As a Governor, I was under the impression that my job was to mentor and assist my Chapters. I never dreamed that I would be the one doing all of the learning. I guess the old saying it is better to give than receive is true. I recently visited the McAllen Chapter of Women’s Council of REALTORS®. It is not unusual for each Chapter to have some differences in the way they hold their meetings. One of the first things I noted was that each of the Governing Board Members took turns to prepare a homemade lunch for the Board. This month was Belinda’s turn. I have never had the opportunity to eat homemade tortillas before, but they were amazing!
Before beginning the meeting, I asked Robby (the President Elect) if each member would introduce themselves by telling me who they were and their position with the Chapter. I was completely taken back with two ladies in particular. I did notice that both ladies came in together, sat down next to each other and even resembled each other a little bit. They did not look like each other like twins would, but they were both wearing the most beautiful hats. Kay preceeded to tell me that she was originally from the Austin Chapter. She had met her friend Rachel in 1998 when they were both Local Chapter Presidents. Kay was the Austin President and Rachel was the Brownsville President. Kay began to tell me that they kept seeing each other at all the WCR meetings they would attend. They quickly became friends; in fact better than friends, I would say they were sisters. Last year, Rachel became ill. Very ill, in fact. Kay came for a visit and never left. She moved her life to be able to take care of her WCR Sister. Rachel told the same story from her perspective.
You could not help but have you heartstrings pulled from their love. This is exactly what Women’s Council of REALTORS® is all about! The relationships that are formed are more special than you could even imagine. This is not something that a non-member can even understand. Kay and Rachel are the perfect example of can be gained from membership in Women’s Council of REALTORS®.
And then I began to see the strangest things. The entire McAllen Chapter had this crazy love for one another. The each cared for everyone in the same manner that Kay took care of Rachel. This Chapter was so inspiring to me, personally and professionally.
At the end of the meeting, I was presented with a 2010 Silver Dollar. It was then explained to me that every Governor that visits the McAllen Chapter is presented a Silver Dollar from the year they visit McAllen. A simple gift in some way meant more to me than anyone could imagine. It was as if in some way with the acceptance of the Silver Dollar that I became one of them. As I reflect on the trip, I find myself asking who was the teacher? I was definitely the student!