There are so many exciting things that have happened this year, and one of them is the change in the National Bylaws, which has the State and Local Network leaders mirror National and transition leadership the day after the National Conference ends. This year that date is November 15th. I must say, this year has flown by and I hope both outgoing and incoming network leaders work together to pass the baton.
First, I want to give a huge shout out toBoise Metro, Canyon County, and North Idaho for working incredibly hard all year to meet deadlines and goals and build membership numbers so they could receive the new Network Certification from National. This is a great achievement and I am so proud of what you all have accomplished.
We started the year with a few struggles, one of them being the drop in membership following a year hit hard by COVID. We started off with only 164 members in January and keeping our designation as a medium network designation was in jeopardy. Thanks to all 4 local networks, they hit it out of the park and we have increased our membership by 28% and are back above 200 members.
The state board worked hard to bring our members some free educational opportunities via Zoom this year. The classes were Building Your Networks with Tammy Noll, Planning, Systems, and Branding with Cindy DeCoster a collaborative event with RRC Idaho and Caldwell Board of REALTORS with Marki Lemons-Ryhal presenting the Modern Real Estate Professionals Guide to Success, Digital Business Cards and the Power of Canva with Boise Metro President Tami Sims, and Emotional Intelligence with motivational speaker and coach, Brenda Lee. We are also in the process of working with Idaho REALTORS® to allow CE credits for some of our PMN offerings so we can offer the classes to members and REALTORS throughout the state.
For the first time in several years, we were able to move $5,000 from our operating account into the reserve account and will leave a rough estimate of $7,700 in the business account, $3,700 above the $4,000 required by our standing rules. We were able to achieve this due to a combination of increased partnership, non-member education fees, our annual fundraiser, and a lack of travel at the beginning of the year.
I hope that you have enjoyed receiving the newsletters again. Watch for great things to come next year as the new leadership team works to deliver videos with important news and updates and implement a shared calendar with dates and deadlines for members and local network leaders.
It has also been my pleasure to work with so many of you on Committees and Project teams this year. For those of you that stepped up, thank you, we could not have accomplished what we have without you. And to the rest of the State Leadership Team, you have been my eyes and ears on the ground, wise counsel, and friends. I truly appreciate your time and hard work to make sure we were able to roll out the new State Network model and meet the model standards, you are all phenomenal leaders. Last, but not least, thank you to Sheila Moran and the rest of the National Liaisons for their mentorship and training this year. You made our tasks much easier to achieve.
I look forward to continuing to work with many of you next year as the State Liaison.