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Hello East County Realtors®. This

Standards Committee chaired by Doris

month let’s discuss the various

Bedford. Members of this committee serve

committees within our association.

on hearing panels for ethics and/or arbitration

Consider your participation in one of

matters. These hearings adhere strictly to the

these committees in 2014. Your ideas

“California Association of Realtors Code of

and enthusiasm feed our future, and that

Ethics and Arbitration Manual.” Contact Doris

of our East County communities.

at for additional

The following is a brief summary


of the committee’s

E. Grievance Committee

responsibilities; the

chaired by Laurie Wexner. This

committee chair and his/

committee is the first stop for

her contact information.

any complaint whether from

A. Budget and

another Realtor or the public.

Finance Committee

This committee performs

chaired by Errol Mooney

two significant roles; protect

our association treasurer.

our association members

This committee monitors

from frivolous complaints

association fiscal policy,

yet preserve our goal of

annually recommends

self-policing and discipline

our budget to the

to maintain high ethical

Board of Directors as

standards. Laurie’s email is

well as other fiscal

considerations. Errol’s email is errol@

F. Local Candidate

Recommendation Committee (LCRC)

B. Bylaws, Rules and Regulations

Ralph Garrow is the chair of this committee.

chaired by Lynn Valintis. This committee

LCRC reviews requests and makes

provides oversight interpretations of our

contributions to issues, campaigns and

bylaws, recommends modifications as

candidates that are important to our

appropriate to the Board of Directors.

membership. Ralph’s email is garrow@

Lynn’s email is lynn@sharphomesonline.


G. Local Government Relations

C. Education and Membership

Committee Scott MacIntyre chairs this

Committee chaired by Mary Jane

committee. This committee monitors local

Dukellis. Education and Membership

city and county actions that affect our

identifies wants and needs in real estate

business. They communicate with elected

education as well as the new member

officials and make recommendations for

orientation program. In addition E and M

campaign support to LCRC. Scott can be

makes recommendations to the Board

email at

of Directors on member service issues.

H. MLS and Business Technology

Mary Jane’s email is Maryjane@dukellis.

Committee chaired by John Giggy. This

com. D. Ethics and Professional 2


continued on page 6

2014 OFFICERS Ron Keefer, President-Elect James Britto, President-Elect Errol Mooney, Treasurer Scott MacIntyre, Immediate Past President John Bedford, Secretary

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2014 DIRECTORS John Canning Mary Jane Dukellis Jodi Marfia Lori Ogorchock Rena Provencio Jerry Soto Cecily Tippery Lynn Valintis

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Ron Keefer installed as the 2014 President of The Delta Association of REALTORS®

2014 President Ron Keefer and 2013 Past President Scott MacIntyre

The officers and directors of the

The Master of Ceremonies was

Andy Perry with Old Republic

Delta Association of REALTORS®

Tim Klotz from Keller Williams

Title 2012 Affiliate of the Year

were officially installed on

Real Estate. The festivities were

presented the 2013 award to

January 9, 2014. Kevin Brown,

conducted at the impressive

Kristen Vistalli of North American

2014 C.A.R. President, installed

Club Los Meganos at Trilogy at

Title Company. Past Realtor

2014 President Ron Keefer.

the Vineyards in Brentwood.

of the Year, Cathleen Griebling

Kevin also installed the Directors:

DAR’s 2013 President, Scott

announced Realtor James Britto

James Britto, Errol Mooney, Scott

MacIntyre presented a gavel to

from Prudential California Realty

MacIntyre, John Bedford, John

Ron Keefer, who takes over the

as the 2013 selectee.

Canning, Mary Jane Dukellis,

helm for 2014. Scott’s farewell

Jodi Marfia, Lori Ogorchock,

address included thanks to all of

Both recipients were very

Rena Provencio, Jerry Soto, and

those individuals who helped her

thankful and expressed those

Lynn Valintis.

year to be successful.

feelings to the audience. Also in attendance were officers

Scott MacIntyre, Kevin Brown and Ron Keefer

Maggie Hurtado, Andy Perry, Lynn Valintis, and Riz Nauman 2013 Realtor® of the Year James Britto and 2013 Affiliate of the Year Kristen Vistalli

from neighboring real estate

grow and prosper.

Keller Williams who was a major sponsor. Also thanks to sponsors

associations. Local Officials including state and federal

The musical entertainment

Rich McDaniel of McDaniel

office holders or staff were

was fantastic. The Pledge of

Financial Services and Ralph

in attendance. Many past

Allegiance was given by John

Garrow of Ralph Garrow Real

presidents of Delta Association

Canning, who is a Realtor® and


were also honored.

an Army Veteran. “God Bless America” was sung by Realtor

We would also like to thank Rick

In accepting the office of

Maggie Hurtado. Jazz Pianist

Felix, photographer. He took lots

President, Ron observed his

Kelly Park entertained the crowd

of photos to prove that everyone

theme, “Giving Back Realtors

at the piano.

had a marvelous time.

Serving our Communities” and along with small incremental

The association owes a special

changes, the association will

THANK YOU to Tim Klotz,

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J. Public Affairs Committee

committee targets three areas;

chaired by Melanie Akey. This

L. Delta Realtor Community

committee will support and

Service Foundation Maggie

promote to the public the benefits

Hurtado is this year’s president

of the Realtor’s contribution to

of the foundation. The foundation

home ownership and property

is our tax exempt charitable

rights. In addition, this committee

corporation administering our

will recommend actions and

community service. Its programs

programs to enhance the Realtor’s

concentrate on youth and the less

contribution to the community.

advantaged in our local area, and

Ogorchock. Strategic Planning

Melanie’s email is melanieakey@

serve to establish and maintain

evaluates the effectiveness of the

the Realtor image as “good

K. Young Professionals

neighbors”. This is a very active

Network (YPN) chaired by James

group of Realtors. Maggie’s email

Britto. YPN encourages young real

is margarethurtado@sbcglobal.

estate professionals to develop


provides input to EBRD on issues related to the MLS system, brings products, programs, and matters of business technology to the attention of our members. John’s email is I. Strategic Planning Committee chaired by Lori

Association in meeting the needs of the membership under the umbrella of our Mission Statement. In addition, this committee makes recommendations consistent with planning for the future. Lori’s email contact is therighthome4u@ 6

their careers through involvement and leadership development.

Please feel free to contact any of

YPN has a leadership position

the committee leadership or me

in developing the technologies

for additional information on these

of the future. James email is DELTACURRENTS



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DISCOVERY BAY/BYRON MARKETING MEETING & TOUR 1st and 3rd Tuesday Board Walk Grill at the Marina, Discovery Bay 9:00am • $1 For more information call LeeAnn Seamann 634-2224 at Marples & Associates Group does use Paragon to schedule homes on tour. Tours are Caravan and must be in by Noon on Monday.

OAKLEY/BETHEL ISLAND/ BRENTWOOD/KNIGHTSEN MARKETING MEETING & TOUR Every Wednesday Black Bear Diner, 3201 Main Street, Oakley • 8:30am • $2 For more information contact Dan Barnes, Tour Coordinator, 759-4648. Group will use Paragon to schedule homes on tour.

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INFORMAL TOURS Martinez, Pacheco, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Walnut Creek, Clayton,Clyde, Rossmoor, Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga Tuesday between 9:00am and 2:00pm Danville, San Ramon, Blackhawk, Diablo, Alamo Thursday between 9:00am & 2:00pm

New Members Orientation Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon To register call DAR office 757-8283

GRI Class Residential Real Estate Finance Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. To register call GRI at 888-785-4800 or Current Issues Affecting Real Estate Professionals Shannon B. Jones, Real Estate Attorney Friday, March 4, 2014 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. RSVP: WCR monthly-brm/ All Classes are held at the Delta Association of REALTORS®, 3428 Hillcrest Ave., Suite 200, Antioch, except as otherwise noted.

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REALTORS速 Shannon Glieden Assist 2 Sell Realty 6035 Sellers Ave., Oakley 625-4663 FAX 281-0742

BROKERS Mayra Rodriquez Realty Executives Bay Area 4464 Lone Tree Way #609, Antioch 757-4062 FAX 270-1773

Terra Maderios BHG Mason McDuffie RE 5887 A Lone Tree Way, Antioch 776-2740 FAX 776-2741

AFFILIATES Sabine Larsen First Priority Financial 14 Crow Canyon Ct #100, San Ramon 302-9208 FAX 396-6060

Dorothy Sansoe BHG Mason McDuffie RE 5887 A Lone Tree Way, Antioch 776-2740 FAX 776-2741 Shelley Floyd Jr. CES Premier RE Service 1317 Buchanan Rd., Antioch 432-3600 FAX 432-3020 Marni Stanley Intero Real Estate 1540 Discovery Bay Blvd. B, Discovery Bay 634-1111 FAX 634-0902 Creig Lash Keller Williams 191 Sand Creek Rd. #100, Brentwood 634-0033 FAX 634-4427 Linda Sepulveda Keller Williams 191 Sand Creek Rd. #100, Brentwood 634-0033 FAX634-4427 Martin Acholonu Prudential California Realty 5829 Lone Tree Way, Ste H, Antioch 778-9002 FAX 778-9009 Alexander Fuentes Signature Partners Realty 6945 Lone Tree Way, Brentwood 240-3501 Fax 281-4800 Mabel Fuentes Signature Partners Realty 6945 Lone Tree Way, Brentwood 240-3501 FAX 281-4800 Marnie McCollough Warren Properties 761 Second St., Brentwood 513-1997 FAX 219-9574

Jennifer Lawrie Pacific Funding Group 70 Eagle Rock Way, Ste A, Brentwood 634-6700 FAX 237-2709 Rich McDaniel McDaniel Financial Services 906 Bond Lane, Brentwood 998-1764 Fax 798-8606 Steve Margolis Real Estate Guide P.O. Box 87, Brentwood 679-7488 FAX 240-7472

MEMBERS ON THE MOVE Danielle Broad is now with Bay Area Properties 1663 Contra Costa Blvd. Pleasant Hill 405-0441 FAX 405-0446 Christine Chavez BHG Mason McDuffie RE 5887 A Lone Tree Way, Antioch 776-2740 FAX 776-2741 Michele Bethea is now with JDK & Associates 50 Eagle Rock Way, Ste D, Brentwood 418-4442 FAX 888-851-4246 Juan Banvelos is now with Realty One Group Elite 5119 Lone Tree Way, Antioch 978-1100 FAX 706-8203 Pamella Courtway is now with Realty One Group Elite 5119 Lone Tree Way, Antioch 978-1100 FAX 706-8203 Saleh Gharibyar is now with Realty One Group Elite 5119 Lone Tree Way, Antioch 978-1100 FAX 706-8203

Crab Feed

Feb. 11

Public Relations Committee Meeting

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Feb. 12

New Members Orientation

8:30 a.m. - 12 noon

Feb. 13

Local Government Relations Committee Meeting

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Feb. 17

DAR Closed Presidents Day

Feb. 18

Delta Realtor速 Community Service Foundation Board

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Feb. 19

GRI 109 Residential Real Estate Finance

8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Feb. 20

Executive Committee Meeting

12 noon - 2 p.m.

Feb. 25

Budget and Finance Committee Meeting

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Feb. 26

Bylaws Committee Meeting

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Feb. 27

Board of Directors Meeting

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Mar. 11

Public Relations Committee Meeting

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Mar. 12

New Members Orientation

8:30 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Mar. 18

Delta Realtor速 Community Service Foundation

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Mar. 20

GRI Marketing, Financing & Managing Com. Prop

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mar. 20

Local Government Relations Committee Meeting

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Mar. 20

Executive Committee Meeting

12 noon - 2 p.m.

Mar. 21-25

AE Institute Baltimore MD

Mar. 27

Board of Directors Meeting

9:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.


Feb. 1



The second annual DAR Crab Feed was held Saturday, February 1, and it was a huge success! Attendees gathered at the Shadow Lakes Golf Club before sunset. Starting with delicious appetizers, followed by fresh salad and bread, the marinated crab arrived, but not before the scrumptious pasta found its way to our tables.The soft drinks, beer and wine (both colors) were readily available, as everything was included in the price. Music throughout the evening provided the crowd with some great sounds, and when everyone completed their meals, our DJ ramped up the dance music for all. All we can say is, we’ve never seen so much fun on the dance floor! If the music would have kept going, they would have danced all night. Scott & Barbara MacIntyre A special thank you to the committee, comprised of Scott MacIntyre, James Britto, and members of the DAR staff. Our kitchen crew did a fantastic job preparing and presenting the crab, even enduring a kitchen that didn’t have all the essential appliances. We must say ‘Thank You’ to Pittsburg Mayor Sal Evola, Gwynne Davi, and her sister; Sal’s father, Nolan Evola, and Paul Flores. A marvelous job! Our servers were Tonia Nielsen’s son Adam and niece Ashley, and DAR staff Jean’s daughter Ashley.

Alex, Laurie, and Ralph Garrow

Mona Phillips got everyone on their feet.

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