Committee Volunteer Form

Call for Volunteers!

Enhance your membership experience and make a difference! You’re invited to answer our Call for Volunteers beginning on Wednesday, June 1.  Volunteer Application Form.

Why participate?

Volunteer contributions make it possible for MAR to fulfill our mission and advance the REALTOR® profession. We are currently seeking dedicated members to serve on our committees beginning October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017. Volunteer committees assist MAR in identifying industry issues, help preserve the right to own, transfer, and use real property, as well as participate in the work of MAR in partnership with staff. 

How to participate:

We need your skills, talent, and expertise to build an energetic and inclusive group of volunteer members. To find an opportunity that interests you go scroll down to see committee descriptions. If you find an opportunity that interests you, click on the title and review the requirements. Please check to see whether a committee has prerequisites and determine if you meet those requirements. Your responses will be carefully considered to help us seat the most appropriate, diverse, and inclusive teams possible. 

If you are a current committee member and wish to remain on your current committee for 2016 – 2017, you must complete the Volunteer Request form to indicate your continued interest in volunteering.

What you get in return:

Volunteering is a great way to get rewarding personal and professional development experiences.  Please consider what you can offer to MAR and help influence change and improvements in the industry and REALTOR® profession.

The deadline for responding to this Call for Volunteers is July 5.  Volunteer Application Form

 

Annual Conference

Mission: Plan and develop a program of activities for the Annual Conference to provide educational programs, professional development and networking opportunities for the Association members.  Committee members may be called upon to help participate in garnering revenue to reach monetary goals.  
Staff Contacts:  Melissa Lutz
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By-Laws

Mission: Review Association by-laws when directed by the Board of Directors or Executive Committee, and propose by-law language and changes.  Resolve issues of organizational structure and governance for Association compliance with NAR and MAR policies and federal and state laws. 
Staff Contacts:  Kathleen Dartez, Tracy Powelson, Angela Leeper
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CARE

Mission: Identify and recognize outstanding contributions by REALTOR® members in serving their community at large and through their local boards and associations. 
Staff Contact:  Melissa Lutz
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Commercial Alliance

Mission:  To provide a forum for commercial REALTORS® to enhance the recognition of commercial REALTORS®; to provide educational opportunities for commercial REALTORS®; and to monitor and influence public policy matters affecting commercial real estate. 
Staff Contacts:  Kathleen Dartez, Jason Brand, Staff Assistant
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Communications and Public Relations

Mission: Develop and implement programs for internal membership and external public contact.  Develop an annual schedule of webinars; suggesting presenters and topics with broad appeal for all members and provide technical education and substantive business training.  The Committee reviews and annually develops the editorial calendar for the Maryland REALTOR® magazine, recommends MAR website enhancements and the MAR social media presence, and reviews and recommends member benefits that will provide value to members. 
Staff Contact:  Melissa Lutz
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Housing Affordability and Equal Opportunity 

Mission: Develop and recommend policies promoting equal opportunity in housing and real estate, encourage partnerships with other organizations, and develop and implement programs promoting equal opportunity awareness among members and the public.  To create and preserve housing affordability and opportunities by partnering with a wide range of providers, government entities and local REALTOR® associations.  
Staff Contacts:  Laurie Benner, Angela Leeper
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Global Business

Mission: To explore and build global business opportunities and relationships for association members – commercial as well as residential practitioners – through educational events, communications and networking. 
Staff Contacts:  Laurie Benner, Angela Leeper
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Grievance

Mission: Examine complaints of unethical conduct and requests for arbitration from local Boards/Associations, either through direct requests or through MAR’s local Boards/Associations Professional Standards Service Program to determine whether the complaint is proper, improper or has sufficient substance or merit.  When all the information is gathered, the Committee decides whether a hearing is warranted, or the complaint should be dismissed or referred back to the complainant to be resubmitted in a proper form. 
Staff Contact:  Don Martin
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Issue Mobilization

Mission:  Evaluate issue mobilization requests presented by local REALTOR® Boards and Associations to determine whether they will effectively promote REALTOR® policy.  Determine whether MAR should fund or participate in a local issue mobilization effort.  Set criteria that local Boards and Associations must meet to access Issue Mobilization funds.  Provide oversight to issue mobilization efforts initiated by MAR.  Set policy and procedures for reviewing and managing requests. 
Staff Contacts:  Bill Castelli, Mark Feinroth, Susan Mitchell
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Leadership Academy Advisory Group

Mission:  The MAR Leadership Academy is dedicated to broadening and enhancing the leadership skills and capabilities of a blend of real estate professionals to prepare them to assume leadership roles within the industry and community. 
Staff Contacts:  Lisa Kinsman, Lisa Haynes
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Legislative

Mission: Assess the impact of specific bills on the real estate industry, and based on upon MAR policy and legislative agenda, determine whether MAR will support or oppose those bills.  The Committee works directly with MAR lobbyists in advancing the pro-real estate legislation and opposing the anti-real estate legislation. 
Staff Contacts:  Bill Castelli, Mark Feinroth, Susan Mitchell
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Mediation Oversight Advisory Group

Mission:  Work in concert with the MAR Mediation Service Provider to recommend, develop, and evaluate the MAR Mediation service program and mediation panelists. The Committee assists in the marketing plan and its implementation to involve and educate those to participate in the program. 
Staff Contacts:  Lisa Kinsman, Lisa Haynes
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Professional Standards

Mission: Develop programs on the NAR Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, advise local Boards/Associations on interpretation of the Code of Ethics.  Provide arbitration or hearing panels in cases where local Boards/Associations cannot adequately conduct hearings.
Staff Contact:  Don Martin
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Public Policy

Mission:  Develop and recommend MAR policy on real estate issues and a legislative and regulatory agenda for staff and the Legislative committee to pursue and implement.  The committee is composed of broker-owners or their representatives and up to 20% active practitioners. 
Staff Contacts:  Bill Castelli, Susan Mitchell, Mark Feinroth
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Real Property Operations

Mission:  To advise the MAR President and Leadership with regard to real property owned by the Association on matters including proposed leases for commercial tenants; extensions of existing leases; the value of and tenancy for commercial space offered; and other matters related to ownership and maintenance.  The Real Property Operations Committee provides oversight of the 200 Truman Parkway Building, including MAR’s occupancy strategy. 
Staff Contacts:  Kathleen Dartez, Tracy Powelson
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REALTOR® Institute Advisory Group (GRI)

Mission:  Administer courses for the GRI Designation; recommend instructors, subjects, scheduling formats and assist in promoting the GRI program.  The Instructor Review Subcommittee monitors and counsels instructors and reviews current programs. 
Staff Contacts: 
Lisa Kinsman, Lisa Haynes
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Statewide Forms

Mission:  Review all MAR contracts and addenda regarding the sale of property to determine changes, additions, or deletions due to legislative actions and industry practice with the goal of having a large majority of firms use the MAR forms. Committee members are broker-owners or designees, and up to 20% of the membership may be comprised of non-owner practitioners. The Committee is responsible for having all forms reviewed by MAR legal counsel prior to release. Staff Contacts:  Colette Massengale, Kathleen Dartez

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