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May 2, 2005   




THE COMMUNITY ACTION AND REALTOR® EXCELLENCE (CARE) AWARD
The Community Action and REALTOR® Excellence (CARE) Award is given to associations in Maryland recognizing achievements in community service and charitable actions. REALTORS® in Prince George's County give back to their communities every day and we would like to be able to publicize your community participation. Please send a list of any community/charitable projects you and/or your company have participated in - as part of a group, office or individually - between June 2004 and June 2005. Offices are welcome to send information on their projects. We would appreciate your sending of press releases, photos, etc. for inclusion in our Community Action album. All information can be mailed to the Association office, 8400 Corporate Drive, Suite 225, Landover, Maryland 20785. If you have questions, please contact the Association office at 301-306-7900. DEADLINE is May 15th.

Let's show the Maryland REALTOR® associations all the great things Prince George's County REALTORS® are doing! Information has been received from three offices so far. Don't you have community-based or charitable programs that your company has participated in that you would like to share?

REALTOR® VOLUNTEERISM AND COMMUNITY SERVICE RECOGNIZED. . . In addition to the CARE Awards, the association will be recognizing Prince George's volunteers who give back to their communities at a REALTOR® Recognition Ceremony to be held at La Fontaine Bleu June 2nd. Click here to participate.

SPOTLIGHT ON PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY TO HIGHLIGHT SPECIAL OFFICES. . . As a feature in the monthly "Spotlight On Homes" supplement, Heidi LaMere of the Gazette selects an office every month that goes above and beyond the call of duty for a FREE 3/4 page ad highlighting their community involvement. Two Prince George's County offices, Long & Foster in Bowie and Century 21 Home Center, have already been featured. The articles outline the community efforts REALTOR® offices are involved in. We are now looking for the office to be spotlighted in May. Nominations must be received at the Gazette by May 6th. What is your office doing? If you feel your office should be highlighted over the coming months, please contact Heidi LaMere.

HABITAT HOUSE CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN
Habitat has finally secured the necessary permits and the foundation for the Habitat House in Riverdale should be put in this week. We are now ready to organize our workers. If you would like to volunteer your time to work on this project, please call the Association office at 301-306-7900 so that you will be notified of the times that workers will be needed. Also, it's not too late to make a tax deductible contribution. Checks should be made to Partnership for Housing and mailed to the Association office at 8400 Corporate Drive, Suite 225, Landover, Maryland 20785. Thank you for your generosity.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE ANNUAL REALTOR® EXPO AND TRADE SHOW
The PGCAR REALTOR® Expo and Trade Show will be held on May 19th at the Colony South Hotel and Conference Center on Surratts Road off of Branch Avenue (Route 5) in Clinton. You will be able to select from a large group of classes to complete 6 hours of continuing education. We have 38 exhibitors committed to provide you with information and products that will help you in your everyday business. Be sure to mark your calendar for May 19th so that you won't miss this exciting event. Space is limited so don't wait to register. Registration is $75 for REALTORS®. Registration Fee includes entire day's activities. Click here for a registration form.

NOMINATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED . . .PGCAR is now accepting nominations for the 2005 REALTOR® of the Year Award, the Distinguished Sales Associate of the Year Award and the Affiliate of the Year Award. The Deadline for submitting a nominee is May 22nd. Please go online to PGCAR.com or contact the Association office for forms at 301-306-7900.

ANNUAL RPAC FUNDRAISER WAS FUN FOR ALL!!! . . . This year's RPAC Fundraiser had a Country/Western theme and a great time was had by all. Some enjoyed singing Karaoke while others had fun line dancing or playing Texas Hold 'Em Poker. Many placed bids at the Silent Auction.

We are grateful to the following sponsors for their contributions: Casey Lewis for the Bandanas, The Fountainhead Title Group for the Cowboy Hats, Long & Foster Real Estate for the Ice Cream Bar and Preferred Service Mortgage for the Open Bar. We are also very grateful to the following monetary sponsors: Accurate Settlements, Beltway Title, REALTOR® Gregory Bennett, Carteret Mortgage Corp., Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, First Franklin Financial Corporation, Fountainhead Title, Homebuyers Journal, Homes & Land Magazine, Primary Residential Mortgage, Realty Executives Main Street USA, REALTOR® Pat Kane and REALTOR® Richard Rose. Auction Items were contributed by: Jack Bannister, Alease Bowles, Ron Deem, Fidelity & Trust, Jay Webster, John Harrison, Rose Marie Jung, John Lesniewski, Maximum Title, NRT Title, Bea Rodgers, Connie Stommel and Anthony Williams. Texas Hold 'em Poker prizes were contributed by Tom James Clothiers, John Lesniewski and Anthony Williams.

We also want to thank everyone who bought tickets and attended.

APPLICATIONS FOR NAR COMMITTEES NOW BEING ACCEPTED . . .The National Association is now accepting recommendations for committee service in 2006! If you are interested in serving on a NAR Committee, please contact Joan at the Association office at 301-306-7900. Recommendations must be made to NAR by May 20, 2005.

GRI SERIES I AND II SCHEDULED AT PGCAR. . . GRI SERIES I AND II will be held at the PGCAR REALTOR® Learning Center as follows:

GRI II - August 3, 4, 11, 17 and 18 Click for GRI II registration.
GRI I - October 5, 6, 13, 19 and 20 Click for GRI I registration.
. . . These classes fill up very quickly so be sure to register early. GRI III in June is already full.
 

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

*May 19th - 2005 REALTOR® EXPO AND TRADE SHOW
Colony South Hotel and Convention Center, Surratts Road, Clinton, Maryland. Take advantage of this full day of continuing education, exhibits and networking. Space is limited so make your reservations early. The registration fee for the REALTOR® EXPO is $75 for 6 hours of continuing education, continental breakfast, lunch, reception and trade show. Click here for registration form.

*Register by May 13th for $75 early bird pricing.
Prince George's County Association of REALTORS®
8400 Corporate Drive  :  Suite 225 : Landover MD 20785
Phone 301-306-7900  :  Fax 301-306-8273  :  www.pgcar.com  :  ©2005, PGCAR
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