By Debbie Teofilo
Special to the Sun
Warmth filled the room at Paradise Cove Lodge on a chilly Monday night during the installation dinner for the Kern River Lake Isabella Board of Realtors (KRLIBOR). It was quickly apparent that the warmth also reflected the giving nature of the local real estate business for the betterment of the Kern River Valley community.
With a small membership of 26 realtors, it was surprising that the room was filled nearly to capacity with over 75 guests as a testament to the statement that “it takes a village” to make the business of real estate thrive. Vendors such as insurance and escrow agents, bankers, contractors and landscapers were in attendance and were treated as one of their own. Incoming KRLIBOR President Monica O’Brien explained the interconnectivity of the professions by saying, “Every time we sell a house, we create jobs.”
It was clear during the festive mood of the evening that the focus of the Board of Realtors goes beyond day-to-day business to a dedication of giving back to the community. In recognition of the season, donated gifts were given to every person in attendance, but it was the community-at-large that was the major recipient of its generosity in 2018.
For the past three years, the Board of Realtors has participated in the Adopt-a-Highway program by keeping a stretch of road free of trash, and has donated a dumpster to the Keepers of the Kern. When general fundraising efforts fell short of goals, KRLIBOR board members raised funds in-house to make a donation to the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce for the 2019 fireworks show. In 2018 the KRLIBOR donated funds to the Happy Feet Dance for special needs children, to the Nuui Cunni Native American Cultural Center during the slow business times caused by construction of the boat ramp, to Wallace Middle School for Camp Keep, and to the FFA at Kern Valley High School.
Incoming President O’Brien thanked the agents and vendors who contributed during the past year, stating, “We couldn’t have done it without you all. We look forward to 2019 and another great year for the valley and helping the community.” With memories of the local Erskine Fire still very fresh, an additional KRLIBOR goal for 2019 will be donating to the Chico Board of Realtors on behalf of those who lost their homes in the Camp Fire.
Installed on the KRLIBOR Board of Directors for the 2019 term were Monica O’Brien as President, Carol Hedges as Vice President, and Betty Heins as Board Director. Debbie Freeland was on hand to represent First District County Supervisor Mick Gleason in presenting Certificates of Recognition to outgoing KRLIBOR President Julie Jones and Vice President Monica O’Brien for their community service in 2018.