Welcome

Bluebonnet Chapter No. 74, is the Austin, TX, chapter of the International Right of Way Association. Our Chapter was founded in 1985 by professionals in the right of way field to unite members for education, to improve service to employers and the public, and to advance our members within the profession. We are part of Region 2 of the International Association. Our current membership includes 232 professionals involved in a wide array of projects requiring real estate and right of way services.

Education

802 Legal Aspects of Easements – 02.09.18

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502 Non-Residential Relocation Assistance – 10.05.17

502 Non-Residential Relocation Assistance Dates:  10/5/2017 &  10/6/2017 CEU  Credits:   16.00 Tuition: $415.00 Member / $520.00 Non-Member INSTRUCTOR: Lisa R. Harrison, SR/WA, R/W-URAC, R/W-RAC, R/W-NAC is the
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EMINENT DOMAIN SEMINAR – 09.08.2017

EMINENT DOMAIN SEMINAR – 09.08.2017 – San Marcos, Texas Date: 09/08/2017 Location: San Marcos Activity Center, 501 East Hopkins Street San Marcos, Texas 78666  Time:
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Message from the President

Greetings Chapter 74,We had a great luncheon on October 10th. As you know, we tried a new venue with the luncheon being held at Maggiano’s and it was fabulous. The service was excellent and there was no waiting for our meal. As soon as we arrived appetizers were on the table and followed up shortly after with a full meal and dessert. Did I mention how delicious the food was? The timing of the meal and presentations were so well put together that we were literally done in 45 minutes which gave members plenty of time to socialize and network and still be out of there in an hour. A big thank you to our fantastic programs committee, Barbara Price, Michael Latham and Leila Valenzuela! The only thing missing was a photographer. We really need someone to take pictures at our events so we can share with all of those who missed it. If you are interested or know someone who is please give me a call.

Don’t miss next month’s luncheon on November 14th at Maggiano’s. Our guest speakers are Mayor, Dale Ross of the City of Georgetown and Valerie Nicholson, Council Member District 2. Be there to welcome them and learn about road projects, Go Geo and transportation issues.

Save the date…IRWA Chapter 74’s Christmas party will be held on December 16th at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center from 6pm to 11pm. Additional information will follow as soon as Alex Gale gets all the planning completed. I have heard rumors that he is planning on having the Ben Cina Band provide live entertainment again. If you attended last year, I’m sure you remember how great the band engaged with the crowd and they created a full dance floor.

Most of you have already received your IRWA membership renewal invoice and I urge you to renew your membership today. IRWA is running a Membership Renewal Campaign which will grant our Chapter one free International conference registration to Edmonton, Canada if 90% of our members renew by April 15th. While it has not been decided how registration will be awarded by our Chapter it would be of great benefit to award one of our members free registration. There are many benefits to renewing your membership, reduced class fees and the ability to network and learn about the industry. For those of you contemplating to renew or not to renew I would like to share a personal experience with you. In 2001 I was invited to attend an IRWA luncheon. I was greeted and welcomed by the Chapter President at the time, Randall Kopfher. He was passionate about the IRWA and even called me later to encourage me to join. The agency I was working for did not pay for memberships and when I presented that as my argument his rebuttal was very simple. He said, “let me give you 3 reasons why you should join, 1. The best investment you can make is in yourself, 2. You will meet great people and make many new friends, 3. It will help advance your career growth.” Since I couldn’t argue those points I joined. He was right! I have met great people, made new friends and advanced my career. In fact, I have not had to look for a job in over 10 years. Of course, I have changed jobs but not because I was looking. I have only changed jobs because someone from this wonderful organization looked for me. Recently, I left an employer and I was contemplating retirement to spend time with my newly born grandson and just enjoy life. Shortly after word got out that I had left my job, many IRWA connections of which were leaders in their organizations reached out to me with offers of employment. This reminded me of the power of IRWA and Networking. I decided I wasn’t quite ready to settle into a quiet retired grandma just yet… On that note, I leave you with this quote from Tony Gaskins “Invest in yourself to the point that it makes someone else invest in you”.

Sincerely,
Virginia Pompa, SR/WA
Chapter 74 President
2017 – 2018

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