Participating in or leading a committee is a great way to get involved with LoCAR and make a positive impact in our community. Committees meet based on their goals and needs, some meet monthly for the entire year, some meet more frequently for a shorter time period. Read the committee descriptions below, and volunteer for one or more that you are interested in.
Annual Awards & Installation Banquet: To oversee the planning and execution of Annual Awards Banquet and Installation of incoming Board of Directors
Annual Awards: (minimum 5 members with the Immediate Past President as Chair) Oversee the award nominations procedure and select winners for REALTOR® of the Year, Rookie REALTOR® of the Year, REALTOR® Achievement, REALTOR® Community Service and Affiliate of the Year. AE will order awards and have them onsite at the Annual Awards Banquet.
Budget & Finance: (Executive Board, one Director with Treasurer as Chair) This committee shall prepare a budget & make recommendations to the Board of Directors, review budget vs. actual income & expenses, request expenses outside of budget and may call for an audit of the Association bookkeeping.
Bylaws & Policy: (Executive Board) Review the Bylaws and Policy manual each year, review and analyze proposed amendments for presentation to the membership, and ensure the LoCAR Policy Manual is in accordance with local, state and national bylaws.
Care and Share: Outreach and care within the Association membership thru sending of greeting cards, flowers, phone calls or other gestures of caring during times of illness, grieving or celebrating.
Education: To work on behalf of the Association membership by scheduling continuing clock hour education classes during the year. Also responsible for promotion, coordination, reporting, providing a monitor and set- up/clean-up of event.
Membership Luncheon & Business Meetings: Plan the luncheon and meeting locations for the Membership Meetings to be held quarterly, menus (when appropriate), programs, guest speakers, and set up/clean up the meetings. The annual member appreciation meeting shall be devoted to election of Board of Director officers.
Fair/Equal Housing Opportunity: To promote nondiscrimination in the real estate industry, ensure that Fair/Equal Housing Opportunity posters are displayed in each office and at open house events and make the Board of Directors aware of any violations.
Golf Tournament: Subject to the Board of Directors, this group is expected to develop and execute a plan for the annual golf tournament and banquet as a means of fundraising for the Association.
Government Affairs & Candidate Interviews: (State Director to Chair committee) To work on behalf of local, state, and national REALTORS® by supporting legislation beneficial to the real estate industry and opposing legislation detrimental to the real estate industry and state as a whole. To help raise funds for RPAC. To conduct candidate interviews, monitor political issues and offer education opportunities for the membership and public. Respond to national “Call to Action” notices. Works alongside with RPAC committee. Provides reports to the Board of Directors and attends State meetings and conferences as needed.
Membership & Professional Standards: To encourage membership in the Lower Columbia Association of REALTORS®. To encourage membership participation through New Member Orientation & Welcome Packet,
phone calls & invitations, office visits and events. Coordinate New Member Orientation, annual picnic, or other social event for the membership. To promote professional conduct and enforce the Code of Ethics. Make recommendations to the Board of Directors for improvement of membership matters such as growth, morale, service and special recognitions.
Networking & Fund Raising: Plan, execute and oversee multiple fund raising events during the year. Funds to be placed in the general funds for operation expenses of the Association.
Nominating & Elections: (minimum of 5 members selected from current Board of Directors and general REALTOR® membership with Immediate Past President as chair) To nominate and coordinate nomination
efforts for Officers and Directors positions for the following year. Elections to be held at the September membership meeting.
Public Relations: To promote the term and image of REALTOR®, to publicize Association news & participation in civic projects. Work alongside other committees to provide accurate publicity in the local newspaper, radio and on the LoCAR website. Work with local media for positive news coverage and awareness of the Standards of Practice and the Code of Ethics under which REALTORS® operate.
RPAC: Political advocacy, works alongside Government Affairs as a sub-committee, interview and endorse candidates and develop & execute a plan for an annual fundraising event. The event shall comply with the
guidelines set forth by Washington REALTORS®. The committee will report planning and progress to the Board of Directors.
Operations: (AE) To serve as liaison between the LoCAR Board of Directors and committees. To coordinate times/dates of events in order to limit and/or prevent double bookings. To assist in the development of budgets for proposed events. To ensure appropriate planning and resources are being dedicated to making events successful in a timely manner.
United Way Day of Caring: To coordinate volunteers from the LoCAR membership in a way that will best benefit the event and will project a positive awareness of the Associations participation to the community.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing Day: To coordinate volunteers from the LoCAR membership and act as liaison with the Salvation Army.