TREPAC Committee

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2017 Roster

Ruby Johnson - Chairman
Keller Williams Realty C.P.

Elton Goddard - Vice Chairman
Elegant Estates by Auction

Laura Jo Acuna Zavalney
JB Goodwin, REALTORS®

Janet Asher
HomeCity, Inc.

Tamera Baker
Blue Line Realty, LLC

Becky DeButts
Nextage Lone Star Realty

Bill Evans
Austin Real Pros, REALTORS

Sean Fuentes
Keller Williams Realty

Barbara Gremillion
Coldwell Banker United REALTOR

Brandy Guthrie
Sky Realty

Susan Horton
John Horton Realty

Diane Kennedy
Coldwell Banker United REALTOR

Holly Massingill
Keller Williams Realty

Lili Maliner
Coldwell Banker United REALTOR

Chris Rodriguez - Past Chair
Keller Williams Realty C.P.

Jacob Youngblood
Texas Dream Realtors

Jeni Williams - Staff Liaison
Austin Board of REALTORS®

2017 TREPAC Programmatic Committee Charter

Committee Type: Programmatic Committee
Committees that provide opportunities for member input and outreach for programs that included in the Annual Business Plan as approved by the Board of Directors.

Chair: Ruby Johnson
Vice Chair: Elton Goddard

Board Appointees: Immediate past TREPAC Chair; Region 15 TREPAC Trustees; Region 15 PIC; LMT Chair

Mission Statement: Recommend and execute an annual “TREPAC Fundraising Plan” with strategies to grow the TREPAC investment culture of our membership and ensure ABoR meets our assigned TREPAC quota.

Strategic Objectives:

  1. Establish the annual TREPAC fundraising goal for the Austin Board of REALTORS.
  2. Solicit voluntary investments to TREPAC and ABoR-PAC through education, selling tickets to TREPAC fundraising events, and by promoting the benefits of TREPAC to the membership.
  3. Meet the Austin Board of REALTORS® annual fundraising quota as established by the Texas Association of REALTORS® Board of Trustees by September 30 annually.

Scope:

  1. Become knowledgeable of local, regional, state and national public policy issues impacting our industry, property owners and ABoR.
  2. Assist in planning and implementing an annual fundraising program and promote the benefits of PAC to the membership.
  3. Make high level decisions related to TREPAC events, including but not limited to: event budget, event theme, event date, and event venue.
  4. The committee shall comply with the applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding political activities of associations with a 501©6 designation.

Committee Structure:

  1. Although the TREPAC Committee is a programmatic committee which typically meets quarterly, the Board has authorized monthly meetings when needed.
  2. Members will maintain a high level knowledge of PAC fundraising guidelines and government affairs issues.
  3. The term will be one year.

Board Committee Principles:
Board committees, when used, will be assigned so as to minimally interfere with the wholeness of the board’s job and so as never to interfere with delegation from board to CEO.

  1. Board committees are to help the board do its job.  Committees ordinarily will assist the board by preparing policy alternatives and implications for board deliberation. Board committees are not to be created by the board to advise staff.
  1. Board committees may not speak or act for the board except when formally given such authority for specific and time‑limited purposes. Expectations and authority will be carefully stated in order not to conflict with authority delegated to the chief executive.
  1. Board committees cannot exercise authority over staff. Because the chief executive works for the full board, the CEO will not be required to obtain approval of a board committee before an executive action. In keeping with the board’s broader focus, board committees will normally not have direct dealings with current staff operations.
  1. Board committees are to avoid over‑identification with organizational parts rather than the whole. Therefore, a board committee which has helped the board create policy on some topic will not be used to monitor organizational performance on that same subject.
  1. This policy applies only to committees which are formed by board action, whether or not the committees include non‑board members. It does not apply to committees formed under the authority of the chief executive.

Committee Guidelines:

  1. The committee must follow the policies and values of the organization.
  2. The committee members must be a member of the Austin Board of REALTORS®.
  3. Committee Chair may serve as Past Chair the following year for consistency.
  4. The committee cannot conduct business without a quorum of committee members present (more than 50%).
  5. Members are required to attend all meetings, to arrive on time and stay for the duration of meetings. If a situation requires their departure, the member will be recorded as absent if not in attendance for at least ¾ of the meeting.
  6. The chair is required to drop a volunteer committee member after 2 absences from regularly scheduled meetings. This provision may be waived by super majority ¾ vote.
  7. All members subject to censure or removal at the direction of the Board of Directors, under the Volunteer Commitment Agreement.
  8. The Committee, with a super majority ¾ vote, may censure or remove members of the Committee. Any discussion or action of censuring should be conducted during a “closed meeting.”
  9. The Committee Chair has the authority to create a subcommittee or task force with approval by the Board of Directors.
  10. The Committee Chair may recommend that the task force or Subcommittee be dissolved once it is determined that the project is complete. This action must be approved by the BOD under the minutes of the Committee.
  11. That subcommittees may continue into subsequent years but the leadership for that subcommittee (i.e. Chair) may shift (Vice Chair would become Chair). However, should Vice Chair not desire the position, such position will be appointed by the Committee Chair.
  12. The committee may consult with ABoR legal counsel when appropriate.
  13. One of the duties of a Committee member arising from their fiduciary duty to the association is the duty of loyalty.  One aspect of this duty expects Committee members to keep confidential issues confidential.  Committee members will have access to information, that if revealed to outsiders, could be damaging or sensitive to other members or staff, harmful to the best interests of the organization, or even create legal liability.  Information provided to the committee may concern personnel, financial, contractual, membership or legal matters.  It will often be confidential and is intended for use in decision making and governance.  Committee members agree that such information shall be held in the strictest of confidence and shall not be divulged to any outside party, including other members, without authorization of the board President or CEO.  This confidentiality agreement survives the member’s service on the committee.
  14. Electronic Votes:

For electronic considerations, the Board of Directors requires a valid process be followed for electronic votes.

  • All communication/votes in reference to an electronic vote shall be cc’d to all
    Committee Members
  • Each Committee Member shall cast their vote by 5:00 pm the day after distribution of the electronic consideration
  • No response shall be counted as an “abstention”
  • The day following the completion of an electronic vote, staff or Committee Chair shall report the roll call vote to all Committee Members
  • All Committee Members shall confirm their vote by end of day when the roll call vote is offered
  • If a Committee Member does not confirm his/her vote, the Committee Members vote shall be considered correct.
  • No Committee or Association Action shall be taken until the entire vote is confirmed.
  1. All TREPAC Committee Members should be TREPAC investors during the current TREPAC year at the $45 Fair Share level or higher.
 

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