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May 2017
  MESSAGE FROM THE NEW
MARC NAHRO PRESIDENT

Greetings!
I want to take this opportunity to advise all MARC NAHRO members that former president David Allen Brown submitted his resignation to the Executive Board on May 5, 2017, effective immediately.   As the senior vice president, I assumed the presidency, in accordance with the region’s bylaws.  In a subsequent teleconference, the executive board elected  treasurer John Mahon as the regional senior vice president and Diane Haislip  as the new treasurer.   John is executive director, Housing Authority of the city of Bayonne.  Diane is deputy director, Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County.  Congratulations to my regional colleagues!

I thought it befitting to adopt the conference theme, One Hope, One Mission, One Voice… as the theme of my presidency – as this is the surest way for MARC NAHRO to continue to grow and sustain itself.  We have the tools and talent within our region to accomplish great things, by working together!  Our collective efforts will produce much greater results than any individual endeavors.   As we move forward, I hope you will work with me.  Take the first step by completing and submitting the volunteer to serve form (details are below).   Together we can make it happen!

A word about the contents of this jam packed newsletter.  We have provided a very brief overview of each featured topic and directed you to the region’s newly revamped website for details. (If you do not have a user ID and password, contact MARC NAHRO RSO Team for instructions.)

Topics featured in this issue are as follows:

  • The MARC NAHRO Regional Conference and Tradeshow
  • Volunteer to Serve on a MARC NAHRO Committee
  • Nominating/Election Committee Seeks Nominees for regional officers and executive board members
  • Donate to the region’s Gilliam, Milan, Moyer and Smith Memorial Scholarship
  • NAHRO Merit College Scholarship Program – a new program!
    2018 What Home Means to me Calendar Contest
I am grateful for the opportunity to share with you and to serve as your new regional president.  I welcome your continued support of MARC NAHRO and  your ideas.  Feel free to contact with me via phone -240-882-1079 or email; reginamitchell@aol.com.

Regards,
Regina  
MARC NAHRO NEWS
2017 MARC NAHRO CONFERENCE  - REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!
Register before July 3 and save $50.00!
As previously announced, MARC NAHRO will host the 2017 Conference in Washington, DC August 17-18.  

SPECIAL OFFERS:

RAD training with proficiency exam

Sit for any NAHRO Certification Exam!


Take a tour sponsored by the District of Columbia Housing Authority

Win an iPad Mini  -- the first 100 registrants will be entered into a drawing


Tour the new National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tour of the Capitol

The conference will feature educational sessions focused on current and emerging industry issues as well as an exhibition of solution providers who can show you cutting-edge products and services and much more!   

Register online at www.marcnahro.org; click on EVENTS
or by mail--look out for the conference brochure. 
MARC NAHRO NEEDS YOU! VOLUNTEER FOR A
LEADERSHIP ROLE BY JUNE 30!
Here is your chance to become involved. Help us move the region forward with your expertise. Volunteer to serve on a committee. Review the committee descriptions and submit the volunteer form by June 30.   Click here to complete the survey
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NOMINATING AND ELECTION COMMITTEE APPOINTED TO SELECT NOMINEES FOR BOARD POSITIONS        
In odd-numbered years, MARC NAHRO members elect new officers who serve two year terms:  president, senior vice president , secretary, and treasurer .  And, annually, members elect three members at-large  who serve three year terms  on the Executive Board.   Any member in good standing may seek any office or executive board position.

President Mitchell, in accordance with the Region’s bylaws, has appointed a Nominating/Election Committee (N&E)( comprised of  the following five members) to select nominees for the above-mentioned positions:  
Chair      
Pam Ferguson- East Coast Property Management, DE             pferguson@ecpmgt.com    

Members

Vernon Lawrence- Pleasantville, NJ  Hsg. Auth.                         vlawrence@pleasantvilleha.org
Clif Martin -   Hsg.  Commission of Anne Arundel Cty, MD      ccmartin@hcaac.org  
Cynthia Osborne-  Elkton, MD Hsg. Auth.                                     cosborne@elktonha.org
Robin Senss - Hsg. Auth. of Chester County, PA                          rsenss@haccnet.org
             

MARC NAHRO members who are interested in seeking election should contact Pam Ferguson by June 16, 2017.  Additional names may be placed on the election ballot upon the receipt of a valid petition by July 19, see bylaws for details.  If there is more than one nominee for either office, members will cast their ballots not later than July 31.  The election results will be announced at the region’s Annual Conference and Exhibition, which will be held in Washington, DC., August 17-18.      

2018 HOUSING AMERICA POSTER CONTEST IS UNDERWAY! 
Housing America conducts a  poster contest each year for children residing in affordable housing and community developments owned or administered by NAHRO member agencies. 

The contest is a collaborative effort of NAHRO’s chapter/state and regional councils.  National honorees are selected from the regional winning entries.  To read  MARC NAHRO State Competition information click here.  Regional judging will be held on July 12 in Washington, DC. This will enable MARC NAHRO to submit its three winners to national NAHRO by August 4. 

There are new entry rules this year, which include the poster  sizes of 22” x 28,”  click here to read  .  

Last year, MARC NAHRO members submitted 64 posters. This year, MARC NAHRO’s own Clif Martin, who chairs  Housing America, challenges regional members to double or even triple  the number of entries!

The  2017 calendar (February) includes Josephine, Age 15  Bayonne, NJ Housing Authority, see above. 
DONATE ONLINE! MARC NAHRO GILLIAM, MILAN, MOYER
AND SMITH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
As announced last fall, the region’s Executive Board approved the establishment of a regional scholarship in memory of four MARC NAHRO pioneers whose illustrious careers as public servants, teachers and mentors profoundly impacted the region and hundreds of industry professionals. 

The scholarship will fund tuition and/or certification examination fees for NAHRO Professional Development offerings.  MARC NAHRO members who are commissioners and/or trustees and employees of housing and community development agencies may apply for a scholarship. 

We seek to award annually two $1,000 scholarships and a number of smaller scholarships when we reach our fundraising goal of $4,000.  We will exceed this goal if each MARC NAHRO member makes a modest donation, which is tax deductible.  

We need your support, to donate online or to read more about the Scholarship, click he re.
  NAHRO NEWS
NAHRO MERIT COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP
MARC NAHRO Submissions due June 15, 2017
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NAHRO announced the establishment of the NAHRO Merit College Scholarship Program at the 2017 Washington Conference. The Housing America Task Force, administrators of the program, will award eight scholarships—one from each region. Eligible individuals are public housing residents, Section 8 voucher residents, and state-funded rental assistance residents living in a household or being provided a service managed by an eligible agency. 

Eligible individuals must be a graduating high school senior, or possess a high school diploma or GED, applying to or attending an accredited institution of higher education. If currently attending college, applicant must be registered for at least two classes.

 June 15, 2017  is the deadline for submission of applicants from MARC NAHRO agency members to the MARC NAHRO RSO team at marc@nahro.org.  

Click here for more info and scholarship application