In early December, I received the Realtor Emeritus designation from NAR. There were 2 of us awarded this designation out of over 600 members of our association.
To be fair, the NAR emeritus application wanted proof of my continued membership in NAR for the last 40 years. I almost did not complete the form as I have been an NAR member in 3 states and 4 associations under 3 DIFFERENT last names.
I did have my GRI designation certificate from the University of Hawaii Small Business School from 1973.
In the "olden daze", the GRI designation was actually taught by NAR national instructors and held at colleges and universities. I took the course as it would lower the number of years I had to be a sales person in order to sit for the broker exam.
....and since they have added a "service" componant, I provided my certificate from the Virginia Association of Realtors as chair of their Property Management Council for 2 terms in early 2000.
At the presentation, we were given a lapel pin and a certificate.....and I found the Realtor Emeritus logo online to put on my professional presentations.
As Richard Petty (#43) said when they inducted him into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, they need people to award this new designation to so don't let the # of associations, different last names or lack of proof of payment stop you....