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October 2016
Didn’t it seem that right after August 31st, someone turned a switch and fall was upon us? The rain and lower temperatures for a few days were great chances to get certain projects done. Myself, I had postponed a couple of projects due to the warm summer temps. But once the temperature dropped there were no more reasons to delay getting things done. It felt great to complete these things and then move on to the next project. I always enjoy that sense of accomplishment and completion which then leads to the start of a new project. Speaking of projects, we at RHA Oregon are working on new things all the time. We are currently getting ready for our planning retreat for the next year. It will be exciting to see what the future looks like for RHA Oregon in the
coming year.
 
As I look forward to the coming year and the events that will unfold, I think about how much of our success is due to volunteer help both at our office and events. Volunteering is something that has been the lifeblood of RHA since its beginning in 1927. The Board of Directors are all volunteers giving of their time and expertise in a multitude of ways. While working on writing this month’s message, I did some research into the benefits of volunteering. It’s a pretty simple thing to do. Just Google benefits of volunteering and then start reading. You will find that it relieves stress and is a great way to meet new people. It strengthens your ties to your community, and broadens your support network. It also exposes you to people with common interests and resources. Another benefit is that it gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills. There are a myriad of other benefits that you can learn about and experience through volunteering. So I encourage you to look into the volunteering opportunities offered with RHA Oregon whether it is helping with events, at the office, or serving on a committee or on the board. If you are interested in volunteering, contact our office or the chair of the nominating committee. I would also like to mention that there are several committees that are looking for new volunteers to help: Membership, Marketing, and Forms, just to list a few. 
 
The next subject that I would like to cover is education. We have started up with classes again since Labor Day. As you know, there is nothing as important as keeping up on the latest trends, laws, and best practices in owning property. Attend day classes or night classes to get the information and training to acquire your CE credits or just to learn more. Here are a couple of the classes this month: First, “Residential Financing Strategies in Today’s Market” taught by Vincent Kingston from Eagle Home Mortgage on October 6th at 6:30pm to 8pm at the RHA Annex. Then on October 13th at 11:30 am to 1pm at the RHA Oregon Annex, “Insurance Coverage, What you don’t know, can hurt you!!” taught by myself, John Sage with Stegmann Insurance Agency. There is also a Landlording 101 class on October 22nd from 9am to 5pm at Holiday Inn at 25425 SW 95th Ave. Wilsonville, OR 97070. There are also Membership and Mentoring classes and Screening Classes that you should be sure to check out. Go to our RHA Oregon website and check the calendar for more times and dates. If you don’t see a class that you need or want contact our office and let us know. We will do what we can to find what you need.
 
Anyway, in conclusion I again encourage you to volunteer with RHA Oregon. Find out for yourself how rewarding it can be. Next, be sure to attend a class or our monthly dinner to keep up with what is going
on in our industry. Have a great month and I look forward to talking with you soon.
 
Sincerely,
John Sage
President RHA Oregon
Stegmann Insurance Agency Inc.