HGAR President Launches New ‘Tea With the President’ Initiative

Mary Prenon | March 2017

HGAR President Dorothy Botsoe (center) among fans and friends at her most recent “Tea with the President” at the HGAR offices in White Plains.

WHITE PLAINS—In the first of its kind outreach to the general membership, HGAR President Dorothy Botsoe has launched her “Tea with the President” program at HGAR’s White Plains, Goshen and West Nyack offices.

From left, Doris Clark, Nikolas Stanovic, Grace Borrani, Maria Birgy, Dorothy Botsoe HGAR President, and Elisa Bruno-Midili at the “Tea With the President” event held at the HGAR offices in White Plains.

HGAR President Botsoe, who was installed as 2017 HGAR President in January, developed the idea as a way to encourage more participation in the association. “I just wanted to go out to all of our locations, and meet face-to-face with our members to listen to their concerns and ideas so that we can create an even stronger and more involved Association,” said Botsoe. “I believe this is the first time anything like this has been done and it’s so important to me. It goes along with my whole theme of inclusion as we move toward the future.”

From left: Desiree Beecham; William Barham; Deborah Habeeb Clark; Pip Klein; Linda VanDeWeert; HGAR President Dorothy Botsoe; Art Livesey; Karen Mills; Hazel Shurland and John Olivero at the “Tea With the President” event held at HGAR’s offices in Goshen.

The first “Tea” event was held in the Goshen office on Feb. 21 with more than 30 people attending, and the second, on Feb. 22 in West Nyack, brought in more than 20 members.

“Dorothy is an amazing person, and she is open to ideas,” said Deborah Clark, manager of BHG Rand Realty in Pine Bush. “It’s great to see someone with such perseverance, caring and dedication.”

HGAR President Dorothy Botsoe, standing center, with a group from Rockland County at HGAR’s West Nyack office.

More than 60 people attended the White Plains “Tea” on Feb. 28, where the topics of discussion ranged from the MLS, to RPAC, to committee volunteers. “I want to applaud Dorothy for hosting this forum,” said Maria Clair-Howard, of William Raveis Real Estate in Yorktown Heights. “For the 18 years that I have been in this organization, this is the first time I have ever seen any president make themselves available to the general members. I so appreciate the outreach.”

Botsoe promised that this is just the beginning and plans to hold these events again during the year. “We have to keep this positive energy going,” she added.

Mary Prenon
HGAR, Director of Communications