Over the past few months we have read in Florida REALTORS® publications advertisements featuring REALTORS® explaining why they give to RPAC. There have been some wonderful, informative, and profound testimonials. I found all the responses thought-provoking and, while I’ve been a contributor for many years, they made me want to be better.
Now I have a bigger question for you, Mr. and Mrs. REALTOR®, and I hope you will give it some sincere thought: Why haven’t you given? Please don’t tell me you don’t know what RPAC is. If you don’t know, call me and let’s talk; I promise I will never tell anyone that you are a REALTOR® who doesn’t know what RPAC is. If you dare not disclose that info to me, you can read about it online.
The Tallahassee Board of REALTORS® doubled its percentage of participants in RPAC last year. Thanks to all who participate, but it is 2013 and we need to kick it up a notch; we are working toward an all-time high goal of 50 percent participation. Florida REALTORS® has asked us to make it 37 percent… but Tallahassee doesn’t usually just do the minimum in anything, so let’s go for 50 percent.
Last year we had seven Sterling R members—those who gave at least $1,000 for the year. We also 99 who contributed $99 (part of the $99 Club), and three members who contributed $250 to $999. Did you know that many of our Board staff gave to RPAC in 2012, and have contributed again in 2013? What does that tell you about the importance of RPAC? Must be important, right?
The majority of contributors gave $15, and that is great because every time we collect at least $15 from a member, that increases our percentage goal. So come on, let’s get some $15 contributors on board! Many of you have given $5, $10, etc., this year. If you will please just add to the amount you have already given to make it $15, I can count you in the percentage and this will help.
The newly formed YPN Group has kicked off this year with a drive to help us make our percentage goal. Anyone that wants to be a part of the YPN, now sporting a new name—the Capitol Area YPN—is asked to complete an application, and must be an RPAC donor of at least $15.
Susan Gwynn, President of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® was so impressed with what she learned recently about RPAC that she has asked all her members to give $15 to RPAC. Thank you, WCR! And Lori Mattice, WCR member, is a new Sterling R contributor for 2013. Thanks Lori!
The RPAC Committee is asking each TBR member to contribute at least $15 to RPAC. And in keeping with our spirit of never doing the minimum, let’s increase $99 Club membership to 125 and Sterling R members to ten.
REALTORS® are involved; we do more than list and sell houses. We care about our communities, our state, and our country. Protecting private property rights is a big deal and your RPAC contributions help protect the private property rights of all, and helps insure you have the right to list and sell homes.
Giving to our profession is a practice in responsible giving; it is our responsibility. Talk this up at your committee meetings, social after-hours meetings with other agents, and at your office sales meetings. Agents, ask your broker if he gives; if he doesn’t, ask him why he doesn’t. You need to know who is supporting your business.
Chairman, RPAC Committee
Thomas Acquisition & Property Specialists