Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from Rotarian John Trautman of JA Trautman Realtors who spoke on the Residential and Commercial Real Estate Markets over 2010 and 2011.

John began with a funny video of how our homes might look depending on who views it.

He then shared the following interesting statistics:
-3q of 2009 and 2010 decrease of 21%
-The median home prices have decreased from 177-169k
-Appraisals have become a real issue because now two appraisers are required which increases the cost of the loan process
-Sales during the first 10 months of 2011 reached 83,040 which is a slight 1.7 % decrease from one year previous
-Since 2007 the new home sales have continued to fall
-Completed homes peaked in 2006 and have declined ever since
-There seems to be a current trend in homes being purchased at a third of their value, rehabbed and put back on the market as rentals
-Around 4 million foreclosed homes must be removed from bank books before we will have a stable market. These homes are being sold in bundles of 10 at a time.
-Commercial leases in Clermont County were $12 per sq ft and are now $7 per sq ft
-The average days on market for a listing is 160 days

Next week we will not have a meeting in celebration of Christmas and the New Year

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from from Past District 6670 Governor Norma Berry who spoke on Rotary membership.

Norma began with a great question for us, “Ar e you a member of a Rotary Club or are you a Rotarian?”

In one of her travels, Norma met a man named Ed who was introduced to her as a “former member” of a Rotary Club. When Norma asked for more info, Ed shared with her that he “did not have time for a do nothing club”. This response haunted Norma and she began to challenger her own club to live up to its potential.

One of her current responsibilities in the district is to be the chair of the membership and extension committee. She is posing many questions to many clubs regarding membership. One question is, “If your club ceased to exist, would it be missed?” What Norma is discovering is that many clubs could be far more visible in their communities than they are.

We should consider whether our club has a membership issue or an engagement issue. Norma's challenge to us is to make our club the place to be in the community. She reminded us that active members are a magnet to new members. Also we should strive to create a strong bond which makes it hard for people to want to leave.

Next week we will hear from John Trautman who will speak on the Real Estate Market

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from our Batavia High School Interact Club.

Rotarians Sheila Hinton and Scott Runck lead this group of students. Interact recently had elections in November 2011 and elected Caitlin Knudsen as the President and Alyssa Northrup as the Secretary. Both of these ladies are juniors at Batavia High School.

Last year's projects included plastic bags for League of Animal Welfare, Kids for Hunger,

The following projects are planned:
Kids for Hunger
Girls will donate their old prom dresses so everyone can enjoy prom
Battle of the Bands
Greater organization for the club

Next week we will hear from Past District 6670 Governor Norma Berry who will speak on Rotary membership.