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

Business Resource Meeting 2/20/14

WELCOME to our 11 new members!
REALTOR membership is up 42% to 34 REALTOR members!!!

Mark your calendars for the next Business Resource Meeting

Thursday February 20th

11:30- 1:00


Join us!

2013 4th Quarter Newsletter

Great things are happening at
Athens Women’s Council of REALTORS in 2014!!


REALTORS:  Join now at WCR.org.  Guys and gals welcome!!

Affiliates:  Join now with application at athenswcr.com or click here Affiliate Application.

MORE Value for REALTOR Members of Women’s Council of Realtors

 More benefits to increase your income:
1. Great educational programs- 9 Business Resource Meetings this year!  (up from 8)
2. Lunch for only $5 for WCR REALTOR MEMBERS ($20 value)!!!! New for 2014: subsidized lunches ($180 value) for WCR REALTOR MEMBERSONLY!!!  ($20 lunch for non-members)
3. Business Resource Luncheons at our NEW venue, Carrabbas on Atlanta Hwy!!
4. NEW Affiliate Coupon book that will offer discounts from our affiliates to WCR REALTOR members only!
5. C.E. class free for WCR REALTOR Members (Members only pay the $5 lunch fee)
6.  Fun NEW “Fun”-raisers… find out what we have up our sleeve to bring you more fun!
JOIN TODAY!:  Join at WCR.org.  Athens Chapter
Questions?  eegroover@gmail.com or laura@lauraleiden.com

To see 2013- 4th Quarter  newsletter, click here:

4th Quarter 2013 Women’s Council of REALTORS Newsletter


Business Resource Meeting January 16 2014

The Athens Chapter of The Women’s Council held the first Business Resource Meeting of 2014 on January 16th at the new location, Carrabba’s.  The first meeting had over 50 members and guests in attendance!






Amir Davari of Supreme Lending gave an informative presentation on“Buyer’s Dream-House a WRECK? 203K Loan to the Rescue!”

New members were announced and welcomed by Laura Leiden, 2014 Chapter President and Erin Groover, VP of Membership.

Attendees are welcomed by Mary Bridwell (Treasurer) and Erin Groover (VP of Membership

The first meeting certainly fulfilled the goal of GREAT PROGRAMS, GREAT FOOD AND GREAT FUN!!!

Athens Women’s Council of REALTORS Business Resource Meeting

You are invited to the NEW

Athens Women’s Council of REALTORS Business Resource Meeting.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

11:30- 1:00 pm

(New:  our activities will start at 11:30 a.m., please arrive early to get seated)

New:  Carrabba’s, Atlanta Hwy, Athens, GA


“Buyer’s Dream-House a WRECK?  203K Loan to the Rescue!”

By Amir Davari, Supreme Lending

Sponsored by Supreme Lending

Classic Home Inspections, Chuck Searcy

Please RSVP* to jennifer@upchurchrealty.com 

by Wednesday, January 15 at 5pm.

*Luncheon Menu Choices

Please choose one:


A.    Tag Pic Pac (Vegetarian)

Tagalarini noodles tossed with crushed tomoatores, basil and garlic.

B.     Chicken Marsala

Wood-grilled chicken topped with mushrooms, prosciutto and our Lombardo Marsala wine sauce

C.     Italian Cobb Salad

Wood-grilled chicken, bacon, tomatoes, egg and blue cheese in vinaigrette


All meals served with Caesar salad.

Fresh bread with herb mix and olive oil.

Water or tea


Membership Dues are due January 1, 2014.  Please renew today.

Members from 2013 will be honored through January 31, 2014 only.

Realtors renew or join at WCR.org.

Affiliates and Partners send application and check to PO Box 7371 Athens GA 30604


Lunch:  $20 Non-member, REALTOR and affiliates

$15 Member Affiliate and Partner

$5.00 REALTOR member (thanks to our affiliates)


(Please note:  If you RSVP and can’t make it, you will be charged for the lunch)



January 2014

Dear Fellow WCR REALTOR members and Prospective Members:

First I want to thank our Women’s Council of REALTORS members who have given so much to WCR in the

past years. We really appreciate you!

As the new WCR 2014 President, my vision for 2014 is to have fantastic value for

our REALTOR members with:


The new 2014 Governing Board has already met and we are VERY excited at the new direction that WCR plans

to take for 2014.

To increase WCR REALTOR membership value, we will be offering

1. Great educational programs

2. $5 subsidized lunches ($20 value) for WCR REALTOR MEMBERS ONLY!!!

3. Business Resource Luncheons at our new venue, Carrabbas

4. Affiliate Coupon book that will offer discounts from our affiliates to WCR REALTOR members only

5. C.E. class for free! (you only pay the $5 lunch fee)

6. Scholarships available for designation classes

FUN will be the main word with our new “Funraising” events planned

1. BBQ Cookoff

2. Wine tasting Gala

3. Food Truck event

4. Octoberfest


When you join, you will be saving $135 off the non-member price in lunches alone! And you’ll get the

Affiliate coupon book that will give you added value to your clients. If you take advantage of the scholarship

(limited supply) you can actually make money on your membership!

You pay $161 for your membership and save $135… that makes it only $26/year to be a member and learn so

much! And includes a free C.E. class! (you pay only the $5 lunch fee).

It is easy to join. Just go to WCR.org. JOIN TODAY!

Our first meeting is January 16, 2014 at Carrabbas!!! The program will be on FHA 203-K loans. Join today to

get the benefits of the education AND the $5 wonderful meal ($20 value).

We hope you are as excited as we are for the upcoming year and the opportunity for you to personally meet

great affiliates, learn from meaningful and cutting edge programs and have the opportunity for scholarships and

leadership training. It is a great group of REALTORS… guys and gals welcome!

If you have any questions about membership, please contact VP of Membership Erin Groover at

eegroover@gmail.com or myself, laura@lauraleiden.com

Looking forward to having you as part of our team to success for all!!

JOIN today!!! You’ll be glad you did!

Sincerely, Laura

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