2007 February Minutes

Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut REALTORS® Information Service, Inc.
February 15, 2007

In attendance: John Vincent, Susan Barnhouser, Bruce Brast, Merry Cassabria, Carol Christiansen, Linda Davis, Robert Kimball, Alvin Kinsall, Marilyn Lusher, Adam Mancini, Gail Whitney, and Janifer Zacharski.
Absent: Ruth Butler, Debra Chamberlain, Richard Loomis, Rachael Sposato, and Samantha Storey.

President John Vincent called the meeting to order at 10:06 A.M.

CONSENT AGENDA: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the consent agenda which contained the following items:

Approval of the minutes of the January 18, 2007 ECRIS Board of Directors meeting.

Approval of the January, 2007 Financial Statements subject to audit.

CORRESPONDENCE: It was moved, seconded and carried to deny Richard Mammon’s request for a refund of the $200.00 CTMLS Participant Application fee.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried rescind the following motion that was approved at the January 18, 2007 meeting: To lease Supra DisplayKeys and EKeys only to members of the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, effective immediately.

It was moved, seconded and carried to charge REALTORS® who are not ECAR members $24.00 plus tax per month for the Supra DisplayKey.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FORMS COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried offer the ZipForm Traditional Model to the membership.
TECHNOLOGY & COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to charge $175.00 for the back cover of Home Review.

It was moved, seconded and carried to authorize the Executive Vice President to sign an agreement with Supra that provides i-Boxes to Lockbox System users on a one for one exchange basis.

NEW BUSINESS: It was moved, seconded and carried to enter Executive Session for the purpose of considering an MLS Rules Violation Hearing Panel’s decision at 10:50 A.M.

The meeting resumed at 10:53 A.M.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:53 A.M.

The next scheduled meeting will be on April 19, 2007 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®. If a meeting is needed in March it will be held on March 22, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: Carol Christiansen, Secretary


Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
February 15, 2007

In attendance: John Vincent, Susan Barnhouser, Bruce Brast, Merry Cassabria, Carol Christiansen, Linda Davis, Robert Kimball, Alvin Kinsall, Marilyn Lusher, Adam Mancini, Gail Whitney, and Janifer Zacharski.
Absent: Ruth Butler, Debra Chamberlain, Richard Loomis, Rachael Sposato, and Samantha Storey.

President John Vincent called the meeting to order at 9:13 A.M.

CONSENT AGENDA: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the consent agenda which included:

Approval the minutes of the January 18, 2007 ECAR Board of Directors meeting.

Approval the minutes of the January 18, 2007 ECAR Board of Directors Executive Session.

Approval of the January, 2007 Financial Statements subject to audit.

Approval of the new REALTOR® Agency and REALTOR® members.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the appointment of Nancy Fox to the Grievance Committee with her term expiring December 31, 2008.

PRESIDENT ELECT’S REPORT:

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried to waive the application fee for REALTOR® membership for those REALTORS® who transfer their membership to ECAR from another Connecticut association.

It was moved, seconded and carried to donate $1,000.00 to the CAR Gates Scholarship Fund.

It was moved, seconded and carried to be a Gold Sponsor for the CAR Issues Advocacy Golf Tournament at a cost of $3,000.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FACILITIES PLANNING TASK FORCE: It was moved, seconded and carried to enter Executive Session for the purpose of considering the purchase of land at 9:25 A.M.

The meeting resumed at 9:45 A.M.

HOUSING OPORTUNITY COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the Housing Opportunity Committee Committee Expectation as presented.

TECHNOLOGY & MLS COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the Technology & MLS Committee Committee Expectation as presented.

It was moved, seconded and carried to enter Executive Session for the purpose of considering affirmation of a Professional Standards Hearing Panel decision at 9:58 A.M.

The meeting resumed at 10:01 A.M.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:01 A.M.

The next scheduled meeting will be on April 19, 2007 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®. If a meeting is needed in March it will be held on March 22, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: Carol Christiansen, Secretary


Minutes of the Forms Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
February 13, 2007

In attendance: John Bolduc, Lucien Laliberty, Alan Messier, Masha Robarts, Thomas Sheldon, and Valerie Votto.
Absent: Frank Busch, Andrew Cellemme, Toby Griffis, and Stuart Norman.

Vice Chairman Thomas Sheldon called the meeting to order at 9:05 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the December 19, 2006 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the current Committee Expectation.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the 2007 meeting schedule as presented.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors approve the ZipForm Traditional Model proposal.

It was moved, seconded and carried to not consider John Vincent’s recommended change to the Purchase & Sale Agreement cash clause until further information is received as to why the change was requested.

It was moved, seconded and carried to create a form for submission of recommended changes to forms and for the creation of new forms by the membership.

The meeting adjourned at 10:46 A.M.

The next meeting will be March 20, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the International Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
February 12, 2007

In attendance: Bruce Brast, Ronald Bates, John Bolduc, Lea Borgne, Merry Cassabria, Sal Costanza, Vanessa Evans, and David Ronick.
Absent: Donald Burbank and Suzanne Hand.

Bruce Brast called the meeting to order at 10:04 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the September 11, 2006 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to establish a timetable for holding a "Newcomers" Fair at the next meeting. Those present agreed to bring their ideas as to who the participants should be to the next meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the current Committee Expectation.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the 2007 Committee meeting schedule as presented.

It was moved, seconded and carried to create a relationship with the Chinese and American Cultural and Assistance Association of Norwich and to invite a representative of the group to the next meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 A.M.

The next meeting will at 10:00 A.M. on March 12, 2007.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Finance Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
February 12, 2007

In attendance: Thomas Switz, Ronald Bates, John Bolduc, Robert Kimball, Alvin Kinsall, Norm Krayem, Adam Mancini, and John Vincent
Absent: Linda Davis and Licia Sas.

Tom Switz called the meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the December 11, 2006 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the December 31, 2006 ECAR Income Statement subject to audit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the January 31, 2007 ECAR Balance Sheet and Income Statement subject to audit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the December 31, 2006 ECAR Charitable and Education Fund Income Statement subject to audit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the January 31, 2007 ECAR Charitable and Education Fund Balance Sheet and Income Statement subject to audit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the December 31, 2006 ECRIS Income Statement subject to audit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the January 31, 2007 ECRIS Balance Sheet and Income Statement subject to audit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the current Committee Expectation.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the 2007 meeting schedule as presented.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors approve the Supra iBox proposal.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors approve the Facilities Planning Task Force’s proposal for the purchase of land.

The meeting adjourned at 10:00 A.M.

The next meeting will on March 12, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Member Services Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
February 9, 2007

In attendance: Vivian Torregrossa, John Bolduc, Bruce Brast, Carol Christiansen, Alicia Fernandes, Dennis Palmer,Lisa Royea, and Donna Yother.
Absent: Ronald Bates, Jerome King, Helen Madsen, Jon Peck, and Amy Swan.

Vivian Torregrossa called the meeting to order at 10:07 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the January 12, 2007 minutes.

It was moved, seconded and carried to invite Rita Bellinger of USDA to be on a 2007 standby list for membership meeting speakers and to consider her as a speaker in 2008.

It was moved, seconded and carried to handout the Member Benefits flyer at the next membership meeting and to highlight the Tech Hotline during the Tech Tip.

It was moved, seconded and carried to investigate Robert Siciliano who speaks on computer security and identity theft as a speaker for next year.

The meeting adjourned at 10:59 A.M.
The next meeting will be on March 9, 2007 at 10:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Housing Opportunity Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
February 9, 2007

In attendance: Susan Barnhouser, John Bolduc, Joseph Grimmett, and John Read.
Absent: Helen Madsen, Peter Provost, and Lena Schriever.

Marjorie Blizard called the meeting to order at 9:03 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the July 14, 2006 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the Committee Expectation amended as follows:

1. Act as a "clearing house" for information regarding affordable housing financing programs and to disseminate the information to the members and the public.
2. Recommend the creation of partnerships with other organizations whose goal is the creation of affordable housing opportunities.
3. Identify local zoning regulations, and permitting procedures, and other regulatory activities that result in the inability to produce housing in a cost effective manner.

It was moved, seconded and carried to meet on the Second Friday of every month at 9:00 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that David Evans apply for the NAR SmartGrowth grant by the April 6, 2007 deadline.

The meeting adjourned at 10:00 A.M.

The next meeting will be on August 11, 2006 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Community Relations Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors®, Inc.
February 6, 2007

In attendance: Tisha Ladia, John Bolduc, Carol Christiansen, Cynthia Hellman, Marilyn Lusher, Elizabeth Mioducki, Catherine Newlin, Martha Parrette-Pray, and Samantha Storey
Absent: Lori Cataldi, Bethany Cote, Chad McCulley, Lian Obrey, Judy Rowley, Susan Sampson, Kathryn Schargus, and Donna Yother.

Chairman Tisha Ladia called the meeting to order at 1:02 P.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the November 21, 2006 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the current Committee Expectation.

It was moved, seconded and carried to meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 1:00 P.M. at the Association office.

It was moved, seconded and carried to hold the 2007 Community Benefit Raffle and Bazaar at 11:30 A.M. on December 5, 2007 at the Holiday Inn in Norwich. If December 5 is not available the alternate date is December 12.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1:42 P.M.
The next meeting will be on March 6, 2007 at 1:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Technology & MLS Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
February 6, 2007

In attendance: Paul Higgins, Ronald Bates, John Bolduc, Frank Busch, Marvin Elbaum , Eric Greenstein, Lucien Laliberty, Adam Mancini, Pamela Ognisty, Masha Robarts, Thomas Sheldon, Daniel Sperduto, and Fran Waite.
Absent: Ruth Butler and Adam Mancini.

Paul Higgins called the meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the December 5, 2006 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend to the Board of Directors that the charge for the back cover page of Home Review be increased to $175.00.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend to the Board of Directors that the Committee Expectation be revised as follows with strikethroughs being deletions and underlines being additions.

1. Monitor technology advances and recommend implementation by the Association and CTMLS
2. Monitor and enhance the Association web site
3. Evaluate available MLS services and make recommendations to the CTMLS Boards of Directors
4. Provide Promote training for the MLS system
5. Enhance the members’ E-Commerce abilities and the ability to communicate electronically
6. Serve as a resource for all committees and the Boards of Directors for technology issues
7. To oversee the operation of the MLS and implement the MLS Rules & Regulations under the guidance and direction of the Board of Directors
7. 8. Recommend changes to the Multiple Listing Rules and Regulations for approval by the CTMLS Board of Directors or membership as appropriate
9. Monitor the participation of members and make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding enforcement of Rules and Regulations
10. Recommend changes to the Multiple Listing forms for approval by the Board of Directors
11. Coordinate with the Education Committee to educate members on any changes to the MLS database and forms, as needed
12. Foster cooperation among MLS Participants and Subscribers

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors approve the Supra i-Box proposal as presented.

It was moved, seconded and carried to provide free web site links for Affiliate listings on the Member Services pages.

The meeting adjourned at 10:49 A.M.
The next meeting will be held on March 6, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Education Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
February 1, 2007

In attendance: Nancy Gordon, Fran Waite, John Bolduc, Donald Burbank, Paul Ciccone, Joan Clark, Kip Davis, Heather Edge, Patricia Erricson, Brad Favreau, Stephanie Gosselin, Robert Kimball, Al Kinsall, Evelynn Lyons, Joanne Pendleton, and Valerie Votto.
Absent: Ronald Bates, Anne Burtch, Andrew Cellemme, Randall Conradi, Martin Cubanski, Christian Driscoll, Marjorie Gatheral, Nicholas Gumprecht, Martin Hart, Doryann Plante, Candace Porter, Masha Robarts, Edward Siciliano, Ann Stewart, Charlene Stucke, and Katherine Swenson.

Nancy Gordon called the meeting to order at 900 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the December 7, 2006 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the Education Committee job description as presented.

It was moved, seconded and carried to offer a free 3 credit CE certificate that expires 12/31/07 for attendees at REALTORS® at the Capitol on March 21, 2007.

It was moved, seconded and carried to postpone consideration of offering the Fortress of the Mind class to the April meeting in order to evaluate the speaker’s presentation at the March 8, 2007 membership meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Member Services Committee consider using Robert Siciliano’s identity theft presentation at a future membership meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to promote the REALTOR® Association of the Pioneer Valley’s offering of the Matthew Ferrara Tech Tools For Real Estate Professionals course on February 28.

It was moved, seconded and carried to strongly recommend that committee members monitor a minimum of five CE classes and be an alternate three times during the CE cycle ending May 31, 2008.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that staff prepare monitoring procedures for the CE cycle ending May 31, 2008 for presentation at the next meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to submit the Current Issues In Real Estate II course for CE approval.

The meeting adjourned at 10:35 A.M.

The next will tentatively be on Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President