2008 June Minutes

Minutes of the Member Services Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
June 26, 2008

In attendance: Lisa Royea, John Bolduc, Carol Christiansen, Leslie Robbins, and Donna Yother.
Absent: Debra Chamberlain, Sharon Craig, Dennis Palmer, Jon Peck, and Vivian Torregrossa.

Lisa Royea called the meeting to order at 9:10 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the May 29, 2008 minutes.

It agreed to implement the following for the 2009 REALTOR® of the Year meeting:
• Announce and invite all nominees to the meeting
• Have the meeting at a "better" venue.
• Announce the past REALTORS® of the Year

It was agreed to invite Robert Gennotti of workout World to discuss providing the ECAR membership with a benefit.

It was agreed to run the "Housing As An Investment" radio ad until further notice.

It was agreed to hold a "backyard picnic" as a social event on August 22 at a Defenders game and to make a $100 deposit for the event.

The committee agreed to further develop an Ambassador program at the next meeting.

It was agreed to request that the Finance Committee allocate $20,000 for the Member Service Committee 2009 budget.

It was agreed not to pursue the Real Estate Professional offer.

The meeting adjourned at 10:08 A.M.
The next meeting will be on July 24, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Political Action Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
June 25, 2008

In attendance: Robert Kimball, John Bolduc, Debra Chamberlain, and Donata Delulio.
Absent: Lora Merrill, Joseph Presslitz Thomas Switz, and Paula Woodward.

Robert Kimball called the meeting to order at 9:10 A.M.

It was agreed to approve the minutes of the May 28, 2008 meeting.

It was agreed to accept the Chamber of Commerce’s invitation to have a meeting with Joe Courtney on July 7, 2008.

It was agreed to request that each member of the Board of Directors to obtain ten RPAC donations with a goal of $500.

It was agreed to have RPAC donations requested at every committee meeting.

It was agreed to publicly thank legislators who supported the REALTOR position on the conveyance tax using the ECAR Update.

It was agreed to request that the Finance Committee allocate $5,150.00 for 2009 for the Political Action Committee.

The meeting adjourned at 10:05 A.M.
The next meeting will be on July 23, 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®
June 23, 2008

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

Carol Christiansen called the meeting to order at 9:07 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the May 28, 2008 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that the Finance Committee allocate $4,200 for the 2009 committee budget.

The committee finalized the REALTOR and Affiliate surveys.

The meeting adjourned at 11:19 A.M.

The next meeting will be on July 1, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. at the Association office.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut REALTORS® Information Service, Inc.
June 19, 2008

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

President Susan Barnhouser called the meeting to order at 11:47 A.M.

 

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

Approval the minutes of the May 22, 2008 ECRIS Board of Directors meeting.

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

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:

 

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the Mid-State Association of REALTORS® request to become a member of the Lockbox Code Sharing Agreement.

It was moved, seconded and carried to deny Porfirio Espinal’s request to waive the $150 lost key fee.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
NEW BUSINESS:
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 11:55 A.M.

The next scheduled meeting will be on July 17, 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.
June 19, 2008

In attendance: Susan Barnhouser , John Bolduc, Bruce Brast, Frank Busch, Merry Cassabria, Debra Chamberlain, Carol Christiansen, Linda Davis, Heather Edge, Marilyn Lusher, and John Vincent.

Paul Ciccone, Cathy Duprey, and Lora Merrill arrived at 10:10 A.M.

Absent: Paul Higgins, Samantha Storey, Vivian Torregrossa, and Fran Waite.

President Susan Barnhouser called the meeting to order at 9:15 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to enter into executive session for the purpose of hearing an appeal of an Ethics Hearing Panel decision, to affirm the decision of an Ethics Hearing Panel, to review the evaluation and proposed contract of the Executive Vice President and to discuss negotiations for the purchase of 396 Salem Turnpike at 9:16 A.M.

The regular meeting resumed at 10:35 A.M.

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

Approval the minutes of the May 22, 2008 ECAR Board of Directors meeting.

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

Approval of the new REALTOR® Agencies, REALTOR® and Affiliate members.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
PRESIDENT ELECT’S REPORT:
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FORMS COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the final, revised Purchase and Sale agreement as presented, provided that implementation of the revised agreement be postponed for three months in order to sufficiently educate the membership as to the revisions and supporting rationale.

HOUSING OPPORTUNITY COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to authorize the Housing Opportunity Committee to expend up to $1,000 for the Chairman of the committee to attend the NAR Bring Workers Home Conference in Chicago on October 6, 2008.

TECHNOLOGY & MLS COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried hire Quinn & Gellar to redesign the ECAR web site at a cost not to exceed $15,000.

It was moved, seconded and carried to authorize the Executive Vice President to sign the Showing Information Use & Release Agreement to integrate Showingtime and Supra lockbox information.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
NEW BUSINESS:
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 11:44 A.M.

The next meeting will be on July 17, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

Respectfully submitted: Debra Chamberlain, Secretary


Minutes of the Forms Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
June 17, 2008

In attendance: Frank Busch, John Bolduc, Andrew Cellemme, Lucien Laliberty, and Alan Messier.
Absent: Paul Higgins, Masha Robarts, and Valerie Votto.

Frank Busch called the meeting to order at 9:05 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the May 20, 2008 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors approve the final, revised Purchase and Sale agreement that is attached, together with a strong recommendation that implementation of the revised agreement be postponed for three months in order to sufficiently educate the membership as to the revisions and supporting rational.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that the Finance Committee allocate $100 for the Forms Committee in the 2009 budget.

The meeting adjourned at 11:17 A.M.

The next meeting will be on July 15, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Housing Opportunity Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
June 13, 2008

In attendance: Marjorie Blizard, John Bolduc, Stella Neves-Elbaum, and Gail Whitney.
Absent: Bradford Collins, Mary Nasi, and Judy Twitty.
Guest: Susan Barnhouser

Marjorie Blizard called the meeting to order at 9:06 A.M.

It was agreed to approve the minutes of the April 11, 2008 meeting.

After review by the Finance Committee, it was agreed to recommend to the Board of Directors that $10,000 be allocated for 2008 to provide matching grants of up to $500 to employees of employers that provide financial assistance to employees under the Home From Work program.

It was agreed to apply for a $5,000 NAR grant for the purpose of educating the public and to solicit input on an initiative to establish an Affordable Housing Development Fund in southeastern Connecticut.

It was agreed to request that the Board of Directors add $1,000 to the Housing Opportunity Committee budget so that the Chairman can attend the NAR Employer-Assisted Housing: Bring Workers Home conference in Chicago on October 6.

The meeting adjourned at 10:10 A.M.

The next meeting will be on July 11, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the International Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
June 9, 2008

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

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

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

The committee members agreed to wait until after the Norwich Chamber’s seminar on "Successful Business Strategies for a Diverse Community" seminar before developing an event or events that would "take positive action in diverse communities" in order to apply for the NAR Diversity Grant Program.

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

The next meeting will be on July 14, 2008 at 10:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Finance Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
June 9, 2008

 

In attendance: Gail Whitney, Bruce Brast, John Bolduc, Linda Davis, Thomas Switz, and John Vincent.

Absent: Ronald Bates, Robert Kimball, Norm Krayem, and Patricia Rodgers-Longo.

Gail Whitney called the meeting to order at 9:05 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the May 19, 2008 meeting.

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

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

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

It was moved and seconded to recommend to the Board of Directors that the purchase of 396 Salem Turnpike, Bozrah go forward, provided that the seller and broker contribute a total of $30,000 for the construction of a bypass lane, provided that the bypass lane cost not exceed $100,000.

The motion was withdrawn by the maker and the seconder.

It was moved and seconded to convey to the Facilities Planning Committee that the Finance Committee is concerned about the final cost of the bypass lane and the uncertainty associated with the cost.

The meeting adjourned at 10:04 AM.
The next meeting will on July 14, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted:
John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Education Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
June 5, 2008

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

Marge Gatheral called the meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.

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

* It was moved, seconded and carried to re-use last years strategic planning question that asks agents to rank the top three course designations they would like to see offered by ECAR with the addition of ECO-Broker to the list of designations.

It was moved, seconded and carried to offer 1 "Green" elective course and 1 "Technology" elective course at the Education Fair in October.

It was moved, seconded and carried to allow non Affiliate members to have a vendor table at the Trade Show providing they are charged $105 more than our Affiliate members would pay to provide them with membership for the balance of the year.

It was moved, seconded and carried to allow the "Green Panel Speakers" to have a vendor table at the Trade Show for free.

It was moved, seconded and carried to allow at a "member rate" a REALTOR® to have a vendor table provided their table on displays relevant "Green" services.

It was moved, seconded and carried to submit Dearborn’s "Understanding Credit and Improving Credit Scores" to the CT Real Estate Commission to offer as an online course.

It was moved, seconded and carried to decline having a course with Top Produce, however, it was agreed to offer them a vendor table in our trade show at the "non member" affiliate price.

The meeting adjourned at 9:45 A.M.
The meeting scheduled for July 3, 2008 has been canceled.
Next Meeting: August 7, 2008

Respectfully submitted,
Kathryn O’Leary, Education Coordinator


Minutes of the Community Relations Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors®, Inc.
June 3, 2008

In attendance: Samantha Storey, John Bolduc, Donna Jean Breton, Carol Christiansen, Catherine Howard, Catherine Newlin, and Martha Parrette-Pray.

Absent: Cheryl Auerbach, Patrick Baxter, Tammy Boles-Senkewitcz, Joan Casey, Ellen Foley, Lainie Holder, Marilyn Lusher, Brooke Pickett, James Ryder, and Jacqueline Thurman.

Samantha Storey called the meeting to order at 1:08 P.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the May 6, 2008 meeting.

Ingrid Adolphson will donate a trip for the Community Benefit raffle.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1:26 P.M.
The next meeting will be on July 8, 2008 at 1:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Technology & MLS Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
June 3, 2008

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

Absent: Patricia Erricson and Sandra Thompson.

Marvin Elbaum called the meeting to order at 9:03 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the May 6, 2008 meeting.

Ninedot, Miranda Creative, and Quinn & Gellar made presentations for redesigning the ECAR web site.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors hire Quinn & Gellar to redesign the ECAR web site at a cost not to exceed $15,000.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors approve the Showing Information Use & Release Agreement to integrate Showingtime and Supra lockbox information.

The meeting adjourned at 11:35 A.M.
The next meeting will be on July 8, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President