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April 9, 2021
KWAOR Members Corner
In Memoriam:
Christopher N. Fascione
December 15, 1953 - April 5, 2021
KWAOR Foundation President Christopher Fascione, 67, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 5, 2021 after a courageous fight with chronic heart failure. Chris was a successful RI realtor, a talented musician and most especially, a loving family man.
At this time, all services will be private.
 
Born on December 15, 1953 in Providence, RI, Chris was the son of the late Crescenzo and Antoinette Fascione. He was a 1972 LaSalle Academy graduate and Track and Field Standout Athlete.

Chris had a 40-year career in Rhode Island real estate, and devoted much of his time as a member and chairman of dozens of local, state and national REALTOR committees. He was often invited to share his leadership skills as a speaker at real estate conferences and functions. Chris served as President of the Kent-Washington Association of Realtors from 2017-2018 and was named KWAOR Realtor of the Year and was also Rhode Island Realtor of the Year in 2018. In 2019 he became the first President for the KWAOR Foundation Board, and was inducted into the National Association of REALTORS Omega Tau Rho Fraternity, an honor bestowed upon members showing exemplary dedication and service as a token of highest esteem from their fellow REALTORS. Chris was extremely proud of these honors.
 
Beloved father to Alicia (Jason) Robinson, whom he raised as a single parent after his first wife, Nancy Rae Lord Fascione preceded him in death in 1994. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Landon and Molly, who will remember many summer adventures that he took them on which he adoringly called “Papa Camp”.
 
In recent years Chris was a loving husband to Leigh A. Peltier with whom he traveled the globe skiing, eating delicious meals, attending sporting events, and doing what they loved the most, going to concerts to hear great music.
 
In addition to his wife and daughter, Chris also leaves behind his sister and brother-in-law Christine and Richard DeAngelis, along with his dear niece, nephews and their families.
 
Chris was active in several community and civic organizations, but particularly passionate in the fight against breast cancer. For 25 years, he served as a Pacemaker at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, and raised thousands of dollars in honor and memory of his first wife, Nancy.

The ability for all to become a homeowner was important to Chris, and he was founder and President of the Kent Washington Board of Realtors charitable foundation. Alicia and Leigh have shared that donations in his memory to KWAOR Foundation, Inc. would be appreciated, or to Rescue Road Trips, who delivered rescue pup Stella to Chris and Leigh in December.

Chris, who deeply loved music, would want to leave you with these words, composed by his favorite songwriter Maurice White, which he often expressed to others:
“Keep Your Head to the Sky.”
APRIL IS FAIR HOUSING MONTH
Every April, REALTORS® commemorate the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 with events and education that shine a light on housing discrimination and segregation. Fair Housing Month signifies a recommitment to expanding equal access to housing.

Implicit bias is often a manifestation of muscle memory. A go-with-your-gut unconscious choice, act, or opinion with immeasurable consequences that can–and have–impacted generations.

Slow down, course correct, and take action. Throughout the year we must remain steadfast in our commitment breaking down biases, holding ourselves accountable, and upholding the letter of the law.
So, refresh your memory, and open your mind.

There’s always more to know, and we can all do better. NAR provides great events, training and more, here.
ALL MEMBERS - Reminder: Code Of Ethics Cycle 6 Ends 12/31/2021

  • As you may recall, changes to National Association of REALTORS Code Of Ethics (COE), voted in 2019, extended the current COE Cycle 6 to three years. That cycle ends December 31, 2021. If you are not sure if you've completed Code Of Ethics training for this cycle, please email Membership Director Kathleen Papp. If you have recently completed Code Of Ethics training, be sure to email your course certificate to Kathleen.

  • Did You Know? Completion of the C2EX provides Code Of Ethics credit. C2EX is a program of the National Association of Realtors, available free online. NAR has recently launched a 2021 C2EX Challenge - see details in NAR News, below.

Finding YOUR REALTOR® Path

Real Estate is an ever-expanding profession. If you're interested in finding a specialty or building leadership skills, this video on NAR's Institutes, Societies and Councils is a great place to start. Click the image to play.

The below-listed links will help you connect with a few local and regional offices and expand your programming, mentorship, networking, leadership, and training opportunities:

NAHREP National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals - RI Chapter
RRC Residential Real Estate Council and CRS Certified Specialists - NE Region
WCR - Women's Council of REALTORS® - Women's Council of REALTORS® - Rhode Island
YPN Young Professionals Network - YPN RI: tricia@ypnri.com
KWAOR Foundation News
Members Help KWAOR Foundation to Surpass 401Gives Fundraising Goal!

KWAOR Foundation Inc.'s Directors deeply appreciate the generous and thoughtful gifts from those members who participated in our first-ever 401Gives Campaign.
THANK YOU!!!!

Together we raised over $1000 in just 24 hours for our 2021 charities:
Be The Change/Project Hand Up of West Warwick and South County Habitat for Humanity. Learn more about the Foundation here.
KWAOR Committees in Action
KWAOR COMMUNITY OUTREACH COMMITTEE

Don't forget to drop your used clothing, shoes and accessories off to our Big Brothers Big Sisters of RI (Bigs RI) Collection Bin! Located to the rear of our parking lot at 2240 South County Trail, every bag labeled "To Bigs RI from KWAOR" removes clothing from landfills, and raises funds for the KWAOR Foundation and KWAOR projects.
Click the image to access a complete list of the Bigs RI collection rules. Feel free to share with family, friends and clients--items are collected regularly and the bin is accessble 24/7.

The Community Outreach Committee is busy with plans for projects this month with Kiki's Garden and the Mill Cove Footbridge in North Kingstown, and a Habitat for Humanity build this summer. If you would like to join this Committee, contact Carol Drewes.
KWAOR EDUCATION COMMITTEE
The KWAOR Education Committee plans education programs for KWAOR members including our monthly Lunch & Learns, Webinars and live events when possible. Want to get involved? Contact Kathleen Papp.
KWAOR PROGRAMS COMMITTEE
SAVE THE DATE: KWAOR Annual Fundraiser Scheduled for August 19th at Yawgoo Bakes & BBQ! The KWAOR Programs Committee is now planning our annual fundraiser, which will be a family-friendly gathering with great summer food, outdoor games, a silent auction and/or raffle, and more! The fundraiser will benefit President's Charity Be The Change/Project Hand Up of West Warwick, and South County Habitat for Humanity. If you would like to get involved in planning this or other KWAOR events, or if your team or firm would like to sponsor a game, form a fundraising team or form a competitive team (cornhole, volleyball or ???), please contact Carol Drewes.
NAR News
2021 QUARTERLY UPDATE FROM NAR PRESIDENT OPPLER:
The Pandemic Made Our Industry Better

In the year since COVID-19 infiltrated the world, the real estate industry has proven its resilience against the deepest of disruptions, NAR President Charlie Oppler says. “Some of us wore hazmat suits, and we didn’t even know what a mask was—but we all wore a mask,” Oppler recalls in a fireside chat-style video with NAR Chief Storyteller Janelle Brevard, the first in a quarterly “Presidential Update” series.
Click image below to watch the video.
NAR ANNOUNCES 2021 COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE (C2EX) CHALLENGE

Rev up your skill set and rock KWAOR's (or maybe RIAR's?) chance to become a 2021 C2EX Challenge champion — earn your endorsement and increase your marketability today. Here's what two KWAOR members had to say about their C2EX experience:

Jean Gorrie of HomeSmart Professionals:
“The most interesting part of the course was the message of professionalism... This course gives a broader overview of the PROFESSION of being a Realtor. C2EX is very different from getting CE credits. There are topics like realtor government and its importance, client service and professional reputation The segments on technology and privacy were very insightful...Whether you are just starting out in real estate or a seasoned professional, this program will give you new resources. It is easy to use and I worked my way through it with short sessions until it was completed. I learned so much more than I expected!”

Kayla Kershaw of Real Broker LLC:
"I thought the format and style of the learning modules were eye-catching, easy to understand, and fun to complete. I liked the questions and that every module was a little different, keeping me on my toes! ...I worked on it over coffee in the morning or when watching TV at night--I spent 1-2 hours each day for about two weeks.

Get started with this FREE program today at www.c2ex.realtor and get Cycle 6 COE credit upon completion. Most REALTORS® take 10-12 hours to complete C2EX, which is designed to be done in short sessions.
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