Are State Association committee chairs, vice chairs, or members automatically reappointed?
A member currently serving on a committee is NOT automatically considered for re-appointment. All members MUST submit an application if he/she would like to be considered for appointment in the following year.
What is the difference between a standing committee and a permanent committee?
A standing committee is mandated by the Bylaws of the Association approved by the Delegate Body. Permanent committees of the Association are outlined in the Policy and Procedures Manual put forth by the Board of Directors. Both types of committees operate in the same fashion and are equally important to the State Association.
What is the difference between a committee and a workgroup?
Workgroups are smaller than committees and focus on a specific topic provided by the Policies and Procedures Manual or the State President.
What is the best way to ensure my contact information is correct on rosters and email distribution lists?
How will I ever keep up with all the business of the Association?
What is the parliamentary procedure of the State Association?
The latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (9th Edition) is the authority governing all State Association meetings.
Who selects the committee members?
The incoming President and President-Elect of the State Association review all applications of volunteers and appoint members of all committees. Incoming leadership ensure that committee structure and membership is in accordance with the Policies.
How many committees can I serve on at one time?
The State Association is always looking for great volunteers. To offer as many volunteer opportunities as possible, the President of the Association attempts to appoint one person to no more than two committees.
How much time should I expect to devote to a committee?
Committees will meet in person at the Leadership Summit and Business Meetings. Committees may also have a special meeting from time to time at the will of the committee chair depending on current events or issues. That said, each committee is tasked with very specific functions and some meet more often than others. Remote participation is also provided at most meetings for members unable to attend in person.
Should I apply for a committee position if I'm planning on running for a seat on the Board?
Yes! If you are interested in a state committee position, you must apply for that committee even if you’re planning to run for a seat on the Board. Committee positions are appointed before the Board of Directors election is held at Annual Convention. Because Directors may not serve on both a state committee and the Board, if you are selected for a committee and then later elected to the Board, you will be asked to resign your position on the committee. If you do not win a seat on the Board, you will be able to serve on the committee as appointed.
Can a person volunteer as a Virginia Director and a RPAC Disbursement Trustee at the same time?
Yes. Volunteer members may serve on both boards simultaneously.
How are RPAC Disbursement Trustees appointed?
The Chair, Vice-Chair, and Disbursement Trustees shall be appointed pursuant to Virginia REALTORS® policies and procedures, in compliance with the regional allocations noted above. The Chair and Vice-Chair shall be appointed from within the Disbursement Trustee membership.
How is the RPAC Disbursement Trustees composed?
The RPAC Disbursement Trustees shall consist of REALTORS® representing six regions of the Commonwealth. Within each region, any local REALTOR® association having 2,000 or more members shall be apportioned one seat per 2,000 members, herein referred to as Large Association seats, and not a portion thereof. The ex-officio members of the Trustees shall consist of State Association President, National RPAC Trustees from Virginia, Statewide RPAC Campaign Chairman, State Chief Executive Officer, State Chief of Policy and Advocacy and the Public Policy Committee Chairman. The ex-officio members of the Trustees shall be non-voting members. The number of seats allocated shall be determined annually, based on the Virginia Association of REALTORS® membership counts as of July 31.
What RPAC region is my Local Association?
The six regions shall be composed as follows:
Region 1 (Four Seats):
- Blue Ridge Association of REALTORS®
- Dulles Area Association of REALTORS®
- Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS®
- Greater Piedmont REALTORS®
- Massanutten Association of REALTORS®
- REALTOR®Association of Prince William
Region 2 (Four Seats):
- Chesapeake Bay and Rivers Association of REALTORS®
- Northern Neck Association of REALTORS®
- Richmond Association of REALTORS®
- Southside Virginia Association of REALTORS®
Region 3 (Two Seats):
- Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS®
- Harrisonburg/Rockingham Association of REALTORS®
- Rockbridge Highlands REALTORS®
- Greater Augusta Association of REALTORS®
- Dan River Region Association of REALTORS®
- Lynchburg Association of REALTORS®
- South Central Association of REALTORS®
- Southern Piedmont Land and Lakes Association of REALTORS®
Region 4 (Two Seats):
- Bristol Tennessee/Virginia Association of REALTORS®
- Martinsville Henry and Patrick Counties Association of REALTORS®
- New River Valley Association of REALTORS®
- Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS®
- Southwest Virginia Association of REALTORS®
Region 5 (Four Seats):
- Eastern Shore Association of REALTORS®
- Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association
- Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS®
- Williamsburg Area Association of REALTORS®
Region 6 (Six Seats):
- Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®
Do I qualify to be a RPAC Disbursement Trustee?
RPAC Disbursement Trustees should meet the following qualifications:
- Be an active member in good standing of a Local Association of REALTORS®.
- Have demonstrated leadership as a REALTOR®.
- Have an active interest in the political process and knowledge of political activity within their own Virginia REALTORS® regions.
- Cannot have a political party conflict of interest. They cannot serve as an elected or appointed leader (including, but not limited to, an officer, precinct chair, platform committee member) for a political party committee on the local, state or national levels.
- Cannot serve on a political party’s state or national coordinating committee.
- Have an appreciation for the importance of RPAC, as indicated, for example, by being a multiyear RPAC contributor.
- Shall meet the volunteer requirements of the Virginia REALTORS® Policy and Procedures Manual.
- Be a US citizen or permanent resident alien per federal regulations.
What are the responsibilities of a RPAC Trustee?
The RPAC of Virginia Disbursement Trustees shall have general supervision and control over the affairs and funds of the Committee and shall establish and carry out all policies and activities of the Committee. Members of the RPAC of Virginia Disbursement Trustees shall serve without compensation.
Additionally, each RPAC of Virginia Disbursement Trustees shall:
- Promote and strive to improve government by encouraging REALTORS® to become more active, aware and involved in government at every level. Disbursement Trustees are encouraged to participate in their respective local government affairs or RPAC committees and assist in fundraising at the local level when appropriate.
- Inform and assist REALTORS® and the general public in understanding how government actions affect real estate in general.
Be aware of the voting records and positions of officeholders and candidates for elective office with primary emphasis on those in their region which the trustee is representing.
- Assist Virginia REALTORS® and local associations to support or oppose political issues of local and statewide significance.
- Commit to making appropriate appearances at local associations within their regions to discuss RPAC and encourage active RPAC participation.
- Participate, when possible, in the fundraising events of local associations within their regions.
- Put aside their personal political opinions in order to work with and select candidates who best represent the REALTORS® of Virginia.
- Assist in evaluating and confirming the scorecard.
- Be an active custodian of our member’s contributions by being fiscally responsible.