Our firm has always promoted participation in our local association by the agents at out firm. Sometimes it is can seem difficult to handle the resposibilities that go with leadership, but the experiences you have, the friends you make, and the knowledge you gain somehow override any negatives associated with volunterism. Yes it can feel like a "thankless" job at times, but for the most part there is a certain amount of satisfaction that goes along with knowing you personnaly made a difference in the systems and procedures, and daily operations that govern our association and its membership.
Currently our association has over 600 members. Or office has 4 members currently serving on the association's board of directors. Whenever someone says "well that is just too much from one company" we reply with a smile" Hey you can do it to... Why don't you start with a few committes?" Then you might hear " Oh I am too busy selling to take time for that."
Realtor associations don't run themselves. It takes a great deal of work and does cost those members income. If you know a leader in your association , the next time you see them say please say "THANKS!"
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