As Terry McDermott closed in on his final months as NAR’s chief executive, he sat down with RAE magazine to share his thoughts on how association executives, association management, and the REALTOR® organization can be more successful in reaching out to members and improving the real estate industry.
By Lisa Walker & Norman Clark
"To transform an organization, one first must transform individuals. In an association, this may mean transforming yourself first."
Developing associations into leadership organizations takes more than reading an inspirational book or attending a high-powered seminar.
Organizational leadership requires that people move away from behaviors that stifle individual initiative and accountability and adopt behaviors that promote individual and group effectiveness.
By Julie Sturgeon & Carolyn Schwaar
Going from being a busy, successful Realtor® to being a busy, successful Realtor® elected to serve as president of a local association isn’t for the fainthearted.
Although most association presidents report that they walk into their volunteer position with eyes wide open, it still comes with its share of surprises. Here, Realtor® elected leaders share the lessons learned in their year as president and offer advice for the leaders of tomorrow.
Take the time to plan and learn
State and local associations across the country have been inundated with calls from members wanting to contribute to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
If you receive calls, here is some essential information to pass on.
First: Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for members on the main hurricane relief page, which are frequently updated. You're free to post this FAQ at your association Web site.
Also, for associations, there's this info:
by Bridget McCrea
REALTOR associations nationwide continually roll out new services and upgrade existing offerings, all in the name of keeping their members informed, up-to-date, and equipped with the most modern tools and resources. Here are some associations' latest and greatest developments.
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11 Ways to Encourage Members to Donate to Hurricane Relief
Associations are proving to be the backbone in the fundraising efforts for the REALTORS® Relief Foundation. Already, NAR has received nearly half a million dollars to be donated to relief funds established by the Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi associations of REALTORS.
So how are they doing it? Below are just some of the ways associations are driving members to action:
1. Offer to match member contributions.
2. Call for and accept donations at general membership meetings.