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Looking Back & Beyond

What a great year 2017 has been for Women’s Council of Realtors Hill Country. I have thoroughly enjoyed being President and was blessed to have a wonderful executive team to work with me.  Together we were able to grow our Network membership by 25% and to increase the benefits that our members receive from this wonderful organization.  My fabulous executive team was made up of the following outstanding ladies: Jan Boyle, President Elect; Raquel Calderon-Wallace, Secretary; Patti McDaniel, Treasurer; Pam Smartt, Membership Chair; Chyrel Madden, Scholarship and Presidential Advisor; M’Lissa Steel, Past President; and Pat Farrell, Parliamentarian.  Our Network would not be as successful as it is without the tremendous amount of time and energy these ladies have dedicated to it.
On Oct 26, we held our 7th Annual Bras for a Cause and all I can say is WOW!! What an event it was!  We had over 650 people in attendance and all money from our live and silent auctions that night went to Pink Warrior Angels. This is a local organization founded right here in New Braunfels which pairs someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently fighting the battle with an Angel, someone who has already fought this very difficult battle and is winning.  From their website: “Pink Warrior Angels is a non-profit organization founded by two breast cancer survivors diagnosed under the age of 40 who met by chance and felt extremely alone through their journey. Both survivors believed that there had to be a better way to find support and encouragement for newly diagnosed breast cancer survivors. Pink Warrior Angels was founded on the idea that no survivor should ever have to feel alone. Our volunteers (Angels) will provide different levels of support during the cancer treatment process including Chemo Comfort Bags, Mastectomy Comfort Kits, words of encouragement, financial assistance, and the knowledge gained through their own personal journey. In addition, we will provide invaluable various resources to assist breast cancer patients through their process and journey.”
Our Bras for a Cause committee set a goal of raising $85,000 to donate to this amazing organization.  But guess what?  We didn’t raise $85,000 we raised over $102,000!! Can you believe that? The guests that evening reached into their pockets to raise that $102,000+, all of which will stay local and be used to help make a very difficult situation just a little easier!  Please visit their website at http://pinkwarriorangels.org to learn more about how you can volunteer, donate or apply to receive help. Mark your calendars now for our 8th Annual Bras for a Cause scheduled for October 25, 2018!  
On November 16, 2017, we had our Installation for our 2018 officers with a theme, “A Fresh Beginning.” Women’s Council of Realtors is in the process of making many changes throughout the entire organization and our 2018 officers are ready to implement those changes. They have already held their planning meeting where they discussed the changes that will be happening in 2018.  They have planned for a variety of education classes, dynamic speakers and networking opportunities for members and potential new members.  Hill Country’s 2018 officers will be Jan Boyle, President, Raquel Calderon-Wallace, President Elect, Patti McDaniel, Treasurer, Jennifer Herbsleb, Secretary, Cindy Pena, Membership Director, and Cindy Goodwin, Program Director.  Also, at our Installation we recognized three outstanding members.  Michelle Haag was honored as “Member of the Year,” Pam Smartt as “Entrepreneur of the Year” and Mikaela Rios as “Affiliate of the Year.”  These three individuals have gone above and beyond to help make our Hill Country Network such a success! 
On December 12 we will close out 2017 when we honor our Strategic Partners at the Alamo Drafthouse. This will be a fun evening for all our members and their families as we watch the movie Elf!! If you have any questions or would like to join Women’s Council of Realtors Hill Country, feel free to contact me at 210-262-4776 or PDurocher@TheSmarttTeam.com

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