ActiveRainers meeting at Gaylord Texan Resort, Dallas

Real Estate Agent with Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!

WhenActiveRainersget together there is only one word to describe the event and that is "FUN"! And yes, that is fun in capital letters!

Lisa Von Domek organized the meeting in conjunction with the CRS Sell-a-Bration event that took place over the last few days at the beautiful Gaylord Texan Resort in Dallas, Texas. 


Gaylord Texan Resort Alama Replica Photo by Silvia Dukes


I didn't count, but it was a very good turnout and a great success. There is a group photo that you will find in Patricia Faeger's post. She came over from Flower Mount, TX which is not too far away. I've been reading Patricia's posts for a long time and was happy to finally meet her in person. 

Some people had to leave early, others rejoined later. Here are a couple of group photos of those that stayed around the later part of the evening!


ActiveRain Meetup at Gaylord Texan Resort Photo by Silvia Dukes


In the photo above you see AJ Heidman from Virginia, Lisa Von Domek who is home in Dallas, TX, Debe Maxwell from North Carolina, and Patricia Feager also from Texas. 

Some of these bloggers, you will see posting pretty regularly, others prefer to be learners, readers, and commenters. Regardless of blogging activity, personally meetings are always so much fun and we each learned a few things about one another that we didn't know before. I'm sure you can tell from the photos that everyone had a great time! 

Pictured in the photo below are Joanne Fraser  and Jeff Dowler, both from California, and Christel Silver, and Silvia Dukes, both from Florida. 


ActiveRain Meetup Gaylord Texan Resort February 2018 Photo by Silvia Dukes


If you missed the opportunity for this meetup look for upcoming meetups in your area or maybe you would be the one to organize one. There are no rules, you can make it whatever you want it to be. One thing is for sure, you will enjoy meeting your "old friends" for the first time!



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Comments (21)

Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Grant Schneider thank you, just follow the links in the post to the other attendees, I'm sure everyone will post about their experience!

Feb 07, 2018 12:47 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

It looks a lot of fun and I always think meeting other rainers is something tolook forward to. Lots of peopleI follow in that group.

Feb 07, 2018 02:56 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Meet-ups are awesome Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES  and you are right it is family

Feb 07, 2018 03:31 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Silvia one thing for sure, you can always find Jeff among the ladies ...... LOL

Feb 07, 2018 04:14 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I recognize some of those wonderful faces, Silvia.  And, what a wonderful setting that is for a meeting.

Feb 07, 2018 04:41 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Silvia, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!    

Feb 07, 2018 04:42 PM
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

What a crew. Looks like everyone was having a good time though.

Feb 07, 2018 06:34 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Silvia

This was such fun, and so cool to meet some new people in person. Glad you had some other photos to share - they are great!!


Feb 07, 2018 08:23 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

How fun, Silvia. That is a good group and some of those names are new to me. Wish I could have been there.

Feb 07, 2018 09:22 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Silvia, I loved, loved, loved finally getting to meet you! You're as fabulous in person as I thought you'd be too! I think we could have stayed until the wee hours of the morning, chatting and laughing just as 'old friends' do! 

Looking forward to seeing you again - hopefully soon!

Feb 08, 2018 05:23 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have seen some of the other posts and I can tell it was a great group of people having a lot of fun together!

Feb 08, 2018 06:09 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome


I love attending MeetUps and I enjoy reading about them. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful time with AR  friends.

Feb 09, 2018 04:23 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Besides the happy faces the phrase snug as a bug in a rug comes to mind.

Feb 11, 2018 10:54 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Looks like you had a lot of fun meeting up. Yes, it would have been fun to be there but the reality is, we are so busy.

Feb 13, 2018 02:58 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That's really great.  Thanks for posting some of the highlights of the meet up!

Feb 16, 2018 01:11 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Thank you everyone! As you can tell, we had a great time! 

Feb 16, 2018 05:36 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES ,

I'm so sorry to have missed this in Dallas . It came right at the time of my husbands birthday celebration with out of town family. Looks like you had a great time connecting with old friends!

Mar 03, 2018 05:31 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Dorie Dillard family comes first!  It would have been a pleasure meeting you, hopefully, another time!

Mar 03, 2018 05:56 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Silvia! Just stopping by to say that I hope you & your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving today! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 22, 2018 08:48 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES

Thank you Debe, hope you did as well!

Nov 23, 2018 05:32 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES - Today is the first day I noticed this blog post - better late than never! Those photos and the memories are great. I hope we meet again and that life is always and forever good.

Happy 4th of July, Silvia!

Jul 04, 2019 03:42 AM