Past President Spotlight

Mary Parker

Mary E Parker
1998 WCR Texas Chapter President

 I.  Your year as President

           A.   I was the 1998 Texas State Chapter President.  My installation was a Dinner-Dance held in Austin, TX with Mike Brodie, Past President of TAR serving as my master of ceremonies.  It was very special for me as my husband, Kenneth, our three sons, their wives and my grandchildren attended.

           B.  Your Leadership Orientation
The three-day Leadership Orientation was held in the Kerrville, Texas (in the beautiful Hill Country).   The National President, Sheila Espinosa was our featured speaker.  National Officers were present and served as “Round Table” Topic leaders.  Our vendors were very generous and “door prizes” were a big hit.  Everyone in attendance went home with more than one door prize.

           C.  My best memories centered on the theme, each Local Chapter President had to prepare a speech based on doing business with clients from other countries.  A popular book at the time was, “Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands.”  It was amazing to hear the presentations.  Each President did an awesome job.

           D.   The biggest problem was Chapter attendance.  Some of the Chapters were unable to attend.

           E.   Funniest memory from my year in service:
Visiting the December Chapter meeting in Henderson County – Gun Barrel, Texas, it was a warm and friendly atmosphere.  I was presented with a “Christmas Reindeer.” Henderson was wearing a red ribbon tie and had a sparkle in his eyes.  He was immediately put on our “Very Special Christmas Decorations” list, and has guarded our Christmas gifts under the Parker Christmas tree every year.

           F.   Two most challenging issues – Recruiting and Retaining Members – Getting Realtors to realize that membership provide an opportunity for referral business and increasing your real estate knowledge and skills.

II.   When were you a Governor and/or TDVP; what areas/districts were you assigned to?

I served as TDVP for the Houston Chapters and as Governor I served Brownsville, El Paso, Harlingen and McAllen

III.   Name of home chapter

My manager, Bettye Perdue, invited me to the Houston Chapter.  I became President in 1988.  I was actively involved in the formation of the Houston-Katy WCR Chapter and transferred my membership to that Chapter; became President in 2001 and currently serve as the Chairman of the Bylaws and Standing Rules Committee

 IV.   Personal information

 1.  My husband, Kenneth passed away in May of 2014.  Our son Donny and his wife Barbara live in Pine Bluff, Arkansas; son Kenny and wife Cindy live in Murphy’s, California; and son Jonny and wife Victoria live in Spring, TX.  We have 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren scattered throughout Texas, California, Colorado and the State of Washington.

2.  Employment
I serve as the Office Manager for Real Estate Brokers of Texas.

V.  2015

What do you see as the future of Women’s Council?
WCR will become the benchmark for real estate education and leadership training.

What are the most important issues facing us today?
Recruitment and Retention / Member Involvement

What “words of wisdom” would you give to new members?
Get involved in your local chapter as soon as possible. Take advantage of the benefits and move up the Ladder of Leadership.  You will make so many wonderful contacts and life long friends.  Learning to become a leader will increase your personal growth with an additional benefit of building and securing a successful business.  “Take a personal interest in someone and ask them to join.”