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Thursday, November 15, 2012  
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Orlando REALTOR® | November/December 2012

By Stephen Baker

Those who know me know that I am seldom at a loss for words. So you can understand my panic when I realized this was my last column for Orlando REALTOR®. I still have so much more to say!!

The truth is, once you have had the privilege to serve as ORRA’s chairman, it is a bittersweet moment when the end of your term arrives. Looking back to that moment in July 2010, when first I learned you had voted me as chairman-elect, I had no real idea what was in store.

Since that moment, I’ve participated in leadership and speaker training programs, attended Florida REALTORS® and NAR conventions and business meetings, and networked with current and future leaders of our industry. I’ve met countless local, state, and national legislators. I’ve gone to more than 60 ORRA meetings (board of directors, budget and finance committee, etc., etc., etc.,) and events such as expos, luncheons, and symposiums. And, I’ve been interviewed nearly 30 times by the media.

There is a lot of stuff to do as ORRA’s chairman! So why do I do it? Why do I spend so much time and energy on this association? I do it for our members and for our profession.At my inauguration, I spoke about what drove me to get involved with ORRA. I wanted to know what "They” were doing with my dues dollars, and I wanted to know what "They” were going to do about issues that concerned me.

Once I got involved, I quickly learned that "They” are actually "Us.”  "They” are the 300+ members (out of 8,600) who volunteer their time to collaborate and lead our association. "They” are those who realize that as a group we can provide more educational opportunities; have a voice of advocacy on issues and be heard; and can make better technology available and more cost effective.

In short, "They” is an association made up of people working together, collaborating on ideas, and cooperating to get things done.

I’d like to say thanks to all those people who volunteer their time, and thanks for allowing me the honor of being the leader of such a great group of people!

ORRA Chairman of the Board Stephen Baker, RE/MAX Central Realty, is available at

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