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Our Yellow Rose from Texas, Posted by Dick

When we invited Ebby Halliday to participate in the Centennial celebration at the Midyear Legislative meetings I knew she would be popular, but I didn’t know that she would be reach “rock star” status.

For those of you who don’t know her, Ebby recently celebrated her 97th birthday. She also recently marked her 65th year as chair of the board of one of the most successful companies in the U.S. In an interview that will be emailed to all members, she passed along her insights from a career that has been dedicated to clients; to her community and to the REALTOR organization.

This week Ebby joined us for 59 and a Half Minutes – the Member and Director Forum; the Centennial Gala, and a special meeting with Distinguished Service Award winners. Also, I was honored to host a dinner in her honor. The more time I spent with Ebby, the more I was overwhelmed by her energy. She recalled the most challenging market and how she persevered. We learned Ebby’s secret to staying vibrant and energetic. Ebby also shared her view on where NAR will be in another 100 years.

This week will always be a memorable one if just for the opportunity to be in the presence of such a glowing star of our industry. — Dick Gaylord, 2008 President

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