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Having vibrant, active committees is a priority at NEAR. Committees serve to provide the Board of Directors with ideas, input, feedback, and creative suggestions. Committees also function to provide volunteer assistance with projects that could not be accomplished solely by the paid staff. Note: Committees do not set policy or make policy decisions, but instead make recommendations to the Board of Directors.

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NEAR Committees

Annual Awards Committee
Recommends to the Board of Directors member award categories and criteria for member recognition, as well as a slate of eligible award nominees for the NEAR Recognition Gala, our most popular annual event. Also works to ensure the success of the program (typically meets January-May)
Open to REALTORS® & Business Partners

 

Community Service Committee
Plans and implements Community Service projects such as drives for food pantries and holiday toys for local students, as well as projects with local schools, donations to local charitable groups, etc. 
Open to REALTORS® & Business Partners

 

Education Committee
Fosters knowledge, integrity, and professionalism among NEAR REALTORS® by identifying timely and useful topics and optimum formats for NEAR education courses. Plans the education portion of NEAR's member meetings as well as annual conference and expo.
Open to REALTORS® & Business Partners

 

Political Involvement Committee
Plans political involvement events including the legislative meet and greet; the annual summer RPAC/PAF fundraising party and works to achieve maximum member participation at MAR’s REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill. The committee supports homeownership and protects property rights by highlighting important Government Affairs information for members and encourages member donations through fundraisers for RPAC (the REALTORS® Political Action Committee) and PAF (the NAR Political Advocacy Fund).
Open to REALTORS® & Business Partners

 

Young Professionals Committee
Open to all, the Young Professionals Committee works to build participation in NEAR activities by REALTORS® and Business Partners who are new to the real estate industry or to their roles in it. Supports other NEAR Committee efforts including community service projects and events/programs. Develops/hosts networking and education events for new, young, and “young at heart” members.
Open to REALTORS® & Business Partners

 

Finance Committee
Oversees fiscal matters at NEAR, including recommending fiscal policy, monitoring fiscal condition, and overseeing development of the Annual Budget for recommendation to the Board of Directors.
Open to REALTORS® only

 

Grievance Committee
Reviews written ethics complaints and arbitration requests to determine whether or not a hearing is warranted. Prerequisite: all-day training in Professional Standards every 2 years; Board of Directors selects members from qualified applicants.
Open to REALTORS® only

 

Professional Standards Committee
This Committee does not hold meetings. Members are, from time to time, asked to serve on Hearing Panels to hear matters of alleged unethical conduct by Members or arbitration requests. Prerequisite: all-day training in Professional Standards every 2 years; Board of Directors selects members from qualified applicants.
Open to REALTORS® only


Annual Activities

Many NEAR Committees work on the same programs every year, such as the Political Involvement Committee’s oversight of the Annual Legislative Meet & Greet Reception. In cases such as these, Committees must notify the Board of Directors of any significant changes they would recommend for a new year’s program.

New Programs

When Committees are developing new programs or activities, they must submit their plan to the Board of Directors in the form of a recommendation. In cases such as these, Committees must notify the Board of Directors before they undertake any action or communicate their plans to others.

Budgeted & Unbudgeted Expenses

Anticipated income and expenses for standing events have been included in the Annual Budget. Committees planning functions or events should review the event budget before beginning work on the event. Committees are expected to meet or exceed the bottom line on their events. Should a Committee propose a new event to be added to the schedule, an event budget with at least a break even bottom line must be submitted with the proposal. The budget will be reviewed by the Finance Committee prior to the Board of Directors considering the proposal.

Consideration of Proposals

Committees also consider proposals made to the Board of Directors for a recommendation. For example, if a member proposes a new government affairs policy, the Political Involvement Committee would be asked to review the suggestion and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors before the Directors consider the request. Likewise, if a Committee proposes spending money, that request will be forwarded to the Finance Committee for a recommendation to the Board of Directors before the Directors consider the request. Please note that timing should be carefully considered in cases where another committee will be asked to make a recommendation to the Board of Directors.

 
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Westford, MA 01886

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