2008 August Minutes

Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut REALTORS® Information Service, Inc.
August 28, 2008

In attendance: Susan Barnhouser, John Bolduc, Frank Busch, Merry Cassabria, Paul Ciccone, Carol Christiansen, Linda Davis, Cathy Duprey, Heather Edge, Paul Higgins, Marilyn Lusher, Lora Merrill, Samantha Storey, Vivian Torregrossa, John Vincent, and Fran Waite.
Absent: Bruce Brast and Debra Chamberlain.

President Susan Barnhouser called the meeting to order at 9:47 A.M.

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

Approval the minutes of the July 17, 2008 ECRIS Board of Directors meeting.

Approval of the July 31, 2008 Financial Statements subject to audit.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
COMMITTEE REPORTS:
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
NEW BUSINESS:

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:48 A.M.
The next scheduled meeting will be on September 18, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

Respectfully submitted: Susan Barnhouser, President


Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
August 28, 2008

In attendance: Susan Barnhouser , John Bolduc, Frank Busch, Merry Cassabria, Paul Ciccone, Carol Christiansen, Linda Davis, Cathy Duprey, Heather Edge, Paul Higgins, Marilyn Lusher, Lora Merrill, Samantha Storey, Vivian Torregrossa, John Vincent, and Fran Waite.
Absent: Bruce Brast and Debra Chamberlain.

President Susan Barnhouser called the meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.

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

Approval the minutes of the July 17, 2008 ECAR Board of Directors meeting.

Approval the minutes of the July 17, 2008 ECAR Board of Directors Executive Session.

Approval of the July 31, 2008 Financial Statements subject to audit.

Approval of the new REALTOR® Agencies and REALTORS®.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
PRESIDENT ELECT’S REPORT:
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried to elect Carol Christiansen as the ECAR 2008 NAR Delegate Body representative.
COMMITTEE REPORTS:
MEMBER SERVICES COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the Work Out World member benefit proposal.
POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Connecticut Association of REALTORS® support legislation that home addresses of real estate licensees not be publically available on the Department of Consumer Protection’s web site.
STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the 2008-9 Strategic Plan as presented.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
NEW BUSINESS:

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:40 A.M.
The next meeting will be on September 18, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

Respectfully submitted: Susan Barnhouser, President


Minutes of the Technology & MLS Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
August 18, 2008

In attendance: Marvin Elbaum, Ronald Bates, John Bolduc, Frank Busch, Paul Higgins, Lucien Laliberty, Masha Robarts, and Fran Waite.

Absent: Patricia Erricson, Eric Greenstein, Daniel Sperduto, and Sandra Thompson.

Marvin Elbaum called the meeting to order at 10:05 A.M.

The committee met with Quinn & Geller to continue to select a final design concept for the new web site and will meet again with Quinn & Gellar at the next meeting to provide additional input.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the July 8, 2008 meeting.

Lucien Laliberty, chair of the Home Review Sub-Committee, made a report regarding his meeting with Windham County brokers. The discussion will continue at the next meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 12:25 P.M.

The next regular meeting will be on September 2, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Affiliate Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
August 13, 2008

In attendance: Jon Peck, Chris Albanese, John Bolduc, Kip Davis, Alan Messier, Susan Napiany, Deborah Ordille, Dennis Palmer, Martha Parrette-Pray, Valerie Votto, and Donna Yother.
Absent: Donald Burbank, John Estelle, Michael Hodge, Leslie Robbins, and Richard Zesk.

Jon Peck called the meeting to order at 9:04 A.M.

It was agreed to postpone the Talent Show until the spring of 2009.

It was agreed that the 2008-9 Affiliate Service Directory will be mailed to member offices.

The meeting adjourned at 10:10 A.M.
The next meeting will be scheduled by the Chairman.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Community Relations Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors®, Inc.
August 12, 2008

In attendance: Samantha Storey, Patrick Baxter, John Bolduc, Donna Jean Breton, Carol Christiansen, Catherine Newlin, Martha Parrette-Pray, and Susan Rich.
Absent: Cheryl Auerbach, Joan Casey, Joy Fichera, Ellen Foley, Catherine Howard, Marilyn Lusher, Brooke Pickett, James Ryder, and Jacqueline Thurman.

Samantha Storey called the meeting to order at 1:10 P.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the July 8, 2008 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to establish a goal of $15,000 for funding 2008 grant recipients.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors approve the following Community Benefit Raffle and Bazaar grants for 2008:

 

Organization

2008 Grant

Stated Purpose/Use

Alliance For Living

 $        750.00

support the Positively Speaking Education Program

Child & Family Agency

 $        750.00

provide support for the Reading and Arts program.

Connecticut Community Care, Inc.

 $        500.00

support nearly 2,000 low income frail elders

Covenant Shelter of New London

 $     1,000.00

fund the purchase of milk and orange juice for homeless pre-school and school age children

Drop-In Learning Center

 $        500.00

purchase computers for the Tutorial program

Friends of Assisi Food Pantry

 $        500.00

the purchase of a laptop computer

Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut

 $        500.00

fund the Complimentary Therapies Program

Madonna Place

 $     1,250.00

fund children’s services for low to moderate income families

MALTA

 $     1,000.00

purchase items used in the street and shelter outreach

New London Area Food Pantry

 $        500.00

purchase food

Norwich Rotary Club Mahan Coat Fund

 $     1,500.00

purchase winter coats for needy children

St. Vincent de Paul Place

 $        500.00

provide emergency financial aid

Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern CT

 $        500.00

purchase books, games and other reading material in other languages and in Braille

Sheldon Road Field Committee

 $     1,000.00

launch your effort to clear and grade Sheldon Road Field

Southeastern Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence

 $        544.99

purchase a Total Erase Marker Board

Thames River Family Program

 $        500.00

fund the Children’s Activities and Child Advocate programs

Thames Valley Council for Community Action

 $        500.00

fund the Northeastern Connecticut Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

United Community & Family Services

 $        500.00

purchase dental equipment for two new dental laboratories

VFW Post 54 Ladies Auxiliary

 $        500.00

offset the cost of a Christmas party for veteran’s children

Waterford Youth Services Bureau

 $        750.00

provide funding for the Emergency Family Assistance Fund

Women’s Center of Southeastern Connecticut

 $     1,000.00

provide heating and utility assistance for your residents in transitional and supportive housing programs

 TOTAL

 $   15,044.99

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:16 P.M.

The next meeting will be on September 2, 2008 at 1:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the International Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
August 11, 2008

In attendance: Bruce Brast, Ron Bates, John Bolduc, Merry Cassabria, Thomas Cassabria, Bill Cheng, Sal Costanza, Donata Delulio, Chris McCormack, Vivian Torregrossa, and Patricia Williams Kelley.
Absent: Lea Borgne, Don Burbank, Deb Chamberlain, Tricia Cunningham, Vanessa Evans, Paula Hahn, Lorelei Mitchell, Leann Souza, Camille Taylor, and Priscilla Shabarekh.

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

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the June 9, 2008 meeting.

The committee continued to discuss what should be included in a Welcome Wagon brochure.

The committee members agreed to submit ideas for the NAR Diversity Grant to the Chairman prior to the next meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:30 A.M.

The next meeting will be on September 15, 2008 at 10:00 A.M., not on September 8 as originally scheduled.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Finance Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
August 11, 2008

In attendance: Gail Whitney, Ronald Bates, John Bolduc, Bruce Brast, Linda Davis. Robert Kimball, Norm Krayem, Thomas Switz, and John Vincent.
Absent: Patricia Rodgers-Longo.

Vice Chairman Thomas Switz called the meeting to order at 9:03 A.M.

Gail Whitney arrived and assumed the Chair.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the July 14, 2008 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the July 31, 2008 ECAR Balance Sheet and Income Statement subject to audit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the July 31, 2008 ECAR Charitable and Education Fund Balance Sheet and Income Statement subject to audit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to rescind the motion approved at the July 14, 2008 meeting to prepare a 2009 budget that includes the lockbox DisplayKey fee in the ECAR dues.

The meeting adjourned at 10:05 AM.
The next meeting will on September 8, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Strategic Planning Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
August 8, 2008

Present: Carol Christiansen, Ronald Bates, John Bolduc, Bruce Brast, Marjorie Blizard, Marvin Elbaum, Robert Kimball, Lora Merrill, Martha Parrette-Pray Masha Robarts, Samantha Storey, and Thomas Switz.
Absent: Lisa Royea.

Carol Christiansen called the meeting to order at 1:06 P.M

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the July 1, 2008 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors approve the 2008 – 9 Strategic Plan as presented.

The meeting adjourned at 2:17 P.M
The next meeting will be scheduled by the Chairman

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Education Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
August 7, 2008

In attendance: Paul Ciccone, Ronald Bates, John Bolduc, Anne Burtch, Joan Clark, Kip Davis, Evelynn Lyons, Catherine Newlin, Kathryn O’Leary Joanne Pendleton, Masha Robarts.
Absent: Marjorie Gatheral, Donald Burbank, Ruth Butler, Heather Edge, Patricia Erricson, Nancy Gordon, Lora Merrill, Alan Messier, Doryann Plante, Edward Siciliano, Valerie Votto.

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

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the June 5, 2008 meeting.

There weren’t any motions made at this meeting; however, the following topics were tabled to the September meeting:
M.H. Schaefer Inspection Courses
360 Training

Next Meeting: September 4, 2008

Respectfully submitted: Kathryn O’Leary, Education Coordinator


Minutes of the Technology & MLS Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
August 5, 2008

In attendance: Marvin Elbaum, Ronald Bates, John Bolduc, Frank Busch, Eric Greenstein, Lucien Laliberty, Masha Robarts Daniel Sperduto, and Fran Waite.
Absent: Patricia Erricson, Paul Higgins, and Sandra Thompson.

Marvin Elbaum called the meeting to order at 9:05 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the July 8, 2008 meeting.

Lucien Laliberty, chair of the Home Review Sub-Committee, made a report regarding his meeting with Windham County brokers. The discussion will continue at the next meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that the Finance Committee abandon the proposal to include the DisplayKey fee in ECAR dues and to develop other ways to encourage use of the DisplayKey. The vote was 3 in favor, 2 opposed and 2 abstentions.

The committee met with Quinn & Geller to continue to discuss design concepts for the new web site and will meet again with Quinn & Gellar at the next meeting to provide additional input.

The meeting adjourned at 11:20 A.M.

The next regular meeting will be on August 18, 2008 at 10:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President