Fishhawk Lake- MeetUp in Camas Washington! What FUN!

Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

Fishhawk Lake-MeetUp! What FUN! 

Tuesday, 8.12.14

Yesterday morning started with a horrific thunderstorm and 171 strikes of lightning and a power outtage all in the Birkenfeld area (my home at Fishhawk Lake). But, do you think that deterred me from heading to Camas, WA about an hour and a half away for our MeetUp of ActiveRain folk? NO WAY! I was only about 10 minutes late and beyond excited to be there. Not only was I going to get to see my dear friend, Debb Janes,

Debb Janes ActiveRain MeetUp Camas WA

but I finally got to see one of my Virtual Pals and Tuesday Travelogue contributors, Rene` Fabre!!!!Rene` Fabre at MeetUp Camas WA



I zoned right in on him and gave him a big hug. There were some AR past MeetUp buds, Cindy WestfallCindy Westfall ActiveRain MeetUp 2014

and later Carla Muss-JacobsCarla Muss-Jacobs ActiveRain MeetUp 2014



















and I had the chance to meet some new ActiveRain members, Eric Newman and Rob Shepherd,Rob Shepherd and Eric Newman at MeetUp Camas WA 2014



(who won for farthest drive) along with Larry Hales (in a pensive moment!) ,

Larry Hales ActiveRain MeetUp 2014

as well as a couple of newbies whom I hope will join ActiveRain eventually, Lindsey Hollway

Lindsey Hollway

and Dianna Rogers (Eric Newman's very helpful assistant).

Cindy Westfall and Dianna Rogers

 Alot of us came from the far reaches of Oregon and Washington for this momentous occasion. 

We had a BLAST! We met at The Savona Coffee House and it was as if we were visiting in one of our own living rooms. It was PERFECT. We even commandeered some unsuspecting guy to take our group photo and as we stood there, he said, " Say Open House" then took our picture! 

ActiveRain MeetUp 2014 Camas WA

Rene` is such a cool dude. He is the consummate teacher, creative genius all wrapped up in a title guy. He's a "gadget guy" and had his iPad open, drew a fun picture,

ActiveRain MeetUp drawing



and showed us some really neat mini-tripod deal that I thought looked like a Lego version of a tripod. 

Rene Fabre with tripod for iphone

He even told us about a new idea he came up with that I couldn't fully grasp, because I was so caught up in his enthusiasm that I mostly ended up watching him while he showed so much passion for this class that he can teach in Washington State, that would be face-to-face, a sort of app treasure hunt that you would get real estate continuing ed credit for. Anyway, he's definitely on the cutting edge and we all need to pay attention 'cause he has some very interesting ways of looking at real estate with a bent for FUN while learning and gaining new clients! 

Rene Fabre talking about his new class Mobile Communications Boot CampWe learned a new phrase from Rene` that's come into fashion, "urban villages". Instead of shopping malls, these are set up in more of a village-like configuration or a campus set up, with small business owner type shops, as well as businesses like Starbucks, easy parking, etc. This is where Rene` would teach his classes which he will be calling Mobile Communications Boot Camp. It would include using Facebook, Google and Twitter, involving communication and relationship building. He can certainly explain it better (hopefully in a future blogpost), but it would involve what he called "warm calls", not coldcalls to these local businesses. 

Larry Hales, who works with First American Title talked about wanting to do video classes, which Debb joined in on, saying that her business is directly linked to the amount of attention her videos get. Debb would be an excellent teacher for this as well. I see putting all of these people together and sending them on the road! (I"d be their booking agent in a heartbeat).

Carla Muss-Jacobs brought a former client and  now friend and business associate, Lindsey Hollway who is a programmer by profession.  We discussed her thoughts on websites, what Google is now looking for, how we ought to be blogging and more. Carla and Lindsey are joining forces on a new business venture, but that's up to them to share in the near future hopefully!


 Rob Shepherd has his own vintage Corvette as part of his profile and a whole conversation ensued around owning our first cars. This is a trademark for him in his local area in Florence, Oregon and everyone knows that car. 


Eric Newman had to leave early, but not before I got to tell him that I LOVE his company, NW Mortgage Group, locally owned and operated and that my favorite loan officer, Shawn Baeschlin with NW Mortgage Group (another AR member) is the ONLY person I send my clients to! (And he owns property at Fishhawk Lake).


From there, we moved onto Beaches, a waterfront restaurant, for lunch because many of us hadn't really had a meal to speak of and we just had more to talk about! Sitting outside was the perfect venue and other than the military jets flying overhead at inopportune times, it was truly splendid. 

 MeetUp Camas WA 2014

The food,Beaches Restaurant Camas WA 2014


the service, but mostly the camaraderie were beyond compare. Cindy and I shared stories about working in nursing homes and the wonderful things that older people will say and do. We all talked about ActiveRain changes, the people we feel close to, though some we've never met, what it has done to improve our business and the future of real estate in each of our markets. Many creative ideas were spun and a BIG thank you goes out to both Rene` and Debb for putting this day together!!!

Rene` Fabre and Debb Janes



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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 Now that's a huge attendance at the meet up - and big names, too (including yours, Gayle.)

Aug 13, 2014 03:01 PM #40
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Paul, why, thanks, I didn't look at it that way!

Joan, it has certainly instigated some more potentially long-term friendships!

Mark, I was HOPING people would feel that--thank you!

Praful, hah! I don't think of myself as anyone except for the "Princess of the Pond" (or Lady of the Lake....I've been called both...), but there are some terrifically talented folks that I met with yesterday. 


Aug 13, 2014 03:28 PM #41
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Is it me or did you change your photo? 

Aug 13, 2014 07:28 PM #42
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

Wow, what a great turnout, and such a fantastic writeup. Well done!

Aug 13, 2014 07:37 PM #43
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Gayle. You guys really know how to throw a party. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful photos and all the smiles. It just doesn't get any better than that!

Aug 13, 2014 08:05 PM #44
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

"If they could see me now, that little gang of mine...all I can say is Wow!"

lyrics by Dorothy Fields

Aug 13, 2014 09:46 PM #45
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Looks like a great time!  I love me some Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner !  I think our meet up is soon.  I need to check my calendar.  

Aug 13, 2014 10:17 PM #46
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY),, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

That sounds like a wonderful get-together, one I would have loved to attend!  I'm glad you all enjoyed.

Aug 13, 2014 10:47 PM #47
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Fabulous write up of your MeetUp sharing the members in your wonderful photos. I would give this post a second gold star if that was possible. Our meeting is today.

Aug 13, 2014 11:00 PM #48
Suzanne De Vita
Online Associate Editor

Gayle, thanks for sharing your pics from the meetup! What a wonderful turnout - it looks like all you had a blast!

Aug 13, 2014 11:27 PM #49
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Your presentation of the meet. greet and eat-up is a ten. Well done in capturing not only the spirit of it all but the value it brings...thank you for this

Aug 14, 2014 12:07 AM #50
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Gayle: It seems that your 'meet-up' was the best one so far in the U.S. There was lots of information and the setting was breathtaking.

Aug 14, 2014 12:34 AM #51
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Wow!  Looks like a great time, and you always do such a nice job of the photos!

Aug 14, 2014 12:49 AM #52
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

James, aha! You guessed it!

Richard, it was surprising just going over the photos how much conversaton came back to me related to each picture. 

Joe, we don't mess around out here in the PNW, by gum!

Jill, I remember this song! How appropriate.

A&J~better make sure you get there.

Kat~I think we'll be doing this again....

Margaret, you're so sweet, thank you! Have fun at yours.

Suzanne, I am speaking for myself, but I had a GRAND time.

Richie, thank you thank you, my friend. A lot of genuine joy in this group. And good souls. 

Norman, WOW, thanks! I didn't even throw in the photo of the seaplane...ran out of time to edit it.


Kristin, you're always so enthusiastic--thank you. 

Aug 14, 2014 06:06 AM #53
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Fantastic meetup, sure wish that I could have joined you and this wonderful crew

Aug 14, 2014 02:57 PM #55
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Bob, you would have fit right in!

Aug 15, 2014 02:10 AM #56
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Beautiful! Love the new pic! Thank you for such a wonderful blog post! You knocked this one out of the park! I didn't take ANY photos or video, so glad yours came out great. It was so much fun to see you, Debb, Rob, & Carla again and I loved meeting new folks. I watched as you and Rene were over there playing with the I-pad and am amazed at how quickly Rene worked up that Active Rain meetup..very cool. Until next time!

Aug 15, 2014 11:30 AM #57
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Cindy, soon, SOON! Gotta come see you at your floating home~

Aug 15, 2014 12:42 PM #58
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

You are ALL lovely men and women! I'm glad you made it through the thunderstorms safely and got there in time to enjoy the camaraderie! I love the group photos and of course the photo of your best friend Debb too!

  1. You truly are very special!
Aug 15, 2014 08:28 PM #59
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing this successful MeetUp and the wonderful photographs.

Aug 16, 2014 12:39 AM #60
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