MVAR® 2022 October E-newsletter


A message from the Board President

Happy October, MVAR:


I am in the final months of my Presidency and representation of our association and I can certainly say that it’s a bitter sweet occasion for me. I am so incredibly proud of the hard work everyone has done to move our association forward. MVAR is incredibly fortunate to have such amazing volunteer leaders, willing to serve our members and our industry. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve you in this role, it has been my sincerest pleasure to do so.


With the changing of the year quickly approaching, I am sure you’ve seen that MVAR is looking to fill a few positions on the Board of Directors. If the thought of serving in this capacity has ever crossed your mind, I ask you to put your name in for membership consideration.


Serving in a volunteer leadership has been one of the most rewarding time of my tenure, the friendships built, the relationships made and the valuable insight to happenings in and around our community and industry have been invaluable to my business. Get involved, I promise you will not regret it.


As part of our continuous advocacy work, MVAR has worked diligently to interview and support candidates in local City races, such as Woodburn, Silverton, Stayton, Salem & Keizer. Our Government Affairs Committee has spent countless hours interviewing candidates in local races, on their stance for housing and affordability; which we all recognize is a challenge in our area. A number of these candidates have been endorsed by MVAR, and it is a great opportunity for our association to be more involved locally. These are your RPAC dollars at work.


70% of everything donated stays local. This means, we are able to support candidates that are pro housing and understand the issues that plague our industry and our clients. The ability to endorse and financially contribute to campaigns gives our membership a seat at the table, where tough conversations are being held and decisions are being made. It is one more service we bring to our clients, it’s a value that is often unspoken, but intangible in the pursuit of fair and equitable housing.


I know it seems like I jumped around here, but these are all tied together. You see, whether it’s contributing to RPAC, serving on a committee, running for an open Board seat or becoming President to serve our REALTOR® community, we function as one. We believe that everyone should have access to informative resources and the ability to grow their business by supporting our industry and the foundation of the American Dream. Strong communities and organizations are built by developing strong relationships with partners, businesses and other leadership roles. Both members and home buyers rely on solid partnerships to make their transactions run smoothly and help their customers meet their goals.


In summary, get involved where your passionate. We need you and your contributions to this mission are valuable.


At your service,


Ashleigh Fordham


Deanna Gwyn Campaign Update and Schedule


Here is the walking schedule for the next week:

Saturday at 10am and 1pm
Monday at 3:30 pm
Thursday at 10am

We'll be meeting at the Paddington's Pizza on South Commercial. 

For those who used the i360 walking app in the spring, we're going with Campaign Sidekick for this campaign. Let us know ahead of time if you plan to walk and we'll get you added to the app with a walking list. If you show up impromptu, we can either give you a neighborhood or have you walk with one of us.

Obviously people can walk any time they want as well. We'd like to cover the ward at least twice before the election.


Sign Locations: We have both yard and field signs. Please help find locations.
Candidate Coffees: Deanna is willing to speak at any type of gathering.
Donations: We're working at getting as many donors as we can. Deanna's website makes it easy to donate!




Sellers Representative Specialist Designation Course


Instructor: Evan Fuchs

October 17th though the 18th, 2022


9:00AM to 4:00PM

12 CE Credit



October General Membership Meeting


Topic: "Commercial Market Trends, Updates and How it is Impacting Our Industry"

Instructor: Curt Arthur

October 19th, 2022

In-Person - Scottish Rite, Salem

8:30AM - 10:15AM

1 CE Credit


RA - Wells: It's a Deep Subject" - What to know and how to inform clients. What to watch and test for.


Instructors: Kevin Mangers - Sippel Wells

October 26th, 2022


12:00PM to 1:00PM

1 CE Credit


Principal Broker's Forum


Instructors: Kevin Nun


October 28th, 2022

In-Person - Scottish Rite, Salem

8:30AM to 10:00AM


We are thrilled to share with you how you can use your membership with us to network, view member only events, share your contact information with other members for networking, access CE Credit Courses and your Certificates! We are also implementing automated pay for upcoming MVAR dues per request by our members!


If you are interested in accessing these resources, create your login using the step by step instructions below.


Login here at this link and make sure your contact profile is complete and update-to-date so others can successfully connect with you. Explore the site and have fun taking advantage of special members only access.

  • Search the directory listing - your contact information and our other members are available in the "members only" hub.
  • Personalized member listing page - included in the directory is your own information page on the website which can include a description area, location, logo, photos and contact details based on your membership level.
  • Resources- being part of our association includes access to key sites, documents and other information to help you thrive in our community. Check out the resource area to learn more.
  • Events - advertise your upcoming events to other members and/or on our public site. Login to create your event page and submit to us for review/approval. Also, check out and register for upcoming events on our calendar.
  • Continuing Education - See which future events we're hosting offer CE Credits, and record and download your certificates online.
  • Automated Payments - As per our member's request, you can now automate your annual dues and other event payments.
    You can also use the membership app to access the same resources listed above.

Use the MemberPlus Growthzone App to gain your membership benefits on the go!


Content is always changing; please help us ensure that yours is always updated so that we and others in the community can reach you.




Happy October MVAR Community!


I can’t believe that we are already into the fall season. The rain/fall weather has made its arrival and we will soon start seeing leaves changing color. Who else loves this time of the year?!

Our Community Foundation has some exciting news to share with you all! As we get closer to the season of giving, the Community Foundation had the privilege of presenting a $2,000 grant to Salem Free Clinics last month, which was double of what they had asked for.


Salem Free Clinics provides their patients with free visits but the prescription medications needed to treat patients conditions are not free. They have an on-site dispensary where some of their patients receive a 30 day supply at no cost. However, not every medication is available on site or has a free or low cost option.

The proposed request of $1,000 would support Salem Free Clinics to give them the ability to purchase life saving medications for low-income, uninsured patients. For example, one of the most common medications they purchase are inhalers for those with asthma. Some life saving medications can reach up to $1,000 for just one 30-90 day supply. According to the Marion County Community Health Improvement Plan, 14.2% of people in Marion County and 12.6% in Polk County are living below the federal poverty line. Community members below the federal poverty line had a higher prevalence of chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes and obesity compared to people above the line.


When it was time to discuss the grant request at our board meeting, we all were in agreement to increase the amount that was being asked due to the incredible community impact that it would have.

If you know of any local non-profits that could benefit from submitting a grant request to the Community Foundation, please send us our way!




We will be selling raffle tickets until November 16th and the drawing will take place on November 16th at the General Membership Meeting. Please keep in mind that you don’t have to be present to win. We have 5 prizes to choose from and each will have their own drawing so your chances of winning are even higher! This fundraiser will help us raise funds for awarding grants to local nonprofits, fund the MVAR Children’s Christmas Party, etc.



The Community Foundation will be hosting a Silent Auction Fundraiser at Soup Wars on October 20th. You won’t want to miss it!

***If you would like to donate a basket/items for the Silent Auction, please contact us***


- MARK YOUR CALENDARS For the Annual MVAR Children’s Christmas Party!

After our partnership with the YMCA to raise funds to donate to them, we are pleased to announce that they have graciously offered us the opportunity to use their facility to host this year’s Children’s Christmas Party! Don’t forget to put the dates on your calendar for December 16th & 17th (more details to come)


We cannot thank you enough for your support,


Sarie Scott, President

MVAR Community Foundation


Announcing the Local Candidates Endorsed by MVAR!


The following candidates have been vetted by your Government Affairs Committee and approved by the Board of Directors for MVAR endorsement.


Marion County Commissioner – Position 1

Kevin Cameron (Incumbent)


Marion County Commissioner – Position 2

Colm Willis (Incumbent)


Keizer Councilor – Position 4

Soraida Cross


Salem Councilor – Ward 4

Deanna Gwyn

Silverton Mayor

Morris “Morry” Jones III


Stayton Mayor

Brian Quigley


Stayton Councilor (3 at large positions open)

David Giglio

Jordan Ohrt (Incumbent)

David Patty (Incumbent)


Please mark your calendars now for these upcoming important meetings:


Willamette Valley Regional Government Affairs Committee (WVGAC) Meeting


Tuesday, October 11, 11:30am-1:00pm

Location: Willamette Valley MLS, 3421 25th St SE, Salem

TOPIC: Threats of Natural Gas Bans

GUEST SPEAKER: Connor Reiten, NW Natural Government Affairs


1 CE credit will be issued for attendees. Preregistration required.


Lunch will be provided (sponsored by WVMLS). REGISTER HERE.


For more information about any government affairs related issue, please contact Willamette Valley Government Affairs Director, Selina Barnes, at or (503) 510-0830.


Welcome New REALTOR® Members

Brandi Plaster
Benjamin Shedd
Tim Hekman
Jarod Powell
Salvador Herrera
Jeanette Moore
Nicole Klingerman
Jason Marshall
Tyesha McDougal
Hannah Swendsen
Joseph Dafoe
Trevor Miles
Jeffery Ulven
Alexis Crenshaw Sterling
LaQuisha Burton

SMI Real Estate
HomeSmart Realty Group
John L. Scott - Salem
Harcourts Elite
SMI Real Estate
Mortgage Solutions Financial
Pac Res Mortgage
Silverton Realty
Heart & Soul Realty
eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC
BST Realty, LLC
BST Realty, LLC
eXp Realty LLC
Berkshire Hathaway HSREP

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MVAR® 2021-2022 Leadership


Executive Committee

Ashleigh Fordham, President

Drew Johnson, President-Elect

Zach Fischer, Vice President

Deanna Gwyn, Treasurer

Heidi Hazel, Secretary

Judy Gysin, Past President


Lauren Gesik

Sarie Scott

Ron Liedkie

A J Nash

Sabrina Jones

Ashley Contreras


Affiliate Director

Maeghan Egli

North Santiam Council Chair

Drew Johnson


North Willamette Council Chair

Korinna Barcroft

Trudi Schmidt


OAR Past President & WVGAC Representative

George Grabenhorst



Chris Christiansen, Executive Officer

Anastasia Hazel, Member Services

Committee Chairs


Government Affairs

Drew Johnson

Professional Development

Sabrina Jones

Special Events

Traci Benjamin

Professional Standards

Laura Dorn

Grievance Review

Don Meyer


Community Foundation

Sarie Scott 

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