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ST. AUGUSTINE & ST. JOHNS COUNTY BOARD OF REALTORS®

VOLUME 3, ISSUE 3

B O R

F O R W A R D

BOR PUBLIC WEBSITE: www.stjohnsrealtors.com MARCH 2010

Daylight Saving begins on March 14th. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

LETTER FROM GOVERNOR

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

RPAC VALENTINES BALL

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Baseball is a great family-friendly sport and an important part of our culture, as As Governor, I continue my efforts to prowell as our economy. The industry brings in mote Florida as a premiere travel destination. $750 million dollars each year and about 9,000 full and part-time jobs in Florida. I am committed to continuing Florida’s legWe are very fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places on the earth. Each year, acy as a premier destination for baseball and professional sports. millions of people from around the world choose to spend their hard earned money and So, I challenge each of you to “Share a precious time here with us in Florida. Those Little Sunshine” and help strengthen our visitors support jobs for more than one million economy. Floridians. In fact, we know that 85 visitors to the Sunshine State supports one Florida job. Thank you. So I’m asking all Floridians to reach out and “Share a Little Sunshine” with your friends and family. Through an exciting and interactive campaign, you can send an attractive postcard or video to family and friends, inviting them to visit our great state. Just go to www.ShareALittleSunshine.org and follow the very simple instructions.

BALL PHOTOS

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One of the many exciting attractions we have to offer right now is Baseball’s Spring Training Season.

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TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE “TECH TIP”

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WALLY CONWAY

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GAYLE LOGANMENTOR/ ANNUAL BUNNY & BLANKET DRIVE

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CONTACTS AND APRIL PREVIEW

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Dear Friends,

The presence of baseball in Florida is one of the great aspects to the quality of life here in the Sunshine State. Today’s fans are getting a close look at their heroes – Derek Jeter, Ryan Howard, Evan Longoria, Hanley Ramirez, Chipper Jones and so many others. Our Minor League clubs also provide family entertainment throughout the summer.


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2010 ST. AUGUSTINE & ST. JOHNS COUNTY BOARD OF REALTORS® AND MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE, INC. BOARD OFFICERS & DIRECTORS BOARD OF REALTORS®

MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE, INC.

Chuck Pacetti, PRESIDENT Homestar Pacetti Realty (O) 827-0600 (F) 819-9907 (C) 669-5000 chuckpacetti@comcast.net

Andrew Birchall, PRESIDENT St. Augustine Realty (O) 824-3331 (F) 825-2685 (C) 392-3362 andrewbirchall@bellsouth.net

Roy Barnes, PRESIDENT-ELECT St. Augustine Realty (O) 824-3331 (F) 825-2685 (C) 669-1430 rbarnes4@bellsouth.net

Dirk Schroeder, PRESIDENT-ELECT Century 21—St. Aug. Prop. (O) 797-6000 (F) 797-7963 (C) 540-2360 c21staug@aol.com

Bob Mays, TREASURER Century 21—St. Aug. Prop (O) 797-6000 (F) 797-7963 (C) 501-4549 maybob@bellsouth.net

Gene Johnson – SECRETARY Ocean Breeze Real Estate (O) 794-9697 (C) 710-1090 gjohnson@oceanbreezerealestateservices.com

Kea Blalock, SECRETARY SaltWater Property Group (O) 829-2002 (F) 829-2029 (C) 814-2424 kea.blalock@gmail.com

Robert West, TREASURER Premier Properties (O) 471-4204 (F) 471-4216 (C) 814-2006 rob@thepremerproperties.com

DIRECTORS Arnold Delorenzo (1) Olde Carriage Realty (O) 824-4500 (F) 824-6866 arnold@oldcarriage.com

DIRECTORS Robert Lindsey (1) Lighthouse Realty (O) 471-3400 (F) 471-7574 (C) 669-6924 lthouse@bellsouth.net

Edward Paucek (1) Moss Creek Realty (O) 797-9511 (C) 669-6422 blackstargroup@comcast.net

Katherine Delaney (1) Watson Realty (O) 797-8600 (F)797-8606 (C) 669-2115 kdelaney13@bellsouth.net

Winston Burrell (1) Coldwell Banker Devonshire Realty (O) 826-0403 (F) 826-0040 (C) 669-6585 winston.burrell@coldwellbanker.com

Joe Hatin (1) SaltWater Property Group (O) 829-2002 (F) 829-2029 (C) 669-5099 joe@saltwaterpropertygroup.com

Dianne Pittman (2) Watson Realty -US 1 / 32086 (O) 797-8600 (F) 797-8606 (C) 540-9644 mdpittman@watsonrealtycorp.com

Tom Scheirer (2) Scheirer & Scheirer Realty (O) 461-9557 (F) 471-7220 scheirer@bellsouth.net

Gayle Logan (2) Watson Realty—A1A (O) 461-9066 (F) 461-9925 (C) 669-2778 Gayle.logan@aug.com

James Hays (2) Sunshine Realty (O) 471-9259 (F) 461-3178 (C) 377-9766 jimhays@sunshinerealty.com

Judi Schuyler (2) Premier Properties (O) 471-4204 (F) 471-4216 (C) 669-0788 judiseven@bellsouth.net

Michael DeLorenzo, PAST PRESIDENT Olde Carriage Realty (O) 824-4500 (F) 824-6866 Michael@oldecarriage.com

Teresa Mercurio, PAST PRESIDENT Re/Max 100 Realty (O) 461-9500 (F) 461-9501 (C) 377-0974 teresamercurio@remax.net

Chuck Pacetti, EX-OFFICIO Homestar Pacetti Realty (O) 827-0600 (F) 819-9907 (C) 669-5000 chuckpacetti@comcast.net

Victor Raymos, EX-OFFICIO

Victor Raymos, EX-OFFICIO

(O) 829-8738 (F) 823-9512 ae@stjohnsrealtors.org

(O) 829-8738 (F) 823-9512 ae@stjohnsrealtors.org


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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

1st—Education Committee 9am 2nd—RPAC Committee 1:30pm 4th—1031 3CE 9am WCR 11:30pm 5th—Professional Standards 9am 8th Social Blogging & Networking 10th—Affiliate Committee 9am 12th- After the Contract 9am 15th—Social Blogging & Networking 16th—MLS Board Meeting 12pm MLS Orientation 1pm REALTOR/Builder Mixer 5pm 17th—Building A Better Buyers Seminar 3CE 1pm Commercial Committee 8:30am 18th—BOARD Meeting 3pm 19th– Fair Housing 3CE 9am Sales Essentials 4CE 1pm 22nd—Social Blogging & Networking Technology Committee 9am 23rd—INNOVIA 2 1:30pm 24th– Publicity Committee 9am 29th—Social Blogging & Networking

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REALTOR® SPOTLIGHT William “Bill” Crosby grew up in another beach town, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, the “Nation’s Summer Capital”. After graduating from U. of Delaware with a BA in Business, he wound up in another beach area 9 years later, Cape Cod. From there he made a big zig-zag to the Phoenix area where he started 2 computer businesses. In 1999 he and his two partners sold the software company. Bill then moved to Ocala FL and tried his hand at horses and that life, he found out just how big an acre was after having 32 of them and how much work it was. Bill decided he needed to move to the beach, but this time one with no snow. Bill fell in love with St. Augustine and has now lived 9 years at St Augustine Beach, about the same distance to the beach as when he was a kid. This is Bills 8th year in Real Estate. With 27 years of computer background, putting technology to work in his business is a real plus.

Bill Crosby Coldwell Banker Palazzo Realty 5315 A1A South St. Augustine, FL. 32080 904-471-7661 office 904-540-2249 cell 300fst@bellsouth.net

William Crosby

AFFILIATE SPOTLIGHT American Hallmark Mortgage Corporation Thank you for the tremendous support you gave after the loss of John Wood. He was a great friend for ten years and Ancient City Mortgage was a wonderful place to work. Your compassion has eased this transition for me, and my commitment to the St. Augustine & St. Johns County Board of REALTORS® has only been strengthened. On the foundation of our great business community, I proudly introduce American Hallmark Mortgage Corporation. American Hallmark Mortgage is owned by the father and son duo, Terry Hall and Bruce Hall, and has operated in Jacksonville for nearly a decade. It is my privilege and honor to open an office in St. Augustine for the benefit of our local buyers. AHM provides a superior selection of loan products with first-rate customer service and satisfaction, plus the flexibility so critical in this market. American Hallmark Mortgage offers the personal touch your customers deserve. Best of all, I look forward to continuing my business relationship with you. We have worked side by side in this community and on various committees, including Education, RPAC, Affiliates, Commercial, Public Relations and Technology. American Hallmark Mortgage Corporation has already joined the St. Augustine & St. Johns County Board of REALTORS®, and I am glad to carry on my active participation.

I bring American Hallmark Mortgage here to uphold growth and prosperity in the most enduring housing market in the nation. Saint Augustine has been here since 1565 and I am committed to see it flourish. Watch for upcoming information on the new American Hallmark Mortgage office in Saint Augustine. Karl F. Vierck

American Hallmark Mortgage Corporation Member, St. Augustine & St. Johns County Board of REALTORS ® 13500 Sutton Park Drive South, Suite 102 Jacksonville, FL 32224 Toll Free: (866) 879-2503 Direct Phone: (904) 669-5284


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TECNOLOGY COMMITTEE “TECH TIP” by John Taylor Awesome Real Estate Why Own a Cellular Smartphone? We have all wanted to carry the office with us; now with the capabilities of the new cellular smart phones this is really possible. These capabilities break the chains of the office desk top and the laptop allowing wherever you are to become your new office. With smart phones you can do all the normal functions you have enjoyed in the past with you cellular phone and enjoy all the new features and capabilities.

The Cellular Smartphone is the new office. With the Smartphone standard features and available applications your understanding of capabilities is essential to the portable office. Take a picture of a document, convert it to a PDF or jpeg file and email it. With the correct application you can even electronically sign a document on your phone touch screen and email it without having to print it and have a copy going to your email account for backup. Smart phones have the capability of carrying files like a flash drive transferring of the files is either by cable or Bluetooth. This allows you to carry the files you need where ever you go with the ability to transfer or email them as needed. It’s really great to have your contracts and important documents available at the touch of a few buttons on your smart phone. Maintain and Utilize Contact information on your smart phone by synchronization with your desk top or laptop. Using the right application you can even sync your calendars, task, and notes between computers keep from having to reenter information. Utilize your smart phones digital camera and/or digital cam recorder and then be able to transfer the photographs or videos you have taken to your desktop/laptop or to another smart phone utilizing Bluetooth capabilities. Use the digital voice memo recorder to record your thoughts, when driving or previewing a property instead of trying to

find paper to write on. You can even record a voice message then email it. You can easily program your property locations into your smart phones GPS application to map out your route when showing property. It is impressive to a buyer to show them the local map of the neighborhood, showing schools, shopping etc. Applications are available for to figure mortgage payments and square footage to acreage converters. The capability to surf the internet from you smart phone is one of the most helpful things when you have run out of property to show and need to quickly find another property to show a buyer or when your buyer points out a sign and wants to know about the property. Our board has a smart phone capable website http://wireless.bor-mls.com where you can do an MLS search and get the MLS information. This is capability is provided by our board at no charge, you even use your existing log on ID and password. Also, NAR now has a wireless version of Realtor.com available for use. Think about carrying your office with you while enjoying the time additional time out of the office and a more productive lifestyle. Remember our current buyers are spending more and more time with the new technologies available and your knowledge of how to connect with them is crucial to your future. John Taylor, Broker


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BOARD SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM The St. Augustine & St. Johns County Board of REALTORS® is pleased to announce the 2010 Scholarship Program. The Education Committee of the St Augustine Board of REALTORS® kicked off its Scholarship Program with committee members contacting each office, promoting the program and requesting donations for this worthy cause. The annual Scholarship Program as in previous years continues to benefit graduating seniors by allowing them to apply and to be considered for this award. Last year the Board of REALTORS® awarded over $10,000.00 in scholarship funds. The Education Committee of the St. Augustine & St. Johns County Board of REALTORS® realizes the economic situations of the community but is dedicated to

continue the Scholarship Program. With the support from REALTORS®, as well as our Affiliate members of the St. Augustine & St. Johns County Board of REALTORS®, we will attain this goal Students, pick up a Scholarship packet by contacting your guidance counselor, stop by the local Board office or email a request to Lisa Hays at education@stjohnsrealtors.org. Applications can be dropped off or mailed to St. Augustine Board of REALTORS®, 1789 Lakeside Ave. St. Augustine, FL. 32084. Deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 4:30.

NEW STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM Do you have kids currently in college, or maybe one who is about to graduate high school? Are they interested in a possible real estate related career? You’ll want to learn more about the Florida Association of Realtors Education Foundation Inc., a new not-for-profit corporation established to provide real estate-related educational scholarships and grants. Who can apply? Florida high school seniors who will be attending an undergraduate college or university; students currently enrolled in an undergraduate college or university; and students pursuing graduate studies. Scholarships are up to $2,000 for students attending a two-year college, and up to $4,000 for students attending a four-year college or university. Criteria to be con-

sidered include, but aren’t limited to: academic achievements, financial need, relationship to the Realtor family, and contributions to family, school and community. The Foundation’s Board of Directors has “sole and absolute discretion” over all decisions as to whether an applicant qualifies. You’ll want to act fast: The application deadline for this year’s program is March 15. To apply and for more info, download the Student Scholarship Application Form along with the Guidelines and Procedures for the Student Scholarship Program. www.floridarealtors.org

BOARD OFFICE NEWS On Thursday, February 25, 2010, Representative Dr. Bill Proctor meet with Florida REALTORS® RPAC Chairman, Beverly Garvin, Chuck Pacetti, President St. Augustine & St. Johns County Board of REALTORS®, Barbara Goll, RPAC Chair and Victor J. Raymos, AE/CEO for the St. Augustine & St. Johns County Board of REALTORS®. The purpose of the meeting was to thank Representative Proctor for his support of “Private Property Rights” for the public and our membership and to give him an RPAC contribution to help with his campaign expenses. The legislative session begins March 1, 2010.

Victor J. Raymos, Beverly Garvin, Barbara Goll, Representative Dr. Bill Proctor & Chuck Pacetti


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FEBRUARY GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

County Commissioner Ken Bryan & Victor J. Raymos

Chuck Pacetti & County Commissioner Ken Bryan Chuck Pacetti, Ken Bryan & Victor J. Raymos

Richard Morey, owner of Old Baymeadows Moving & Storage sponsored breakfast for the meeting.

Affiliates in attendance were presented with an Affiliate pin.

Barb Goll, Roberta Odom and Vickie Rianda purchasing her RPAC 50/50 tickets

Tanya Liebal, Chuck Pacetti & Ken Bryan Shirley Bennett & Roy Barnes talking over coffee

Bunnies & Blankets collected as admission to the meeting

John Poitevent & Marlene Lagasse

Winston Burrell & Karen Gillispie

Marlene Lagasse-Affiliate Chair

Barbara Goll- RPAC Chair

Sonny Shanks– Commercial Chair

Travis Skoglund Dianne Pittman– Education Chair

Bridget VanLandingham - Public Relations Chair

Marjorie Taylor– Tecnology Chair


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2010 RPAC VALENTINE BALL FUNDRAISER The St Augustine & St Johns Board of REALTORS®, held their annual RPAC- Valentine Ball and Fundraiser at the Elks Lodge, St. Augustine. The event was attended by about 100 Realtors® & Affiliate members and their guests. The invocation was given by Travis Skogland with Land Title and the pledge by Chuck Pacetti, BOR President. The guests enjoyed a full buffet dinner, catered by “Celebrations” with an elegant cake donated by RE/MAX 100 Realty, and dancing to music by “Terry Hunter” donated by Major Sponsor, Mattamy Homes, represented by Dennis Gender. A 42” Flat Screen Panasonic HDTV, was won by Mr. & Mrs. John McKrow, REALTOR® with Coldwell-Banker Devonshire Realty, St Augustine. Door prizes were donated by sponsors: Action Title, Estate Title, Homes by Deltona, Keystone Title, Land Title, Old Baymeadows Movers, St Augustine & St Johns County Board of REALTORS® & MLS Board, Watson Realty-Beach office, Watson Realty-US1 office, The St Augustine Chapter of WCR, and Whetstones Chocolates. Photos of the event were donated by Dave Hall, Listing Solutions and portrait photos donated by Wendy Sawyer, Broker of Prime Real Estate & Land Title of America Group. Many thanks to the RPAC Committee, for their dedication and hard work, to make their event a success: Chairperson, Barb Goll, RE/MAX 100 Realty, committee members: Berta Odom, RE/MAX 100 Realty, Ed Paucek, Moses Creek Realty, Karl Vierke, Mortgage Broker, Murrell Weissinger, Watson Realty-Beach, Diane Pittman –Watson Realty US1, Bill Lennon, Home Inspection, Rob West, Premier Properties, Travis Skogland, Land Title, Winston Burrell, Coldwell-Banker, Devonshire Realty, Leona Brown, EO- St Johns Builders Council, Joyce Haley, Watson Realty US1, Darlene Taylor, Awesome Realty, Randy Brunson, Brunson Realty, and Ron Gelinas, BB&T mortgage, with many thanks to Victor Raymos AE, BOR and staff Lise Hays & Sharon Lainhart. The Fundraiser was a great success and the RPAC committee of the St Augustine & St Johns County Board of REALTORS® wishes

42” HDTV & 1K Big Board Game

Mr. & Mrs. John McKrow won the 42” HDTV

Nico Vespucci having FUN!

Chris Rich & Husband, Rita & Victor Raymos, Roy Barnes, Beverly Garvin & Husband

Ed Paucek & Murrell Weissinger


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Chuck & Trixie Pacetti

Jerry & Leona Brown

Darrell Quilty, Rod & Maria Gelinas

“John” Our favorite D.J.

Enjoying the Dance Contest

Rita & Victor Raymos

Jack Lesofski & Carolyn Embury

Dave Hall, Marjorie Taylor & Dan Huff

Line Dance instruction

“Cutting a Rug”

Teresa & Dominic Mercurio

Karl & Carol Vierck

Marjorie Taylor is engaged!

And they got it!

Dance Contest Judges; Murrell Weissinger, Victor J. Raymos And D.J. “John”

Carol Watters & Edgar Wynne

Pete Montes& Sharron Lee

John & Dee Mountcastle

DANCE CONTEST!

Dance Contest Winners Ed & Ellie Paucek

Thank you to EVERYONE for helping to make the Annual RPAC Valentines Fundraiser Ball a Complete Success!


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Perfect Nails at Your Next Home Inspection! by Wally Conway, President of HomePro Inspections 904-268-8211 It is the now the norm that a homebuyer will have their prospective home inspected. That is a good thing! Unfortunately for the homebuyer, it is not yet the norm that their agent will be at the home inspection in its entirety, and very often, not at all. Now, I know some will say that it is the job of the inspector to care to and comfort the homebuyer during the inspection, and I certainly agree. But the additional care and comfort that your homebuyer feels with YOU as their real estate agent also being present is the stuff that life-long referrals are made of! The agent has several extremely important duties to perform at this very critical time. If these essential duties are recognized, embraced, and then performed well, the agent will be rewarded with three very important things: More deals closed, Reduced liability, And a near all-referral business. The first great responsibility of the agent at the home inspection is to do a proper and professional introduction of the homebuyer to the home inspector. You must realize that most homebuyers have either not purchased a home before, have not purchased a home recently, or have not purchased a similar home in the area. Despite any attempt at a poker face, they are scared! This fear of the process is made worse when the buyer needs to go to a strange place, their wannabe home, and meet a strange person, their inspector. They are then instructed to go about making one of life’s hardest and most expensive decisions. This fear can be greatly reduced when the agent introduces the home inspector as an experienced and familiar professional who can be trusted to guide them though the scary parts to a clear and simple understanding of the home under consideration. The next great contribution of the agent to the home inspection process is to open the door! Few home inspectors can legally obtain access to the home to be inspected, and often I question the motives of those who do have independent access. On the flip side, the inspection never goes well if the entire inspection is conducted from the outside looking in. During the body of the inspection, there is no special item of significance for the agent to do. Some seem to enjoy measuring and decorating, others use the time for administrative or phone time. What is important is that you are right there for the buyer when a need or question arises. Remember, despite a calm exterior, most buyers are very sensitive during this time. On more than one occasion, I have watched a buyer’s concern turn to comfort when an unknown concern for the buyer was made simple by their agent. On one beautiful day not long ago, I came down my ladder to deliver the news to an anxious buyer that the roof was in need of immediate replacement. I knew that no matter how calmly or sweetly I explained the

situation, there would be concern. After my explanation, the buyer was nearly in tears, but thankfully her agent was on site to reassure her fears. The buyer got real happy, real fast as her agent explained that the contract stipulated that the seller would replace the roof. Had the agent not been present, the buyer would have been a wreck during the rest of the inspection, and may have walked away from a home and deal that was ultimately good. Thankfully, she didn’t, and she proudly owns that home today. Do yourselves a favor, be with your buyer for every stage of the buying process, even something as routine as a home inspection. Don’t leave the transaction in the hands of someone else! The last and final role of the agent at the home inspection is to participate in the inspection wrap up and report review. During this period, the inspector will go over every detail of the inspection report with the buyer line by line. If the buyer has any questions about a particular system or defect, the inspector can go with the buyer and agent directly to that item in the home. The inspector can then point out, describe, or demonstrate. This is exactly what needs to be done for a full and complete understanding of the thought and it’s impact on the real estate contract. This is where the agent comes in! With the agent observing and participating in this process, many good things happen. The agent has total clarity on every element of the report and any issues that may require attention. The agent can explain if any repair money is available in the real estate contract. There is never any confusion on which item, which section, or how many of a particular problem exists. Inspector, buyer, and agent see and hear exactly the same thing. Each can tell if the other has any point in contention or confusion. When you participate in every detail of the buying process, your buyer feels important and cared for, and you create great value for your services. Guess what? More deals closed!

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If you looking for a great way to spend quality time with your buyers, be in the best position to manage the information from the inspection, and greatly reduce the likelihood of a homebuyer blaming you for the risks of home ownership, plan on spending time with your buyer and the home inspector at your next home inspection. And, it’s even OK to do your nails!?

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GAYLE LOGAN IS MENTOR OF THE MONTH As a real estate agent, Gayle Logan makes a difference in people's lives daily by helping them achieve the "American Dream" of home-ownership. More importantly, one hour a week she makes a difference in a young person's life by mentoring. Logan, a 10-year veteran mentor with the St. Johns County Education Foundation Take Stock in Children Program, has seen her past mentees graduate from high school, attend college on the Take Stock in Children Program scholarship, and establish careers. She has just begun to mentor her newest student at Rogers Middle School. "Watching, listening, and being part of their journey is an honor to me. The children are our future, and it is up to us to help them see their potential," said Logan. Logan sees a lot of potential in new mentee, Deidra Ellison. Deidra, an eighth-grader, spoke to a gathering of newly selected scholarship recipients during the recent signing ceremony. "This program allows students such as me to reach our full potential through the mentoring process," Deidra said. "I look forward with hope to the challenges that await me armed with the knowledge, confidence and real world experience that a mentor can provide."

Logan says she is thankful to be working with her current mentee. She sees that mentoring gives students the opportunity to learn about life from caring, positive adult role models. In turn, mentors find their lives enriched by helping young people navigate their way through middle and high school in order to reach the goal of attending college and pursuing successful careers. Take Stock in Children is a school-based mentoring program that requires minimal preparation and less than an hour a week. Mentors meet with students during the school day at a time that is convenient for the mentor and not disruptive to the student's academic schedule. Mentors are provided with training and resource material prior to being matched with a mentee. Additionally, staff is always available to assist with questions or concerns.

Article curiosity of the St. Augustine Record.

Gayle Logan with student Deidre Ellison

AFFILIATE ANNUAL BUNNY DRIVE The St. Augustine Board together with the Affiliate/ REALTORÂŽ Committee are currently collecting New Stuffed Animals & Blanket Throws for distribution to the residents of the San Marco Terrace Rehabilitation Center for this Easter Season. Bring your new Stuffed Animal or Blanket Throw donations to the Board Office during regular business hours.

Delivery of the Bunnies will be on April 2nd at 1:30 Help us put a smile on somebody’s face and make their spring a little brighter by donating bunnies & blankets and/or come help personally deliver them.


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Main Office: 1789 Lakeside Ave.

April 2010 PREVIEW 1st

WCR Luncheon

11:30am

Dealing with Difficult Disclosures 3CE

1:00pm

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CLOSED FOR GOOD FRIDAY

ALL DAY

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Education Committee

9:00am

6th & 7th

RPAC GREAT AMERICAN LEGISLATVE DAYS

ALL DAY

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Board Orientation

9:00am

Far Contract

1:00pm

NEFAR Contract

9:00am

Transaction Desk

1:00pm

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St. Augustine, FL 32084 or 210 Office

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RPAC Committee

1:30pm

140 Gateway Cir. Ste. 3

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Affiliate Committee

9:00am

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Realist Training

9:00am

Main Office

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MLS Orientation

1:00pm

Phone: 904-829-8738

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Commercial Committee

8:30am

Fax: 904-823-9512

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MLS BOARD Meeting

12:00pm

BOARD Meeting

3:00pm

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Technology Committee

9:00am

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Public Relations Committee

9:00am

30th

Make It, Bake It, Sew It, Grow It Auction

11:30am

St Johns, FL 32259

or 210 Office Phone: 904-829-2704 Fax: 904-829-2706

W W W . S T J O H N S R E A L T O R S . C O M / R E A L T O R P A G E S . H T M L

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Main Office Staff

Branch Office Staff

Victor J. Raymos ae@stjohnsrealtors.org

Carla King mls@stjohnsrealtors.org

FAR Legal Hotline

Association Executive

MLS , Newsletter and Website updates

FAR Tech Hotline

Professional Standards Sharon Lainhart member@stjohnsrealtors.org Membership and Finance

Lise Hays education@stjohnsrealtors.org Education /SUPRA Membership

Just like the Board of REALTORS® is your Board, this is YOUR newsletter! We can’t do this without you!

407-438-1409

407-587-1450 If you have an event you would like to mention in the Board newsletter or would like to see something in the BOR Forward, please contact Carla King at the Branch Office by calling 904-829-2704 or by email at boardnews@stjohnsrealtors.org


BOR Forward March 2010 Newsletter