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1st Quarter 2014 Newsletter

Mission of Women’s Council of REALTORS®

We are a network of successful REALTORS®, advancing women as professionals and leaders in business, the industry and the communities we serve.

A Message from our

President, Sharon Morton …

2014 for the State Chapter as well as our Local Chapters truly began at our in-depth Leadership Orientation in October 2013 where we identified the following for the Texas State Chapter:


  • Deliver systems and coaching that enable local chapters to provide consistent value to members
  • Serve as a resource and model of excellence in operations for local chapters
  • Reflect and reinforce the WCR mission, vision, values and goals through communication, services and operations

Essential Roles:

  • Educator
  • Communicator
  • Leadership Development
  • Liaison to Industry

Then from November to January, the State Officers held four 2-1/2 day retreats for the purpose of developing our 2014 State Business Plan from our new Strategic Plan, delineating our State Objectives, training for our new positions, identifying methods of reinforcing the value of our Council, planning for our February District & Winter meetings and creating our new

State Mission Statement

Through relationships, communication, relevant programs, in-depth training and education, the State Chapter provides a Chapter centric focus creating leadership potential and value to bring  about integrity, respect and accountability fostering unity within the State.

Further, we identified a need for the new position of State Coordinator – which was then approved at our February Governing Board meeting.  The Coordinators are identified within this Newsletter, so reach out to them if they can assist with your Website, Face Book page or where to find tools and templates-these are just a few of their responsibilities.  Below you will also see the State Organization Chart showing the flow chart of committees and liaisons as well as our State Area Map identifying Areas, Districts, Governors, District Vice Presidents, Chapters, Local Chapter Presidents and chapter website addresses.

Our “Super” District Meeting consisted of a phenomenal line-up of Speakers: Terri Murphy, noted author & NAR consultant, from Tennessee; Katrina Barnes, 2012 TAR Educator of the Year; and Tracey Blackwell, certified DISC personality consultant.  The Local Chapter Presidents gave an update on their chapter programs, events and goals which garnered applause from the attendees.  Governors, District Vice Presidents and State Coordinators met with their Local Area Officers & Committees who shared their strengths, weaknesses, goals, needs and dreams!

The Winter Meeting included “Area” break-out sessions lead by our State Governors and District Vice Presidents, with assistance from our State Coordinators, which covered an overview of Business Planning, Value Package, Programs, Recruiting and Retention.  While a few of our State Committees met via teleconference, most of them met during the Winter Meeting.  All committees worked on their goals for achieving their 2014 charges and reported the same at our Governing Board Meeting.  A special thank you to Melissa Elizondo, our State Ways and Means Chair, and her entire committee for putting together one of our most exciting and fun Celebrity Waiter Events benefitting TREPAC – “Like, Totally 80’s”.  During our Awards Luncheon, we celebrated the members who made a significant contribution to our Council. Congratulations to:  Corie Boldt, 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year; Jo Ann Stevens, 2013 Member of the Year; and Susie Sheffield, 2013 Affiliate of the Year. 

This year’s State Theme is all about the Chapters and Members…….Celebrating You!

A big Shout Out and Congratulations goes to:

  • Highland Lakes Chapter, currently #1 in the State for Retention
  • Collin County Chapter and Great Northwest Chapter currently “tied” for #1 in the State for Recruiting
  • Stephanie Finch, WCR Houston Chapter President-Elect, who was recently honored as one of the 2014 “30 under 30” by REALTOR® Magazine
  • Kristee Leonard, WCR Austin Chapter member, who was recently honored as one of the 2014 “30 under 30” by REALTOR® Magazine
  • Note:  We will be recognizing all of the 2013 Chapter Excellence Award Winners in our 2nd Quarter Newsletter (after our Annual Meeting in DC)!

Make sure to let the State Officers or State Coordinators know of any special awards and/or recognition your members receive so we may Give Recognition and Celebrate their achievements!

Our Executive Team, State Officers, State Coordinators, State Committee Chairs and Chapter Assistance Training Team (CATT) are committed to our Chapters and our Members!  Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us if we may assist in any way! 

We will be Celebrating You & Your 2013 Accomplishments at our May Women’s Council  Conference in Washington DC…see you there!

2014 Texas State President

Women’s Council of REALTORS®

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The Texas State Chapter of 

The Women’s Council of REALTORS® 

Raises over $12,000.00  for TREPAC 

at the WCR / TAR Winter meeting in Austin

This year the WCR State Ways & Means Committee successfully staged the

“Celebrating the 80’s” Celebrity Waiter Event  to raise money for TREPAC.

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Each quarter in 2014, we will feature one of our active state past presidents

in our WCR Texas Newsletter.  Imagine that at the end of your presidential

year, a time capsule had been created with information from your year and

we have recently uncovered it.

Our first quarter spotlighted Past President is Sandra Hunt,

2009 Texas State President

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News From Around the State

2015 WCR Texas Leadership Orientation – ARE YOU READY?

by: Cathy Mitchell, 2014 President-Elect

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I couldn’t think of a better way to begin my year as State Treasurer

by: Cathy Hamlin, 2014 State Treasurer

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Celebrating WCR Texas Chapter “Super District Meeting”!

by: Ethel O’Dell, 2014 State Secretary

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Region 9 Update

by Sylvia Seabolt, 2014 Region 9 Vice President

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Area A Chapters are “movers and shakers”!

by Governor Area A – Nancy Garcia

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“V” is both for VALUE and VICTORY!

by Governor Area B – Marty Chrisman

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The Area C Chapters had a great first quarter!

by Governor Area C – Kerissa Payne

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Would you like to have a WCR Raving Fan Club?

by District VP Area A-1 – Angela Ochoa

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Area A, District 2 Quarterly Chapter Highlight

by District VP Area A-2 – Tanya Endicott

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I have the opportunity to work with dedicated and amazing people

by District VP Area B-3 – Renee Coulson

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Area B – District 4 Chapters are really “working it”!

by District VP Area B-4 – Susan Mack

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AREA B – District 5 is highly energetic and “on the move”

by District VP Area B-5 – Sheila Moran

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Area C, District 6 hits 2014 running!

by District VP Area C-6 – Rebecca Lightfoot O’Shea

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Area C – District 7 is “On Fire”!

by District VP Area C-7 – Bobby Bryant

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Meet the Texas State Coordinators

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The History of Our Texas District Vice Presidents

by Carolyn Wyckoff, 2014 Presidential Advisor & Chapter Assistance Chair

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Are all Title Companies alike?

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National Focus Member Spotlight

1st Quarter 2014

Isaac Mahone

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“Shooting for the Stars”

State Membership Campaign

April 1 – August 31, 2014

WCR Important Travel Dates
  • May 15-18:  WCR/NAR REALTOR® Party Convention, Washington DC
  • August 1-3:  WCR Leadership Academy, Chicago IL
  • September 4-8:  WCR/TAR Annual Convention, San Antonio TX
  • September 28-October 1: WCR Texas Leadership Orientation, Bastrop TX
  • November 5-9:  WCR/NAR Annual Convention, New Orleans LA

2015 Leadership Orientation

September 28 – October 1, 2015

Hyatt Lost Pines Resort, Bastrop, TX

Make Reservations


We are seeking members who are willing to step up to the challenge of leadership.

The Nominating Committee will meet on Monday, June 16th at

Texas Association of REALTORS®

Austin, TX

to interview candidates to fill State Officer positions for 2015:

  •  President-Elect 
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Governors – 3
  • District Vice Presidents (minimum of 6)

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Candidate Recommendation Form

Nominations will close on May 30, 2014.  Any Texas member may nominate members for State Officer positions.

Please contribute to the nomination process by sending in a completed form for members YOU would like to nominate to serve WCR Texas State Chapter in 2015.

Send nominations to Sylvia Seabolt

Corie Boldt

2013 Entrepreneur of the Year

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Jo Ann Stevens

2013 Member of the Year

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Susie Sheffield

2013 Affiliate of the Year

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Community Leader Award

1st Quarter 2014 Recipient

Joyce Berube

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May 12-17, 2014 in Washington DC


The Fall Conference will be

September 5-8, 2014 in San Antonio.  Look for more information and registration in Spring 2014.

Women’s Council Impact

  • Members exemplify the highest standard of industry professionalism and strengthen the REALTOR® brand in their communities.
  • Members have the tools and resources for long-term business success.
  • Members are sought after for their perspective and contribution at the local, state and national association levels.
  • Members are recognized for their professionalism and success in real estate.
  • Women’s Council and the National Association of REALTORS® are essential partners in advancing the industry.

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