Happy New Year and Cheers to 2021. We all survived an unprecedented year and have come out the other side stronger and more resilient. I'm so impressed with how our members have adapted and pivoted in the last several months. I want to thank our 2020 Leadership Team led by our dedicated President, Don Scordino. Don maintained his enthusiasm and passion for our Association and I am truly thankful for his commitment and his example. I also want to extend my appreciation to our 2020 MLS Chair, Colleen Wiginton who propelled our MLS forward with determination and professionalism. A warm thank you to all our Committee Chairs and Committee Members who volunteered their time and talents to serve our Association. I would be remiss if I didn't also thank our dedicated staff for their unwavering commitment to serving all of us especially in a remarkable year.
In 2021 I anticipate a year with continued challenges but immense growth. My theme for our Association is Shift Happens. The world may not be clear, the market may be wild but REALTORS® are here to win! I encourage all of our members to adapt, grow and be flexible all while maintaining cooperation and professionalism. Your 2021 Leadership Team is ready to serve you and provide you with support. Did you know that FAR provides over 10 local member benefits? You may have heard of MLS Touch, ShowingTime and Trends but how about ListTrac, REALTOR® Scholarships, and Welcome Home Radio? The Association also provides first-class customer service and is always here to solve problems for our members. We also host free social and networking events, provide free monthly training, and unbiased Arbitration and Ethic hearings free for our members. Lastly, we support the REALTOR® Action Fund which protects private property rights and stands for home ownership for all.
My wish for this year is that our members engage and fully participate in all that our Association has to offer. While we may still be fairly stuck in a virtual world, there are many opportunities to network and connect. Please join us for lots of fun at our weekly Tuesday Morning MLS Meetings which include education, raffles, networking, MLS Home Tours and more.
Lastly, I'm very excited to introduce a new member benefit and program to you called the G-VIP. The G honors our dear leader, Gerard Lozano who was taken from us way too early. The VIP stands for Very Impressive Professional. As you complete the activities listed below, you will receive "punches." Complete 6 punches in a year and you will receive a $100 Gas gift card, and will also be entered into an End-of-Year Raffle. First prize = $1,000 Amazon Gift Card; 2nd Prize = $400 Amazon Gift Card; 3rd Prize = $200 Amazon Gift Card.
Your G-VIP "punches" can be obtained by completing the following:
Contribute $49 to the REALTOR® Action Fund (RAF)
- RAF Major Donor ($449 or above)
- Attend 5 MLS Tuesday Morning Meetings
- Attend 1 Education Seminar
Attend the CA Association of REALTORS® Leg Day
- Sit on a FAR Committee/Board/Leadership Academy
- Attend 5 Investors/Exchanger Meetings
- Attend a Professional Standards Training
I am extremely excited to serve our members along with our amazing Leadership Team. I cannot thank our Committee Chairs and Members, Board Members and Executive Committee enough for dedicating their time to helping serve our members.
Wishing you a productive and bountiful year full of growth, opportunity and connection!
Annie Foreman, 2021 President
The Fresno Association of REALTORS®