It is such an honor and privilege to serve as the Women’s Council of Realtors Dutchess Network 2023 President.
First, I’d like to thank the 2022 Board for bringing us back from COVID. It hasn’t been easy, but it certainly has been fun. I hope all or at least most of you were able to experience the fun we have had in the last year. All that was due to the 2022 Board’s tremendous amount of hard work and dedication.
I also would like to take this time to thank the first person that brought me into the Women's Council, Rita White. Rita sat with me for hours and showed me the value and the benefits of being in the Women’s Council of Realtors and particularly being on the Board of Women’s Council. Not sure what magic potion Rita sprinkled on me but I am truly glad she did!
Since day one I’ve found many faucets of Women's Council that really benefited my business and the businesses of other Women’s Council members. These benefits include knowing which vendor to call with plumbing issues, which attorney to call to represent my most needy clients, and of course who to call with listing issues, etc. As realtors, we are the resources for our clients. What better source of our resources than being a part of Women’s Council of Realtors!
However, the most valuable benefit is the ability to meet other Women’s Council members throughout the entire USA. I know we can easily go to our own brokerages for referrals but I gotta be honest with you, it is much more beneficial to refer my business to a Women’s Council member that I’ve met and that I know has the same ethics and integrity as myself. I liken it to I’d rather trust my sister or brother to babysit my kids than some stranger I’ve never met! That’s what referrals with another Women’s Councils member has been like for me.
The Women’s Council of Realtors is the oldest affiliate of the National Association of Realtors dating back to 1938. Women’s Council Dutchess started in 2008, on the backs of many of you here. Thank you so much! I know I have big shoes to fill. I hope I can fill them to the best of my abilities, and I look to all of you for support. As the saying goes “it takes a village” and in this case, “it takes all of Dutchess County” for this network to continue growing.
As always, please remember to use our amazing Strategic Partners. I do mean “amazing” as they have proven how professional and skilled they are in their trades. They have tolerated us Realtors for having them on our speed-dials at all hours of the night to help us get to the Closing table! One thing we would like to bring back in 2023 is the little “black book” of experts aka, “dial an expert.” If you are not a strategic partner, we welcome you to consider joining us in 2023 and grow along with us. When you join the Women’s Council Dutchess, you, too, can be in our little “black book.”
To our members & future members: Thank you for becoming a member or considering membership, we truly value YOU!
To our Strategic Partners: Thank you for your unwavering support of Women’s Council Dutchess. We hope to have another wonderful year of partnership together!
As an unknown author said: “Surround yourself with people that push you to do better and be better. No drama or negativity. Just higher goals and higher motivation. Good times and positive energy. No jealousy or hate. Simply bringing out the absolute best in each other.”
Thank you again for ALL your support! Please feel free to reach out to myself or anyone on our leadership team. We’d love to hear from you.
Amy T. Gold
President, Women's Council of Realtors-Dutchess Network