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 152 professionals involved in a wide array of projects requiring real estate and right of way services.

including 52 SR/WA Designations

Upcoming News & Events

IRWA Silent Auction – June 8th thru June 26th

IRWA Silent Auction opens June 8th, 2020 8 AM (CST) and closes June 26th, 5 PM (PST). See flyer for more details Silent Auction-Auction Flyer The silent auction uses an iPad or mobile app which can be found at Handbid
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2020-2021 New Offices and Awards results

Thanks to everyone for your participation in our Chapter 2020-20201 Office election and Awards voting. Nominations
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April Luncheon Canceled

Our April Luncheon at Maggiano’s is canceled due to City of Austin restaurant closures. May luncheon status is pending. We will communicates updates through our email, website and LinkedIn channels.
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IRWA Region 2 – On-site Conference cancelation – NOW as Teleconference

Region 2 – Forum – Now Teleconference
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IRWA CH 74: Course 504: Computing Replacement Housing Payments May 19-20, 2020 Austin, TX

Course 504: Computing Replacement Housing Payments
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FHWA Public Listening Sessions

FHWA Office of Real Estate Services will be hosting public listening sessions via webinars to discuss the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for 49 CFR Part 24 (Uniform Act). The public listening session webinars will highlight proposed changes in subparts
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Message from the President

May 2020 President’s Message

Chapter 74 Members,

I hope that you had a good Memorial Day Weekend, enjoyed some time away from work and the endless virtual meetings that seem to dominate our new workday.

I would like to thank our Nominations Committee (Randy Williams, Ron Olderog and Virginia Anderson) for their hard work carrying out our Chapter Office Elections! Randy, Ron and Virginia demonstrated dedication to our profession and creativity in developing procedures for our members to safely vote for our new officers.

Congratulations our 2020-2021 Chapter Officers!
Chapter President – Tara O’Neal
Chapter Vice President – Barbara Price
Treasurer – Richard Scholtz, R/W-AC
Chapter Secretary – David Baylor, SR/WA
Two Year Director – Lori Bible, SR/WA
One Year Director – Alex Gale, SR/WA, R/W-RAC, R/W-NAC, R/W-URAC

I have full confidence in this group to lead our chapter through the coming year and all changes that our chapter will have to make to carry out our mission while developing best practices to keep our members engaged while we practice social distancing.

Please join me in congratulating our award winners!
Cathy Thomas, R/W-AC, MAI,SRA, AI-GRS was named 2020 Professional of the Year; Max Roach was named 2020 Young Professional of the Year; and, Rials Appraisal Review and Consulting was named 2020 Employer of the Year!

Chapter 74 is dependent on our volunteers to keep our members engaged and provide the educational opportunities our members deserve. Please contact our incoming President Tara O’Neal for Chapter Committee volunteer opportunities.

And, please know that we are continuing to take steps to keep our members safe while still providing opportunities to learn and network. Our education committee is looking at converting some of our upcoming courses to “Virtual” classes instead of in-person courses and Region 2 is investigating social distancing options for our Refresher Seminar in College Station.

I hope that each of you and your families are staying healthy and happy. I look forward to seeing you in person soon!

Lori Bible, SR/WA

Chapter 74 President


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