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September 21, 2004   

BEA RODGERS INSTALLED AS PGCAR PRESIDENT . . . PGCAR held its annual Installation Reception on Thursday, September 9th, at the Mt. Airy Mansion in Upper Marlboro. Bea Rodgers was installed as President. She served as Chair of the Education and Membership Committees and has served on the Board of Directors since 2000. She served as President of the Prince George's County Chapter of the Women's Council in both 1994 and 2001. Bea is also very active with the Maryland Association.

Also elected to serve on the 2005 Board of Directors were: David Maclin, President-Elect; Don Frederick, Vice President and Directors Alease Bowles, Art Greene, Willie Rhone and Linda Simpson. They will serve along with Past President Connie Stommel and Directors Pat Dowtin, John Lesniewski, Stu Stern and Ruth Wright.

SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS . . . Congratulations to the following members who received special recognition at the annual Installation Reception on September 9th.

The Awards Committee's unanimous choice for PGCAR'S REALTOR® of the Year for 2004 is CONNIE STOMMEL. Connie has demonstrated business accomplishment, faithfulness to the Code of Ethics and civic and community involvement. Connie has also participated on the State and National level to a degree which makes her truly worth of the title “REALTOR® OF THE YEAR”. We are so proud to congratulate Connie on receiving this honor.

The Board of Directors has authorized the President to annually select an individual who through past service to the Association is worthy of receipt of the Distinguished Service Award. This year, Connie selected to honor a very special REALTOR® to receive the Distinguished Service Award. This member has served this Association unselfishly for many years. He has served as Chairman of many of our Association Committees and has served as a Director and Secretary/Treasurer of the Association. He is always willing to take on any task to benefit the Association and this year serves as the Chair of the Community Service/Cultural Diversity Committee. This year's Distinguished Service Award was presented to a member who truly deserves special recognition, ART GREENE.

This year's recipient of the Distinguished Sales Association Award is THELMA HARVEY. Thelma was selected based on her professional knowledge, business accomplishment, civic activity and especially for her contribution to this Association and the real estate industry. Thelma has been very active at the local Association level and is very well-respected and admired by all who know her. She has served on many Association committees and she currently serves on the Professional Standards Committee. Congratulations, Thelma.

The Association is so appreciative of its Affiliate Members and the support that they give to the Association. This year, ELSIE SMART was recognized as PGCAR'S Affiliate of the Year. Elsie was selected based on her unselfish participation in local Association functions and her tireless service to both the Association and the Women's Council. She was also recognized for her business accomplishments, fair business practices, and Affiliate spirit over the years. Congratulation to Elsie.

SUPRA KEY INVOICES . . . Supra (GE Interlogix) has mailed the annual invoices to all REALTOR® members who hold PGCAR Display Keys. Please be sure to mail your payment to Supra as soon as possible. PGCAR is not permitted to collect these annual fees.

PGCAR ANNUAL DUES INVOICES . . . Invoices have been mailed to all members of PGCAR. Dues payments are due by October 1 and must be paid no later than November 30th in order to avoid late charges.

PRINCE GEORGE'S REALTORS® TO PARTNER WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY . . . PGCAR is moving forward with plans to partner with the Maryland Association of REALTORS® and Habitat for Humanity to build a house in Riverdale which will give a family a chance to realize the American Dream of homeownership. PGCAR will be responsible for raising the necessary funds and providing the manpower to build this home. This is a first for our Association and we know that we can count on our members to participate with us in this very worthwhile and exciting project. We are asking all members to write a check to the Partnership for Housing Foundation. No amount is too large or too small. All checks should be mailed to the Association office at 8400 Corporate Drive, Suite 225, Landover, MD 20785. If you would rather use your credit card, please contact Joan at the Association office. Thank you in advance for your generous support. For a contribution form, click here.

REMINDER OF ETHICS TRAINING REQUIREMENT . . . The countdown is on. NAR's quadrennial ethics requirement gives every member until December 31, 2004, to take an approved Code of Ethics course. Failure to satisfy this requirement shall be considered a violation of a membership duty for which REALTOR® membership shall be suspended until such time as the training is completed. NAR offers two online ethics courses at that fulfill these obligations: one for new members and one for existing members. Questions can be directed to: Member Policy Dept.

NOTE: Classes are also being offered by PGCAR on a regular basis. Ethics Classes will be offered at the Association Office on the following dates: October 15, November 3, November 19, December 3, and December 9. To obtain a registration form, please click here.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES . . . There is still space available in the following classes:

September 23rd - Creating Leverage for Your Buyer
Instructor - Matt Tove. 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Association Office.
3 hours of MD and DC Continuing Education Credit.

October 6th - MD 6 Hour Required Course consisting of MD Legislative Update (3 hours), MD Legal Update (1.5 hours) and MD Fair Housing (1.5 hours) Instructor - Don Martin. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Association Office.
Taking all three classes counts for 6 hours of MD and DC Continuing Education Credit.

October 15th - Ethics
Instructor - Dolores Gick. 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Association Office.
3 hours of MD and DC Continuing Education Credit. This class meets the NAR membership requirement.

October 22nd - Stigmatized Properties
Instructor - Tony Kinch. 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Association Office.
1.5 hours of MD and DC Continuing Education Credit.

October 22nd - File Documentation
Instructor - Tony Kinch. 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Association Office.
1.5 hours of MD and DC Continuing Education Credit.

All classes are limited to the first 45 registrants. Registration fee for REALTORS® is $25 for 3 hours of credit. The 6 hour class on October 6th is $50. A $15 late fee is charged if reservations are made less than 3 days prior to any class. NO WALK-INS. For more information call the Association office at 301-306-7900 or visit our website at

Prince George's County Association of REALTORS®
8400 Corporate Drive  :  Suite 225 : Landover MD 20785
Phone 301-306-7900  :  Fax 301-306-8273  :  :  ©2004, PGCAR
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