Late to the Challenge! ActiveRain Friends

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Real Estate Agent with Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 SA5376460000

October's Challenge slipped by without a post by me that was intended to be written!  As soon as this challenge went live, I knew what I would write but the keyboard didn't produce a post.   Reviewing the Challenge, my tidbits would include teaching tips from Anna "Banana" Kruchten, worldly views from Steffy Hristova, hydropower by Carol Williams and much, much more from many AR members! 

 

My post includes the longest friendship of any AR member with Anna "Banana" Kruchten and her husband Gary.  They are the kindest people and now good friends.  We've regularly chatted about business, fun times, ActiveRain events, and most recently what's next.  Anna has introduced me to several AR members, include Carol Williams, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, Sheri Sperry - MCNE®,  Dick Greenberg, and many more!  

 

In the beginning,  I remember receiving a message from Anna that it would be a good idea to merge our Meetups.  My response - of course!   This was back in 2012!

 

Chatting  with Julie Vosmik, we coordinated with Anna to form the first Scottsdale/Phoenix meetup and 4 sponsors, some of whom were already ActiveRain members, created a great event at K O O'Donnells in Scottsdale.    The first photo is small and grainy, but it's definitely Anna!  Sponsors were lenders, home inspection, a title company and home warranty company.

 

Anna Banana Kruchten           Sponsors of 4/17/12 meetup

I created some table signage that shows Raincamp, when in fact it was a Meetup, but the message was the same.  Friends, AR members came to mix and mingle.

AR Meet up Scottsdale  AR Meetup Attendees

 Nancy Laswick (husband Scott)

And there's Gary Banana under the Umbrella.  The photo above is a sponsor and Nancy Laswick with her husband Scott.  If it hadn't been for Anna and I joining forces with this Meetup and many more, I might never have reconnected with Nancy Laswick, as we had both switched brokerages but used to see each other frequently at home tours.  I later later learned that Scott knew one of my clients longer than I had! 

   

Other AR Meetups since 2012!  One year we met at Roadrunner Park in Phoenix.  Sheri Sperry from Sedona attended! 

 

Anna and Sheri Sperry 2014David_ Julie Vosmik_Sheri Sperry

Dick Greenburg from Fort Collins visited Anna and attended.

Gary, Anna, Dick

And another at Anna and Gary's home! 

Anna, Lisa, Harry D'Elia

This photo you've seen many times.  It was a very successful meetup at Sandbar in Phoenix.  That beach scene is no longer as the restaurant has been torn down.  But look at our attendance! 

2016

Another at Anna's home with Nancy Laswick, Rob Clang and Katherine Whitting, Tempe, AZ. 

Nancy Laswick, Rob Clang, Katherine, Anna Christmas 2013

 

Anna_Gary_Richard Bazinet 2016 Meetup

Another meetup with Carol Williams  always means a group Happy Hour!

Nancy, Anna and Carol Williams

And of course there's our monthly zooms!  Thank you to Debe Maxwell, CRS  and everyone for hosting these.  It's always wonderful seeing distant AR member friends!   Topics have been educational nuggets, relevant and worth checking in!  The benefits are numerous!

Monthly Zooms

Meetups have also been held in the East Valley more recently with Brian England.  He's communicated with Rainers throughout the US many times for meetups and I'm glad to have been a part of local meetups.  Meetups with Brian  have been fun and I'm lucky to have met even more members thanks to Brian. 

Steffy Hristova, Brian England and Nina Hollander, Broker gathered when Nina was in Phoenix recently!   Pictured is yet another meetup with Tony Marriott, Suzanne Marriott, Steffy,  Mike Jones,  Brian and I.  I've also met Leanne Smith  thanks to Brian.  Thank you for the challenge Leanne, even though I didn't make it in time! 

Brian England MeetupsBrian's Meetup 2017

Another Mad Greens meetup in Tempe with Carol Williams and Steffy Hristova! 

Brian England, Steffi Hristova & Carol Williams

I'm a lucky member who gets to know so many others through pivotal friendships with long time ActiveRain members.  Friendships like these are priceless!  Thank you all! 

 

 

 

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Comments (60)

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Nina Hollander, Broker thank you for that, but no points necessary.  I just wanted to share how grateful I am for all of our friendships, yours included!  It's been wonderful connecting with so many members over the years!  A year sure flew by quickly!  Hope we can do that again! 

Nov 06, 2023 11:22 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I get it Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty !  My first Raincamp was in 2008 in Scottsdale.  It was a really cool presentation, but I didn't join up till 2009.  I still remember thinking, "What the heck am I going to write about?"  LOL!  Yes, much has changed.  I try not to think about it too much as it's such a downer.  I'm hoping we can get back some sense of normalcy! 

Nov 06, 2023 11:23 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

It has been truly wonderful thanks to Anna and Brian Carla Freund !  I happen to be in the right place here in Scottsdale/Phoenix!  I hope to meet even more in the future!

Nov 06, 2023 11:25 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Ginger Harper thank you for reading and commenting.  It's always fun when we arrange these in Arizona!  Maybe you can arrange one in NC.  You have a few Rainers there!   

Nov 06, 2023 11:26 AM
Dennis Neal
RE/MAX, Big Bear - Big Bear Lake, CA
Your Home Sold in 21 Days or We Sell It For Free

It looks like your having a good time. It's good to make friends.

Nov 06, 2023 12:33 PM
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
35 Years of Real Estate Experience!

It's so nice to have made so many wonderful friends through Active Rain throughout the years! Love the sense of community. :)

Nov 06, 2023 01:09 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ 
I loved all the pictures, and it was fun knowing so many of those faces because I have met them too. You were one of the first ActiveRainers I ever met. Remember our first lunch together?  Our Happy Hours are always fun! See you this winter.

Nov 07, 2023 09:48 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So true Dennis Neal !  ActiveRain friends are good friends!

Nov 07, 2023 12:32 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Lisa Friedman It is isn't it?  I've been very fortunate - right place, right time.  All the best to you!

Nov 07, 2023 12:33 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

That's really cool Carol Williams !  Yes, Anna and I met you at WestGate for lunch.  It was so fun.  Thanks to Anna, I had the opportunity to meet you again and again!  See you this winter!

Nov 07, 2023 12:34 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

LOVE your trip down ActiveRain memory lane, Jan! Like you, I've met many members and created long-lasting, lifelong friendships and am SO thankful! I've met a few of the ones you've met and LOVE that last photo! I'm met Brian a couple of times and Anna as well as Carol. Love your AZ group and SO wish I lived closer. Glad you all get to meet up so often. 

Thank you for sharing this in November's challenge, Jan!! 

And, thanks for the mention of the AR ZOOM calls - we do have a wonderful group, don't we?! 

Nov 07, 2023 09:10 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS  No doubt you've created wonderful friendships here in the Rain!  During your many calls, zoom meetings, and posts, you're a magnet for friendships! So funny because I wrote this without looking at the November Challenge.  I'm going to write another one soon that will be completely different.    YES we do have a wonderful time on zoom calls.  Thank you so much for that!  

Nov 08, 2023 07:30 AM
Chuck Willman
Chuck Willman - Alpine, UT
NewHouseUtah.com

It has been so many years since I was at one of these Arizona get togethers; good times.

Nov 09, 2023 04:37 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Then you get it Chuck Willman !  We always seem to have the best times thanks to a few great Rainers!  Thanks for reading and commenting.  Have a great Thanksgiving!

Nov 09, 2023 07:00 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

WOW

Look at all those beautiful smiling faces! What wonderful memories you are creating!

Nov 10, 2023 10:11 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I loved reading this post - there are so many wonderful friendships here in the rain! 

Nov 10, 2023 04:15 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Jan your post brought a big smile to my face!  So many good times since way back when. Love all the photos!  And I so remember all those events and people.  The one that 'got me' was when Dick Greenberg showed up and when I looked at him I was confused....and then I said Dick?  That was very special that he came. Love you bunches Jan.  And when I'm up and about again we'll get together.  Thank you🧡

 

Nov 11, 2023 03:48 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Indeed Sharon Tara !  They are too special to keep to myself.  Thank you for stopping by!

Nov 18, 2023 04:03 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So many more than I know or could count Lise Howe!  So many others have shared great meet up photos in the past and it's always wonderful to see them. Thank you for stopping by!

Nov 18, 2023 04:04 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So glad to bring you smiles Anna "Banana" Kruchten !  You've been a big reason I've had so much fun and friendships in the Rain!  Happy times to be continued!  See you very soon ;) 😁

Nov 18, 2023 04:05 PM