2011 Spring RAF Committee Meeting Notes Thursday, May 5, 2011 Regency Room A, Hyatt Hotel, Sacramento
Chair Judy Zeigler called the meeting to order at 9:50a.m. Judy welcomed everyone to their second meeting and introduced her leadership team: Emily Link, Vice Chair, Gregg Pawlik, Vice Chair, Sharon Bowler, Committee Liaison and C.A.R. staff, David Howard, Lynn Movroydis and Lisa Edwards. Capitol Reception Recap: We had 57 Legislators attend our Capitol Reception. That is a new record!
RAF Fundraising Updates: At this meeting we collected $71,500 RAF contributions. To date, we have collected $1.2 million and we have 11% participation. The Sacramento AOR hosted their second annual SPA Retreat Fundraiser which raised $8500 for RAF! The YPN group has put out a Million Dollar Pledge to their members. The goal is to have 100 YPN members commit to contributing $10,000 to REALTOR® Action Fund over their lifetime as a REALTOR®! The following Regions have 100% of their C.A.R. Directors at $197 or above participation: Regions 9, 10, 17, 21, 23, 24, 25, and 28!
2011 Contest: Part 1: The Association that collects the most voluntary RAF contributions within their category (Petite, Small, Medium I and Medium II, Large and Jumbo) will receive a check in amount of $1000 to be used at the Local Association's discretion, as well as an award to be displayed at the Local Association. Part 2: The Association that shows the greatest improvement in their RAF voluntary participation within their category (Petite, Small, Medium I and Medium II, Large and Jumbo) will receive a check in amount of $1000 to be used at the Local Association's discretion, as well as an award to be displayed at the Local Association. Part 3: The Association that recruits the most new Major Donors, starting at the California Silver Bear level will be recognized with a magnificent award to be displayed at the Local Association.
REALTOR® PARTY OF CALIFORNIA campaign had begun. The objective of the REALTOR® Party of California is to educate members on the importance of political involvement by focusing REALTORS® attention to real estate issues, as opposed to partisan politics.
C.A.R. Updates: Mike Teer, CREPAC Chair thanked the committee for all their hard work in raising RAF funds and that the CREPAC Trustees were preparing for the 2012 Election Cycle. Richard Tegley, IMPAC Chair reported on that IMPAC committee activities. Joyce Leonard, Chair PAF reported that the PAF had not met yet, but wanted to express her support of the RAF Committee. DeAnn Kerr, Member Mobilization Consultant, introduced the new Orange County Field Representative, Robyn Spillar.
NAR Updates: NAR’s REALTOR® Party Political Survival Initiative Update: Vince Malta reported on NAR’s proposal to raise dues by $40 beginning in 2012. The dues increase is part of REALTOR® Party Political Survival Initiative (RPPSI) designed to increase NAR’s political advocacy. The initiative is the result of a yearlong study and consideration, following the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in the Citizens United case which allows dues (or corporate) dollars to be used to partnership between the National Association of REALTORS® and our state and local associations to provide financial and technical support for conducting independent expenditures to elect “REALTOR® Champions” to federal, state and local public offices. Leslie Rouda Smith, Political Fundraising Liaison: Thanked them for all their hard work and commitment and encouraged them to participate, as well as encourage the colleagues to do so. She reported that RPAC is introducing a new “2015 Achievement Award” recognizing states which have already met the 2015 goal for 1 percent of members as Major Investors. For a comprehensive selection of programs and resources, please visit the REALTOR Action Center on the various issues facing REALTORS® and encouraged them to participate at all levels. Jim Liptak, Chair of RPIC, reported that we need to get Broker’s signed up for the Broker Involvement Program. And he further reminded them NAR is making all FPCs more accountable for their reports. There will only be one FPC per Legislator. He further reported to respond to NAR Red Alerts… Sharon Bowler, RPAC Region 13 Trustee reported that C.A.R. had met its Fair Share goal for 2011 at $740,000 for 101%. She reminded everyone that the 1 st round of $500 for President Circle is due by 5-31-11. We currently have 43 President Circle members and the goal is 68. She announced that Colleen Badagliacco, Robert Bailey, Sharon Bowler, Glenn Hellyer, Nancy Hunt, Saul Klein, Mary Aileen Matheis, Joel Singer and Gary Thomas are the 2011 NAR Hall of Fame inductees (lifetime contributions of $25,000+).
Administrative Update: Associations that participate in the RAF/Broker Involvement “training” will have the opportunity to have C.A.R. fund a local association support staff to attend Legislative Day 2012! Contact Lynn Movroydis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Announced that C.A.R.’s Candidate Training School would take place on Monday, October 17 Tuesday, October 18, 2011 and for more information and to complete the application and questionnaire click on http://www.car.org/governmentaffairs/pacs/campaignshcool/
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:11 a.m.