Women’s Council of REALTORS® Texas Chapter:
Summertime is here!
Hello WCR Texas!
Summertime is here! I am amazed that we are half way through 2011. How time flies when we are having fun!
One of the many benefits of serving as State Chapter Presidfent is the opportunity to visit our Local Chapters, renewing friendships and meeting new people. I am really enjoying my travels across the state, and look forward to the chapter visits still on my schedule. Texas WCR Hospitality just cannot be beat!
Catch the WCR Wave! How many new members has YOUR chapter recruited for our Summer Membership Contest? What are your plans for meeting the recruitment goals for your chapter? We look forward to ALL Texas Chapters participating in our Winners Circle Reception on September 8th in Austin!
WCR Texas was well represented in Washington DC, at the WCR Mid-Year Meetings. Our TEXAS State Chapter was awarded with Mega State Chapter of the year. As a result of our many local chapter Gold and Silver Chapter Excellence awards, Texas State Chapter won top honors. The award is based on points earned from submitting the Annual Plan to National highlighting the benefits provided to the members of each chapter. Austin Chapter also received 2nd place in Member Retention for Mega Chapters. TEXAS PRIDE was shining through during the ceremonies!
- For September TAR/WCR Fall Meeting Registration click here.
- For WCR Meeting Event Schedule, click here.
- More info to come soon on our Paradise Luau, WCR Texas Style! Event, which will be during our September meetings.
- FUN in store!
Enjoy your Summer! See you in Austin for our State Meetings.
State Leadership Orientation..
The 2012 Leadership Orientation will be held October 14-16, 2011 at the Westin Stonebriar Hotel in Frisco, TX. Be sure to bring your chapter’s 2012 elected line officers and committee chairs to this event and training sessions! Click here for Registration.
This powerful event will enable you to walk away with the skills and tools needed to lead your team members effectively and to succeed in business and as leaders in the industry!
Our sessions, speakers, and activities will guide the local chapter officers as we prepare for next year. We will go step by step through the following items:
* Responsibilities of each office
* Important deadlines
* Business plan/Annual Report basics
* Meet your State Governors
* Meet your Texas District Vice Presidents
* Planning of your Chapter’s next District Meeting
* Conducting a Business Resource Meeting from planning to actual meeting by the 2012 local chapter presidents.
* Mining for Gold in both your personal and chapter business.
* Recruitment and Retention Rally with tip and ideas to help grow your chapter
* Running a successful and professional governing board meeting for WCR or any professional organization.
* The Fundamentals of successful Fundraising in a difficult market starting with
the committee, setting an action plan, and executing for maximum profit.
* Effective use of committees to sustain your chapter through the year
Abilene Chapter organized a successful Basket Auction in April; part of the proceeds support the annual “Walk with Pride” program which provides new school shoes for special students. Thanks go especially to Kathy Sanders, Realtor with Coldwell Banker Panian & Mash, who graciously stepped up to the plate to take on the challenging job of Ways and Means Chair for our Chapter.
Abilene Chapter has, also, started to strongly promote our FIRST EVER PMN COURSE – Harnessing the Power with Terry Watson, Instructor. The class will be held September 22nd; cost is $149.00 – But….early bird discount (register by August 15th) is $25.00 and WCR Member discount is an additional $25.00. Anyone can find out more information by contacting Angela Tomlin, Realtor with RE/MAX of Abilene, 325-665-9433, who is our chapter’s GO-TO-PERSON on this project.
The Austin chapter has organized and provided several learning opportunities for our members this quarter. We started with ‘Getting on the Social Media Highway’ which was well attended by members and several non-members who then joined the chapter. Then we moved on to ‘Facebook UR Biz’ teaching our members how to publish a business page in order to comply with Facebook rules and our NAR Code of Ethics on advertisements. Because the majority of our members are Smartphone users, we also offered ‘iSmart – Making the Most of Your iPad and iPhone’.
All of our educational opportunities have been well attended and well received. After educating ourselves, we decided we wanted to have some fun, so then came our $2000 Dollar Reverse Sweepstake Dinner Dance. This was our first fund-raiser for the year and it was a Blast!
In April we hosted our 5th Annual Celebrity Cake Auction for TREPAC. We had some beautiful and delicious cakes and raised over $3000 for TREPAC.
We have also hosted combined mixers with our local NAHREP and NAPMW chapters. Overall, the Austin Chapter is Movin and Shakin!!
Our Chalupa Fundraiser, first time ever!!!! Mexican Bingo, over 75 tickets sold and counting.
“Someone put a bunch of plastic birds in our yard” a puzzled John Scanlan stated as he came in from getting the mail. I replied from the other room, “Oh, we’ve been flocked.”
“We’ve been what?” he asked. I enunciated more carefully the second time, “Flocked, and it’s all for charity.”
Getting flocked is a very clever fund raiser sponsored by the Women’s Council of Realtors®. It benefits the Fort Bend County Women’s Center. Since April, ten flocks of flamingoes have been “flying” from yard to yard in Fort Bend every few days. And what fun it is. My neighbor, Mike Pace, even offered me a picture of our yard flock he had taken.
Really I hated to see the birds leave. Maybe it’s because I have tacky taste, or some might say funky, but the flock gave me a nice smile every time I saw it. Dave Adam told me, “It’s moved over on El Dorado.” Getting flocked does take on a life of its own.
So with my hard hitting journalism, I had to ask the burning question of Sallie Wheeler, who is the chair or “Mother Flocker”, “What’s it’s like to be a “Mother Flocker?” She laughed, “It’s a lot of fun, and it benefits a really great cause in the Fort Bend Women’s Center. They are so great, and it helps so many victims, both women and children of domestic abuse, get their lives back on track.”
Now, flocking is no small operation . . . it takes two or three “sister flockers” to keep each flock in flight . . . but it’s simple for the family that gets flocked. You merely “pass the flock” onto another family who hopefully finds it as much fun as you did. Of course, you add a donation—this does raise money for charity. There is also “flocking insurance” to not be flocked again. But as Tita Horrell told me regarding her involvement, “It’s fun. It’s a great way to raise money and not be offensive. If someone doesn’t want to participate . . . all they have to say is, ‘get the flock out.’ We’ve only had a couple of people who have not seen the humor or the benefit to charity. So we moved the birds.”
Now, these ladies go to great lengths to make this a surprise—just like it was for us. They, in fact, try to find a time when no one is home. To fill one birthday order, Sallie was to come at night while the couple went out to dinner, but when she first arrived, children were playing in the yard. So she returned later and not seeing anyone, she was flocking away, when she heard a small voice, “What are you doing to my yard?” The family’s ten year old boy had to be reassured by his babysitting Grandmother, “It’s okay.”
Henderson County Chapter hosted our Annual Golf Tournament at Cedar Creek Country Club, it went smoothly with 1st 2nd and 3rd place Winners, and a huge turn out of Member Volunteers, Silent Auction was had, raffle, poker run, and nice lunch for all.
June Resource Program was a huge success with a full house, De De Galindo our speaker was well received by 39 guests and members, as she delivered a very motivational talk on “Stepping Stones to overcome fear” everyone was indeed in a trance as she spoke.
The Highland Lakes Chapter of Women’s Council of REALTORS® and the Austin Affiliate of Susan G Komen for the Cure® have teamed up for the first annual “Bras For A Cause” Event to be held September 17, 2011. Please call Dawn Lavka for more information and tickets 830-613-5449.
We had 3 members attend a joint PMN class offered by the Highland Lands, Hill Country and San Antonio Chapters in conjunction with Champions School of Real Estate in San Antonio. They were: Jeanne Ashby, Tammie Bennett, and Kay Zagst.
Houston Chapter is off to a great start celebrating our 67 year anniversary. “Real Estate is changing and we’re changing with it” says President Tiffany Curry. “By adding creative programming and personal touch in addition to the tools and resources Women’s Council has provided us, we are educating our members on opportunities in a Challenging Market and encouraging future leaders in our community!”
Our April BRM featured Houston’s Top “Relo Guru” as our speaker and made the Sunday Houston Chronicle; our May BRM featured the Houston Association of Realtors Member Relations Manager who shared the latest 80 FREE HAR member Tools and Technology to enhance our member businesses. In June, Houston Chapter is partnering for a joint meeting with NAHREP Houston offering a free 3hr MCE course to promote recruitment and retention called “Throw Me the Money”. Our 4th Annual Top Model Fashion Show in underway, the date is September 15th…this year’s theme “Mannequins in Motion”.
On Friday, May 6th the Women’s Council of REALTORS, Houston 1960 Chapter held its 3rd Annual Beach Party at Bareback Bar and Icehouse! From 5:30pm on – WCR enjoyed an evening of fun!! From a Limbo Contest, Volleyball games, Beach Bum Contest, Washers, Silent and Live Auctions- it was a busy night!!
Thank you to our Event Chairs: Kristy Santelia with North American Title and Doug Luza with Moncor Mortgage. Thank you to our event partners: North American Title- Spring Cypress, Moncor Mortgage- Doug Luza, AmCap Mortgage- Mary Papageorge, A2Z Houston Locksmith, RE/MAX Integrity, Allied Home Warranty- Cookie Long, Steel Blue Property Management, and Texas American Title Company.
A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the following charities: WCR Houston 1960 Chapter and REALTOR Relief Fund, Make a Wish Foundation, and United Through Reading- Military Program. The Women’s Council of REALTORS – Houston 1960 chapter leadership team consists of Laura Sanders, President; Sabrina Larson, President-Elect; Susan Lamb, Vice President of Membership; Carolyn Knigge, Treasurer; Valery Blank, Secretary. Our Ways and Means Chair is Mary Papageorge.
Business Resource Luncheons are on the 3rd Thursday of every month (excluding July and November) at Raveneaux Country Club. The rest of the year is planned out with incredible education and networking opportunities to enhance your business.
Members of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Women’s Council of REALTORS volunteered to register participating athletes, from all over the world, for the Memorial Hermann Inaugural Ironman competition held Saturday, May 21, 2011, in The Woodlands.
WCR volunteers worked Monday through Friday the week of the event assembling the Athlete Sling Bags and packets for all the incoming participants, as well as checking in athletes, competing in the Ironman race, who were arriving from throughout the United States and around the world.
In addition to helping throughout the week, Cathy Cobb with Charter Title Company (also a WCR member) hosted a Hospitality Room for WCR volunteers from 1:00 – 5:00 pm on Saturday.
The Women’s Council of REALTORS is an organization of both men and women whom are active in the Montgomery County real estate industry, including REALTORS, loan officers, title company representatives, builders and others directly involved in real estate activities. WCR members participate in a wide variety of volunteer activities throughout the year. One of their largest projects is Holidays for Heroes, an annual event in which WCR volunteers collect non-perishable food items, Christmas cards from elementary school students, phone cards and other gifts that are distributed in Christmas stockings to our service men and women in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Chapter President Barbara and Charles Schrader at the registration table where the Ironman Athletes picked up their sling bags;
Susan Mack, of Exit Realty, working at the WCR Registration Table, where wrist bands and packets were distributed.
July 13th – Business Resource Luncheon – IT’S HALF TIME – LET’S GET GEARED UP TO FINISH THE YEAR STRONG
August 10th – Business Resource Luncheon – IT’S A MAYOR AFFAIR! Local Mayor Panel
September 14th – “Mini EXPO/VENDOR DAYS” Full day of morning MCE sessions, Business Resource Luncheon – Marathon of Change Panel (lunch time), Afternoon MCE/Technology Session/Followed by Sponsored Mixer/Networking Event
Successful Recent Events:
NETC has remained the “small chapter that could” in providing exceptional speakers/coaches to our BRM’s…Bunco still a great event raising 400.00 and April Sock Hop Event (a evening filled with carnival games/booths, dance floor, limbo contest and hula hoop contest!)
April was a busy month for the San Antonio Chapter of the Women’s Council of REALTORS. We invited the San Antonio Board of REALTORS TREPAC Chair, Annette Slater, who is also a Past President of our chapter, to our meeting so we could present our annual $1500 donation to TREPAC and encouraged all of our members to support TREPAC because of all that it does for our industry. Our State Governor, Sharon Morton, visited our Governing Board meeting and shared some very helpful suggestions and compliments. Our Governing Board also approved some important overall changes and updates to our Standing Rules.
May started off with the “Hill Country Wine Tour” fundraiser. We sold out in less than 2 weeks and everyone agreed that it was a fun way to celebrate “Cinco de Mayo.” We were also invited to the GRI REALTOR Roundtable and were asked to provide an expert on referrals and to have a membership table at the event. Our President-Elect, Cindy Cox, represented our chapter well as a true referral expert.
In June, we had a “Summer Beach Party” theme at our BRM and celebrated the start to the, hopefully, busy real estate season. Saks Fifth Avenue held free make-overs and perfumeria info for us on June 21st. We combined this with a “Dress for Success” event and asked each attendee to the make-overs to bring professional clothing that can be used to help deserving women in our community to have clothing for job interviews as they transition into our work force. It was a relaxing break with wine and appetizers, everyone left looking fabulous and we all got a goodie bag. What a fun way to help our community. June still wasn’t done yet, as we coordinated with the Hill Country Chapter and the Highland Lakes Chapter and held a PMN class on June 24th with Becky Hill teaching ” The Business of Your Business” at Champions School of Real Estate in San Antonio. Great to see so many wonderful changes to this newly designed course.
It has been a great year for our chapter so far and I must admit has been a lot of fun for me. Thanks to all of our hard-working and dedicated members for making it great. Still hard to imagine that 2011 is half over!
Texas Presence in DC…
Our Texas members continue to actively participate at the National level in various capacities. If interested in participation with National, submit your application to the National Focus Committee next year.
National Executive Committee –
- Becky Hill
- Jo Ann Stevens
- Mary Ann Jeffers
- Sandra Hunt
National Nominating Committee – Sharon Eddings
Region 9 Committee Members
- Sandra Hunt
- Sharon Eddings
- VaLois Hounsel – served as secretary
- Lois Malone
- Sharon Morton
- Patti St Louis
2011 Financial Oversight Committee/Region 9 – VaLois Hounsel
- Cindie Stewart – panelist
- Lois Malone – participant
Budget & Finance Committee – Sharon Eddings
- Effective Chapter Operations Strategic Forum
- Sandra Hunt – Steering Committee Member
- Leadership Development and Influence Forum
- Sharon Eddings & VaLois Hounsel – table facilitators
- “Social Media the Next Generation – Sylvia Seabolt introduced Jessica Kincaid
- “Deep Dive Learning Lab – Effective Programming” – Lois Malone served as panelist
Tips and Technology from DC…
1. Poll Everywhere – the fastest way to create real-time experiences for events using your cell phone. Ask a question with multiple-choice answers; audience answers using texts with responses displayed live in power point or the web. We will be using Poll Everywhere at Leadership Orientation!
2. QR code – abbreviation for Quick Response code is a specific matric barcode that can be read by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera telephones. The WCR Mid Year program contained a QR code with the conference schedule. Make sure your phone has a QR reader as we will find ways to utilize the technology at Leadership Orientation.