Oktoberfest coming soon!

Make sure you attend Oktoberfest 10/24/14…


Special thanks to our Sponsors:

Noris Diaz with State Farm – Shane Dekle

The Real Estate Book of Athens

Shavon School of Real Estate

Kellie Conway with AgSouth Mortgage

Ryan Thompson with BankSouth® Mortgage

Chateau Elan Winery


To order tickets  - go to the Oktoberfest page on this website…








August Business Resource Luncheon

August Business Resource Luncheon 

The August Business Resource Luncheon was held on  August 21, 2014   from 11:30- 1 pm at Carrabbas on Atlanta Hwy. The guest speaker was David Chance of ServPro who gave an informative presentation on “What to do about Mold”.  Of course we could not have these great meetings without our sponsors so a  Special thanks goes out to our sponsors: Kellie Conway with AgSouth Mortgages and Mike McCleary with Fortson, Bentley and Griffin.  We welcomed new Bronze Partners: Helen Herring of  First American Bank & Trust and Ruth Parsons of The Parsons Agency, Inc.

David Chance of ServPro presenting "What to do about Mold"

Missy Peters giving tips on Continuing Ed

Local Chapter President Laura Leiden and Chuck Searcy











Kellie Conway, Katie Buckles and Carla Braswell

Wine Raffle! Thanks to Kellie Conway of AgSouth Mortgages

Wine Raffle! Thank you Mike McCleary of Fortson, Bentley and Griffin







Chip Brown and Brenda Thompson were the lucky winners of the raffle


Mackenzie Luke, Tiar McCart and Carla Braswell


June CE Class and Business Resource Meeting

June CE Class and Business Resource Meeting


A continuing education class was offered by The Athens’ Chapter of The Women’s Council of REALTORS©. The class was held by Dale Washburn entitled “Pricing Residential Property”. This class was attended by 22  real estate agents and was offered at no charge to members.

Laura Leiden of Keller Williams Greater Athens and Athens WCR Chapter President with Dale Wasburn, CE Class Instructor



After the class, the Business Resource June Meeting was held. Shavon Echols President Elect of Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty recognized past presidents and guests.



Cat Scarborough of Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty with a message of Inspiration


Cat Scarborough gave the Inspiration and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Shavon Echols gave pins to new members. New members receiving their pins are Katie Buckles of Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty, Tammy Retzlaff of ERA Sunrise Realty, Tiar McCart of Brand Mortgage and Kellie Comway of Agsouth Mortgages.

Katie Buckles, Tammy Retzlaff, Shavon Echols, Tiar McCart, Kellie Conway









John Laster of The Laster Law firm


Sponsors for the Meeting were John Laster of  The Laster Law Firm and Susan Alvarado of The Real Estate Book of Athens.

Susan Alvarado of The Real Estate Book of Athens




The meeting ended with the wine raffle (always fun)!

CE Class

Athens Women’s Council of REALTORS® is offering:

CE Class June 19, 2014

Carrabbas on Atlanta Highway Class time:  8:30 am– 11:30 am

Registration starts at 8 am

Carrabbas Lunch from 12:00 – 1:00 pm included in fee

“Pricing Residential Property”with Dale Washburn*

Pre-registration and lunch order required by June 17**

$5.00 for WCR members (lunch included)

$30.00 for Non-members (lunch included)

To join WCR go to www.wcr.org.

“We are thrilled to have this wonderful professional trainer, Dale Washburn, teach us this class on residential pricing methods… a topic timely for seasoned as well as new agents,” says Laura Leiden

*Dale Washburn is an award winning, experienced, REALTOR®, Broker, owner of a Real Estate agency, certified teacher of Real Estate Licensing courses as well as Real Estate Continuing Education courses, and speaker. This is why the education offered by MGIRE is top quality, and stands the test of time.

*”Not only are his classes educational but they are fun and enjoyable”…Former MGIRE student

** please register for class and reserve your entree choice by sending email to: jennifer@upchurchrealty.com  Menu :  House Salad  Entrée Choices A. JONNY ROCCO SHRIMP SALAD-B.  CHICKEN BRYAN- C. TAG PIC PAC- (Vegetarian)



May 22, 2014 Business Resource Meeting

The May 22, 2014  Business Resource Meeting started with Intentional Networking. This is a great way to meet new people and find old friends!










Tammy Retzlaff gave the inspiration and lead the Pledge Of Allegiance. Laura Leiden asked new members, returning members and guests to stand and be recognized!















Laura Leiden presented  Rhetta Howard the Gold Level Achievement Award for 2013. Rhetta Howard was the 2013 President and Laura received the award in Washington this month.  Our chapter has won this award 3 years running!!

A panel of  seasoned REALTORS discussed “Busy? Time Management and Organization Tips”.  There were many questions and great tips offered. Several people found many to be note worthy! Thanks to our panel participants, Heather McElroy of Berksire HomeServies Blanton Properties, Bobbie McKeller or Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty and Ceci Churchwell of 3 Tree Realty!

















Our May Wine Tasting Event was a great success and a check for $1150 was presented to Extra Special People. Thanks to everyone who helped with or attended the event.


As always  a BIG THANK YOU  to our sponsors Cornerstone Mortgage/Alan Kennedy and Servpro Athens.  A special thank you to  Lisa Ott  and Meg Bullock for the bottle of wines raffled off!


April 17, 2014 Business Resource Meeting

The April Business Resource Meeting started with an intentional networking activity asking members to find someone they have certain things in common with. It lead to a lot of activity and and introductions.








New members were recognized by Laura Leiden Chapter President.

Annie Kennedy gave the Inspiration and let the Pledge of Allegiance to start the meeting. Missy Peters spoke about the benefits to being a member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS and asked everyone with bringing their list of benefits to the next meeting.







“What’s Happening in Washington?” was presented by Neil Jackson








Meg Bullock and Mary Dixon-Bridwell reminded everyone of the next event  - The May Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on May 8th Ashford on Main from 5:30 – 8:30. Members are asked to sell two tickets each and find two silent auction items to help raise money. Remember,  portion of the proceeds to benefit Extra Special People!

The meeting ended with the wine raffle which was won by Kenneth Boswell. Thank you to our sponsor Chip Brown!



March 20 Business Resource Meeting

March 20, 2014 Business Resource Meeting


Membership in the Athens Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors is up by 53% this year making the Intentional Networking Activity an interesting and FUN way to meet new people!



 2014 Affiliate Members were introduced and received their WCR Affiliate pins.



2014 Partners and Local Affiliate members: Meg Bullock, John Laster, Mike Paulk, Tom Beisswenger, Chip Brown, Rusty Quarterman, Chuck Searcy, Chris Nichols, Lisa Ott, Jeff Davis, Sarah Morang, Noris Diaz, Ryan Thompson, Chad Bridwell, Susan Alvarado, Dustin Pickett, Sara Story, Frank Trest, Andy Eastman, (Not pictured: Becky Finney, Jennifer Turner, Kellie Conway, Todd Cowart, Beth Upton, Tom Beisswenger, Alan Kennedy, Michael Canova, Jeff Davis, Chris Nichols, Mike McCleary, and Trowell Jernigan).

“Tips on Effective Staging to SELL” was presented by Thea Ellenberg, Design Inspirations. Thea shared her expertise on how staging can help to attract buyers and offered a coupon to Women’s Council Members attending – another added value for membership!



As always, a huge THANK  YOU to our Business Resource Meeting Sponsors;  Jeff Davis of Silverton Mortgage Specialists and Chris Nichols of Chris Nichols Law for sponsoring the meeting! The raffles are always popular with the crowd!





Reminders for upcoming events:

March 27:  NEW!!! WCR Added-Member-Value: Tech Class
March 27, 2014 11:00am- 12pm, Oconee Chamber at 55 Nancy Drive Watkinsville
RSVP to: Susan Alvarado athenstreb@gmail.com  FREE – WCR Members* ONLY  
“Facebook: Setting up a Business Page”


May 8, 2014 “May Wine Tasting”  Wine Tasting and Silent Auction  

May 8, 2014 5:30 – 8:30pm Ashford on Main, Watkinsville, GA    $35 in advance $40 at the door.  A portion of the proceeds will go to Extra Special People. Volunteers are still needed to help with the event and with items for the Silent Auction. Contact Meg Bullock (706-765-7487/ meg@servproofathens.com) for more details.


Member Recruit Happy Hour Social

 Thinking of Joining WCR?  

“Learn About us:  Member Recruit Happy Hour Social”

March 18, 2014 5-7 pm, The Volstead at 351 E. Clayton Street

RSVP- (1st 10 REALTOR non-WCR members to register get free drink ticket)  
RSVP to WCR Secretary:  Jennifer@upchurchrealty.com

February 20, 2014 Business Resource Meeting

Athens Chapter Women’s Council of REALTORS

February 20, 2014 Business Resource Meeting


Carrabbas was an exciting place as attendance at today’s meeting was set at 56 members and guests! Intentional networking activities lead by President Elect Shavon Echols created opportunities for meeting new people. Missy Peters gave the inspirational reading.



New Members received their Women’s Council Member pins from Erin Groover, VP of Membership and Laura Leiden, 2014 Local Chapter President. The Athens Chapter has 12 new REALTOR members!







New members: Pat Hallow, Angela Clark, Barbie Eisenberg, Missy Peters, Mackenzie Davis, Sissy Erwin, Carol Bitner,  Lynn Harder, Ceci Churchwell (new members not pictured – Brenda Blanton, Callie Waller, and Levi Brooks)


Lisa Ott introduced Ryan Moore of Clarke County Economic Development and Rusty Haygood of Oconee County Economic Development. Ryan and Rusty held a panel discussion on Past, Present and Future: Local Development and answered questions regarding growth in Clarke and Oconee Counties.


Ryan Thompson and Erin Groover were ready to hand out Fantastic Savings Coupon books. The proceeds from the sale of these books will benefit our local chapter.

Reminder that funds for sold books are due March 6, 2014 and any unsold books must be returned by this date as well.

 There is still space available in the Affiliate Coupon Book – please contact Ryan for more information on either of these opportunities.


The meeting ended with raffle drawings and a big THANK YOU  to our sponsors for this meeting; Silver Level Partner -  Chad and Mary Bridwell of Pillar to Post Home Inspections and Bronze Level Partner – Rusty Quarterman of Quarterman and Hodson, Attorney.









The next Business Resource Meeting will be on March 20, 2014.  “Tips on Effective Staging to SELL”  will be presented by Thea Ellenberg of Design Inspirations.


Reminder – Women’s Council of REALTORS Business Resource Luncheon

We are excited to present our 2nd 2014 Women’s Council of REALTORS Business Resource Luncheon
February 20, 2014, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

“Past, Present, and Future-
Local Economic Development Panel”
Panel Speakers:
Ryan Moore, Clarke County Economic Development
Rusty Haygood, Oconee County Economic Development

Carrabbas, 3194 Atlanta Highway, Athens

Please RSVP to jennifer@upchurchrealty.com by Monday, February 18 at 5pm and include your entrée menu choice
(house salad, bread with oil and herbs and soft drink is included for all):

ENTRÉE choices

Romaine lettuce and mixed greens, apples and roasted beets tossed in our Italian vinaigrette and topped with goat cheese, bacon and toasted hazelnuts, chicken.
Wood-grilled sirloin, red onion and tomato skewers topped with our Chianti wine sauce
Shell-shaped pasta tossed in our housemade Alfredo sauce with mozzarella, fontina, romano and parmesan and goat cheese.

To join Women’s Council of REALTORS:
REALTORS: guys and gals welcome- please join online at www.wcr.org
WCR REALTOR membership is $161/ year.  WCR REALTOR Membership entitles you toreduced lunch fee of $5 at all 2014 Business Resource Luncheons
AFFILIATES:  Please send check to PO Box 7371, Athens GA 30604.  Or bring your check to join to the luncheon EARLY (11:15 a.m.), so you don’t miss anything.
Affiliate membership: Membership entitles you to reduced lunch fee to $15 at all 2014 Business Resource Luncheons.
$100. Affiliate Membership
$250: Affiliate Membership and Lunch sponsor
$350: Affiliate Membership, Lunch Sponsor and Coupon Participant.
Please contact Erin Groover for more membership details and Partnership opportunities.Eegroover@gmail.com

Luncheon fee:  $20. Non-members

Please note:  If you RSVP and cannot attend, you will be charged for the lunch.  Thank you.
Please note:  We plan to start at 11:30 a.m. and end promptly at 1 p.m.

Laura Leiden
2014 President
Women’s Council of REALTORS- Athens Chapter