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NAR is Joining Forces with Boys & Girls Clubs of America09 Dec

Associations and REALTORS® are actively engaged in their communities, volunteering their time to several worthy causes and organizations. As part of the initiative President Tom Salomone announced at Leadership Summit, NAR is joining forces with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), providing an easy way for Associations and members to stay connected with their communities by giving back to the premiere youth-serving organization in the U.S.

It’s easy for Associations and members to volunteer their time to a local Club. To get started, visit www.realtor.org/BGCA. You’ll find a Club locator, success stories from Associations and REALTORS® who already support local Clubs, toolkits, as well as a list of sample volunteer activities, photos, videos and more. A press release was sent out yesterday announcing our exciting new affiliation. Click here to read the press release.

On January 6 and 21, NAR and BGCA will host two webinars so you can learn even more about this affiliation. See how you can get involved and use this opportunity to ask BGCA questions directly. Mark your calendars  — more information to come. 

Attached you will find a fact sheet and FAQs, which outline this new affiliation in more detail. If you have questions about NAR’s relationship with BGCA, please visit www.realtor.org/BGCA or contact me at x8269.  You can also contact a member of NAR’s Marketing team listed on the attached fact sheet. 

FACT SHEET

New Affiliation with Boys & Girls Clubs of America

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® is joining forces with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), the premier youth-serving organization in the U.S. Boys & Girls Clubs open their doors to nearly 4 million kids each year, serving as their “home away from home.” Boys & Girls Clubs and REALTORS® are part of the fabric of every community in America and by working together, we can give back to the young people who live in our communities.

Give Back by Getting Involved NAR is making it easy for Associations and members to volunteer their time and resources to a local Club. Associations that choose to work with a local Boys & Girls Club will not only be giving back, they’ll be completing a Core Standards requirement, specifically the community outreach initiative of investing in the community.

To get involved, visit www.realtor.org/BGCA to locate the local Club in your zip code. Contact the Club director to begin a dialogue about specific Club needs and the resources the Association and your members can provide. Volunteer activities may include after school tutoring, hosting a clean-up day, or donating gifts for an upcoming holiday party/coat drive, to name a few. Every Club will have specific needs, so it’s important to have a conversation with the Club director to determine the best way to offer resources.

In order to track the successes and contributions the REALTOR® Family is making to BGCA, please share your volunteerism efforts with us by emailing narbgca@realtors.org.

Free Resources Available Online NAR and BGCA’s co-branded website, www.realtor.org/BGCA, provides audience-specific information and resources for Associations, members and consumers. You’ll find a Club locator, success stories from Associations and REALTOR® volunteers and Alumni Club kids, toolkits for getting involved, as well as a list of sample volunteer activities, videos, web banners, and more.

Making a Donation If you choose to make a monetary donation, it’s important to note that all donations, even to a local Club, should be made through the national BGCA website (www.realtor.org/BGCA), where you will be able to direct your donation dollars appropriately, specifying whether you want your donation to benefit the national BGCA organization or a specific local Club.

Donations that exceed $1,000, from an individual member or money collected via a fundraiser, should be made through the national BGCA organization and not handed directly to the local Club. Prior to making your donation, contact Beatrice Woody, national director of Account Strategy and Development at BGCA, at bwoody@bgca.org. She will make sure your donation is properly distributed to the Club of your choice through the appropriate channels and that the Club follows up with donors directly and in a timely manner.

Please note, while donations are more than welcome, making a donation does not satisfy NAR Association’s Core Standards requirement.

Why BGCA? BGCA is the largest youth serving organization in America, with more than 4,100 Clubs located throughout the country and on military bases across the world. There are BGCA Clubs in every state and practically every community. Just as REALTORS® are integral part of their communities, so too are Boys & Girls Clubs.

Approved Copy The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® is joining forces with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to strengthen youth in communities across the country. Every year, BGCA opens its doors to nearly 4 million kids, serving as their “home away from home.” Visit www.realtor.org/BGCA to find the Club nearest you and learn how you can get involved to make a difference in your community.

Contact Information: 

Jill Johnson
Marketing Manager
312.329.8313
jjohnson@realtors.org

Karen Bebart
Vice President, Marketing
312.329.8359
kbebart@realtors.org
Bob Goldberg
Senior Vice President, Marketing
312.329.8269
bgoldberg@realtors.org

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2017 NAR Committee Recommendations

Are you or someone you know interested in serving on an NAR committee in 2017?   

The online Committee Recommendation Form on REALTOR.org will be accepting recommendations beginning on March 7th!  (Instruction documents will be available on March 1st.)  Please read the following important information regarding the Committee Recommendation Process:

Re-appointment to Committees & Continuing Terms

Committee members are NOT automatically considered for reappointmentA member currently serving on a committee, whose term expires in 2016 MUST submit a recommendation via the Online Committee Recommendation Form if he/she would like to be considered for service in 2017. 

Members who have a continuing term that expires in 2017 or 2018 do not need to submit a recommendation to remain on the committee; they will remain until the term expires.

Process for 2017 Committee Recommendation Process

The deadline for submitting committee recommendations is May 23, 2016.  All recommendations must be submitted via the online form.

Using the form, you can recommend yourself or another suitable candidate.   When submitting a recommendation you are required to include relevant comments that highlight the candidate’s skills and qualifications for the position.  All comments are confidential.

We encourage you to seek recommendations from colleagues with whom you have worked closely, in particular members of state and national leadership.

Follow these steps to access the Committee Recommendation Home Page:

1. Log-on to REALTOR.org
2. Click the “About NAR” tab at the top of the page
3. Click “Governance” in the right hand side of the page
4. Click “Committees” in the right hand side of the page
5. Click “Committee Selection Process” in the right hand side of the page
6. Click “Enter and view your committee recommendations” in the center of the page

The link below may also be used to access the recommendation form directly on REALTOR.org. http://gms.realtor.org/comrecords.nsf/comselMbrhome?readform

Things to Consider when Submitting Recommendations

Please review the committee structure, which lists each committee’s purpose statement, composition (how many members), length of term, and specific qualifications for consideration to see what committee you would best serve.  Please note that if appointed to a committee you will be expected to attend all of its meetings and serve the full length of the term.  Furthermore, please note that forums are open to all members; so recommendations need not be submitted for forums unless you are seeking the position of chair or vice chair.

The committee structure* can be found by clicking “View Committee Information” on the committee recommendation homepage (link provided above).

*Note: The content is from the current (2016) committee structure.  The 2017 committee structure will be approved at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in May, 2016.

Expertise Profiles

NAR’s Expertise Profile Database was designed to provide all levels of the REALTOR® family (including the Local, State and National Associations) with key information about you and your professional experience. The information that you will provide in this profile will be used as a resource in a variety of ways, including identification of members with certain expertise to serve on committees, working groups, presidential advisory groups; also, to respond to surveys about association issues, products, services etc.  

Individuals interested in serving on NAR’s committees are encouraged to create and/or update their expertise profiles.  However, they are not required. Please note:  Completing an expertise profile is NOT the same as submitting a recommendation for yourself!  If you wish to serve on a committee you still must submit a recommendation via the online Committee Recommendation Form on REALTOR.org.

To access the Expertise Profile page*:
Click “Enter Your Expertise Profile” on the committee recommendations homepage (http://gms.realtor.org/comrecords.nsf/comselMbrhome?readform)

Turn to REALTOR.org for the Latest Information

Use of electronic mail and the NAR Governance page on REALTOR.org serves as the vehicle for promoting and publicizing information related to the Committee Recommendation/Selection process.  Therefore it is imperative that you adjust your email spam filter settings so that you receive important emails from NAR.

NAR Governance Home Page*:

http://www.realtor.org/user/login?destination=/governance

Committees Home Page*:

http://www.realtor.org/governance/committees

*Members need to have a REALTOR.org login and password to access these pages.  Contact Information Central at (800) 874-6500; InfoCentral@realtors.org for login and password assistance.

Contact Information

Alaska Association of REALTORS®
4205 Minnesota Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99503

Phone (907) 563-7133
FAX (907) 561-1779
Toll-Free (800) 478-3763

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