November 2018 Newsletter

~  Gratitude turns what we have into enough.

President's Message

Sharon Virgin
Dustin Young & Company
“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”
-Maya Angelou
As I make my exit as President of The Great Falls Association of REALTORS®, this quote from Maya Angelou could not ring more true for me. This past year as President has been nothing short of fulfilling. Although I have held many positions in our association, I was unclear as a new President what my impact might be on the organization. I started my position in the hopes of not only “making a difference,” but also becoming a better community member. As the year progressed, many events and tasks were completed. It became clear to me that to be truly successful, all parts of the organization must work together in an intentional way toward a common goal. Every part is valuable and necessary to our association.

As I reflect on the past year, I believe that the spirit and practice of philanthropy improves the human condition. It is not merely the giving of financial resources, but can be giving of one’s expertise, passion, and talent. Our varying walks of life contribute to the uniqueness of how we view the world. It also affects how and why we choose to make an impact. A source of my motivation through the years has been to make the world a better place by contributing what I can. I feel that deep down we all want to make ourselves, our work and our communities better.

I will continue to help our association as I move forward. My service with GFAR has ignited my desire to do more, be more, and serve more. As I navigate this crazy world each day, I will try to instill in our fellow members the value of philanthropy. It is an ever-important socially responsible duty of giving what you can, how you can, when you can. I firmly believe that we all want to make the world a better place. I have used this as a source of motivation over the years.

Serving as the President of the Great Falls Association of REALTORS® has been one of the most valuable experiences I have had. Thank you GFAR for allowing me to fulfill my promise of leaving my mark! I also want to welcome our incoming President Josh Lind! I look forward to assisting you in anyway that I can.
MAR REGIONAL AMBASSADORS  
Earlier this summer, the MAR Bylaws were amended to eliminate the 6 positions of District Vice Presidents (DVP) and replace them with 3 Regional Ambassadors. The Regional Ambassadors will be jointly appointed by the MAR President, President-Elect and 1 st  Vice President. In addition to seeking applications from among the membership we are specifically seeking nominations from each local REALTOR® board in Montana.  
2019 DUES INVOICES ARE ON THE WAY
Good news: Dues are less than last year!
Deadline to submit payment is by Jan 2, 2019.

*Please let us know if you plan to go inactive
WANT TO WIN YOUR GFAR LOCAL DUES PAID OR YOUR EDUCATION PAID??!
Donate to RPAC and receive chances to win a rebate for your 2019 GFAR Local Dues and/or Education! You could win both!
We have to giveaway:
  • 5 Membership Dues Rebates
($150 each)
  • 6 Education Program Rebates
($139 each)
Here's how it works:
  • Donate to RPAC between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018
  • 1 entry for $25 donation
  • 5 entries for $99 donation
  • 15 entries for $250 donation
  • If you've already donated to RPAC in 2018 you will automatically be entered in the drawing.
  • Drawing takes place on Jan. 3, 2019
NAR explains the new tax law and what it means for Real Estate Professionals.

GFAR NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION

Thursday, November 29th 10am - 4pm
Friday, November 30th 9am - 3pm

Email to RSVP: kristine@gtfar.com
November
Calendar

Nov 4th
FALL BACK!
Daylight Saving Time Ends

Nov 6th - VOTE!
Election Day

Nov 7th
10:00 - 11:30am
MLS Committee

Nov 8th - 9:00am
Member Meeting
Tonya Shumaker
City of GF Home Improvement Loans

Nov 8th - 3:00pm
Check presentation at Smoked BBQ

Nov 12th
Veteran's Day
1:30pm
Veteran's Day Program
Loy Elementary

Nov 14th - 1-2pm
(Tentative date change)
Budget & Finance

Nov 15th - 9:00am
Member Meeting
Julie Lacey - MoFi (HomeNow) Loan program

Nov 21st - 8:30am
Board of Directors

Nov 22nd
No Member Meeting
Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 23rd
GFAR office closed

Nov 29th - 9:00am
Member Meeting
TBD

Nov 29th
10:00am - 4:00pm
New Member Orientation

Nov 30th
9:00am - 3:00pm
New Member Orientation

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Election Day is Tuesday,
November 6th

We are currently scheduling 2019 GFAR education classes and are looking forward to bringing you some awesome instructors!
Details coming soon.
Thursday
December 13th

GFAR & GFHBA Christmas Party
HOT MIAMI NIGHTS
CHRISTMAS PARTY

Get ready to party Miami style!
Enjoy dinner, drinks, raffles, games, and a dueling band!

Ticket prices and more details coming soon!
PHOTO CONTEST!
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!  

Get your photo on the front cover of Montana's REALTOR ® Digest!  


For any questions or to submit your photo, email Nicole@Montana
Great Falls Association of REALTORS®
RING DAY

WEDNESDAY
DECEMBER 5TH
10:00am - 6:00pm

2 hour shifts - 2 people
4 Locations:
Big Lots
Scheels
Hobby Lobby
JC Penney

Call Kristine at the GFAR office to sign up for a 2 hour shift
453-2752