October Let's Get Personal Challenge

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October Let's Get Personal Challenge

 

Brian England has challenged ActiveRain bloggers to post a blog about their personal life and then answer any questions posed by members. 

I was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and my home community was Cradock, one of America's first planned communities. Our first home was a duplex and my parents kept that property for their lifetimes after we moved to a new home, also a duplex, that they built before the birth of my younger brother. I attended public schools and my twin sisters were born when I was a senior at Cradock High School.

During high school, I was active with photography and had a dark room in one of commercial rental properties owned by my parents. One of my active interests was competitive indoor and outdoor rifle shooting and I had the opportunity to travel to many rifle matches in the United States and Canada. I became a Certified Rifle and Pistol Instructor at a young age. There were always guns in the family when I was young because my father was a police officer and we had a farm where rifle practice was a normal activity. 

I was accepted as a student at the University of Virginia and received a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in finance in three years by going to summer school for two sessions. During my college years, I was active in the photography club and was a member of the UVA rifle team. I am a life member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity. I had the opportunity to live in a room on the Lawn, part of the original structures designed by Thomas Jefferson.

I attended the School of Law at University of Virginia. During my third year of law school, I obtained my Virginia Real Estate Broker license, my multiple line insurance licenses and passed the bar exam to become a member of the Virginia State Bar. 

During the summer after I received by law degree, I opened my first real estate and insurance office in my hometown in a commercial space owned my my parents who at that point owned a number of rental properties. 

Since I have already exceeded the 300 words required for this challenge, I will save the rest of my story for another time.

 

Dahlias, American Dahlia Society Show, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA IMG 5472 Canon PowerShot G11 Camera Photograph by Roy Kelley  Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Dahlias, American Dahlia Society Show, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA IMG 5472
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Roy Kelley, Associate Broker

Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Main Office:  301-258-7757 (You will not reach me at this number)

Send an email message if you need my phone numbers. I will be happy to recommend a real estate professional if you are moving to the area.

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Sheila Anderson
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Good evening Roy. I guess I always wondered if you ever practiced law and if not, why.

Oct 30, 2018 03:22 PM #10
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Your love for photography has certainly been a lifelong affair !

Oct 31, 2018 01:23 AM #11
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Gabe Sanders
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Thanks, Roy.  Good to know more about you.  Interesting that you have had photography in your quiver since High School.

Oct 31, 2018 05:26 AM #13
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Joe Pryor
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That is a ownderful historey and having you as a broker who has a law degree would have made me want to join your company.

Oct 31, 2018 05:46 AM #14
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Roy - that is quite a story of accomplishment.  I also had a darkroom with my dad when I was growing in.

Oct 31, 2018 06:23 AM #15
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Brian England
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Thank you for sharing and I really enjoyed learning more about you.  My youngest brother was born when I was a junior in high school, so we somewhat have that in common.  Did people that you didn't already know sometimes think that your twin sisters were your daughters?  I often get that with my younger brother, as people think he is my son, haha.

Oct 31, 2018 07:43 AM #17
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Loved this read, Roy. Plus, it reminds me how much you and Bernie have in common - he is also an attorney, and Bernie was also good with a gun. He had a Sharpshooter status in the military. 

Oct 31, 2018 07:59 AM #18
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Roy- what an interesting part of your history. I knew about your interest in photography but didn't know about your expertise with a gun!!!  Larry used to hunt but doesn't anymore and he also reloaded his own shells. 

Oct 31, 2018 10:14 AM #19
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Brian England 

I do recall remarks that Wynne and Lynne were my daughters. We did enjoy the opportunity to take them on college selection trips. 

Oct 31, 2018 10:17 AM #20
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Sheila Anderson 

I went into the real estate and insurance business for the business and career opportunities. The law degree did provide some advantages.

Oct 31, 2018 10:18 AM #21
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This is another Facebook group that you may wish to join...

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Oct 31, 2018 10:36 AM #22
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

I was unable to serve in the military. I have a lazy eye and also had a football knee injury. The military did have some attractive options for low graduates.

The Army Judge Advocate General has major facilities at the University of Virginia. 

Oct 31, 2018 10:39 AM #23
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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While I knew some of this story, I'm glad to fill in the blanks with the younger chapters in your life, Roy! Now, I'm dying to know how you met Dolores and hear about your children - can't wait for part 2!

Love, love, love the Dahlias too!

Oct 31, 2018 09:40 PM #25
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Debe Maxwell, CRS 

There is limited interest in my personal story. How I met Dolores, however, may be an interesting tale to share. We do not have any children. We had the opportunity to support my younger sisters after my father passed away when they were young.

Nov 01, 2018 04:30 AM #26
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Well, I'm looking forward to hearing...in Paul Harvey's words, 'the rest of the story,' Roy!

Nov 01, 2018 05:03 AM #27
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Debbie Reynolds
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Those of us with long lives go way beyond the 300 words. Thanks for sharing your story, Roy.

Nov 01, 2018 06:06 AM #28
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Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

Nov 01, 2018 09:02 AM #29
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Debe Maxwell, CRS 

I just posted a blog with the story about meeting Dolores. 

Nov 02, 2018 09:14 AM #30
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Roy Kelley
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The Montgomery County Council joined the Board of Education to request that the State Highway Administration raise driver awareness on stopping for school buses on state roads by using visual mechanisms/signage:

Nov 04, 2018 09:28 AM #31
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

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