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The Power of Volunteering

by Anita Davis

The Power of Volunteering

Anita DavisFor me, joining Women's Council was the easy part. At the local and state level, the education and networking were incredible. And my first national meeting was a memory that will last a lifetime. However, the major impact did not come until I began to volunteer. Each new experience added to my skills, my network and my friendships. The more involved I became, the more motivated I was to be involved.

Women's Council gives us the skills and knowledge to give back to the Council, our boards and associations, as well as our communities. This is a perfect time to consider how you can volunteer and benefit from the experience at the same time. Are you already working on a local, state or national committee? No? Talk to your local or state chapter officers to see how best you can volunteer. 

Are you an instructor or expert who can share your skills or vision with your peers? Make sure have filled out your Women's Council of REALTORS® member expertise profile so other chapters can find your skills and talents and call on you to share them. Your expertise profile is also an important factor when members are searching for someone to send a referral.

At the national level, Women's Council conferences include forums, learning labs and education sessions that are often facilitated or taught by Women's Council members. The opportunities to get involved are everywhere. If you attend sessions at the upcoming Midyear Meeting, be sure and take that information back to those in your chapter who were unable to attend. Sharing the information will also help you to retain it.

Considering an NAR committee appointment? Don't forget to fill out your NAR expertise profile as well at www.realtors.org. The deadline for applications is May 25 for the 2013 committees. Also, do you know a volunteer who has gone above and beyond in his or her community? NAR's Good Neighbor Award nominations are due in by May 18.

While we are in Washington, D.C., next month, Women's Council will band together in NAR's volunteer effort by attending the "Rally to Protect the American Dream" on May 17. In the words of NAR President Moe Veissi, "We are going to show Congress that no one cares more about revitalizing real estate for future generations than REALTORS® do." Our voices will ring loud and strong that day. Please come join us! Let's all work together to keep our industry strong and protect the rights of private property owners.

I became a REALTOR® in September 1994 and started volunteering in the industry within the first year. It has been the best career move I ever made. I wouldn’t have done it any other way. I hope you find the benefits just as rewarding.

Anita Davis, ABR, CRS, GRI, PMN
Women's Council 2012 President-elect
Long & Foster Real Estate
Baltimore, MD
anita.davis@longandfoster.com

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