Affordable /Fair Housing: Dormaim Green, Chair
To promote affordable home ownership. To educate the public as well as REALTORS on ways to fund affordable housing through grants, governments programs, etc. To promote membership participation in the Affirmative Marketing Agreement. To educate the membership about civil rights laws, fair housing and equal opportunity legislation in order to assure equal services to all persons regardless of race, sex, creed or national origin. Meets 1-2 x a year for the Homeownership Essay Contest and the Fair Housing Art Contest.
Awards Committee: Dennis Covey, Chair
To recommend MSBR awards to the Board of Directors such as “REALTOR of the Year” & “William Neary, Jr Community Service Award”, Rookie REALTOR of the Year and Affiliate of the Year if any and upon approval implement programs to establish and distribute criteria for awards, to receive nominations from the membership and make selections. Committee members are selected by the Immediate Past President and select
Nominations for the REALTOR of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Community Service Award, and Affiliate of the Year.
Bylaws Review Committee: Sheila Washburn, Chair
The responsibility of the committee is to review Mid-Shore Board of REALTOR bylaws and make sure that all National Association of REALTOR bylaw changes are added. Meets as needed to review the association bylaws.
Clean Water Committee: Judy Germain, Chair
Provide easily accessible fact-based information to our REALTOR membership enabling them to educate and better guide their clients through the purchase, sale and enjoyment of their properties in a way which positively contributes to water quality across the Mid-Shore. Gather this information from contractors and organizations versed in the field; organize and present to our membership. Promote clean water advocacy efforts by communicating through a variety of forums and supporting other groups with similar goals. Meets 3 to 4 times a year or an needed.
The responsibility of the Committee is to promote Commercial concerns to those agents who work primarily with the commercial real estate. To work with the Executive Director to plan four programs with speakers each year. Meets quarterly or as needed to hear a presentation on a specific topic.
Education Committee: Meg Moran, Chair
To plan, promote, disseminate and administer professional quality real estate training and education programs, including an orientation program for new members for the assistance and betterment of all Board members. To advise the Board of Directors on educational program needs. To help plan and coordinate real estate related courses offered by other sources and to compile, publish and disseminate information on real estate related course available to Board members. Works with staff to develop Lunch & Learn and CE classes, usually meets 2-times per year.
Finance/Budget Committee: Shelby Roney, Chair and Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS Treasurer
To supervise the preparation of the budget and the overall finances of the Board. To be prepared to discuss the monthly finances at Board meetings and to sign checks and work with the Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS accountant. Meets 1 or 2 times a year in May/June to develop the Association budget for the following fiscal year.
Government Affairs Committee: Sheila Washburn, Chair
To protect and promote the interests of real property before all legislative bodies. To initiate legislation important to the real estate profession. To review and analyze local, state and federal legislation affecting real estate or those in the real estate profession. To develop and maintain for MSBR favorable relations with local, state and federal legislators from Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot Counties and the state of Maryland. Meets monthly to review City and County Legislation affecting real estate and property rights and weekly from January to end of March during legislative session to review state bills affecting real estate.
Grievance Committee: Dennis Covey, Chairman
To initiate investigations to determine the validity of complaints and to file charges, if necessary. To examine all real estate publicity, advertising and circularizing to determine as they appear to be unethical, dishonest or harmful to the Board’s interest, and to refer instances of apparent violations of the Board Bylaws, Rules & Regulations to the Professional Standards Committee for an appropriate hearing. This group meets on as needed to review a Code of Ethic or Arbitration complaint; must attend a 3-hour training yearly.
Lifetime Achievement Committee: Jeff Wright, Chairman
This award recognizes extraordinary contributions to the real estate profession and to the REALTOR® organization and is selected by the past recipients. The intention is that recipients will be universally acknowledged among our members as exemplary practitioners in the real estate and business communities. This award is presented at the annual awards event. Closed Group: This group of past Lifetime Achievement Recipients selects future awardees.
Lockbox Committee: Daphne Cawley, Chair
The group reviews the SentriLock rules and regulations that the Association requires the members to adhere to and oversees the complaint process should any members not follow the rules. Meets on an as needed basis.
Membership Committee: Diana Albers, Chair
This committee works closely with the staff to organize events and fundraisers. They make recommendations to the Board of Directors on new member services and help with social media, communications and the technical side of the industry. Meets quarterly.
Nominating Committee: Laura Anderson, Chair
To review all potential applications for vacant Board of Director positions, taking into consideration the three counties Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS serves and the diversity of the membership. Committee members are selected by the Immediate Past President and may meet one to two times as needed.
Professional Standards Committee: Connie Loveland, Chair
To hold hearings and issue decisions on complaints of violation of the Code of Ethics, or the Mid-Shore Board of REALTORSÒ bylaws, Rules & Regulations, made against members either by the Board of Directors, a Committee of the Board, other members of the Board or the general public. To hear and decide differences between REALTORÒ active members of the Board relative to money matters and to assist when disputes arise between members of the Board or any other Board. This group meets on as needed to review a Code of Ethic or Arbitration complaint; must attend a 3-hour training yearly.
RPAC Committee: Daphne Cawley, Chair
The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) is the PAC for REALTORS® to promote the election of pro-REALTOR candidates across the nation. This committee is responsible for the education and promotion of RPAC and to make sure that Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS meets its annual RPAC goal. They also help decide what candidates Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS will financially support and publicly endorse during local county elections. Meets as needed, usually 1 time per year.