First Edition | February 2019
As A Matter Of Record Only...

"Made By Escrow, For Escrow."
This is our first edition of our new eNewsletter. This new format is a "new and improved" newsletter for 2019. Stay tuned! More Up-to-Date info coming to you from EASGV!
President's Message: “Be a pineapple: Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside."
The Escrow Associates of San Gabriel Valley is proud to serve and give back to our community. This year we have chosen Foothill Unity Center as o ur Charity of the Year.  

Foothill Unity Center is a place of real hope and possibilities for people in crisis throughout the San Gabriel Valley -offering food, temporary shelter, case management, transportation, referrals and a variety of health services for low-income and homeless people in eleven communities in Los Angeles County. Their record of service has helped them to earn Federal designation as a Community Action Agency for the Foothill Area, and are also known as a lean operation-with an average of 94% or more of every dollar donated going to programs for the past ten years. 
Thank you to our Bottle Auction Sponsor, and all those involved to make it spectacular!
Mario Artiga, CEO, Fundraising Committee Co-Chair, with the auction item for the meeting.
Jeaneth Cabrera, First American Natural Hazard Disclosures-JCP/LGS Reports, donated the bottle of Grey Goose to be auctioned at the meeting.
Lili Setiowati, CSEO, CEO, volunteered her craftsmanship and bedazzled the bottle for auction.
EASGV's logo sparkles on the bottle!
Bedazzled Grey Goose!
And a big THANK YOU to Kai Wu, CEO, who won the auction and then presented it to our speaker, Rose Pothier, Esq.

Financial Report: "Show Me The Financial Report."
Watch this space in our next eNewsletter for the Monthly Financial Report.
January Meeting Minutes: "Choosy Mothers Choose Meeting Minutes."
EASGV Dinner Meeting Agenda Minutes
Date of Meeting: January 17, 2019
Meeting Location: Embassy Suites, Monrovia, CA
Call to Order at 6:30 p.m. & Welcome by – Vanessa James

Invocation – Jeaneth E Cabrera, First American Natural Hazards
Flag Salute – Phil Atwan, Exchange Resources

"Chicken. It's What's for Dinner"
For the Lunar New Year, we will be served a plated Chinese option for dinner:

Sweet and Sour Chicken, Stir Fry Vegetables, and Steamed Rice
Sponsors for our February Meeting
Maria Howard
Senior Account Executive
T: 800.282.7131 Ext. 1150 | C: 626.372.4040
Old Republic Home Protection | Old Republic Insurance Group
P.O. Box 5017, San Ramon, CA 94583
Place an Application: https://toolbox.orhp.com/
Eric Spitz

MyNHD, Inc.
800.814.2922
Phil Atwan
Senior Vice President 
Exchange Resources, Inc. 
(213) 479-8800
Join a CEA Committee: Any CEA member can join the committees via conference call! 

Are you interested in becoming more involved with the Escrow Association at the State level but not not sure how? There are actually several committees you can participate in and you don’t even have to step away from your desk! Committees meet each month via conference call and you don’t even have to be a CEA Director to join. Sign up today by emailing the Committee Chair for one of the following attached committees listed: Bill review, CEA News, Conference, Education, Escrow Practices, Governance, Leadership, Membership, National Affairs, Professional Designation & Public Relations/Social Media. 
Membership Committee: "If You've Got The Time, We've Got The Membership."
Dear Fellow Escrow Professional,
If you are currently working in the escrow industry, whether as an Owner or Manager of your company, Escrow Officer or support staff AND you are NOT a Member of EASGV as part of CEA, we want to ask you? WHY NOT?
Escrow Associates of San Gabriel Valley (EASGV) was established in 1957 with the unique purpose to provide industry updates and education to support Local Escrow Industry!
With membership in EASGV you can learn and hear first-hand from knowledgeable sources that provide you with valuable information that will change or impact your escrow desk.
TOGETHER we are BETTER and STRONGER; Come and discover what membership in EASGV/CEA will do for YOU and YOUR career!

Sincerely,
Lili Setiowati & Jeaneth Cabrera
2019 Membership Co-Chairs
We want to do a quick shout out to those who have participated with our mini survey at our January dinner meeting, THANK YOU! Your input is greatly appreciated, so stay tuned for what’s to come in 2019!
Sites and Reservations Committee: "Reservations - Enjoy The Difference."
Any member may submit a Standing Reservation form to the Sites and Reservations Committee which will be used to acknowledge the attendance of that member at every General Meeting, without the need of a further reservation. Unless prior notice is given that said member (with the Standing Reservation form) will not be able to attend a meeting, it will be deemed that the member will pay for this attendance at this meeting, whether they come or not. Any questions, please email debbieanderson@umpquabank.com     
You may find the Standing Reservation Agreement on our Website under Member Tools .
Professional Designation Committee: "PD. See More. Do More."
How can I obtain my 48 Continuing Education Units (CEU’S) needed during this CEA Professional Designation Cycle (January 2016 – December 2019)? 
Are you a Notary Public? If so, and you renewed your Notary commission during this cycle, just submit a copy of you Notary Commission and earn 3 CEU’S! 
 
The CEA Professional Designation committee has a goal to have the Multiple Choice and True and False portions of the Certified Escrow Officer Test Questions to be available online by April 2019.  The Oral and Problem portions of the test will still take place at a brick and mortar location. With this in mind I am looking for CSEO’s to proctor and to do the oral interviews at the upcoming test in April.  If you are interested please email me at tvagt@covinaescrow.com. Tentative date scheduled for April 27 th 2019. More information to follow. 
Fundraising Committee: "Fundraising Soothes The Nerves."
Good News from EASGV Fundraising Committee!
 
 Our Board of Directors passed the motion resulting from our Fundraising Planning meeting beginning February, 2019 allowing EASGV Members to become EASGV Dinner Meeting Sponsors this year.
 
What’s involved? And what are the benefits?
·        Your Name and Company Logo will be advertised at one dinner meeting and included with that month’s Dinner Meeting E-blast(s) notification(s)
·        You will be able to address our Dinner Meeting attendees – help EASGV members get to better know you and educate us about your company
·        Sponsorship funds will go to help EASGV with its expenses and to further Escrow Association needs and State CEA policy making
·        A maximum of 3 sponsors per meeting: we will NOT include more than 1 person of any one particular business per meeting
·        All for the cost of $150 – and that includes your dinner!
·        To participate you must be either a Member or Dual Member with EASGV
 
How may I get scheduled to Sponsor? Just speak with either Mario Artiga or Phil Atwan. You will provide your Company Logo and Check or Credit Card and we will get you set up.

We cannot thank you enough for helping us grow the Escrow cause both regionally and state wide, helping to make EASGV the BEST it can be!
 
Thank you for your membership.
 
Mario Artiga mario@vivaescrow.com and Phil Atwan PhilAtwan@Gmail.Com
2019 Co-Chairs, and Directors
CEA Director Reports: "Every Director Has A Story."

One of the California Escrow Association’s goals each year is to bring value to our members. This year we are focusing on reaching more members and potential new members on all CEA has to offer through Social Media – FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram & Instagram. We are also updating the Members Only section of our Website to provide more resources and be more User Friendly. Included will be a introductory video on CEA that members can use in promoting themselves to the real estate industry.

If you have not yet renewed your Membership with CEA we encourage you to do so as we have lots of Education opportunities scheduled for the year, including conferences and webinars where you will save significantly by being a member of CEA.
Vanessa James, EASGV's CEA Director and EASGV 2019 President
As an Individual Active Member of CEA, which includes membership in the American Escrow Association (AEA), we invite you to participate in AEA’s Annual Conference which will take place at the Westin in Long Beach, California June 19-22, 2019. We will also be seeking AEA Delegates to represent our region of CEA so please keep a look out for the upcoming E-blast to submit your Willingness to Serve.

Our own Annual Education Conference will be Soaring to New Heights in Costa Mesa June 19-22.
But if you would like to find out more about escrow in Northern California, you also have another opportunity to get your Professional Designation credits by attending the Nor-Cal Escrow Conference being held July 12-13 th in San Ramon, CA (more Info to follow).

SAVE THE DATES!

If you are a member of CEA and would like to be more involved, please feel free to reach out to me to join in on CEA’s committee Conference calls. Vanessa@VivaEscrow.com
Juliana Tu , CSEO, CEO, CBSS, CEI, SASIP
EASGV's CEA DIRECTOR 2018-2020
and CEA 2019 President
As this short synopsis is posted, I am into the 35th day of my presidency and a lot has happened already. The 2019 budget occupied the attention and concerns of our Executive Board for the last 3 months and will continue to do so. Our Public Relations committee under Chair Vanessa James, is going into full throttle mode. Our Education committee has scheduled one webinar on Feb. 13 th regarding the California Consumer Privacy Act (AB375), a Bulk Sale whole day presentation in March and a CEA-C.A.R. (California Association of REALTORS®) webinar in middle of March. Escrow Practices is finalizing the Glossary and will put that on the website for members to use. Professional Designation has put up sample Multiple Choice and True/False tests for test applicants on the website and will have the final Multiple Choice and True/False tests online in April, although problem and oral exams will still be at a physical location. A lot is happening and we aim to keep you posted! Please follow CEA Facebook as well as EASGV Facebook pages, Like and Share!
CEA is off to a great start with our own Juliana Tu as President. She cracked the whip ‘til the 2019 Proposed Budget was reduced to an acceptable level, which was approved at the February Director’s meeting. 

Also in the works is the planning of a CEA Legislative Day on May 15 th 2019.  Mark your calendar and RSVP before February 8 th

Is there a topic you would like covered at this year’s Annual Education Conference in Costa Mesa?  Please let me know. We are trying to think outside the box on topics that can be a benefit for us at our escrow desks.

Keep a lookout for the CEA Golf Tournament later this year, but not connected to Conference. It will be a stand-alone fundraiser on a Monday or Friday (date to be determined). If you are a golfer and have any thoughts about this please contact me at  tvagt@covinaescrow.com.
Tricia Vagt, CSEO, CEO, CMHS
EASGV's CEA Director and CEA 2019 Vice President 
Public Relations Committee: "Public Relations For All."
Members and Non-members alike share their photos with us! Here's a photo from Cassie Lerma at the Escrow Hub of the Inland Empire. She included her escrow team and the Office Manager, too!

You also can share your photos with us! You can share them on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram , and you can even email them to us!

Don't forget to use the hashtag: #easgv
Calendar of Future Events: "You Deserve A Calendar Today."
Friday, February 1
  CAR Winter Board Meeting
  CEA Board of Directors Meeting
Saturday, February 2
  CAR Winter Board Meeting
  CEA Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, February 5
  Lunar New Year - Year of the Pig
Monday, February 11
6:30pm EASGV Board Meeting
Thursday, February 14
  Valentine's Day
Monday, February 18
  Presidents' Day (regional holiday)
Thursday, February 21
6:00pm EASGV Dinner Meeting
Friday, March 8
  International Women's Day
Sunday, March 10
  Daylight Saving Time starts
Monday, March 11
6:30pm  EASGV Board Meeting
Sunday, March 17
  St. Patrick's Day
Thursday, March 21
6:00pm  EASGV Dinner Meeting

Find this information, and more, on our Interactive Calendar.
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