I would like to thank our members, the governing board, and specifically to our 2016 president Suzanne Sherer for making my trip to DC possible. Without the support of our chapter, I would never have been afforded this opportunity.
For me this was a week of firsts, first time to DC, first time attending a National WCR event, first time attending a Florida State event, and my first time to the hill to discuss our issues with the people who can do something about them.
My week started off by flying into Dulles (on a really tiny plane 35 seats, tip: Fly into Reagan!) I arrived around 1:30 pm and made it to the hotel at about 2:45 pm. Suzanne Sherer invited me to drop my bags, change my shoes, and head out the door for the legislative meetings on the Hill. Which I did!
Our group which included members of our local board of Realtors met with Congressman Curt Clawson and his staff to discuss issues affecting Realtors in our community, such as 1031 exchanges, housing issues, and financing issues.
As we were leaving the meeting with Representative Clawson there was a commotion in the hall, noise, and cameras, then all of a sudden we were face to face with Florida’s Governor Rick Scott, to whom we were introduced. He was meeting with members of Congress to discuss the Zika virus.
I also attended the Florida Realtors Reception and met involved, like-minded Realtors from around the state. It was fantastic to see what opportunities are available both through Women’s Council and the National Association of Realtors.
My Thursday was spent in class with Marki Lemons teaching Networking and Referrals: Building Business and Profit. I can’t say enough about Marki. If you ever have an opportunity to see her speak or take a class she is teaching DO NOT miss it!!! She is fantastic. We worked through tons of social media strategies, programs, and apps. I’m now using Evernote, Snapchat, Twitter and too many others to list. Let’s just say my social media plan for my business and my chapter has broadened. I had lunch with Sandra Huber and Christine Mantilia VP’s of Membership for Cape Coral and Bonita.
Friday we attended the Game Changer Sessions which covered How To Set And Keep Goals with Joseph Rand, The Balancing Act with Juanita McDowel, and my personal favorite, Step Up and Stand Out with Laura Leyser. In Laura’s class, we learned how to set ourselves apart from the crowd. What do we do that is different? I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with the chapter and really take some of these lessons and apply them not only to my business but to our chapter to create an experience for the membership!
On Friday evening, I was fortunate enough to accompany our President Suzanne Sherer to the Old Ebbitt Grill for an assocation dinner hosted by The Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association.
A huge thank you to (in no particular order) Beate Jones, Karen Swanbeck, Jason Jakus, Josh Burdine, Bill Steinke, Jeff Miloff, Donna Stout and any of the other fine members of our local association who took time out of their experience to talk to me and discuss opportunities on the local level.
Saturday I attended two Ignite classes, Leadership Pipeline with Brenda Lee Szlachta and Supercharge Your Chapter Website with Sam Powel. Both women were funny, engaging and these classes were full of practical information that we can put to use for our chapter right away.
I can’t wait to begin putting some of these great ideas into practice for both for my Chapter and Malt Realty & Development.
No trip to the Capital would be complete without a sight-seeing trip. After the Governing Board meeting, the Fort Myers team had an opportunity to catch up over dinner and socialize. It was such a great opportunity to spend time getting to know my traveling companions Local President Elect Debbie Phillips, Joanna Coleman, Ways and Means Chair, and of course my roommate Local President Suzanne Sherer. Ladies thank you so much for your guidance and support on this trip it was wonderful.
Members, Thank you again for the opportunity to serve.