The role of the C.A.R. Director is to represent the entire membership of the Association. Certain Directors appointed by the local Associations also serve as Delegates, and have the full authority given by the Association bylaws to act on behalf of the members of the organization. Directors are expected to serve on C.A.R. Committees, prepare themselves by keeping abreast of the issues of importance to the industry, and provide for an ongoing flow of communications between the membership and the State Association.
The following members serve as Directors of the State Association: President President-Elect Treasurer Honorary Presidents Past Presidents Regional Chairs Directors at Large NAR Directors from California Immediate Past Regional Chairs Chairs of an Association committee or forum Members of the Executive Committee Directors for Life Delegates selected by each Local Association
C.A.R. Committee or Forum Chair The Chair of each C.A.R. Committee or Forumis appointed by the President to carry out the mission of that body, consistent with the Association’s strategic plan and objectives. The Chair plans the meeting agenda with the assistance of the Vice Chairs, Committee Liaison and staff, presides over the meeting, ensures that all debate and discussion is conducted fairly and that all perspectives are heard, and reports the actions of the Committee to the Board of Directors. Chairs often report to the ExecutiveCommittee as well. Chairs are voting members of their assigned Committee, but generally vote only in the event of a tie.
C.A.R. Committee or Forum Vice Chair Vice Chairs assist the Chair to conduct the business of the Committee or Forum, and may be called upon to preside over the meeting. Vice Chairs accompany the Chair to report to the Executive Committee when action items are to be brought forward. Vice Chairs are voting members of their assigned Committee.
C.A.R. Issue Chair Each Policy Committee will have within it several appointed “Issue Chairs” designated to manage various issue areas as needed within each Policy Committee. Issue Chairs work with the Chair and the Vice Chairs to plan the meeting agenda, and may be called upon to present background information on issues which are brought forward for consideration. Issue Chairs are voting members of their assigned Committee.
C.A.R. Committee or Forum Regional Representative Regional Representatives to a C.A.R. Committee or Forum are selected by each C.A.R. Region, according to the procedures established by that Region. Regional Representatives have the responsibility of representing the viewpoint of the members and Directors from their Region in their assigned Committee, and of bringing information from the Committee back to the members and Directors in their Region. Regional Representatives are voting members of their assigned Committee.
C.A.R. Committee or Forum Member at Large Members at Large may be appointed by the President to a C.A.R. Committee or Forum. These voting members are expected to represent the entire membership in the assigned Committee, and are often selected due to their special expertise or strong interest in a particular area of the Association.
C.A.R. Regional Chair The Regional Chair is the representative of the State President within each region. The Regional Chair shall call and preside over meetings of their region as necessary, and shall call and preside over their Regional Caucusat C.A.R. Business Meetings. Regional Chairs attend meetings of the C.A.R. Executive Committee, and serve as installing officers at local Association installations. On an ongoing basis throughout the year, Regional Chairs bring information from C.A.R. Leadership to the members and local Associations in their Regions, and from the Regions to the C.A.R. Leadership.
Regional Chairs are responsible for leading their delegation during the Board of Directors Sessions, and forcommunicating information from the floor to the Leadership while the session is in progress. Regional Chairs also take attendance of the members from their Region, and conduct votes when called upon to do so by the presiding Officer.
Regional Chairs facilitate the process of selecting Regional Representatives to C.A.R. Comittees by submitting their recommendations to the Association President.
The C.A.R. Directors from the respective Region shall annually select one Regional Chair. The Regional Chair shall have served two full years as a State Association Director.
C.A.R. Assistant Regional Chair Many Regions appoint an Assistant Regional Chair to support theRegional Chair. This individual may become the Regional Chair in the following year, subject to the procedures followed by the respective Region. Assistant Regional Chairs may attend the Regional Chairs meeting, and may substitute for theRegional Chair if the Regional Chair is not available to attend. The Assistant Regional Chair may also represent the Region at Executive Committee meetings in the absence of the Regional Chair.
C.A.R. Executive Committee Member Members of the Executive Committee serve as advisors to the C.A.R. President, and assure that the business of the Association is carried out in accordance with the policies and instructions of the Board of Directors. Executive Committee Members hear reports from each individual committee, and may make recommendations to the Board of Directors. Executive Committee Members also serve as liaisons to each C.A.R. Region and assist the Regional Chairs to accomplish the overallgoals of the Association.
C.A.R. Liaison from Committee to Committee Liaison relationships between various C.A.R. Committees have been established to enhance communications and information flow. The Liaisons, who are often appointed by virtue of their role as a Chair or Vice Chair of a committee, attend the meetings of the committee to which they serve as a liaison and may be asked to report on relevant matters in both committees, the one they are a Liaisonfrom, and the one which they are a Liaison to. Liaisons to committees do not vote in the committee to which they are a Liaison.
California NAR Director The interests of California REALTORS® are represented at the national level by members selected to serve as NAR Directors. California NAR Directors are expected to be active participants at C.A.R. Business Meetings in order to better understand the issues that affect the state. NAR Directors may be appointed to serve as C.A.R. NAR Committee Liaisons. NAR Directors may be appointed by the State Association, large Local Associations, or by large firms.
C.A.R. NAR Committee Liaison (commonly referred to as NAR Representative to C.A.R. Committee) Californians serving on certain NAR Committees may be appointed to the position of NAR Committee Liaison on the sister committee at the state level. These non-voting Liaisons report on the activities of the NAR Committee, and carry forward input from C.A.R. to the NAR Committee on which they serve.
C.A.R. Committee Liaison Committee Liaisons play a key role in facilitating two-way communications between Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs and the elected Leadership Team.
Committee Liaisons counsel and advise the Chairs and Vice Chairs of their assigned committees, and help the Committee Chairs to achieve the greatest possible levels of success with their responsibilities consistent with the Association's strategic plan and objectives. They assist committee leaders to stretch their wings, and are there to catch them if they are about to fall. Committee Liaisons share information with one another, and with the elected Leadership Team, so that big picture Association goals are not neglected when a challenge happens to arise in a single committee or with a particular issue, and so that complex or groundbreaking policy matters can be appropriately prioritized for discussion and debate in the relevant committees and by the Board of Directors. Through their efforts, Committee Liaisons facilitate improved communications across multiple committees when issues that cross traditionally defined committee responsibilities are under consideration.
Committee Liaisons also serve as the eyes and ears of the elected Leadership Team, to alert them of any potential problems or issues in a committee, and they play a valuable part in identifying future Association leaders.
Committee Liaisons are appointed by the incoming Association President to a one year term, and attend the meetings of the Executive Committee. Committee Liaisons are non-voting members of each committee to which they are assigned. They attend meetings of their assigned committees as the schedule permits.