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REALTOR® Magazine Seeks Entries for 2016 Volunteering Works Program28 Jan

WASHINGTON (January 28, 2016) — Realtors® not only help their clients achieve the American Dream by helping them buy and sell their homes, they also volunteer countless hours to help improve and develop their communities. For eight years, REALTOR® Magazine‘s Good Neighbor Society has helped Realtors® extend and enhance their charitable work through the Volunteering Works grant and mentoring program. The program, which assigns mentors to Realtors® who want to increase and expand their community service outreach, is now seeking entries.

“Realtors® build, change and improve communities across the nation every day,” said National Association of Realtors® President Tom Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida. “Through the Volunteering Works program, we can help Realtors® build upon and advance their volunteer efforts to help even more through community service.”

The Good Neighbor Society is seeking applications from Realtors® who work on small-scale charitable efforts that have growth potential. The society is comprised of past recipients of REALTOR® Magazine‘s Good Neighbor Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in community service. Five Volunteering Works recipients will benefit from a year of one-on-one mentoring from a member of the Good Neighbor Society and a $1,000 grant as seed money to help implement improvements in their community program.

Volunteering Works recipients will be selected based on their dedication to their volunteer work and the potential for their charitable work to be expanded or improved with the help of an expert mentor. Ideal candidates have been active in charity work, can identify specific challenges they would like to address with the help of a mentor and have specific goals for the future of their community service project. Applicants must be NAR members.

“We created Volunteering Works to benefit Realtors® who have a passion to make life better in their community,” says LeRoy Bendickson, of Edina Realty in Edina, Minnesota, who is the Good Neighbor Society advisory council chair and a 2011 Good Neighbor Award winner. “As they work on refining their charitable efforts, they can get advice and guidance from a mentor who has been in their shoes.”

Kristin Joyner, 2015 Volunteering Works recipient, has served the Sawnee Women’s Club on many projects, providing backpacks full of weekend food to schoolchildren in need. Joyner says the Volunteering Works experience has benefitted her charity in seeking ways to start a vegetable garden at a high school, which will provide fresh produce for struggling families.

“I received encouragement from my mentor, who shared some scripts with me on how to get corporate sponsors,” says Joyner, a Realtor® with Designer Realty, Dacula, Georgia. “With her enthusiasm, I wrote for another grant with Whole Foods and most important of all, she gave me confidence by telling me, ‘Your cause is worthy.'” Joyner’s mentor was 2014 Good Neighbor Kristina Rhodes, with F.C. Tucker Emge Realtors® Evansville, Indiana. Joyner says the $1,000 grant enabled her to get ‘good old fashioned dirt and seeds’ to get the garden underway at the high school.

The Good Neighbor Award winners, who mentor the Volunteering Works recipients, on average spend more than 20 hours a week on volunteer work and have built and led some of the most effective charitable organizations in the country. Since 2000, there have been more than 160 winners and honorable mentions of the Good Neighbor Award.

Volunteering Works is funded by The Stuart & Jill Siegel Charitable Foundation.

For a Volunteering Works entry form, visit www.Realtor.org/gna and click on “Nominate” The entry deadline is Feb. 26, 2016. Recipients will be notified in April.

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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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.

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