved website will be unveiled this month.  Be sure to check out the fantastic new site,

We have already completed our 3 District meetings, in Austin, Dallas & League City, all of which were well attended & had fantastic programs for members & guests in attendance.  The teamwork between the Local Chapter Presidents contributed to the overall success, AND gave our local leaders the opportunity to network with each other while accomplishing their goals and charges for their meetings.  Thank you to our District Vice Presidents for their guidance during the meeting planning process.

If you are not yet participating on one or more of our WCR Texas State Chapter Committees, please contact the committee chair & ask to be added to their email list for communications between now & our September meeting, where committees will meet in person.  Click here for a list of committee chairs contact information.(Committee list attached)

I am working on scheduling Local Chapter Visits for all of our 26 Chapters.  If your chapter is not yet scheduled for a President’s visit, please contact me today.  I look forward to visiting everyone in WCR Texas this year!

Sharon Eddings

2011 President

Women’s Council of REALTORS® – Texas State Chapter


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State Officer Nominations

Nominations for state officer positions will be taken throughout the month of May. Please see our state standing rules for recommended qualifications and experience for state officer positions, as well as job descriptions and travel requirements. Nominees will be contacted and asked to fill out applications prior to being interviewed in June.  Interview date and exact location in The Woodlands Tx will be announced in May. Nomination forms (found here) will all questions can be directed to nominating chair Deborah Spangler at

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Congratulations to each of you and your chapters for a job well done in 2010. The annual business plans were all turned in within the National deadline and most of our chapters earned Gold level awards for their excellence in following this roadmap to chapter success! Thank you to our 2010 governors and district vice presidents and to our 2010 state line officers for their diligence in assisting each chapter to meet these goals, review plans and answer questions regarding the plans throughout the year.

Gold Winners

Austin, TX
Collin County, TX
Dallas, TX
Fort Bend, TX
Greater West Houston, TX
Houston 1960, TX
Montgomery County, TX
San Antonio, TX
Hill Country, TX
Lake Houston, TX
Abilene Chapter, TX
Dallas Metro East, TX
El Paso Del Norte, TX
Highland Lakes, TX
McAllen, TX
Northeast Tarrant County, TX
Southwest Dallas County, TX
Tyler, TX

Silver Winners

Bay Area Houston, TX
Houston, TX
Odessa, TX

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WCR/ TAR Winter Meetings – Austin, TX

Pictures from the great time had by all, can be found here.  Thank you to Connie Parsons and her helpers for getting all these great shots and documenting the wonderful events we share at these meetings.

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2011 REALTOR Lobby day and Hill Visits

On April 12th – Texas REALTORS®, including many WCR Members, charged the hill in Austin!
As a member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS you are a leader in your industry and YOU adhere to a mission, vision and value…on Tuesday, April 12th WCR members were in force, taking the opportunity to put our values in action and take part in the Texas REALTORS® Legislative Hill Visits!
WCR – Our Vision
Through our influence as successful business professionals, women will effect positive change in the profession and in the broader community.
Through your participation you directly influence the laws that will impact private property rights and our industry! Contact your local board/association or TAR and join the Texas REALTORS as we storm Austin and voice our issues.
What should you be aware of during this 82nd Texas Legislative Session…
Deceptive Trade Practices Act
Support HB 2177 (Solomons), SB 1353 (Eltife) – Relating to certain claims against persons licensed as real estate brokers and salespersons.

What these bills do …
Ensure that real estate professionals are included in the professional-services exemption to the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, as originally intended by the Legislature.

Self-directed, semi-independent status for the Texas Real Estate Commission
Support HB 1680 (Geren), SB 1000 (Eltife) – Relating to self-directed and semi-independent status of the Texas Real Estate Commission.

What these bills do …
Make the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) a self-directed, semi-independent state agency, giving the commission the flexibility to use licensing fees to more effectively operate the agency in a way that is responsive to licensees and protects consumers.
Private transfer fee on real estate
Support HB 8 (Darby), SB 1459 (Harris) – Relating to prohibiting certain private transfer fees and the preservation of private real property rights.
What these bills do …
Prohibit a real estate scam that allows private entities to collect a 1% real estate transfer fee on a property to be paid for up to 99 years.

Our position
Texas REALTORS® oppose private real estate transfer fees.
Such fees are difficult to discover and disclose, offer no benefit to property owners or the community, and affect a property’s overall marketability. Private transfer fees can cause serious long-term harm by clouding a property’s title in cases where a beneficiary cannot be identified or located.
These bills close the loopholes in current law by prohibiting future private transfer fees on real property, with certain exceptions, and providing clarity and disclosure requirements to properties with existing private transfer fees.
TREC Housekeeping
Support HB 1637 (Hamilton), SB 747 (Carona) – Relating to the professions regulated by the Texas Real Estate Commission.
What these bills do …
Increase consumer protections by strengthening the licensing and education requirements of real estate professionals.

Our position
The association is committed to ensuring the highest standard of service by Texas real estate licensees. To achieve this goal, each session the association helps update and modernize consumer-protection standards and the Texas Real Estate License Act.

HB 1637 and SB747 provide the Texas Real Estate Commission more tools to adequately prepare licensees to represent consumers in real estate transactions and to ensure education for applicants and licensees is targeted and of the highest quality.

There are two main components of this legislation. First, the bills close licensing loopholes by requiring real estate licenses for people who control the acceptance of deposits or rent, attorneys licensed in other states, and business entities through which licensed individuals operate their brokerages.

The bills also increase the number of years a salesperson must be licensed in order to obtain a broker’s license and requires TREC to establish a standard by which applicants can be measured other than the number of years a license is held.

David Burton,
WCR Texas Chapter Governmental Affairs Liaison

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The Texas Association of Parliamentarians (TASP) will offer for the first time an opportunity for emerging organizational members and leaders to be trained in meeting management and leadership skills.  The inaugural session of Academy for Leadership Development (ALD) will be held May 20-21, at the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake Hotel.  Applications for this unique training are now being accepted at  This is a major opportunity for current and incoming local and state chapter leadership to get up to speed.  Our own Pat Farrell has been a member of TASP for many years and reports that this is a first and a great program.  For more information, click here for a brochure on this training opportunity.

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2012 WCR Texas Leadership Orientation
October 14-16, 2011

Weekend Workshop – Success Through Teamwork

Bobbie Nelson
2012 WCR National president

The Westin Stonebriar
1549 Legacy Drive
Frisco, TX

Save the date!

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Entrepreneur Of the Year – Cindie Stewart

Cindie Stewart began her career in real estate after her ex husband’s girlfriend talked her into it while she was managing her two video stores in 1992.

With her drive, energy & determination in real estate, Cindie managed to achieve many real estate awards and designations such as Centerium Award,  CRS, Guilded Certified Luxury Home Expert and PMN. She was named one of the top real estate agents in the area in D Magazine In  2007, she left a major real estate company to open her own boutique real estate brokerage firm where she built a team-based philosophy combined with state-of-the-art technology with over 200 websites, 75+ blogs and over 30 social networking platforms. Texas Sold Team Realty, LLC specializes in residential, commercial, sales & leasing, relocation, property management, investment properties, new construction, and foreclosures/REOs/short sales.

She has been seen on TLC’s Flip That House and is the founder and creator of Techy Talk Tuesdays where she shares her knowledge and expertise to fellow members  in Women’s Council of REALTORS Network.

She has served as a Local Chapter President.  She is currently serving has the Chair of Budget & Finance Committee to her local chapter in Texas, she is the 2010 District Vice President, and has serviced as  Governor, Chair of Technology & Vice Chair of Membership for her State Chapter in Texas with all that said she lives a full life with her husband of 15 years, she has two children, Josh 24 and Rebecca 22, two miniature donkeys, one miniature goat, two dogs and two cats. She enjoys traveling and was just recently nominated to serve on the Economic board of development in the City of Keller.

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Affiliate Of the Year – Mary Papageorge

Mary is always there to support her chapter with it’s many activities throughout the year. She served as Chapter Secretary for 2009 and 2010 and is now the 2011 Ways & Means Chair.

She is also very active at the State level with her sponsorships for the 2009 State Orientation and her willingness to do what ever is asked of her.

In 2010 she raised over $1000 for TREPAC as a Celebrity Waiter for the WCR Event. This year she holds the position as Chapter Recognition Chairman at the State level.

This year Mary dressed as the target for the Knife Thrower. Her table was not the high collecting but in all raised ove $1,500 for the cause. She is a team player and is loved by all that she is around.

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Member Of the Year – Carolyn Sutherlin

Our 2010 WCR Member of the Year, Carolyn Sutherlin, was born in Indiana to Harry and Barbara Davis as the oldest of three daughters. She married Warren and together they had two daughters, Cristy and Wendy.  During the Vietnam War on December 20, 1972, Warren was lost when the B52 Bomber he was navigating was shot down over North Vietnam, during a military bombing operation called Linebacker II.

In 1976 Carolyn married Lorne Sutherlin, who had two children, Dale and Claire and they combined their families.  Together they are the proud grandparents of seven grandsons and one great-grandson.  They enjoy traveling around the country and visiting with their big family!

Carolyn has been a licensed Texas REALTOR since 1986.  She worked 11 ½ years with Century 21 Abilene Big Country before moving to Re Max of Abilene in 1997.  She has earned the GRI, ABR and CRS designations as well as the PMN.

She was the Texas WCR President in 2004, then National Regional IX VP in 2006.  Then in 2007, she served as the President for the Abilene Board of Realtors.  Carolyn recently received top production honors and was inducted into the Re Max Hall of Fame after 13 years of service.

2011 has been a busy year for her already!  Carolyn “recycled” herself this year as LCP for Abilene and is serving as the Texas National Focus Chairman.  Congratulations, Carolyn, on a job well done!  Women’s Council appreciates all that you’ve done in the past and all that you will do for us in the future!

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Community Leader Award Q3 2010- Mark Hampton

Mark has been a member of the Hill County Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors as well as being heavily involved in Real Estate and the community. He has been a member of the Inner Circle, New Braunfels/Canyon Lake Assoc of Realtors, serving as Treasurer 2 years, Pre- elect President and Past Pres. He is currently a member of TAR, Region 7 Political Communication subcommittee Representative. A member from  2006-2010. TAR Governmental affairs Committee, TAR Legislative Committee, TAR Board of Directors and  NAR Public Policy Coordinating Committee. Mark has served on the Board of Directors for the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, The Texas Legislative Conference Committee. He chaired the Government Affairs Committee for the Chamber and was also a “Blue Coat”

On a personal note, Mark has been the Youth Director of the Cross Lutheran Church, Elder and a member of the Board of Elders. He is a Board member and Team Captain for the Habitat for Humanity build.  He has been a team Chairman for the Comal County American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and a member of the Inner Circle which is a charitable organization connecting Companies with Community.

His Career Achievements have been being named Realtor of the Year 2003 for the NBCLAR, 2006 TAR Strike Force Award, 2006 President’s Appreciation Award NBCLAR, 1998- present consistently in the top 2 at Randall Morris & Associates Real Estate and TAR 2009 Governmental Affairs Outstanding Achievement Award.

Mark is now receiving our recognition for his individual contributions, to his community, from the Texas State Chapter. He is now being honored as our Third Quarter recipient of the Texas State Chapter Community Leader Award 2010, for his service to his Chapter as well as his community.

Great Job.. and Congratulations Mark

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Community Leader Award Q4 2010 – Douglas Erdy

Doug has been an active member of the Lake Houston Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtor.

Not only has Doug been a member of WCR, HAR and NAR he holds his ABR, Certified New Home Specialist is on the ALC which is the Agent Leadership Council for Keller Williams and is active with his Chamber of Commerce..

As a member of the HAR Political Affairs Committee it encouraged him to get involved in his community. Doug helped with the campaign of State Legislative Representative Dan Huberty and volunteered for Polling Assistance at the local elections and Humble ISD.  In the business community, Doug hosted and directed the Annual Charity Golf Tournament for the Blue Star Moms of Kingwood, raising over $10,500.00 in 2010 for the local families of the Military. His nonstop efforts made this event the success that it was.

Doug has donated his time and efforts each year for the Marine Corp Toys for Tots Charity as well as the Salvation Army Christmas Drive. He has been a supporter of the USO for the past 10 years. He also makes time to serve as an usher at his church and has been a volunteer Firefighter for 15yrs.

As for Doug’s Career achievements, he was Top Producer at Prudential Gary Greene 2003-2006, Top Producer at ReMax Suburban 2007-2008. He was awarded the Triple Gold Award from Keller Williams as well as Top Producing Team 4 of 9 months in 2010 and Top Listing Team 5 of 9 months in 2010. He won the Commander Award from the US Marine Corps in 2009 and was endorsed Dave Ramsey Local Provider. Doug developed the NE Houston Realtor Board, a network focused on developing relationships with Real Estate offices in the area by creating a board of all female directors from each office. The Doug Erdy Team is actively growing and has recruited 4 more women to his team in 2010.

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Catch The WCR Wave – Membership Recruitment Contest

This year we are holding another Chapter Recruitment Contest.  Contest ends August 26th, so get working on building your chapter today.  For a copy of the rules and for more information, download the flyer here.

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Special Thanks go to Cheryl Jenkins – WCR Texas 2011 Newsletter Chair, Ryan Bokros – 2011 Technology Chair, and all other committee members and contributors for the work that went into getting our first newsletter complete and published.  If you have ideas or suggestions for next quarter’s newsletter, or would like to submit an article for consideration, please contact Cheryl Jenkins.