Last Tuesday, I joined my fellow NAR officers for the inaugural festivities in Washington, D.C. Two things struck me about the event:
One — The diversity of those in attendance, especially the young people.
Two — How well everyone got along. Even when we were standing in long lines out in the cold, people were so helpful and respectful of one another.
The messages that our 44th President, Barack Obama, conveyed in his remarks were very relevant to REALTORS®: We are in this together. We have challenges. It’s not business as usual. We have to work together better than we have in the past.
The seriousness and focus that President Obama demonstrated reminded me very much of the things we talked about in our association last year. It also reminded me that we need to continue our push to get young members to engage in the association. They are the future.
Last year, I asked Mark Foreman, 2006 President of the Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, to serve as VP & Liaison to Committees. Although Mark did not have previous experience at the national leadership level, he is very smart (a graduate of Yale University) and turned out to be one of the best leaders in the association. His success is a lesson on the value in giving a smart, young member the chance to serve in a new position.
I was truly amazed by everything I experienced on Inauguration Day, and I returned to California inspired to work hard and do more for our members and our nation. I hope each and every member will join me in following President Obama’s call for us to serve — by serving our communities and our association. We are in this “All Together.” — Dick Gaylord, 2009 Immediate Past President