As we close out the first month of January, 2018, I would like to say thank you for the opportunity to serve the Association. Your Association, 1800+ members with over 130 Brokers, is staffed by five professionals in a state-of-the-art facility located on Route 9. We are open M-Th from 830 am to 5 pm and Friday from 830 am to 430 pm. The Association manages a website, scaor.com, and is active on Twitter and Facebook. We strive for excellence in customer support and communication. Since we have experienced several changes in 2017, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about the Association staff.
First, Andrew J. Mason is the Communications Coordinator and SentriLock Customer Service Manager. He manages the daily calendar and sends all communication to members. He is also the staff associate in charge of technology and our in-house social media expert. Next, Patricia (Trish) Anderson is the new Director of Professional Development (education). She took over scheduling education classes in November and is working hard to make sure that we offer all modules before the April 30 licensing deadline Trish is also the Professional Standards Administrator, and the person to contact if you experience a violation of the Code of Ethics. Mary Hanley is the SCAOR Membership Services Coordinator. She processes all new member applications (3-5 days) and assists members with RAMCO (association management software) issues. Kristy Brittingham is the new Administrative Coordinator. She can assist with RAMCO questions, Sentri Card applications and anything else membership related. Lastly, I am your Association Executive who manages the daily operations and works closely with the Board of Directors on organization policy. If you have questions about your Association, please contact me. If you are a Broker and would like one of us to attend your weekly sales meeting, let us know! If you have ideas about your Association, email me at email@example.com.
What is happening within your Association? The BOD met on January 9 (special meeting) and January 18 (regular meeting) and approved the following business.
Approved Sandi Bisgood as DAR Nominating Director
All Officers and Directors took the Oath of Office for 2018
Set MLS Fees ($60 members and $90 MLS Only members) for the first 3 months of 2018
An RPAC event will be scheduled in 2018 with the Young Professionals Network
Only committees to meet before Janury 18 were MLS, Professional Development and Affiliates
New BOD for the Community Service Foundation
No update on a Reciprocal Agreement with Coastal Association of REALTORS (the goal is to have a new Agreement executed before the Bright MLS conversion date)
Language to replace current Document Retention Policy (recommended by NAR and legal counsel)
Amended FY 2018 Budget to include funds for a 2017 Audit (Review/Audit now an annual requirement)
May BOD meeting changed from May 10 to May 24
February 8 State Legislator Breakfast (public policy committee members meet with State legislators)
February 9 Broker Breakfast (meetings for brokers only)
Feb./March Bright MLS Conversion training workshops (TBD)
March 8 BOD meeting 9 am
May NAR Legislative Meetings in Washington DC
May/June SentriLock Audit
To keep you connected we are working on a texting feature and will be sending daily/weekly information out on social media. Please stay active in your Association, meet the BOD, attend a committee meeting, support RPAC and travel to a NAR conference if you are able. The Association is well positioned for the future with a strong reserve fund and minimal debt.
It seems hard to believe but the month of January has come and gone. January has been a month of preparations for the coming year. With so many things on the horizon for this year including but certainly not limited to continuing education classes, license renewals and our transition to Bright MLS, this is going to be an exciting year and an exciting time to become involved in your Association.
Keep your eyes out for fourth coming communications including information on upcoming meetings and events as well as additional information as we begin training sessions for Bright MLS and final conversion dates.
SCAOR’s Board Members, Committee Chairs, Committee Volunteers and highly efficient Staff, make an excellent team that is prepared and ready to serve your Association for the year ahead.
It is my absolute honor to serve as your President this year.
We’re so excited to welcome Kristy Brittingham to the SCAOR team as Administrative Coordinator.
Being a lifelong resident of Sussex County, Kristy has had 9 years in the Real Estate industry which includes mortgage financing as well as 26 years in banking/finance. She has worked in all areas of the county from the beach to the western side.
Kristy’s outgoing, friendly personality is a natural fit for her new position, Administrative Coordinator. She is excited about working with a great group of people at SCAOR as well as serving the real estate community.
In her spare time, Kristy enjoys spending time with her Son, daughter and 4 grandchildren, attending their sports events as well as attending her Son’s stock car races in Delmar. She also enjoys gardening and relaxing on the beach. Kristy is a proud volunteer for the Delaware Autism organization which is close to her heart.
2017 has been an exciting year for your Association! For those who did not attend the 2018 Installation on November 30, I would like to welcome Chris Lind as the 2018 SCAOR President. I would also like to acknowledge Susan Giove as President Elect, Sandi Bisgood as 1st Vice President and Chrissy Steele as 2nd Vice President. Kevin Thawley will remain as SCAOR Treasurer. Additionally, I would like to welcome three new members to the Board. Carol Materniak, George Thomasson and Judy Dean will all commence their new terms on January 1, 2018. I would also like to thank all the members who were selected to volunteer on a committee. The Association could not operate without your services, and we greatly appreciate your time and effort.
Other exciting news includes the transition to a new MLS. The scheduled conversion date of December 12 was cancelled and will be rescheduled very soon. Once I receive news of the new date, we will communicate to you right away. I encourage members to sign up for all training workshops and to contact Bright MLS representatives if you have questions. You are also advised to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions or comments. I will do my best to answer your question or direct you to the appropriate person for assistance. Please be patient, as transitioning to a regional MLS has its short-term challenges.
Lastly, we would like to inform the members that Ben Kunde, MLS Admininstrator, has been hired by Bright MLS. Ben’s first day with Bright is December 4, so if you get a free moment wish him well. Andrew Mason and I will be fielding MLS emails and phone calls until the SCAOR officially converts to Bright MLS.
As a final note, I would like to thank Patricia, Andrew, Mary, and Kristy for their hard work serving the members these last few months. I am fortunate to work with such as talented and dedicated team. The future looks bright in 2018.
Join us on November 30th for a fun event as we celebrate our 2017 leadership & support our incoming 2018 officers & BOD. With food, fun, ROTY & Good Neighbor awards – You’re not going to want to miss it! (Register by November 15th with coupon code “TWOOFF” and get $2 off the ticket price!)