August 2018Chairman’s Update from the 2018 TREPAC Chairman, David Alan CoxCan you believe we have a little less than two months to go in the 2018 TREPAC year!? We’ve accomplished so much this year, but now is not the time to rest on our laurels. There is still so much to do between now and October 1 (deadline extended due to weekend).  In all, we have raised over $3.7 million with 47% participation among Texas REALTORS®. Let’s keep the momentum going!Now is the time to assess your 2018 business plans and make adjustments as necessary. Don’t forget: from office visits to Major Investor events, we are here to help you exceed your goals this year!The voice of Texas REALTORS® was heard loudly in the Texas Primary Elections. Now we have to finish strong with the General Elections in November. Voting for TREPAC-supported candidates is essential to protect the real estate industry as we head into the 86th Legislative Session.Let’s keep up the great work!

David Alan Cox
2018 TREPAC Chairman

ELECTIONS

All eyes are on the General Elections, and TREPAC is moving full speed ahead toward November.

The Trustees met in June to approve the first round of support for TREPAC-supported candidates, and will meet again in September during the Texas REALTORS® Conference. Thank you to all the local associations for your role in the candidate interview process! Your support will go a long way in helping to elect REALTOR® Champions!

Your voices are being heard from your hometown, all the way to Washington, D.C. and are making a difference across the nation!

TAR’s interactive voting guide at TexasRealtorsSupport.com is undergoing updates right now to reflect the TREPAC-supported candidates on your ballot for the November 6 election. We’ll let you know when the site is ready for show time.

Enter the TREPAC Video Contest & Win Big!

Lights, camera, action!

The TREPAC video contest is back by popular demand!

Submit your best TREPAC commercial by September 20 to enter the TREPAC Video Contest!

Last year’s winner wanted to “Pump You Up” for TREPAC and comes from the Lubbock Association of REALTORS®

Your video will be played and voted on LIVE at TREPAC/GA Orientation in October, then posted to YouTube to help local associations promote TREPAC!

Video submissions are due September 20. Click here for more details.

The search is on for the 2018 Spirit of TREPAC Award Winners!

The Spirit of TREPAC Award is given annually to Texas REALTORS® who have exhibited excellence at the local level during the year in one or more of the P.A.C criteria.

Nominations for the award may be made by:

  • Local associations (GAD, AE, board staff, etc.)
  • Texas REALTORS® Regional Field Representatives
  • TREPAC Trustees
  • Political Involvement Council members

Click here for more information on the award and nomination criteria.

Nominations for the 2018 Spirit of TREPAC Awards are due on September 20.

Last year’s award recipients were:

  • Chris Duff (Corpus Christi)
  • Nick Cantu (Greater McAllen)
  • Michelle Sherwood (Williamson County)
  • Mike Mengden (Houston)
  • Winn Sikes (Lubbock)
  • Scott Allison (San Angelo)
  • Susan Rodriguez (San Antonio)
  • Kim Howell (San Antonio)
  • Ruby Johnson (Austin)
  • Susan Horton (Austin)


Pictured above: Chris Duff, Nick Cantu, Martha Dent, Michelle Sherwood and Mike Mengden

Upcoming Events

September 7-10:
Texas REALTORS® Conference
San Antonio, TX
Housing deadline is August 22, 2018
Click here to view the conference site.

September 9 (during Texas REALTORS® Conference):
All are Invited:  TREPAC Night at the Alamo!
San Antonio, TX

The $110 Event ticket includes living history demonstration, dinner buffet and margaritas. Ticket price will be credited towards your 2018 TREPAC investment total and your primary association. Purchase your ticket when you register for the Texas REALTORS® Conference. Click here to download an event flier. Contact Eileen Wolf for more information.

October 10-11:
Registration is Open:  TREPAC/Governmental Affairs Orientation
Austin, TX

Registration is now open! Click here for the registration form

This year’s theme, “TREPAC Live,” will be an event you won’t want to miss. This is your opportunity to learn about TREPAC and help plan your 2019 TREPAC year. Leaders from other states will be in attendance to see why Texas is so successful. The secret is … your participation makes TREPAC/GA Orientation so special! Start planning who will represent your association.

The Orientation housing deadline is August 30, which is before the Texas REALTORS® Conference (or when the room block is full, whichever occurs first). Don’t delay—register now.

Contact Eileen Wolf at 512-370-2161 for questions regarding registration. We look forward to seeing all of you in Austin, October 10-11!

Special “TREPAC Live” video message from TREPAC:

November 2-5:
REALTORS® Conference & Expo:
Boston, MA

It’s time to register for the NAR Annual Conference in Boston! If you’re attending this year, NAR is hosting a 5k benefiting the REALTOR® Relief fund, so make sure to sign up for TEAM TEXAS.

Don’t like to run? No problem! Donate $50 to the relief fund under Team Texas and help give back to those who came to our aide during Hurricane Harvey.

Contact Leslie Cantu for more information on this exciting event!

AE Corner

What auction item are you bringing to the Texas REALTORS® Conference?

The TREPAC online auction held during the Texas REALTORS® Conference will provide an extra opportunity for you to boost your 2018 fundraising totals. We’re counting on you to bring some great items to draw in the big bids. Click here to view the exciting items received so far.

Submit details of your auction item to Melissa Vazquez. We would love to promote the items on the auction site. The deadline to submit information is close of business on Wednesday, September 5. Contact us no later than Wednesday, August 22 if your item contains alcohol.

Items may be shipped to the Texas Association of REALTORS® office, ATTN:  Melissa Vazquez at 1115 San Jacinto Blvd, Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78701 by Monday, September 3. Additionally, drop-off is available at the TREPAC booth #304 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on Sunday, September 9 at 10:30 a.m. when the Expo opens.

Credit for donated items will go to the donating association and the highest bidder. You may request a reimbursement from your association’s corporate dollars for the purchase of your item by submitting a TREPAC Corporate Reimbursement form. Reimbursement requests must be received by close of business Thursday, September 13.

Welcome to the new TREPAC.com !

We have revamped and reorganized the TREPAC website to be your one stop shop for all things TREPAC!

Our goal is to have everything you need in one easily navigable place! If you see something that’s missing, or something you’d like to see on the website, contact Dallas Reed.

TREPAC 5 for 5:

How many Brokerages and Affiliates have you certified this year? The Education Committee has challenged every Trustee to certify five brokerages and five affiliates this year! (Pictured: Bill Evans and Robert Wright from Austin, Texas)

Visit your Resources for TREPAC Leaders on our website for more information on these certifications, or contact Dallas Reed or your local TREPAC Trustee.

RPAC Wants to Help
Did you know RPAC has funds available to assist you in raising dollars for TREPAC? The RPAC Fundraising Grants help state and local associations increase their PAC fundraising receipts and PAC participation. Click here to apply today.  Associations may apply for grants of up to $5,000* to be used for fundraising purposes annually:

  • Fundraising event: auction, Miss RPAC contest, etc.
  • Fundraising video or DVD production and distribution
  • Production and distribution of fundraising materials
  • RPAC/TREPAC messaging for new member orientation

*Larger associations can receive up to $15,000

Two things to remember when applying for grants or customized materials:

  1. Contact Andrea Pennington to assist with the RPAC grant application process.
  2. For any messaging, make sure to use the TREPAC brand.


Have your Major Investors fulfilled their pledges?

Last year, Texas had 1,034 Major Investors, the most of any other state! We’ve stepped up our goal this year to reach 1,065, and we’re well on our way.

Over 18 associations have held Major Investor events this year. Now is the time to ensure all pledges are collected by the October 1 deadline to be counted for their 2018 investment and RPAC recognition. Please visit the AE dashboard to view detailed pledge information for the 2018 fundraising year.

Legal Corner

Do you have any legal questions? If so, make sure to submit your question for next month’s Legal Corner.

Fundraiser of the Month:  El Paso Rocks
Last month, the Greater El Paso Association of REALTORS® held a fantastic Major Investor event at the Historic Plaza Theatre!

The theater, built in 1930 and restored to its original atmospheric theater splendor in 2006, was the backdrop for a very successful event where 27 attendees raised over $10,000. Fourteen attendees were either new Major Investors or stepped up to the next level!

For more information about this event or for inspiration about hosting your own fundraiser, contact Eileen Wolf.

Spread the word!

Stay connected:
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