October 2018 Newsletter

President's Message

Hello, EPBR Members,

Here we are in the 4th quarter already! But there is plenty to come before the end of the year.

Please support the Community Service Committee Food Drive. You can bring your donations to the Board office, hold collections in your office or neighborhood, and volunteer an hour or two to cover our community collection sights. It’s an easy thing to do that benefits so many in our communities. See more details in this newsletter.

Also, in this newsletter, see a breakdown of the 2019 dues. Even though there is an increase in the National and State portion, you’ll see our local dues remain the same again this year. When paying your dues, please include your RPAC contribution. This is an important piece in promoting our industry. Your RPAC dollars matter when we’re battling against things like a state tax on real estate commissions or the defunding of federal flood insurance subsidies.

The Strategic Plan Committee is wrapping up work on what you want to see in the future from our professional association. Thank you for your input that will set a clear direction and birth new initiatives.

Watch your email for upcoming changes as MRIS converts over to BRIGHT MLS next month. At the Annual Meeting we got a great overview including access to a parallel system we can play around in before the actual conversion. The new system will offer more features even while the subscription fees are reduced.

I hope to see you all at the Wine Tasting fundraiser on the 16th at Shepherd’s Cove! It will be a great evening of fun to raise money for the United Way. Don’t miss it!

Patti Sherwood


Autumn Burkholder – Autumn Burkholder
Adam Walter – Dan Ryan Builders
Lynn Kemper – Perry Wellington Realty
William G. Yost – Perry Wellington Realty
Megan DiGerlando – Compass West Realty
Phillip Mullenax – Keller Williams Eastern Panhandle


Is working hard to setup our annual food drive and will be asking members to volunteer an hour or two.  Please watch your email for more information coming soon.


We have some amazing silent auction items: Premier Jewelry, LuLaRoe, Spa Gift Packages, River Riders Tubing Gift Package, Purses, Wine, OH MY! And let’s not forget the Live Auction Items: Tarara Winery Summer Concert Series Package (worth $900), Weekend Stay at the Guest House at Graycliff Hall, Private Event Usage of the Pavilion at Graycliff Hall, Dinner for 8 Prepared and Served by Greg & Paula Miller!

$5.00 from every ticket sold goes into a pot for a Cash Prize drawing which will take place around 6:30pm on the night of event. MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!

You may contact any of the committee members Jenn Williams, Nancy Williams, Kara Burnett, Paula Miller and Donya Gamache to purchase tickets.

Wine Tasting Download (PDF)


Board of Directors Meeting 10/16/18 9:30am
Community Service Committee Meeting 10/18/18 9:20am
Strategic Plan Performance Council 10/25/18 12:00pm
Sentrilock Training 10/25/18 2:00pm


Please notify the Board Office of any change in Brokerage, address, email or any other information so that we may update our records. This is extremely important during dues renewal time. We don’t want your membership to lapse because you didn’t receive you invoice.  Notification can be made by a simple email to jenamcdonald@epbr.net or tinafleece@epbr.net.

2019 DUES

Dues billing orders have been sent to your Broker. Orders are available for payment online.  Please remember, some REALTOR® members will have two invoices because of the NAR and WVAR Dues increase. Total dues for 2019 is $909.00 which includes the voluntary RPAC contribution and you Sentrilock Service.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Board Office.

You may not know that all of your due’s dollars are not kept at EPBR.  Here is a breakdown to show you where they go:

  • NAR Dues – $150.00
  • NAR AD assessment – $ 35.00
  • RPAC Contribution – $ 25.00
  • WVAR Dues – $225.00
  • EPBR Dues – $275.00
  • Sentrilock Service – $199.00

SentriLock Tip

TIP: You have called Support, they diagnose your lockbox battery needs to be replaced and they have advised that you will need the Power Paddle.  You don’t have to go to the Board Office to obtain the paddle.  ERA Liberty in Jefferson County and Coldwell Banker in Morgan County have a Power Paddle that can be checked out.

REMEMBER… Anytime you have an issue with your Sentrilock whether it is a lockbox, SentriCard or SentriSmart App -Please ALWAYS call Support first 513-618-5800. They will be able to troubleshoot the problem and provide instructions for you.

In order to keep your information up to date, please notify the Board Office of any change in brokerage, mailing address, email or any other information so we can update our records. Notification can be made by a simple email to jenamcdonald@epbr.net or tinafleece@epbr.net.