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I am Diane Bacon, your 2022 President. Most of you know me but I will just tell you a little about myself and how I became involved with Women’s Council of REALTORS®. I first got started in real estate about 6 years ago. I was so excited to start my new career but had limited time and funds after getting my license so I thought very carefully about which realtor organizations I wanted to be involved with. I narrowed it down to just 2- REALTOR’S Charitable Foundation- where I served as a board member and chaired the fundraising committee - because I believe in the importance of giving back and Women’s Council of REALTORS® because I knew they could help me grow in my profession through education, mentorship, as well as developing new friends and colleagues. I was so excited when I became a member. I came to as many events as possible and joined committees because I knew the value. I also recognized that WCR members are always the people involved in organizations and committees - GRAR, RCF, RPAC - just to name a few. You name it! We are there! I coordinated joint events and they were always supported by WCR members. I was asked to be First Vice President of Women’s Council of REALTORS® and served the remainder of a term and then was asked to serve another term which I gladly did. I believe in the importance of women -and men -supporting each other professionally. One thing I learned from Covid was how important it is to have a support system. There were so many of us who couldn’t get out and maybe had families who were far away. WCR was able to fill that role whether it was a virtual CE credit class or a bingo game hosted by a local comedian, or a lunch and learn with a happy hour and a realtor member serenading us. We made it through together.
 
My goal as this year’s 2022 President is to make Women’s Council of REALTORS® stronger than ever! I want to make sure our members feel the value of what it means to be part of WCR and to invite everyone we know to be a part. There is strength in numbers and as we grow we will get stronger. I am encouraging transparency and involvement and want to see every member -if possible - join a committee, the board, maybe teach a class or lunch and learn - join us at our conferences and maybe even sit in on a board meeting or two! We welcome suggestions and inclusivity.
I also believe very strongly in giving back to our community and I love that WCR does too- I also serve as a Board member for C.U.R.E. Childhood Cancer and am choosing that as my charity to support when we have events. Nearly everyone has been affected by someone they know and love who has battled cancer. C.U.R.E. is a local organization that was started here to support children diagnosed with cancer and their families/caregivers but has also become a model recognized around the country for our Parent Advocate and Peer to Peer support program. C.U.R.E. is also currently the only oncology group offering support in the Golisano Children’s Hospital.
 
There is so much that we as Women’s Council of REALTORS® have done to grow our members and community. We have so many generous members, sponsors, and partners.
We couldn’t do anything without your support and please know how much we appreciate you. We are excited to have our fashion show back, our golf tournament that sells out every year, networking events, and national speakers that we are able to bring right here to Rochester just for you!
Please continue to support our members and partners and come to our events!
Most importantly - invite a friend or be a mentor to that new agent or seasoned one!
 
We all need each other to grow - it's in our mission statement - “We are a network of successful Realtors, advancing women as business leaders in the industry and in the communities we serve”. You can’t get much better than that and I’m proud to be a part of and to have the honor of being your 2022 President. Thank you!!
 

Diane Bacon

2022 President, Women’s Council of REALTORS® Rochester Network

 

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