Tis the season for good cheer and celebration! SVAR members came together last night at the Petersburg Country Club for holiday camaraderie, the installation of 2019's new leadership and to say "thank you" to those who guided the association throughout 2018. New President Kathie Braswell, sworn in by mentor and RAR Past President Boyd Smith, will helm the organization in the New Year, with the team of officers Larry Lewis, president-elect; Brett Harris, immediate past president; Diana Hayes, treasurer; and directors Rhonda Canada, Nancy Steinke, Carmen Martin, Joyce Navary and Norris Hardy. Keith Canty, a member of the Virginia REALTORS® Board of Directors, brought words on behalf of the state association, and 2018 President Brett Harris offered thanks, a summary of accomplishments and a farewell. SVAR's new president delivered an inspiring and goal-oriented inaugural speech, including a challenge to "return to the fundamentals of what made SVAR stand apart from other associations," including "working together, utilizing SVAR's educational benefits and, most of all, having fun and communicating with each other." She also promised that, in 2019, "we are going to work hard, and we are going to play even harder!" During the evening two sets of awards were announced: Virginia REALTORS® Honor Society and Omega Tau Rho honorees. Honor Society honorees were George Grundy and Steve Overgard. Omega Tau Rho recipients were Cordie Betty, Bettye Reitmeier, Ted Swearingen, Mack Strickland and George Grundy. Special thanks go to Carmen Martin for emceeing the evening, to Larry Lewis for leading the pledge, to Vickie Zevgolis for the prayer and to the night's generous sponsors: Harris & Associates, Atkinson Insurance Agency, ERA Napier REALTORS®, Presidential Mortgage Group, Baylands Family Credit Union, G.E. Matthews REALTORS®, HMS, J.G. Wentworth Home Lending, The Vicky and Larry Team, and Weichert REALTORS® Brockwell & Portwood. Happy holidays to you SVAR, and congrats to 2019's leadership!
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