2008 May Minutes

Minutes of the Member Services Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
May 29, 2008

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

Acting Chairman Carol Christiansen called the meeting to order at 9:55 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the April 24, 2008 minutes.

It was moved, seconded and carried to discuss have networking be the topic at the October Membership Meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to run the "Now’s A Great Time To Buy Or Sell A Home" radio ad until further notice.

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

It was moved, seconded and carried to not pursue a group event at a Mohegan Sun basketball game.

It was moved, seconded and carried to investigate having a group event at a Defenders baseball game.

The meeting adjourned at 10:20 A.M.
The next meeting will be on June 26, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Strategic Planning Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
May 28, 2008

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

Carol Christiansen called the meeting to order at 9:37 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the April 16, 2008 meeting.

The committee reviewed the focus session results and the survey questions submitted by the committees.

The next meeting will be on June 23, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. at the Association office.

The meeting adjourned at 11:10 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Political Action Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
May 28, 2008

In attendance: Robert Kimball, John Bolduc, Donata Delulio, Thomas Switz, and Paula Woodward.

Absent: Debra Chamberlain, Lora Merrill, and Joseph Presslitz.

Robert Kimball called the meeting to order at 9:05 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the April 23, 2008 meeting.

It was agreed to discuss RPAC fundraising ideas at the next meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 9:28 A.M.

The next meeting will be on June 25, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut REALTORS® Information Service, Inc.
May 22, 2008

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

Absent: John Vincent.

President Susan Barnhouser called the meeting to order at 10:28 A.M.

 

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

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

Approval of the April 30, 2008 Financial Statements subject to audit.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried to accept the resignation of Alvin Kinsall as a Director with regret.

It was moved, seconded and carried to elect Paul Higgins to the ECRIS Board of Directors with his term expiring at the end of 2008.

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

It was move, seconded and carried to postpone consideration of the motion to approve the Mid-State Association of REALTORS® request to become a member of the Lockbox Code Sharing Agreement to the next meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
NEW BUSINESS:

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:55 A.M.

The next scheduled meeting will be on June 19, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

Respectfully submitted: Debra Chamberlain, Secretary


Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
May 22, 2008

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

President Susan Barnhouser called the meeting to order at 9:01 A.M.

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

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

Approval of the April 30, 2008 Financial Statements subject to audit.

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

PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried to accept the resignation of Alvin Kinsall as a Director and Chairman of the Finance Committee with regret.

It was moved, seconded and carried to elect Paul Higgins to the ECAR Board of Directors with his term expiring at the end of 2008.

It was moved, seconded and carried to elect Paul Higgins to the CAR Board of Directors with his term expiring at the end of 2008.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve Gail Whitney as Chairman of the Finance Committee

PRESIDENT ELECT’S REPORT:

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT:

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

MEMBER SERVICES COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the Carpet Man proposal as a member benefit.

TECHNOLOGY & MLS COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Connecticut Multiple Listing Service Board of Directors support the concept of one statewide MLS and to allow data sharing only with a sunset provision in order to foster the creation of one statewide MLS.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
NEW BUSINESS:

The meeting recessed at 10:17 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 10:26 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to be a Silver Sponsor for the Annual ECAR Golf Tournament at a cost of $2,000 to be paid to the ECAR Charitable & Education Fund.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:28 A.M.

The next meeting will be on June 19, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

Respectfully submitted: Debra Chamberlain, Secretary


Minutes of the Affiliate Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
May 21, 2008

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

Jon Peck called the meeting to order at 9:07 A.M.

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

It was moved, seconded and carried to conduct a Lunch & Learn in early November with Donna Yother speaking about Insurance.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that the Strategic Planning Committee use the following questions for the 2008 membership surveys:

REALTOR® Survey:

1. Affiliate membership in the Association is open to those individuals whose businesses are related to the real estate industry such as attorneys, mortgage lenders, home inspectors and other related professions. With respect to Affiliate members (Check all that apply)

I recommend that my clients use affiliate members for real estate related services
I did not know what an Affiliate member was before reading this survey.
My office displays the Affiliate Services Directory for customers
I am satisfied with the services our affiliates provide
I am unsatisfied with the services of some of our affiliates.
Affiliate members are more likely than non-affiliates to be up to date on matters that concern the real estate community.
I think affiliates provide better service than non-affiliates.
I do not encourage use of affiliates by my clients.
I choose service providers for my clients based solely on my personal relationships.
I am more likely to recommend a vendor who is an affiliate member of the Association.

2. The Affiliate Committee conducts Lunch & Learn seminars four times per year that cover timely real estate topics. Please provide a topic or topics that you would like to see offered at future Lunch & Lean seminars. _____________________

 

3. Please rank the following items provided by Affiliate members in importance to you, using 1 as the most important and 6 as the least important.

 

___ Lunch & Learn Seminars
___ Speaker’s Bureau
___ Affiliate emails to the membership
___ Sponsorship of ECAR charitable evetns
___ Subsidy of membership meeting costs to members through sponsorships
___ Affiliate Services Directory

 

Affiliate Survey:

4. How valuable are the following Affiliate programs and services offered by ECAR, according to their importance to you?

 

Not Important Somewhat Important Important Very Important Extremely Important
Access to the Members Only side of the easternctrealtors.com web site
Free inclusion on ECAR’s website (www.easternctrealtors.com) in the Home Services section.
Ability to advertise in Home Review
Banner ads on ECAR’s website
Publication of the Affiliate Services Directory
Networking with REALTOR® members
Using the ECAR Member Benefits Program
Offering discounts to members through the ECAR Member Benefits Program
FREE membership rosters
FREE mailing labels
FREE emails to members
Discounted member pricing for education courses
Participation in the ECAR Speaker’s Bureau
Joining ECAR Committees
Attending Association events
Publication of the Affiliate Corner in the newsletter
Community involvement through ECAR fundraising events
bi-weekly electronic newsletter

The meeting adjourned at 10:00 A.M.
The next meeting will be scheduled by the Chairman.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Forms Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
May 20, 2008

In attendance: Frank Busch, John Bolduc, Paul Higgins, and Masha Robarts.

Absent: Andrew Cellemme, Lucien Laliberty, Alan Messier, and Valerie Votto.

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

It was agreed to approve the minutes of the March 18, 2008 meeting.

The committee continued to review the purchase and sale agreement in order to provide consistency throughout the document.

The meeting adjourned at 11:25 A.M.

The next meeting will be on June 17, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Finance Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
May 19, 2008

In attendance: Gail Whitney, Ronald Bates, John Bolduc, Linda Davis, Norm Krayem, and John Vincent.
Absent: Bruce Brast, Robert Kimball, Patricia Rodgers-Longo, and Thomas Switz.
Gail Whitney called the meeting to order at 11:05 A.M.

Martha Parrette conducted a Strategic Planning Committee focus session.

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

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the April 30, 2008 ECAR Balance Sheet and Income Statement subject to audit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the April 30, 2008 ECAR Charitable and Education Fund Balance Sheet and Income Statement subject to audit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the April 30, 2008 ECRIS Balance Sheet and Income Statement subject to audit.

The meeting adjourned at 12:27 P.M.

The next meeting will on May 19, 2008 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.
May 6, 2008

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

Samantha Storey called the meeting to order at 1:03 P.M.

Ludwig Pulaski from the Strategic Planning Committee conducted a focus session with the committee.

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

Two $50 gift cards from the Recovery Room were received for the Community Benefit raffle.

It was moved, seconded and carried to be a Bronze Sponsor for $250 for the Norwich Rotary Club Golf Tournament.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that the Board of Directors donate $1,000 to the Peachtree Fire Victims Fund.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:11 P.M.
The next meeting will be on June 3, 2008 at 1:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Technology & MLS Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
May 6, 2008

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

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

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

It was moved, seconded and carried to invite the Board of Directors, all committee members, and Designated REALTORS® and managers to join ECARTalk.

It was moved, seconded and carried to invite ninedot.com, Miranda Creative, and Quinn & Gellar to make web site design presentations at the next committee meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to create a checklist for scoring the web design presentations that includes the following topics as well as others that may be added by committee members:

Creativity
Content Management System
Staffing
Future support of technology
Time Frame
Price

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors support the concept of one statewide MLS and to allow data sharing only with a sunset provision in order to foster the creation of one statewide MLS.

The meeting adjourned at 11:40 A.M.

The next meeting will be on June 3, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Education Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
May 1, 2008

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

Samantha Story met with the group for a strategic planning focus session before the start of the committee meeting.

Paul Ciccone called the meeting to order at 9:45 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the April 3, 2008 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to hold the 2nd Annual Trade Show & Education Fair as follows:
• Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2008
• Location: Holiday Inn, 10 Laura Blvd, Norwich, CT
• 8:30am – 9:00am: Continental Breakfast
• 9:00am – 11:00am: "Shades of Green" Panel Discussion
• 11:00am – 1:00pm: Meet with Affiliate Vendors and Lunch
• 1:00pm – 4:00pm: 2 Elective Continuing Education Courses

It was moved, seconded and carried to table the "Green Building for REALTORS®" course to the June, 2008 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to table the "continuing education location" suggestion to the June, 2008 meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 10:30 A.M.
Next Meeting: June, 5 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: Kathryn O’Leary, Education Coordinator