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R-BAR committee volunteers are invaluable to the future of the association. Ever wonder why the association does or doesn't do something, how R-BAR planned a certain event, or who was involved in a decision? R-BAR is led by its members. Committees put forth recommendations to the Board of Directors throughout the year. Committees plan association events, coordinate community outreach initiatives, weigh in on member benefits, vet policies and oversee government relations. Committee members work together and dedicate their time for the greater good of the association and it's membership, the communities we serve and the real estate industry in general. Serving on a committee or task force is a great way to build relations with more REALTORS® and affiliated business members. There are many opportunities for involvement here at R-BAR. Opportunities for new members, veteran members, those able to commit to a long-range, comprehensive mission, or those who are focused on one specific event or task. We welcome you to explore any committee(s) or task force you may be interested in. Become an influential voice in the direction of the association by joining a committee or task force today!

The following committees and task force are open to all members:

                    

 

Affiliate Advisory Committee

Our affiliate members support and assist REALTORS® to better serve clients and consumers. R-BAR aims to provide affiliate business partners with high quality resources, networking and advertising services. Help the association work to strengthen relationships with current affiliate members, expand membership and plan new opportunities to support R-BAR business partners.

This committee meets quarterly. 

Staff Liaison: Brittney Baker Shurr - Brittney@RealEstateInBerks.com 


Diversity and Development Committee

Create & carry out plans for educational seminars, designation classes, & new member orientation while working to identify and address diversity, equity and inclusion challenges that exist within our membership, the community and industry at large. The committee aims to:

    • Expand knowledge of fair housing laws and protections through educational opportunities and partnerships
    • Cultivate diverse leadership & an inclusive environment that adequately represents the demographics of our communities and the membership at large
    • Convey important information about changing educational requirements rules and regulations
    • Identify potential educational topics of interest and knowledge-based gaps that exist within the membership
    • Serves as an ambassador to minority real estate organizations and business league chapters throughout Berks County

This committee meets monthly.

Staff Liaison: John Savant - JohnS@RealEstateInBerks.com


Entertainment Committee

Plans and executes R-BAR social events, membership meetings and networking opportunities throughout the year. This committee coordinates fun R-BAR membership activities such as: the annual holiday luncheon and membership meeting, annual golf tournament, women’s golf clinic, the annual picnic and more. If you are creative and outgoing or are familiar with Berks County dining or event planning, consider joining this committee! The committee also manages events for the Young Professionals Network. 

Typically meets on second Wednesday of the month at 11:00 am  

Staff Liaison: Kathy Stoica – KathyS@RealEstateInBerks.com 


Government Affairs Committee

Works with local, state & federal officials to advocate the interests of REALTORS® and defends the rights of private property owners. The committee also promotes housing affordability, access and opportunity. The committee assists in fundraising & awareness of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee. 

Typically meets on second Wednesday of the month at 1:30 pm 

Staff Liaison: John Savant - JohnS@RealEstateInBerks.com 


Outreach Committee 

To plan and implement public service projects and functions. Enhance the positive perception and public awareness of REALTORS® and the value of their services. To provide support to relevant charities and community programs. 

The committee typically plans the following projects: 

  • Easter Baskets for Berks
  • Blood Drive
  • Annual Shredding Event
  • Food Drive
  • Meals on Wheels on Thanksgiving Day
  • Angel Tree gifts for the Children's Home 
  • R-BAR's REALTOR® Ring Day

Typically meets on first Wednesday of the month at 1 pm 

Staff Liaison: Brittney Baker Shurr – Brittney@RealEstateInBerks.com  


Run for Shelter 5K Task Force 

A task force of the Outreach Committee, The Run for Shelter 5K Task Force plans all aspects of R-BAR's 5K Run for Shelter benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Berks County and Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Berks, Inc.   

Staff Liaison: Brittney Baker Shurr – Brittney@RealEstateInBerks.com  


The following committees are appointed by the R-BAR Board of Directors or President: 

    

Finance Committee

  • Reviews monthly financial reports and investments
  • Monitors association spending policy
  • Oversees annual budget preparation and capital improvements
  • Investigates new vendor service contracts

This committee meets monthly to provide financial advisement and recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding financial oversight.


Professional Standards Committee

  • Required to complete PAR Professional Standards training annually
  • Reviews potential ethics violations submitted by members of the association and/or consumers
  • Holds hearings and arbitrates disputes when warranted
  • Determines appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with the NAR Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual

This committee meets as needed.