January 19, 2022

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The Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS®  Mission: (“Promote professionalism, property rights and real estate ownership.”) is located in Baxter, Minnesota and is made up of over 550 REALTORS® and over 60 Affiliates who service Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena Counties. The Association is governed by a Board of Directors made up of Association Members and Affiliates. The members of this Association adhere to a strict ethical code; as well foster the education of our Membership. The Association provides services to Members including access to the Multiple Listing System (MLS) which houses the listings of our Members and soon will include listings from around the state of Minnesota. Other services include education, networking opportunities,  Association website, and a weekly email and monthly newsletter.  If you are in need of a vacation home or a permanent place to live, contact one of the REALTORS® in this area.They have a very specific Code of Ethics

Dolly Matten began by announcing she was a Rotarian and opening herself up to hassling from the peanut gallery.  She found out that we all know Joe.  She explained the steps to becoming a real estate agent including   the pre licensing course , and taking a state exam.  The term realtor is not synonymous with real estate agent.  It is a licensed  term for a person who belongs to three different associations-local, state, and national.  They have strategic plans, operating strategies.  Their association is a big territory.  She very much emphasized the code of ethics and how important they are to most realtors.  The state association deals with grievances at a state level so they are consistent throughout the state. 

The consumer, the client and the realtor are all interchanged and important in her portrait of a realtor’s every day attitude.  There are separate licenses for each state.  Realtors abide by the code, the real estate licensee is not obligated to do that.  .  She gave a funny demonstration of the door opening dilemma which was a result of someone telling her all he needed from her was the key for the door lock.   Sales is not the only purpose of a license.  There are many other sections like title work available.  Her presentation contained some great humor.  The real estate association and the realtor are two very different things.  Their organization is working on being more user friendly for the consumer.  There are 4.5 million members to the association nationwide.  They look for people who are advocates for consumers.  She called realtors the Purple Party.  She talked about the governor insisting that they needed to cease open houses,  She talked about their influence on redistricting efforts to make politics work better.  They work at building a good relationship with the local government. 

Realtors know what is going on in their community.  Fifty percent are making less than $10,000 a year.  For many it is a second career.  They are very consistent voters.  They are revamping their website.  Right now they have one month of inventory because of the sellers market which is usually 6 months out.  She offered some tips which are available on their website for buying and selling.  Social media is now considered for sanctions from local and state organizations.  She mentioned her experience on planning and zoning and how much she learned from it.  Nikki asked her about what they are doing to help out school high school graduates get involved.  She recommended part time work.

Board Report
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August 2021 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

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Nikki is looking for a group for the marketing and publicity committee to help promote the club and help with the website review. 

Volunteers to help with flags january 29th needed, let JD know right away if you can help.

The Sertoma Mariucci Fiesta is on, please keep The date on your calendar  -June 17th.  It will not necessarily be the totally traditional format and has lots of time to plan some new exciting formats.

Eric is looking to train in his replacement NOW please consider becoming Sertoma Secretary

JD is looking for candidates for Sertoman of the Year and Service to Mankind

Kinship Partners is looking for lunch buddies contact Heather Aanes 2184548011Crosby, Pequot, Staples-Motley, Brainerd

Beth is selling $25 tickets including drink tickets and a prize.  The tickets are good through Feb and March. 

Forest View canceled their vision and hearing screening for this year

Upcoming Events

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Brainerd Area
Sertoma Club Calendar
Got a big event coming up—want to let everyone know?Please send to Pam Sachs and it will be posted.
Blue Ticket Winner
Mary Marana
Pot-O-Gold Winner
Would have been Ben Sommers
Members – 25
Guests – 1
Guests: Dolly Matten from the Greater Lakes Association of Realtors
* Everyone is encouraged to bring potential members to a Sertoma meeting with the Club picking up the cost. However, you will be billed $11.00 for any other guests.

Sertoma Frequently Asked Questions PDF

Greeter Schedule
As greeter you have several duties. You need to arrive about 10 minutes early. It is your job to greet people, help them find their badges and sell them a ticket if they wish to participate. The money collected must be divided by the Greeters equally–half goes to the Current Club Treasurer for the social committee and half goes to the Club President along with the bucket of tickets. Greeter duties now include handing out the volunteer cards to everyone as they come in the door. They will still be collected in the bucket with the badges or can be submitted to the treasurer. Be there by 11:45 and call somebody to substitute for you if you can’t be there.
5 Craig Dunmire John Raboin
13 Susie Alters Karen Pederson
19 Joe Enge Bob Nibbe
26 Pam Finch Karla Nelson  

2 Les Franz Karen Munsterteiger
9 Veronica Franzen Ron Morris
16 Ashley Gilson Jim Mayne
23 Tim Frederickson Jackie Mc Call

2 Kevin Goedker
9 Jim Grant Mary Marana
16 Nick Haglin Nikki Lyter
23 Russ Hale Brian Lehman
30 Matt Hannekin Brad Kohorst

6 Jonathan Howard Mike Larson
13 Becky Johannes Eric Larson

Of Note
This is a great time to acknowledge what a gem Beth Burnard is in our club.  Between her and Eric Larson they do a great deal of the necessary work that keeps the club moving and shaking!!  Thank you both for making Sertoma a great place!!!!! Beth was very happy with the turnout and the Christmas event last week.

This is the link to the official Facebook page for the club. It will now be an interactive way for members to share pictures and comment on club activities. As with Walters Wacky Adventures Page–you can visit it without being a member of Facebook. Creating a Facebook account is easy and free. You can limit access to your page and just communicate with those people who are really your friends. Signing up is simple and by creating your “own” page you give yourself interactive abilities on the Brainerd Area Sertoma site. You can completely ignore your personal page if you wish. However, the profile and information pages may become THE way for us to update your data base information in the future. I am also totally available for phone consultations for people who want me to walk them through the Facebook site
Ditch Pick Photo AlbumRookie Party Photo Album

White Elephant Xmas Party

Business Notes
Rumor Corner
Sertoma Kids Bragging Rights
Jackie McCall still hasn’t enough time on her busy Wednesdays to come to a meeting.  We certainly hope she will attend our next social event!!  Anyway sharing her cute grandbaby picture this week.

This Weeks Humor
An Old Farmer’s Advice:

* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight, and bull-strong.

* Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance.

* Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

* A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

* Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.

* Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.

* Forgive your enemies.  It messes up their heads.

* Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

* It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

* You cannot unsay a cruel word.

* Every path has a few puddles.

* When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

* The best sermons are lived, not preached.

* Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen, anyway.

* Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

* Live a good, honorable life.  Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

* Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin’ you none.

* Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

* If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

* Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

* The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin”

* Always drink upstream from the herd.

* Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

* Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

* If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

* Live simply  Love generously.  Care deeply.  Speak kindly.

*Leave the rest to God.

News From Old Friends
Jim Hanson spends his winters in a nice warm place where he makes good use of his musical talents.  He was one of the mainstays of the Swingin Sertomans.  This famous local band came out of hiding mostly for Sertoma events around the state.  Their unique brand of humorous singing was very popular.  Two former members are still here in Sertoma with us–Les Franz and Bob Nibbe.  One of their more famous gigs was being invited to sing the Star Spangled Banner at the opening Twins game.many moons ago.  Sertoma gives its members a chance to expand their horizons and welcomes new ideas to continue to work and play hard in service to mankind. 

Nice to see Greg Straka somewhere warm and doing something he loves.  Greg was captain of the cooking team at the Mariucci Fiesta a few years and always part or the gang it takes to put out the food for the fiesta.

Lisa Lou Habermann was a great addition to Sertoma and we miss her. 

International News


Notes from your President JD Berns

Sertoma North Minnesota District

Roster Updates/Change of Information
Send any changes of business, address, phone or email. The roster will be updated and published at the beginning of each quarter.

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