President's Message

Sharon Virgin
Dustin Young & Company
INSPIRATION.   An interesting word, that means to  inspire  or cause someone to do something, a good idea, a force or influence.
I often wonder what  inspires  a person to do something...good or bad. I have watched a lot of motivational videos and read many books on sports heroes and everyday heroes that attribute someone or something that  inspired  them in their lives. Have you ever thought about  what inspires you?  Have you thought about  what inspired you to get into Real Estate?
I have asked myself what is my inspiration? I realized early in my Real Estate career that the accomplishment of others is what inspires me. Seeing lives changed on a daily basis, whether it be our clients by helping them buy or sell a home or property, helping a new or seasoned fellow REALTOR®, volunteering time to a worthy organization or cause, being a member of our Association and being one of many voices that can help shape the future of our industry. I guess to sum it all up “Pride in being a REALTOR®” is ultimately my inspiration. 

As always there are a lot of changes coming in our industry, will you be inspired by your REALTOR® title? Will you give back to the industry that supports you? Will you give back to your Association whether local or state? Will you get involved this year? Don’t make your decision to be involved based on someone else's thoughts or experiences, (you don’t know the whole story) be involved because you are inspired to make our industry better and you want your voice heard! 

Never say ''I'll get involved, tomorrow or next week, I’m too busy'' there is no tomorrow, there is no next week there is only now. If you believe you can make a difference now it's because you must act now. So go and show the world, show anyone that has ever doubted that you are in control of you. Show the doubters and the nay-sayers that one person can make a difference. Each of us is more powerful than we could ever imagine, don’t waste your power on what someone else thinks, use that power to be the greatest at what ever you decide to do and do it for you. Contribute to the world around you the best you can so that you leave it a better place than when you came into it.
I ask you:  Who Inspires You? What inspires you?
This month I challenge you to... Be Inspired and Get Involved!
REALTOR® Safety Month
Join & Carl Carter - founder of the Beverly Carter Foundation for this inspirational story about how the foundation came to be as well as important safety information.

Many types of Sponsorships available, prizes, patriotic theme, lunch provided, Dixon Golf contest,
and much more!

Monday | September 24th
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Bar-S Lounge & Supper Club
5100 North Star Blvd.
Great Falls, MT 59405

RSVP Required
Deadline to RSVP is 5:00pm, September 21st

(406) 453-2752 or
2018 MAR Fall Business Meetings

Sept 19th-21st
Copper King Inn
4655 Harrison Ave
Butte, Montana
(406) 565-5001    
CRS Elective (6 CE credits), Betty Kissock Remembrance, Welcome Event, Awards Gala, General Membership & Business Meetings, Networking, and much more!
Don’t miss this opportunity to network, catch up on industry issues, share your ideas with association leaders...and have some fun too!

2018 Arctic Cat ATV
Valued over $5000

Montana Sapphire Ring
Valued at $6000
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Approved Continuing Education Credits: 12

   Thurs & Friday September 27-28, 2018 MISSOULA
Attention Property Managers

A recent district court order out of Missoula, is only a district court ruling, NOT Montana Law. However, it is advised that any MAR members who engage in property management activities should consider revising certain aspects of their business in accordance with this decision. Please review the statement from MAR's legal counsel, Jaymie Bowditch.

The Board of Directors election is upon us. Absentee and electronic voting will begin on or before September 17th. Voting will also take place at the Fall Member Luncheon on September 24th.

Stay Tuned for a Candidate Profile Newsletter Coming Soon!
September Calendar

Sept 3rd - Labor Day
GFAR Closed

Sept 4th - 3pm
Golf Tournament Prep

Sept 6th - 9:30am
Friends of the Flag Golf Tournament - GFAR Closed, NO Member Meeting

Sept 11th - 10:30am
MLS Consolidation Rules Review

Sept 12th - 10am
MLS Committee

Sept 13th - 9am
Member Meeting
Mike Ammons - Childbridge Montana

Sept 13th - 1pm
Budget & Finance

Sept 17th - 21st
Absentee Ballots Available for Board of Director Election

Sept 18th - 10am
Board of Directors

Sept 19th - 21st
MAR Meetings in Butte

Sept 20th - 9am
Member Meeting
Rachel Court - HomeNow

Sept 24th - 11am
Member Luncheon
Bar-S Lounge & Supper Club

Sept 27th - 9am
Member Meeting
To Be Announced

Sept 27th - 1pm
Education - Fair Housing

Sept 27th - 5pm
Burgers for Bucks

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GFAR will be participating in this year's World Homeless Day and we want you to join us! Stay tuned for more information!
Requests for Reasonable Accommodation- Assistance & Service Animals 

September 27, 2018
1pm - 4pm

Taught By: Pam Bean of Montana Fair Housing
(3 Hours CE)
Panel of experts, focuses on requests for accommodations for service & assistance animals .

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Agent Safety

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November 2-5, 2018
REALTORS® Conference & Expo
Recently at GFAR..
GFAR President Sharon Virgin of Dustin Young & Company donating blood at our recent blood drive.