GSSBR Committees

If you feel that you are qualified for or interested in any of the below listed committees and would like to join it, please contact Roz Prizio at the GSSBR office for more information 603-965-3329. We appreciate your interest and participation!


Alternate NNEREN Director

Purpose:
To deal with matters affecting the membership regarding the statewide Multiple Listing Service and other member services.

Duties:

  1. To be kept current on the state of the NNEREN through reports from the Granite State South Board of REALTORS NNEREN Director or Alternate.
  2. To monitor the effectiveness of the NNEREN in regards to our membership and to make recommendations of possible changes that might benefit them.
  3. To be proactive in marketing membership services.
  4. To review agency issues.
  5. Review NNEREN Rules and Regulations and make suggestions for their improvement.
  6. Continue to educate members on NNEREN Rules & Regulations.
  7. Continue to strive to be competitive in cost and service.
  8. Encourage comments and suggestions from the membership with regard to maintaining a quality MLS, i.e. quality statistical information.
  9. Review applicable real estate forms.
  10. Review reports and existing contracts.

Membership:
Director and Alternate shall be a Granite State South Board of REALTORS REALTOR for 3 years and serve a team per the NNEREN by-laws. Stockholder Representative is the President of the Granite State South Board of REALTORS.

Meetings:
Monthly Director Meetings and 2 Stockholder meetings per year.


Awards Committee

Purpose:
The Awards Committee is charged with encouraging participation by members in the Honor Society program, awarding the GSSBR Memorial Scholarship and selecting the REALTOR of the Year. The Committee also recognizes members for outstanding contributions to the Board.

Duties:

A. Honor Society
  1. To assist members in the completion of the Honor Society applications and review all applications prior to their submission to the State Association.
  2. Chairperson recognizes Honor Society recipients at the May membership meeting.

B. GSSBR Memorial Scholarship
  1. Identify high schools and their deadlines for scholarship applications and coordinate for timely process.
  2. Plan a press release with notification of criteria for both scholarships and their deadlines. Application forms shall be posted on the www.gssbr.org website.
  3. Review all applications and select recipient.
  4. The scholarship shall be awarded at the May membership meeting.
  5. The Scholarship is funded through general funds or specific fundraising efforts.

C. Recognition
  1. Recognize past Presidents and outstanding achievements of REALTORS and Affiliate members.

D. REALTOR of the Year
  1. To encourage the membership to submit nominations for ROY.
  2. To award the ROTY to the member who best meets the established criteria. Chairperson to announce the ROTY award at the May membership meeting.

Additional Duties:
Chairperson in conjunction with Vice Chairperson shall submit budget, if any, for the following year to the Finance Committee by August 1st. Chairperson shall submit committee recommendations for future goals and projects to the Executive Officer by August 1st.

Membership:
Awards Committee shall consist of 6 members: Chair will be a past ROTY, 2 additional past ROTY's and a minimum of 3 members at large. The ROTY sub-committee will consist of the Awards Committee and shall be chaired by a past ROTY. Any Awards Committe member that is nominated for ROTY shall be excused and be replaced by an alternative member.

Meetings:
Convene in January and meet as needed until May.


Board of Directors

2014 Board of Directors


Bylaws Committee

Purpose:
The Bylaws Committee recommends updates to the Board bylaws to insure conformity with NAR requirements.

Duties:

  1. Review suggested changes to the by-laws.
  2. Submit recommended changes to the by-laws to the Board of Directors and membership for approval.
  3. Chairperson in conjunction with Vice Chairperson shall submit budget, if any, for the following year to the Finance Committee by August 1st.
  4. Chairperson shall submit Committee recommendations for future goals and projects to the Executive Officer by August 1st.

Membership:
A minimum of three (including Board Secretary). Preferred REALTOR experience - 3 years.

Meetings:
As needed to review any changes in the bylaws proposed by NAR.


Communications/Web Marketing Committee

Purpose:
To heighten member awareness of Board activities, industry trends, and member functions. To make "Boardtalk" a newsworthy, informational source for our membership. To promote REALTOR image and activities to the general public by news releases of meetings, awards, REALTOR of the Year, scholarships, and community service activities.

Duties:

A. Boardtalk
  1. Gather and edit material submitted for publication in Boardtalk, including committee activities, professional designations received by members, etc.
  2. To accept revenue from advertisers to fund a share of the cost of the publications. Introduce incentives to read "Boardtalk" and attend monthly meetings.
  3. Keep abreast of all REALTOR activities and distribute an annual calendar of educational courses held at the Board in Boardtalk.
  4. Printed copy of Boardtalk will be mailed to all offices (to either Designated REALTORS or Office Managers) and Affiliates. An electronic copy will be sent to each Granite State South Board of REALTORS member. It will also be posted on www.gssbr.org.
B. REALTOR Image
  1. Maintain and establish good working relationships with local news media in order to disseminate information that defines the term "REALTOR" and identifies "REALTORS" in the Board's jurisdiction to the general public and emphasize the roll of the REALTOR in the Real Estate transfer process. C. General 1. All releases to be submitted through the Committee Chair.
  2. Be responsible for photography at meetings and special events.
  3. To gather articles, photographs, etc. for the Board scrapbook.
  4. Chairperson in conjunction with Vice Chairperson shall submit budget, if any, for the following year to the Finance Committee by August 1st.
  5. Chairperson shall submit committee recommendations for future goals and projects to the Executive Officer by August 1st.

Membership:
A minimum of eight members with writing and/or photography skills.

Meetings:
As needed


Community Service Committee

Purpose:
Maintain and enhance the REALTOR image and awareness of the REALTOR organization through community service projects.

Duties:

  1. Continue to develop and run the Gold Tournament and other fundraisers.
  2. Seek beneficiaries for fundraising donations.
  3. Chairperson, in conjunction with Vice Chairperson shall submit budget, if any, for the following year to the Finance Committee by August 1st.
  4. Chairperson shall submit committee recommendations for future goals and projects to the Executive Officer by August 1st.

Membership:
Minimum of six members.

Meetings:
Several, with the first to be held no later than February 1st.


Computer Task Force Guidelines

Purpose:
To assure an ongoing and efficient computer system and GSSBR website.

Duties:

  1. To explore better usage of existing programs and research new programs.
  2. Keep GSSBR website and computer system current and relevant.
  3. To keep the Board of Directors informed concerning computer issues.
  4. To review reports and contracts with computer vendors.
  5. To help resolve any problems that arise with the computer system and website.
  6. Investigate and compile future capital expenditures for expansion of hardware and software products.
  7. Maintain links to current town information and Tech Hotline on the GSSBR website for member use.

Diversity Committee

Purpose:
To educate the membership about equal opportunity in housing and employment.

Duties:

  1. To assist and educate offices and membership in establishing nondiscriminatory practices. Utilize information from GSSBR and NHAR Library.
  2. To be responsible for insuring that the local publishers print on a quarterly basis the required Fair Housing notice provided by NHAR
  3. To notify offices of the posters and pamphlets for display available at NHAR.

Education/Orientation Committee

Purpose:
The Education Committee provides ongoing educational opportunities to members by organizing and presenting seminars and forums on timely and relevant topics. The Education Orientation Subcommittee conducts the required orientation bi-monthly and reviews and updates the course material.

Duties:

  1. Promote programs or topics that are relevant, interesting and informative for the monthly membership meetings.
  2. Promote and implement legal and governmental issues forums affecting our industry.
  3. Promote professional designations and acknowledge recipients.
  4. Conducts the required orientation (membership) courses for new REALTOR applicants, which is to be given on a regular basis as needed.
  5. Reviews and updates the orientation course materials and conforms to the standards set by NAR.
  6. Chairperson in conjunction with Vice Chairperson shall submit budget, if any, for the following year to the Finance Committee by August 1st.
  7. Chairperson shall submit committee recommendations for future goals and projects to the Executive Officer by August 1st.

Membership:
A minimum of ten (four of these should have teaching and/or public speaking experience to be utilized in the new member orientation program). NHREC and GSSBR must approve Code of Ethics instructors.

Meetings:
Monthly


Election Committee

Purpose:
To conduct the annual election of offices and directors as prescribed in the By-Laws.

Duties:

A. Prepare the ballot with the Executive Officer.
  1. Ballot shall be set up by position in descending order starting with the President.
  2. When there is more than on candidate for a position, their names shall appear in alphabetical order and without notation as to the origin of the nomination.
  3. If a candidate withdraws prior to the election, their name shall appear on the ballot with the notation "withdrawn".
B. Conduct the election
  1. A quorum consists of 10% of the REALTOR members eligible to vote.
  2. If positions for the slate of office are uncontested, then approval of the slate will be by voice vote only.
  3. If the election is being conducted with the use of a paper ballot, the following will be observed:
    a. The polls are to be open .5 hour before the annual meeting and shall remain open for a period of 1.5 hours.
    b. Prior to the balloting, the committee shall obtain a checklist of REALTOR members eligible to vote.
    c. Distribute one ballot to each REALTOR member present who is eligible to vote. Once the ballot has been distribute, a checkmark should be placed after the member's name.
    d. When the balloting is complete, the ballots shall be counted and written results given to the President for announcement.
    e. At the conclusion of the election, the checklist and ballots will be turned over to the Executive Officer.
    f. Should a candidate desire to know the voting count, they should be referred to the President who shall give this information to the candidate.

Membership:
Three members, plus an alternate.

Meetings:
As needed.


Finance Committee

Purpose:
To oversee the financial affairs of the Board. To act as liaison to Board on facilities/location issues.

Duties:

  1. To achieve and maintain continuing fiscal stability for the Board in areas of finance and facilities.
  2. Review and update the fiscal policy manual.
  3. To make sound investment recommendations to Board.
  4. To prepare the Board budgets, including profit and loss statements and capital needs, with the assistance of the Executive Office with input from and coordination with each committee in August for submission by October Board of Directors' meeting.
  5. Continue to strive to be competitive in cost and service.
  6. To assure the Board office location provides adequate space, a professional atmosphere and safe and accessible quarters for the membership and staff.
  7. Periodically review whether or not the quarters continue to meet the needs of the Board.
  8. Aid the Executive Officer in reviewing building documents and with negotiations.
  9. Chairperson shall submit committee recommendations for future goals and projects to the Executive Officer by August 1st.

Membership:
Seven members (including Secretary and Treasurer of the Board), The Treasurer chairs the Finance Committee. Members of the Finance Committee shall serve two year terms. Preferred experience - some financial experience.

Meetings:
Quarterly and as needed during the budgetary period.


Grievance Committee

Purpose:
To review disputes between REALTOR members or with the public, referring cases, when appropriate, to the Professional Standards Committee.

Duties:

  1. To receive formal complaints.
  2. To provide assistance to members or public when necessary.
  3. To ascertain the facts from all parties.
  4. If deemed valid, forward the complaint and all the supporting data to the Professional Standards Committee for Ethics or Arbitration hearings.
  5. Initiate professional standards complaints on behalf of the Board of Directors.
  6. All meetings shall be confidential, and all committee members shall be expected to conduct themselves with utmost discretion and professionalism at all times.
  7. Promote knowledge of the grievance process among members.
  8. Chairperson with Executive Officer shall coordinate the required annual Grievance Committee training program to be held as early in the year as possible.
  9. Chairperson in conjunction with Vice Chairperson shall submit budget, if any, for the following year to the Finance Committee by August 1st.
  10. Chairperson shall submit committee recommendations for future goals and projects to the Executive Officer by August 1st.

Membership:
A minimum of nine members will serve 3 year staggered terms. Members must have been REALTORS for a minimum of two years. Members shall attend a Grievance/Professional Standards or Code of Ethics workshop annually. There shall be a representation of both sales associates and principals. Members cannot serve on the Professional Standards Committee. No more than two members of the Board of Directors.

Meetings:
As needed. All members eligible to hear the complaint must be contact to attend the meeting. And odd number with a minimum of seven members must be present to hear a grievance complaint.


Mediators

Purpose:
To resolve controversy, promote amicable resolutions in an effort to avoid more formal and complex arbitrary procedures of the Board. Mediation is a free and voluntary service. The matter is deemed resolved only when reduced to writing and signed by all parties involved. At any point prior to reaching agreement, any party involved may draw from the proceedings.

Duties:

  1. Must be thoroughly conversant with the Board's arbitration procedures and the State Real Estate Rules and Regulations.

  2. Must attend a Professional Standards of Mediation workshop annually.

Membership:
Must have a minimum of five years as a REALTOR. Should be someone widely respected for fairness, experience and impartiality. Shall not serve concurrently as a member of the Grievance Committee, Professional Standards Committee or the Board of Directors. Must have previous experience on the Grievance or Professional Standards Committees.

Meetings:
As needed.


Membership Committee

Purpose:
To review applications for membership. To promote membership to all licensed non-members and to retain existing members.

Duties:

  1. To review all applications for membership, to ascertain that the criteria has been met.
  2. Market the REALTOR materials at all membership meetings.
  3. Encourage past members to apply for Honorary Membership and submit recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval.
  4. Continually recruit active licensees and seek to retain membership.
  5. Review REALTOR applications to identify unique talents, qualities, and experience that may be beneficial to the Board.
  6. Assure proper use of REALTOR logo and trademarks.
  7. Chairperson in conjunction with Vice Chairperson shall submit budget, if any, for the following year to the Finance Committee by August 1st.
  8. Chairperson shall submit committee recommendations for future foals and projects to the Board of Directors/Executive Officer by August 1st.

Membership:
A minimum of three.

Meetings:
Hold first meeting prior to January 31st and then as needed.


NNEREN Director

Purpose:
To deal with matters affecting the membership regarding the statewide Multiple Listing Service and other member services.

Duties:

  1. To be kept current on the state of the NNEREN through reports from the Granite State South Board of REALTORS NNEREN Director or Alternate.
  2. To monitor the effectiveness of the NNEREN in regards to our membership and to make recommendations of possible changes that might benefit them.
  3. To be proactive in marketing membership services.
  4. To review agency issues.
  5. Review NNEREN Rules and Regulations and make suggestions for their improvement.
  6. Continue to educate members on NNEREN Rules & Regulations.
  7. Continue to strive to be competitive in cost and service.
  8. Encourage comments and suggestions from the membership with regard to maintaining a quality MLS, i.e. quality statistical information.
  9. Review applicable real estate forms.
  10. Review reports and existing contracts.

Membership:
Director and Alternate shall be a Granite State South Board of REALTORS REALTOR for 3 years and serve a team per the NNEREN by-laws. Stockholder Representative is the President of the Granite State South Board of REALTORS.

Meetings:
Monthly Director Meetings and 2 Stockholder meetings per year.


Nominating Committee

Purpose:
To insure that the candidates are qualified for the positions they are seeking and that there is a qualified candidate for each position.

Duties:

  1. Solicit membership for candidates for each vacant position and request that written applications be submitted to the Board office by August 1st.
  2. Shall meet before the election to review all prospective nominees for consideration to insure that they meet the qualifications for the position they are seeking and to insure that there is at least one candidate for each position to be filled. The Nominating Committee may also nominate additional candidates.
  3. Insure that the slate of candidates is MAILED by the Granite State South Board of REALTORS office to the membership at least four weeks before the election.
  4. Accept and review petitions from additional candidates who wish for their names to appear on the ballot.
  5. Make sure notification of additional candidates is sent to all members eligible to vote at least one week before the election.

Membership:
Four members, one alternate and the President, who shall be Chairperson. No member of the Nominating Committee shall serve two years in succession. No appointed member shall be considered for nomination.

Meetings:
First meeting to be held in April and then meetings as needed.


Non-Dues Revenue

Information coming soon



Partnership Services Committee

Purpose:
To foster positive business relationships, support education and participate in community projects.

Duties:

  1. Plan, organize and present education programs to the membership in conjunction with the Education Committee and the Program/Hospitality Committees on real estate related topics.
  2. Foster positive business relationships between Affiliates and REALTORS through sponsorship of REALTOR programs.
  3. Assist the Community Service Committee through participation in community projects.
  4. Encourage expansion of Affiliate membership.
  5. Chairperson in conjunction with Vice Chairperson shall submit budget, if any, for the following year to the Finance Committee by August 1st.
  6. Chairperson shall submit committee recommendations for future goals and projects to the Executive Officer by August 1st.

Membership:
Requirement - Affiliate member. No limit.

Meetings:
Monthly


Professional Standards Committee

Purpose:
To conduct hearing on all grievances directed to them by the Executive Officer from the Grievance Committee.

Duties:

  1. Promote increased knowledge and understanding of the Code of Ethics to include grievance, professional standards and mediation and encourage mediation in arbitration disputes.
  2. The Committee shall hold hearings on both arbitration and ethics complaints. Should a complaint involve both arbitration and ethics, arbitration shall be handled first.
  3. The Committee Chairperson shall appoint a hearing panel for each hearing and shall be responsible for coordinating procedures with the Executive Officer to assure that the exact procedure is followed, as prescribed by the NAR Professional Standards Manual, and that due process is achieved.
  4. All hearings shall be confidential, and all panel members are expected to conduct themselves with discretion and professionalism.
  5. Chairperson with Executive Officer shall coordinate the required annual Professional Standards training program to be held as early in the year as possible.
  6. Chairperson in conjunction with the Vice Chairperson shall submit budget, if any, for the following year to the Finance Committee by August 1st.
  7. Chairperson shall submit committee recommendations for future goals and projects to the Executive Officer by August 1st.

Membership:
Minimum of nine members. Members shall have been a REALTOR for five years and shall meet the criteria and guidelines prescribed in the NAR Arbitration Manual. Members shall attend a Professional Standards workshop annually. There shall be representatives of both principals and associates and of offices of various sizes. Members cannot be on the Grievance Committee, Board of Directors or serve as Mediators.

Meetings:
As needed. Members eligible to hear the complaint must be contacted to attend the meeting. Hearing panels for professional standards complaints shall conform to all current NAR guidelines.


Program/Hospitality Committee

Purpose:
To plan programs for the year, focusing primarily on the membership meetings, keeping in mind that the purpose of the meeting is to broaden REALTORS' participation and knowledge.

Duties:

  1. Solicit program ideas from membership, Education and Communication committees and the Board of Directors. Three membership meetings or seminars should further real estate education.
  2. Establish a theme for membership meetings. Follow through on necessary details and undertake host responsibilities.
  3. To make arrangements for speakers. 4. To decide the location of each meeting.
  4. Be responsible for preparing written than-you letters to all speakers and guests, where appropriate.
  5. To coordinate all of the above with the Executive Officer before making any commitments.
  6. Enhance membership meetings so as to encourage attendance by encouraging networking and creating interesting member-oriented meetings.
  7. Work with the Education Committee to plan educational seminars.
  8. Sponsor membership meetings with RPAC/Government Affairs Committee on legislative awareness.
  9. Chairperson in conjunction with Vice Chairperson shall submit budget, if any, for the following year to the Finance Committee by August 1st.
  10. Chairperson shall submit committee recommendations for future goals and projects to the Executive Officer/Board of Directors by August 1st.

Membership:
Minimum of seven years.

Meetings:
Quarterly


RPAC/Government Affairs Committee

Purpose:
To keep up-to-date issues effecting the real estate industry within our jurisdiction and other government legislation or bills affecting REALTORS. To promote participation and collect contributions from the membership to ensure that the Board meets its annual RPAC and issues mobilization goals.

A. RPAC Duties:

  1. Provide the organization, communications, information and education necessary to reach the annual goal in both dollars and member participation in RPAC and Issues Mobilization.
  2. Make certain that RPAC contributions are from individuals and IMF are from businesses and individuals; provide appropriate recognition to supporters.
  3. Make contributors aware that contributions are not tax deductible under current law.

B. Government Affairs Duties:

  1. Collect information about and analyze new town ordinances and proposed changes to state and national laws.
  2. Present a recommended position statement on governmental issues of concern and receive approval of the Board of Directors to present these position statements to the public.
  3. Inform the membership at meetings or by email of any issues for concern. 4. Develop and maintain for Granite State South Board of REALTORS favorable relations with local officials.
  4. Encourage REALTOR involvement with local town boards. Establish and review the area towns, i.e. road improvements, capital expenditures, EPA sites and legislation, economic trends, zoning, municipal improvements, etc.
  5. Conduct a membership meeting with legislators in conjunction with the Programs/Hospitality Committee.
  6. Provide contact list of legislators for the purpose of giving them REALTOR views on important legislation.
  7. When a "Call to Action" is announced by NAR or NHAR, immediately forward the information to the local members.
  8. With the Education Committee, promote and implement forums on governmental agencies affecting our industry.
  9. Propose legislation regarding our industry when needed.

Membership:
No limit

Meetings:
As needed


Strategic Planning Task Force Guidelines

Purpose:
To establish the long range goals and objectives of GSSBR.

Duties:

  1. Review the existing plan 90 days prior to the end of the current year and review NAR Strategic Plan.
  2. Determine if a survey is necessary to distribute to the membership to ascertain their needs and concerns.
  3. Establish new long range goals and objectives, and set target dates, authority and responsibility for implementation.
  4. Submit Long Range Plan to the Board of Directors for approval.
  5. Review committee goals and objectives for compliance with the current Strategic Plan.

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