SAR April Roundup |

SAR April Roundup


The month of April was a very busy time for your association board of directors and staff. We have all been busy trying to provide a better service to both you, our members, and to the community. Once again, we had an outstanding turnout for our April Membership Meeting held at the Holiday Inn.

Tucker Hart-Adams was our guest speaker giving us her factual spin on the state and national economy. While she admitted that most of her statistics did not reflect a true mountain and resort economy, the rest of the state will have a tough year ahead until we get through the election process. There was discussion regarding the I-70 Corridor issue and how a toll fee will or will not affect our mountain economy. Overall, she speculates that by early 2009, the housing and mortgage crisis will settle down and the economy should start bouncing back.

Of the greatest importance and reward was the SAR annual opportunity to participate in the Scholarship night at the Summit County High School. Jack Carpenter, your Director for the Keystone area, is the chair of this committee this year and did a remarkable job working with the counselors and administration to prepare for the evenings awards.

Jack’s committee consisted of Sue Frank, our CEO and I. We deliberated over so many worthy applicants to determine the final scholarship award winners. We gave out 10 separate scholarships totaling $6,000, to the Summit High School applicants. Jack continues to work with the Park County school district to award scholarships in that area. This is a time when you see the true gift of giving. With over $300,000 in scholarships awarded that evening, it truly shows what dedicated individuals and organizations are represented throughout our community.

The Summit Association of Realtors is representative of that purpose through our contributions to this effort as well as other events throughout the year. This is all done on your behalf and you, as members of this association, are to be recognized and honored for all that you do to make this possible. So, “hats off to you”, for being a member and supporter of our great organization.

And speaking of hats, we are having our 7th annual fundraiser to generate as much support and funds to the Summit Housing Authority’s down payment assistance program. The June 6 Fashion Show “House of Style” event is in the full planning stage. This year’s committee chair is Margaret Miller. Margaret has pulled together an awesome group of volunteers this year to create a new spin to this year’s event.

And, this year, we have a goal that we must achieve. We WILL donate a minimum of $25,000 to the Summit County Housing Authority for the specific purpose of helping locals with down payment assistance. We want to do all we can to help our local community members realize the dream of home ownership. And, they need our help. We will also be “passing the hat” to ask you and anyone you know to help in this event. If you do not have the desire to attend the June 6 event, or you have a conflict in your schedule, please support this very worthy effort by making whatever donation you can when you see the “hat for a home” campaign that will be coming “in your area soon!”

We can always use more assistance with this campaign and Fashion Show event so if you are interested, please call me at 970 333 0303. Just think what an impact we could make to our community if all 700 realtor members gave $25 to the “pass the hat” campaign. With the additional proceeds of the evening’s event, we could truly make a difference in helping the dream of home ownership become a reality here at home. I hope you are all enjoying this locals favorite month of May. Maybe we will all run into each other at 2fers. What a great time to experience a restaurant that was too busy to dine at during the winter. Enjoy the downtime and prepare for another very busy summer.

Remember: “You must believe in yourself first, your product equally, and the idea that you “will” whatever comes your way”. Bring it on!! …unknown

Don’t forget the CAR Summer Conference will be held at Keystone Resort June 16 – 19. Register online at

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