2008 October Minutes

Minutes of the Member Services Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
October 23, 2008

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

Debra Chamberlain called the meeting to order at 2:08 P.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the September 25, 2008 minutes.

It was moved, seconded and carried run the following New Tax Credit Radio ad:
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It was moved, seconded and carried to have committee members contact new members each month to invite them to the next membership meeting and to serve on committees using the last New Member List that has been approved by the Board of Directors

It was moved, seconded and carried to set the following dates and times for 2009 Membership meetings at the Holiday Inn in Norwich:

Date

Day

Time

Topic

February 12

Thursday

8:30 A.M.

 

March 12

Thursday

8:30 A.M.

 

March 19

Thursday

8:30 A.M.

 

April 2*

Thursday

8:30 A.M.

 

May 14

Thursday

8:30 A.M.

 

June 11

Thursday

5:30 P.M.

REALTOR® of the Year

September 10

Thursday

8:30 A.M.

Legislative Breakfast

October 8

Thursday

8:30 A.M.

Election of Officers and Directors

November  5*

Thursday

8:30 A.M.

 

* Second Thursday except as noted with an *

It was moved, seconded and carried to further investigate the REALTOR® Concierge Program

The meeting adjourned at 3:20 P.M.
The next meeting will be on November 20, 2008 at 1:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted:
John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut REALTORS® Information Service, Inc.
October 23, 2008

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

President Susan Barnhouser called the meeting to order at 11:45 A.M.

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

Approval the minutes of the September 18, 2008 ECRIS Board of Directors meeting.

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

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved seconded and carried to approve the combined ECAR/ECRIS budget for 2009.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

NEW BUSINESS: There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 11:46 A.M.

The next meeting will be on November 20, 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.
October 23, 2008

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

President Susan Barnhouser called the meeting to order at 9:03 A.M.

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

Approval the minutes of the September 18, 2008 ECAR Board of Directors meeting.

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

Approval of the new REALTOR® Agencies, REALTORS®, and Affiliate Members.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT: Because the Connecticut Association of REALTORS® number of CAR Directors for 2009 must be 9 and because 11 members were elected, Vivian Torregrossa and Frank Busch agreed not to serve as CAR Directors.

It was moved, seconded and carried to rescind the election of Alvin Kinsall as 2008 CAR Director.

PRESIDENT ELECT’S REPORT:

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and defeated to terminate the membership of a Designated REALTOR member who is over 60 days past due on payment of non-member licensee fees and to allow the automatic termination of membership to occur on November 1, 2008.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FINANCE COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the attached 2009 budget as amended.

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to add a $15 voluntary RPAC contribution to the 2009 dues billing.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

NEW BUSINESS:
It was moved, seconded and carried to add Government Affairs Director Update agenda item to the ECAR Board of Directors agenda in which the Executive Vice President provides a report on recent GAD activities

It was moved, seconded and carried to enter executive session for the purpose of considering the affirmation of an Ethic Hearing Panel decision at 11:35 A.M.

The meeting resumed at 11:39 A.M.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 11:39 A.M.

The next meeting will be on November 20, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

ECAR/ECRIS 2009 Budget

Respectfully submitted:
Debra Chamberlain, Secretary


Minutes of the Finance Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
October 20, 2008

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

Gail Whitney called the meeting to order at 11:00 A.M.

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

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

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

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

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the ECAR and ECRIS Board of Directors approve the 2009 combined ECAR/ECRIS budget as amended.

The meeting adjourned at 1:28 P.M.

The next meeting will on November 10, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted:
John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the International Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
October 20, 2008

In attendance: Merry Cassabria, Ron Bates, John Bolduc, Lea Borgne, Sal Costanza, and Patricia Williams Kelley.

Absent: Don Burbank, Thomas Cassabria, Deb Chamberlain, Bill Cheng, Tricia Cunningham, Donata Delulio, Vanessa Evans, Paula Hahn, Chris McCormack, Lorelei Mitchell, Leann Souza, Camille Taylor, Vivian Torregrossa, and Priscilla Shabarekh.

Chairman Merry Cassabria called the meeting to order at 10:08 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the September 25, 2008 meeting.

Since the Newcomer’s Guide will contain information on the 28 cities and towns in ECAR’s jurisdiction the following towns were assigned to committee members:

Ashford
Bozrah
Brooklyn
Canterbury
East Lyme: Chris McCormack
Eastford
Franklin: Patricia Williams Kelley
Griswold: Patricia Williams Kelley
Groton: Lea Borgne
Killingly
Ledyard: Merry Cassabria
Lisbon: Ron Bates
Montville: Lea Borgne
New London: Vivian Torregrossa
N Stonington: Sal Costanza
Norwich: Ron Bates
Plainfield
Preston: Sal Costanza
Pomfret: Bill Cheng
Putnam: Bill Cheng
Salem: Ron Bates
Sprague
Sterling
Stonington: Debra Chamberlain
Thompson: Bill Cheng
Voluntown: Sal Costanza
Waterford: Chris McCormack
Woodstock

John Bolduc will gather state information.

The committee agreed to obtain the following information for each town:

1. (Cover): Welcome to the town of_____________ /picture or town seal
2. Brief history of the town
3. Town hail info: address, website, directory of numbers/departments
4. Form of government
5. Town profile: population, demographics
6. School info: list of w/ grade levels, addresses, numbers, websites, parks n rec
7. Police departments, libraries, churches, animal control
8. Utilities available, including trash pick up
9. Misc. page: dog license, registering to vote, where to vote, public transportation info
10. Restaurants and shopping (sampling of)
11. Social services offered or other town services
12. Web site list

The meeting was adjourned at 10:50 A.M.

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

Respectfully submitted,
John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Forms Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
October 14, 2008

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

Frank Busch called the meeting to order at 9:10 A.M.

It was agreed to approve the minutes of the September 16, 2008 meeting.

It was agreed to revise the inspection clauses of the Land Purchase & Sale Agreement to be consistent with the Purchase & Sale Agreement and to add an environmental and trash inspection clause.

The meeting adjourned at 10:25 A.M.

The next meeting will be on November 25, 2008 at 9:00 A.M., not on November 18, 2008 as originally scheduled.

Respectfully submitted,
John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Housing Opportunity Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
October 10, 2008

In attendance: Marjorie Blizard, John Bolduc, Judy Twitty, and Gail Whitney.
Absent: Bradford Collins, Betsey Gibson, Mary Nasi, Stella Neves-Elbaum, and Shirley Wright.

Marjorie Blizard called the meeting to order at 9:08 A.M.

It was agreed to approve the minutes of the September 12, 2008 meeting.

It was agreed to make the Housing Opportunities presentation to East Lyme and Plainfield.

Gail Whitney agreed to contact members who have been trained in Home From Work and ask them to join the committee.

It was agreed to develop a list of partners interested in endorsing and/or providing funding for a regional housing opportunity program that would include, but not be limited to, the Home From Work program.

It was agreed to develop a fact sheet regarding the benefits of employers offering a financial incentive under the Home From Work program for use by members trained in the program.

The meeting adjourned at 10:31 A.M.

The next meeting will be on November 14, 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.
October 7, 2008

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

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

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the September 2, 2008 meeting.

The committee agreed to purchase bazaar prizes on October 28 and will meet at Panera Bread in Waterford at 9:00 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to sponsor the Norwich Winter Festival at the Star Bright level of $300.00.

The committee agreed to do a Habitat Build in New London during November utilizing full day shifts and minimizing the use of cell phones.

The committee divided the list of Affiliates (excluding attorneys) amongst all committee members to make calls requesting donations for the Community Benefit Raffle.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:10 P.M.

The next meeting will be on November 4, 2008 at 1:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Technology & MLS Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
October 7, 2008

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

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

The committee met with Quinn & Geller to review the current status of the new web site. The committee agreed to beta test the final site design on or about October 21 and to then offer the beta site to the Board of Directors and all committee members for their review.

It wasMinutes of the Facilities Planning Task Force Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
October 6, 2008

In attendance: Gail Whitney, John Bolduc, Eric Greenstein, and Peter Guille.
Absent: Richard Mancini, Jon Peck, and John Vincent.

Gail Whitney called the meeting to order at 10:05 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the September 12, 2008 meeting.

Several available leases, land and other properties submitted by members were reviewed.

It was agreed to suspend searching for a new ECAR headquarters location until Spring, 2009.

The meeting adjourned at 11:00 A.M.

The next meeting will be scheduled by the Chairman.

Respectfully submitted:
John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President

moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the September 2, 2008 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that the Home Review sub-committee provide additional Home Review locations by November 4 and redistribute the magazines to support the new locations.

It was moved, seconded and carried to maintain the Home Review index page as is.

The meeting adjourned at 11:30 A.M.

The next regular meeting will be on November 4, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted,
John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Facilities Planning Task Force Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
October 6, 2008

In attendance: Gail Whitney, John Bolduc, Eric Greenstein, and Peter Guille.
Absent: Richard Mancini, Jon Peck, and John Vincent.

Gail Whitney called the meeting to order at 10:05 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the September 12, 2008 meeting.

Several available leases, land and other properties submitted by members were reviewed.

It was agreed to suspend searching for a new ECAR headquarters location until Spring, 2009.

The meeting adjourned at 11:00 A.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.
October 2, 2008

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

Paul Ciccone called the meeting to order at 9:04 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the September 4, 2008 meeting.

The Education Committee agreed to table the courses presented by Shane Mask to the November meeting pending further investigation of course price, and N.A.R. certified recognition.

The Education Committee agreed to table the Hidden Dragon Karate safety presentation to a later date in order to determine if we can make the presentation valuable to members and achieve attendance.

The meeting adjourned at 9:20 A.M.
Next Meeting: November 6, 2008

Respectfully submitted,
Kathryn O’Leary, Education Coordinator