Member News – September 30

Congratulations to Sandy Berkenbush!

Recipient of the 2015 MAR Good Neighbor Award


The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) announced this past Sunday, that Sandra Berkenbush of Stone Ridge Properties in Newburyport was named MAR’s 2015 Good Neighbor Award winner for her work on behalf of Cruise for a Cure, an annual dinner cruise on the Merrimack River that raises money for cancer research. The Good Neighbor Award recognizes REALTORS® for their community activism. The award was presented at MAR’s Professional Awards Reception, which was held in conjunction with the Association’s 2015 Conference and Tradeshow at the Hilton DoubleTree in Danvers.

In 1991, Berkenbush’s 11-year-old daughter was being treated for osteosarcoma at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) at Children’s Hospital. She was so thankful for her daughter’s recovery that in 1994 she launched Cruise for a Cure to raise money for the Claudia Adams Barr program, supporting scientists at the DFCI who are conducting basic cancer research. This past spring, DCFI awarded Berkenbush with a Lifetime Achievement award for donating $250,000 through her work with Cruise for a Cure.

Cruise for a Cure has grown since its inception, from raising $4,000 annually to an average of $15,000 today. In addition to creating the event, Berkenbush is responsible for coordinating donors and sponsorships, organizing lead-up events and completing all the paperwork and banking. Each year, Berkenbush makes sure to handwrite thank-you notes to everyone who participated in the Cruise.

In addition to Berkenbush, Susan Callahan of Century 21 Commonwealth, Billerica, Mark Harris of Signature Associates Inc. Real Estate, Pittsfield and Leonette Strout of Keller Williams Realty, Beverly were awarded 2015 Good Neighbor Award Honorable Mentions.


October 15 – Striper’s Grille Salisbury

All GNAR members (REALTOR and Affiliates) are invited to attend the Annual Meeting on October 15 .  We’ll be returning to Striper’s Grille for a sumptuous breakfast buffet and our annual meeting including the election of GNAR Officers and Directors for 2016.  Be sure to mark your calendar.  We are fortunate to have Kathy Condon, President and CEO of MLS Property Information Network presenting as our keynote speaker.  Kathy will provide updates on:

  • Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA)
  • Home Snap (coming in October 2015)
  • General information on MLS Property Information Network updates

The agenda has been sent to all members in conjuction with the report of the Nominating Committee with the Slate of Officers and Directors for 2016.

Thank you to the Institution for Savings for the annual sponsorship of this event.

We look forward to a great turnout.

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Eventbrite - 2015 Annual GNAR Member Meeting


Weekly Broker Open Houses

Visit MLS PIN for all properties on tour tomorrow.  All Thursday OH should be in MLS PIN by noon on Wednesday please.


Kudos to over 50 GNAR members that attended the Professional Standards class with Linda Kody, satisfying the NAR requirement while earning 2 CE’s for MA license renewal.  Discussed at the class this morning was the NAR D.A.N.G.E.R Report, which was commissioned by NAR and compiled by The Swanepoel|T3 Group.  To learn more about the report or download, use the link below:


A look at what could be the worst case scenario for your business. The D.A.N.G.E.R REPORT was created by Stefan Swanepoel and The Swanepoel|T3 Group for NAR. This is a comprehensive report of The Top 50 DANGERS that could face Agents, Brokers, NAR, State and Local Associations, and MLS. In gathering this valuable data there was 5,132 minutes spent face-to-face, 74 CEOs interviewed, 7,899 REALTORS® Surveyed, 850 Hours of research and 6051 Pages examined.

Just a few of potential threats (negative game changers) the report covers are Agent Reputation, Dues Disconnect, Growing Consolidations, Independent Contractor Status, Paper Brokerage, Remaining Relevant, Patent Trolls, Resistance To Change, Shifts in MLS and many others.  This extremely valuable tool is offered FREE by NAR for download right now at or


Is there a cause you support directly and want to share the word? Please submit your articles before noon on Wednesday if you wish to get the word out regarding an activity that you participate and would like to share with members.


Need a great reason to take a coffee break?  Come down to the boat yard and enjoy the
river views while you sip your specialty coffee — and feel good about supporting …

Saturday, October 3, 7am-5pm
(In the boatyard between Michael’s and the Black Cow restaurants.)

PAN MASS Challenge-Still Time to Donate!
Please help us reach our $45 Million Goal!

In August, I pedaled with 6,000 other riders to raise $45 million for the life-saving mission at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. We have just passed $39 million and are $6 million away from our ambitious $45 million goal. I need your support to help achieve our $45 million goal.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) combines exceptionally strong commitment to cutting edge research with an equally strong commitment to the best, safest and most expert clinical care and a relentless focus on providing the best patient care experience throughout their care. No other cancer center combines all of these as well as DFCI. DFCI is the only cancer center in the world with a top 5 ranking in both pediatric and adult cancer (no. 1 in pediatric). Also, a recent international survey ranked DFCI #1 in Research Impact.

The PMC raises more money for charity than any other single event in the country, $455 million since 1980 and $41 million last year alone! Achieving this year’s historic goal will bring the PMC’s all-time giving to DFCI to an amazing $1/2 Billion! This success is the result of a lot of people riding for, and caring about, a cure. It is important that you know 100% of your donation goes to cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Please donate to my PMC ride at one of the following links:

Click here to make a $1,000 donation
Click here to make a $500 donation
Click here to make a $250 donation
Click here to make a $100 donation
Click here to make a $50 donation
Click here to make $25 donation
Click here to make a donation of any other amount

The PMC supports Fidelity Donor Advised Fund (DAF) Direct to designate PMC riders for a charitable gift – Click here to support the cause with a gift from your Fidelity Donor Advised Fund.

Every donation brings us closer by the mile. On behalf of the staff and patients at DFCI, cancer patients around the world for whom Dana-Farber research is lifesaving, and all our collective aspirations for a world without cancer, thank you.

Thank you,
Lela Wright

If you prefer to write a check, please make it out to the PMC, The Jimmy Fund or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and mail it to Lela at:

Lela Wright
4 C Winter St
Newburyport, MA 01950

If your employer has a matching gift program, ask your Human Resources department for a form, and follow the process for matches.  Your donation is tax deductible and 100% will go to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. 

MLS PIN Training at GNAR (free!)

Tuesday, October 27

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