This newsletter is intended for 2021 leaders of Women's Council. This important information should be read thoroughly and shared with your local members as needed.
Edition 8 - 2021 | February 18, 2021
Note, this edition of Roadmap is for 2021 network leaders and is being distributed to the six leadership team members who were reported to National.
Less Than 45 Days to Drop Date for Renewing Members
Only 45 days to go until renewing members are dropped. Edition 6 of the Roadmap newsletter contains outstanding zoom recordings and tools from member leaders on recruitment and retention strategies.
New Member Benefits Announced for Dues ROI
Many members report that the Office Depot discount alone pays for dues several times over when utilizing the Member Saving Center. We are excited to announce additional discounts from NEW PREMIER SUPPLIERS! In order to help you grow your membership, these offers have been carefully selected to provide best-in-class services/products. These new benefits will be automatically added to the program and featured on the members-only saving website.
Home Depot (available 3/1) – Access exclusive benefits and business tools that will let you get the job done faster, more efficiently and for less. Enjoy volume pricing on thousands of items, up to 20% off paints, discounted tool rental services, and more.
Adobe - Save up to 15% off on 20+ creative apps including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign & Acrobat Pro. Get the tools to create graphics, publish layouts, design illustrations, convert PDFs and much more.
Ace Hardware (available 3/1) - Enjoy 12% off all your hardware needs. Save on paint, cleaning supplies, hand and power tools, plumbing, electrical & more. Shop online and at 3,000+ participating retail stores.
Constant Contact - Receive 30% off your first 3 months of effective email marketing services to successfully promote your business. Quickly and easily market your ideas, build your brand online, attract customers, and sell more products. This is a great tool for member communication.
Batteries Plus Bulbs - Save time and money on power, repair and lighting needs. Enjoy up to 71% off 60,000+ quality batteries, light bulbs, accessories & more. Purchase online and at over 700 stores across the U.S.
Simple Texting - Save up to 25% off SMS & text marketing services to increase customer loyalty & drive demand. Reach & convert more business fast - get started in minutes. This is a great tool for member communication, and member cell phone numbers can be found on the member roster on your microsite.
Don't Miss Local Events in February
All local events entered onto your microsites are aggregated on one master calendar. Over 30 events are listed through month-end. Given the virtual environment we continue to be in, many events are open to other networks. View the events calendar for local events of interest and consider attending them today! Here are three top picks!
Our top pick for Black History Month. Several networks have events commemorating Black History Month and we applaud their efforts. One of our top picks is “Celebrating Our Black Leaders of Women’s Council” on February 24th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Pacific Time, hosted by LA/Beverly Hills, Southwest Riverside County, and South Bay (CA), where we remember and honor our Black Leaders who have paved the way for other women of color at the Women's Council of REALTORS®. The event is complimentary to all Women’s Council members, but pre-registration is required. Register here.
Our top pick for your health and well-being. Heart-to-Heart Panel on February 24th, 2:15 pm Central. February is American Heart Month and our focus this month is raising awareness for women’s heart health. Women’s Council cares about your well-being, and that's why we've invited heart health experts to join us to help spread awareness and hopefully help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in women. Join us for this potentially life-saving and informative event. This event is complimentary and can be viewed on the national virtual events page. No registration required.
This important panel will be moderated by Pamela Banks, 2021 National President Women's Council and the panelists include: Lisa Hinton, Executive Director | Senior Vice President, American Heart Association; David Krueger, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Heart Central of Washington; Cheri Daniels, PMN - Windermere Real Estate
Our top pick for business leadership. Meet THE A-TEAM: Breaking the Mold. Brought to you by THE A-TEAM, graduating class of 2020 National Women's Council of Realtors Leadership Institute.
Join these incredible leaders from across the country to find out how to create your niche and provide a white glove experience for your clients in 2021! This event is brought to you by Women’s Council Greater Portland and will be held from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Pacific – free Midyear Meeting registration will be raffled off! Register here.
Reminder on Affiliation Agreements
Affiliation agreements were due October 31, 2020 and define the relationship between networks and national and are required for a network to remain in good standing. Additionally, completing this is a required benchmark to become a Women’s Council Certified Network in 2021. Affiliation agreements for state and local networks can be found in Network Tools.
Contacting Member Services at National: Tips and Tricks
Problems renewing membership? Have a question? Need troubleshooting? Women’s Council Member Services team is here to answer your questions and get you squared away. There are three major channels to utilize as follows:
Call us during business hours: 1-800-285-2955. Staff is here to assist during business hours, although call volumes are high during peak times from 10 am central to 3 pm central.
Live chat: On the lower right hand corner of wcr.org is our live chat feature where you can ask quick questions. During off-hours, it will say “help” and even if someone isn’t there to help you ‘live’, it will create a customer service ticket that ensures follow up.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The best and most efficient way to contact is via email and response times are typically less than 2 business days. Please be specific with your request and provide all pertinent information, such as your name, local network and situation that needs resolution.
Note, all interactions via these three official channels are assigned a ticket number to ensure follow-up and resolution. When being assigned a ticket number, please save so that these can effectively be tracked and ensured follow up.
Midyear Dates Announced
The Women’s Council Midyear Meeting will be virtual and will take place May 5-7, 2021. It will contain education sessions, governance meetings, and elections. Registration opens in early March. Stay tuned to the events page for detailed agendas and registration information in the coming days. Mark your calendar! All voting delegates must register for the conference by April 23 at 11:59 pm.
PMN Renewals Coming This Spring
If your PMN dues are not yet renewed, do not worry. We will invoice these separately this Spring. PMN memberships will not be dropped, please stay tuned for future communications.
PMN membership continues to grow with over 1,200 designees. A new infographic outlines how PMNs are the #1 designation for RPAC participation rates and are statistically proven to obtain top leadership positions at NAR. Click here for an updated infographic.