Committees *REALTORS ONLY Professional / Education Development Committee Description Professional/Education Development Purpose: To improve the WCAR® Board of Directors' operations by reminding Board members to alert new potential members. In doing so, this committee will help increase membership, expand member benefits, maintain a file of potential members, and serve as the committee to nominate persons for membership and encourage members to attend state and national meetings to help them understand and carry out their job more efficiently. And to select and promote educational events to meet the members' needs for professional development and continuing education. Committee members will facilitate the growth and perception of the real estate profession and promote the importance of the REALTOR® Code of Ethics standards. *Building and Grounds Committee Description *Building/Grounds Purpose: To oversee maintenance and make recommendations of enhancements to any buildings and grounds owned or controlled by the Association. In doing so, committee members will prepare and propose a yearly budget to accomplish these goals, in addition to creating a pre-approved list of contractors to be used when required.*This committee meets annually and as needed. Community Outreach Committee Description Community Outreach Purpose: To promote the image of REALTORS® in the community through the use of positive publicity. This committee also assists the AE/Board of Directors in developing methods to communicate important information directly to members and affiliates. It focuses on recognizing member accomplishments and encouraging member participation in association activities. The committee will encourage association members to be actively involved in community affairs and conduct community service activities to publicize and promote the REALTOR® brand. Examples may include heightening community investment through organizing human resources, such as assisting Habitat for Humanity in building, or fundraising for the benefit of local charities, Adopt A Highway, A brush with kindness, and community organizations. (United Way within Counties) To work with the AE/Board of Directors and make aware of events, charities, local news media, etc., of their respective county. These individuals will also help in welcoming new offices and members to the WCAR family and informing the Association Executive of new real estate offices in the area *Delegates Committee Description *WCAR Delegates The President and the President-Elect shall serve as the Delegates to the state and national associations. If necessary, an alternate shall be appointed by the President from within the Board of Directors. The Delegates shall be informed of the activities and operations of the state and national associations and prepare for Caucuses and Delegate Body meetings so that they are in a position to make informed decisions. From time to time, the Delegates may be instructed to vote in a specific manner by the Board of Directors and are duty-bound to do so. *Finance Committee Description *Finance Develop and prepare with the AE, the Association's annual financial budget. Review monthly reports prepared by the CEO and make a recommendation to the board of directors. Evaluate financial requests and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors. Expand on current non-dues income items, partner with other WCAR Committees to complete tasks, partner with other associations and organizations to complete tasks, establish committee directed task forces, as needed, to develop ways to institute new revenue sources, focus on long term sources of income rather than short, quick ones and refrain from creating new income sources that take away business from current members and affiliates. Golf Outing / GMM Planning Committee Description Events Purpose: WCAR Scholarship Fund - To plan social and special events for the Association, including (but not limited to) the WCAR annual meeting, golf outing, etc., and to encourage involvement in these events.*This committee meets quarterly and as needed. *Grievance Committee Committee Description *Grievance The Grievance Committee is responsible for investigating and making preliminary evaluations of ethics complaints and arbitration requests to determine if a Professional Standards tribunal hearing is warranted. The committee operates under procedures outlined in the Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual of the National Association of REALTORS®. The chair is selected at the time of need.*This committee meets as needed. Committee members must attend a Professional Standards class, set up annually *MichRIC Managers Committee Description *MichRIC Managers Formed in 1996, MichRIC® utilizes collective buying power to reduce expenses and eliminate barriers between twelve (12) REALTOR® Boards/Associations in the State of Michigan. MichRIC® is committed to empowering REALTORS® and their clients through innovative technology and accurate data. Each Board/Association appoints two (2) Managers to serve on the MichRIC Board of Managers. Collectively they represent the over 8,500 MichRIC subscribers. Managers are the governing board of MichRIC. MichRIC Managers work together to make the decisions that best position their subscribers for success and provide direction for the MichRIC entity. *MichRIC Specifications Committee Description *MichRIC Specifications MichRIC Managers appoint members of this committee.Purpose: To review and make recommendations concerning the MichRIC database. This committee will also recommend changes to any rules concerning the use of such data (i.e., Broker Reciprocity Program). Additionally, committee members will research and provide recommendations to the Managers on any topics referred to them by the Managers.*This committee meets as needed and as recommended by the MichRIC Managers. *MLS Committee Committee Description *MLS Committee 2-year term, seven members, All Brokers.Purpose: To review, propose, adopt, amend the MLS Rules and Regulations, and propose fees and fines subject to review and approval by the Board of Directors.*This committee typically meets quarterly but will meet monthly until specific goals are achieved. Nominating and Scholarship Committee Description Nominating and Scholarship Purpose: To review nominations for the "REALTOR® of the Year" Award and "REALTOR® Active in Politics" Award and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. This committee will also compile nominations for the election of the Board of Directors. This committee will review the scholarship applications and recommend recipients to CEO. *This committee meets annually and as needed or as recommended by the Board of Directors. *Professional Standards Committee Description *Professional Standards The Professional Standards Committee operates under the procedures outlined in the Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual of the National Association of REALTORS® (as amended to conform with Michigan law by legal counsel of Michigan REALTORS®). This "Committee" is charged with enforcement of the Realtor Code of Ethics and hearing Arbitration Requests through professional standards hearings. It is assigned to listen to ethics complaints referred to the Grievance Committee and afford due process in all proceedings.*This committee meets as needed. Committee members must attend a Professional Standards class, set up annually. y RPAC Involvement Committee Description RPAC Involvement Purpose: To establish and maintain membership involvement in local, state, and national legislative issues, in addition to developing and implementing programs to meet local RPAC fundraising goals. This committee shall guard and promote the real estate industry's interests before all legislative bodies and perform other duties about legislation affecting real property and the Licensing Act.*This committee meets quarterly and as needed. West Michigan Regional Forms Committee Description West Michigan Regional Forms The West Michigan Regional Forms Committee is comprised of representatives from 7 local Associations – Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, Mason/Oceana/Manistee, Montcalm, West Central, Southwest and the West Michigan Lakeshore. I have attached the policy governing voting for your reference. The Committee meets once per month (if needed) at the GRAR office (660 Kenmoor Ave. SE, Grand Rapids). The meetings are no more than 2 hours in length. The purpose of the Committee is to review, evaluate, add to, or modify (as needed) the inventory of forms within our West Michigan Regional Library.