2008 September Minutes

Minutes of the International Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
September 25, 2008

In attendance: Merry Cassabria, Ron Bates, John Bolduc, Lea Borgne, Deb Chamberlain, Bill Cheng, Sal Costanza, Donata Delulio, Chris McCormack, andPatricia Williams Kelley.
Absent: Don Burbank, Thomas Cassabria, Tricia Cunningham, Vanessa Evans, Paula Hahn, 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 15, 2008 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the submission of the attached NAR Diversity Grant.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:07 A.M.
The next meeting will be on October 20, 2008 at 10:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Equal Opportunity Cultural Diversity Committee
State and Local Association Diversity Initiative Grant Request Form


Minutes of the Member Services Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
September 25, 2008

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

Guest: Martha Dwyer, Hall Communications

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

The committee members agreed to submit radio advertising ideas to John Bolduc before the next meeting that address the current real estate market.

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

It was moved, seconded and carried to not pursue the Primerica offer to conduct a Money Management seminar.

It was moved, seconded and carried to investigate the creation of a New REALTORS® Roundtable to assist new members in the business.

The meeting adjourned at 9:58 A.M.
The next meeting will be on October 23, 2008 at 1:00 P.M., not at 9:00 A.M. as originally scheduled.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Political Action Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
September 24, 2008

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

Donata Delulio called the meeting to order at 9:10 A.M.

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

The committee discussed the pros and cons of adding RPAC to the annual dues billing.

The committee reviewed the results of the 2008 ECAR Membership survey.

The meeting adjourned at 10:31 A.M.
The next meeting will be on October 22, 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.
September 18, 2008

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

President Susan Barnhouser called the meeting to order at 9:56 A.M.

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

Approval the minutes of the August 28, 2008 ECRIS Board of Directors meeting.

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

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT
COMMITTEE REPORTS:
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
NEW BUSINESS: It was moved, seconded and carried to change the October meeting date from October 16, 2008 to October 23, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:00 A.M.
The next meeting will be on October 23, 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.
September 18, 2008

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

President Susan Barnhouser called the meeting to order at 9:06 A.M.

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

Approval the minutes of the August 28, 2008 ECAR Board of Directors meeting.

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

Approval of the new REALTOR® Agencies and Affiliate Members.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
PRESIDENT ELECT’S REPORT:

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried to terminate the memberships on September 19, 2008 of three members for non-payment of ECRIS fees.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FACILITIES PLANNING TASK FORCE: It was moved, seconded and carried to abandon the 396 Salem Turnpike, Bozrah purchase due to the excessive construction cost of the bypass lane.

FORMS COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the following changes to the revised Purchase and Sale Agreement:

1. 16 A-H Change (See remedy clause below) to (See REMEDY CLAUSES below)

2. 18. REMEDY CLAUSES FOR INSPECTION(S) FOR 17 A-H: The Buyer shall have the right to either A. or B. below:

A. If an inspection/test is unacceptable to the Buyer according to the criteria identified in each inspection clause, then the Buyer shall request that the Seller complete certain repairs to correct the fault(s), defect(s), damage(s), or safety issue(s) in order to continue with the purchase by giving the Seller written notice within five (5) days of the completion date(s) unless the written report is received sooner, in which case the written notice must be within five (5) days of the Buyer’s receipt of said report. The written notice shall itemize the requested repairs and shall include a copy of the inspection/test report. If Buyer provides written notice, the Seller shall have five (5) days to respond in writing. If the Seller fails to respond to Buyer in writing within five (5) days or if Buyer and Seller cannot agree on correcting the unacceptable condition(s) in writing within five (5) days of Seller’s written response to Buyer, either party shall have the option to terminate this Agreement by giving written notice to the other party, in which case all sums paid on account of the purchase price the deposit(s) shall be returned to the Buyer; or

B. If, for any reason, the Buyer is not satisfied with the results of an inspection/test, the Buyer may terminate this Agreement by giving the Seller written notice within five (5) days of the completion date(s) unless the written report is received sooner, in which case the written notice must be within five (5) days of the Buyer’s receipt of said report. If Buyer fails to provide Seller with such notice, the parties shall be bound to perform their obligations under this Agreement. If the Buyer terminates this agreement as provided herein, all sums paid on account of the purchase price the deposit(s) shall be returned to the Buyer.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the ECAR membership elect the 2009-2011 Officers and Directors as proposed by the Nominating Committee as attached.

It was moved, seconded and carried to accept the resignation of Bruce Brast as Treasurer, State Director, and International Committee Chair with regret.

It was moved, seconded and carried to elect Samantha Storey as Treasurer for the remainder of 2008.

It was moved, seconded and carried to elect Alvin Kinsall as Director for the remainder of 2008.

It was moved, seconded and carried to elect Alvin Kinsall as State Director for the remainder of 2008.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve Merry Cassabria as International Committee Chair for the remainder of 2008.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
NEW BUSINESS:

It was moved, seconded and carried to change the October meeting date from October 16, 2008 to October 23, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:50 A.M.
The next meeting will be on October 23, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

Respectfully submitted: Debra Chamberlain, Secretary

EASTERN CONNECTICUT ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, INC.
Report of the Nominating Committee for 2009 – 2011 


Minutes of the Forms Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
September 16, 2008

In attendance: Frank Busch, John Bolduc, Andrew Cellemme, Paul Higgins, and Lucien Laliberty.

Absent: Alan Messier, Masha Robarts, and Valerie Votto.

Frank Busch called the meeting to order at 9:03 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 following changes to the revised Purchase and Sale:

1. 16 A-H Change (See remedy clause below) to (See REMEDY CLAUSES below)

2. 18. REMEDY CLAUSES FOR INSPECTION(S) FOR 17 A-H: The Buyer shall have the right to either A. or B. below:

 

A. If an inspection/test is unacceptable to the Buyer according to the criteria identified in each inspection clause, then the Buyer shall request that the Seller complete certain repairs to correct the fault(s), defect(s), damage(s), or safety issue(s) in order to continue with the purchase by giving the Seller written notice within five (5) days of the completion date(s) unless the written report is received sooner, in which case the written notice must be within five (5) days of the Buyer’s receipt of said report. The written notice shall itemize the requested repairs and shall include a copy of the inspection/test report. If Buyer provides written notice, the Seller shall have five (5) days to respond in writing. If the Seller fails to respond to Buyer in writing within five (5) days or if Buyer and Seller cannot agree on correcting the unacceptable condition(s) in writing within five (5) days of Seller’s written response to Buyer, either party shall have the option to terminate this Agreement by giving written notice to the other party, in which case all sums paid on account of the purchase price the deposit(s) shall be returned to the Buyer; or

B. If, for any reason, the Buyer is not satisfied with the results of an inspection/test, the Buyer may terminate this Agreement by giving the Seller written notice within five (5) days of the completion date(s) unless the written report is received sooner, in which case the written notice must be within five (5) days of the Buyer’s receipt of said report. If Buyer fails to provide Seller with such notice, the parties shall be bound to perform their obligations under this Agreement. If the Buyer terminates this agreement as provided herein, all sums paid on account of the purchase price the deposit(s) shall be returned to the Buyer.

The meeting adjourned at 11:17 A.M.
The next meeting will be on October 14, 2008 at 9:00 A.M., not on October 21, 2008 as originally scheduled.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the International Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
September 15, 2008

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

Acting Chairman Donata Delulio called the meeting to order at 10:08 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the August 11, 2008 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the expenditure of $2, 460.52 to translate the revised Purchase & Sale Agreement into Spanish and traditional Chinese.

The committee members continued to discuss the NAR Diversity Grant. The Grant application will include newcomers fairs in Norwich and Dayville and well as the production of a newcomer’s guide that will be translated into Chinese, Spanish, Russian and Haitian. The final details of the grant will be discussed at a special meeting on September 25.

The committee agreed to request that George Hernandez of the Spanish American Merchants Association be the guest speaker at the November International Breakfast. If he is unable to speak Leo Butler, Director of Diversity at Norwich Free Academy will be invited to be the speaker.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:08 A.M.

A special meeting will be held on September 25, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. to complete the NAR Diversity Grant application. This will be the only item on the agenda.

The next regular meeting will be on October 20, 2008 at 10:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Facilities Planning Task Force Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
September 12, 2008

In attendance: Gail Whitney, John Bolduc, Eric Greenstein, Peter Guille, Richard Mancini, Jon Peck, and John Vincent.
Absent: none

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

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

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend to the Board of Directors to abandon the 396 Salem Turnpike, Bozrah purchase due to the excessive construction cost of the bypass lane.

The meeting adjourned at 10:40 A.M.
The next meeting will be scheduled by the Chairman.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Housing Opportunity Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
September 12, 2008

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

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

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

It was agreed to submit the NAR Grant request to offer seminars to developers and homeowners using existing CDFI funding sources in 2009.

The meeting adjourned at 9:45 A.M.
The next meeting will be on October 10, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted:
John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Finance Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
September 8, 2008

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

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

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the August 11, 2008 meeting.

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

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

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

The committee began work on preparing the 2009 budgets.

The meeting adjourned at 11:45 AM.
The next meeting will on October 20, 2008 at 11:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Education Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
September 4, 2008

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

Paul Ciccone called the meeting to order at 9:10 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the August 7, 2008 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to submit the courses from M.H. Schaefer Inspection to the Real Estate Commission for continuing education approval.

It was moved, seconded and carried to use the new CE evaluation form for future Ce classes.

It was moved, seconded and carried to add ECAR to the CRB roster to hold a class in 2009. The class decision has been tabled until the classes are addressed at the next DR/Manager meeting in October.

The meeting adjourned at 10:00 A.M.
Next Meeting: October 2, 2008

Respectfully submitted, Kathryn O’Leary, Education Coordinator


Minutes of the Community Relations Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors®, Inc.
September 2, 2008

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

Samantha Storey called the meeting to order at 1:05 P.M.

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

The committee divided the list of Designated REALTORS and managers amongst all committee members to make follow-up calls after the Community Benefit Raffle and Bazaar sponsorship letter has been received by the Designated REALTORS and managers.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1:31 P.M.

The next meeting will be on October 7, 2008 at 1:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Technology & MLS Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
September 2, 2008

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

Marvin Elbaum called the meeting to order at 9:09 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the August 18, 2008 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to not utilize the Realty Times news feed on the web site at this time.

The committee met with Quinn & Geller to continue to select a final design concept for the public side and the members only side of the new web site.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors not utilize webinars for Association meetings and events at this time.

The meeting adjourned at 11:30 A.M.
The next regular meeting will be on Octiber 7, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President