I love my yard. For my family it is a living extension of the love that can be found within the four walls of our happy little home.
Just like the many birds that find their way back to our yard each year, May arrives and REALTORS® from near and far gather for our own spring ritual known as the Midyear meetings.
Just as you all arrive so do my beloved peonies. And each year on the weekend before Midyear, I lovingly tend to them by staking the buds that are ready to burst forth with creamy bombs of ivory petals that exude a heavenly, heady, intoxicating fragrance. And then come Monday morning, as I depart for the Marriott Wardman Park I will wave goodbye to the baby robins in the nest above the gate and lament not seeing them fledge or the peonies bloom. (BTW- the bird nest market also is experiencing its own marked lack of inventory).
As I worked in my yard today rejoicing in longer days and lighter jackets after the chilly introspection of winter – I was reminded of the hope and renewal that the Spring season offers. And it occurred to me that come Monday, we will start our own spring renewal by pushing up our sleeves to tend not only to our favorite plants, but also to those new seeds planted last fall in Orlando that have now germinated and begun to sprout.
So as you go about your rounds of tending our REALTOR® Party garden full of governance meetings, Hill visits and touring the Expo floor, I encourage you to stop along the way to reflect on the hope of renewal that spring offers us all. And for goodness sakes – stop along the way and smell the peonies!
Over the last few weeks I have had the pleasure to speak to many members who called to express their concerns about the REALTOR® Party Political Survival Initiative. Those conversations came in as many different shapes, sizes and flavors as the REALTORS themselves. Many of these calls had a similar thread. It became clear quickly that many members did not understand the NAR Governance structure or appreciate that at the heart of this organization is the members themselves and the countless REALTORS® who volunteer their time, knowledge and passion to represent their peers.
It may surprise you that many members did not know that our leadership team was comprised of REALTORS® and that NAR’s President Ron Phipps was a practicing REALTOR® from Rhode Island. Or that the RPAC disbursements they were upset about in the last election cycle were determined by a Committee of their peers from their state. Or that there was a Board of Directors comprised of REALTORS® and association staff who would vote to either support or oppose the proposed initiative.
I hope that by the end of these conversations that at the very least I helped educate them about their organization and its governance.
Chris Nichols posted yesterday about the importance of knowing your elected officials. I posted a link in the comments to help you find who represents you in Congress, your state house and City Council. As I was doing so it occured to me that it is just as important for you to know who represents you within our own family here at NAR.
Knowing your volunteer leaders is never as important as it is right now. Find out more about our talented and passionate Leadership Team, the Commitee Liaisions, the Regional Vice Presidents, and your Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs. As Chris pointed out in his post, get to know them, introduce yourself.
To learn more about NAR Governance please visit realtor.org.