June 30, 2012  2nd quarter newsletter

Hot, Hot, Hot… WCR is muy caliente!   The slogan for our Summer Recruitment Contest well illustrates our current status with 21 local chapters winning GOLD, 4 local Chapters winning SILVER, and four Chapters of the Year Awards received at the WCR Mid Year Meeting!  Congratulations to all…

The Mid Year Meeting in DC was very successful. The new hotel proved to be an improvement with closer access to the NAR action, multitude of meetings rooms and an outdoor meeting area for networking.   The education sessions were outstanding with many of our Texas delegation involved in a variety of roles.

The 2nd quarter newsletter contains articles from sessions attended during the Mid Year Meeting.  We believe it is important to share the information/data learned with those that were unable to attend.  We are committed to 24/7 learning opportunities as afforded by our newsletter and website.

One of the favorite aspects of the role of president is the privilege of visiting the local chapters.  I have already visited several with more planned.  The hope is to visit all twenty-five chapters by the end of the year.

Our Facebook page continues to be very active with various items:  monthly leaders for our Membership Contest, Tools You Can Use, local chapter Entrepreneurs of the Year, new Faces of Texas every month in addition to the posts by the officers.  In July, our local chapter presidents will be posting in lieu of the State Officers.

Congratulations to the new slate for the 2013 State Chapter Officers.  Election will be held, September 8th at the Governing Board Meeting in San Antonio, TX.

Plans are being made to make the Fall Conference – with our WCR University Fall Training Sessions, committee meetings, free 2 hour MCE class, Governing Board meeting and Installation of the 2013 State Officers – outstanding.  We need your help to make it all possible.

Until the end of the third quarter….  Remain committed to excellence.

VaLois Hounsel

2012 Texas State President

March 31, 2012    First quarter Newsletter

We have started the year with optimism and positive energy that we will make a difference for our members.

On January 1our new Faces of the Texas Chapter social media logo debuted on our Facebook page with Sandra Hunt, Nancy Garcia, Isaac Mahone, Florence ButlerGuadalupe Limas, and Chryel Madden.  Each quarter will see six new faces.  The selection was done by a drawing during the Leadership Orientation.  Hopefully some of our chapters are finding ways to utilize the social media logo with Faces of their own chapter leaders, new members or Strategic Partners.

Our State Officers have been posting regularly to our State Chapter Facebook page  and state blog to keep our members updated and to share information from local chapter meetings as well as National.   We will highlight speakers, presentations, discussions, motivational quotes and books from the outstanding meetings and conferences attended during the year .

Our new state website debuted January 15th.  We appreciate all that have worked to make the site a possibility with a big thank you to Rosanna Hudson, our Technology Chair and her committee.   It is still a work in progress with new additions often.  The goal is 24/7 learning opportunities.

The state chapter has been more visible with direct member engagement through input and feedback from members concerning needs preferences and expectations.  Survey was used  to gather feedback from our 2012 Winter Meeting.  Several state committees will be sending surveys as well for preferences.

The new National Retention Contest ended January 31st with two local chapters as winner.  In the Mega Chapter category, the Dallas Chapter won second place and $300 dollars; the Montgomery County Chapter won third place and $200.

Our WCR University Spring Training Session was held during the TAR/WCR Winter Meeting with outstanding training sessions facilitated by our own members.  First session was “From the Frying Pan into the Fire” with Carolyn Wyckoff and Pat Farrell aided by the local chapter officers from the San Antonio and Hill Country Chapters.  Thanks to Nikki Fulks, Marty Chrisman, Holly Kincaid and Sally Singley – Chairs for the Education/Program, Strategic Partners and Ways and Means Chairs who provided an interactive session.

In order to have more time for training our local chapter officers, many of our committees have worked on their charges by email and conference calls.

We hosted a financially successful Celebrity Waiter Las Vegas Style raising over $16,800 to benefit TREPAC.  Thank you to Sally Singley, W & M chair, her committee members and Sharon Morton, the officer liaison for a job well done.

We celebrated the individuals who have made a significant contribution in 2011 to our organization during the 2012 Awards Luncheon.  Congratulations to Sally Singley, 2011 Affiliate of the Year; Carolyn Wyckoff, our 2011 Member of the Year, Gayla Skates, 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year and Sharon Eddings, our 2011 State President.

This year we once again sponsored a three hour MCE class for our members as well as TAR members.  With the help of Champions School of Real Estate, we were able to offer the class free of charge to our members.

Thanks for a great first quarter and looking forward to the second one!

January 1, 2012

Welcome to our new website and the beginning of the New Year!  Thank you to Rosanna Hudson, Chair and Isaac Mahone, Vice Chair of the Technology Committee and their committee members for completing the task.  Www.WCRTexas.org will be the place where you can find everything that you need!  If not, let us know…

COMMUNICATION AND EDUCATION are the goals for 2012.  Education should be a member benefit.  The website gives us the engine needed for 24/7 access to information and learning in multiple formats.

On our state blog we will have periodically scheduled posts by our officers to share information from local chapter meetings as well as National.   We will highlight speakers, presentations, discussions and books from the outstanding meetings and conferences attended during the year.  We believe it is important to share the wealth of knowledge gained through our attendance at events.

Officer pictures and contact information will be due by January 15, 2012.  Members will have a site to search for local chapters as well as members at their fingertips.  The Governors will be responsible for collecting the data from the Local Chapter Presidents.  Please make this a priority in your chapters.

Come back often to visit and see the changes we are continually making to improve the experience.

VaLois Hounsel

2012 Texas State President