Dorothy Botsoe | March 2017

Dorothy Botsoe

“When change is afoot, it’s always exciting to get involved and be a part of the movement instead of going along for the ride as a mere participant. I’m psyched!”—T. Teresa Belmore, BHG/Rand Realty

Teresa said it best; we are in an exciting time at HGAR as we begin to experience what it really means to be “included.” The Tea with the President sessions have gotten off to a great start with get-togethers in Goshen, Nyack, and White Plains where I met with more than 100 members to listen and just “talk”—having a conversation for a change.

“Upon entering, I didn’t know what to expect or what topics would be on the agenda, but from inception to conclusion, I was thoroughly impressed! The discussion was informative, lively, progressive and productive. I was encouraged and felt my voice was heard,” Belmore said. “So much so, I’ve signed up to become more involved in committees that match my interest, knowledge and life experience.”

I am hoping more members will feel like Teresa Belmore and get involved. We are working as one; this is your board, our board. There are a number of committees to join and participation in this process is part of the formula to our success, especially at a time of possible significant regulatory and tax reforms, as well as other economic changes, including rising interest rates. The real estate industry is going to be presented with both opportunities to seize and challenges as this year progresses. It will certainly be interesting to watch market leaders who are able to both capitalize on opportunities and overcome the obstacles to achieve growth and success. HGAR intends (through its emphasis on inclusion) to help ensure those successes. Many of our members are working diligently towards rejuvenating their commitment to the business.

“Exciting news, Dorothy is bringing Orange County back on the map…. (The tea is one of) many sessions she will be hosting to get everyone’s ideas on what we want to see in Orange County. She is open to idea.” —Deborah Clarke, Pine Bush Branch Manager, BHG/Rand Realty

We all have to be open to embracing the collective power of who we are in this industry. There is much work to get done and we can have fun and enjoy doing it together. Our differences are what make us special. Just like there are so many brands and flavors of tea—green, black, white, herbal and chai— for us to enjoy, I want to celebrate those differences and provide a platform for every member to be heard, and to put your suggestions and concerns into action. We are the world. From the MLS, to RPAC, to getting more support and resources for your work, the Tea Time sessions are designed to create a relaxed environment of fellowship and inclusion. I want to meet as many people as possible to better understand what HGAR needs to do to build an even stronger organization.

I want our members to take ownership of what it will take to make these impactful changes and meaningful decisions; and do everything in our power together to ensure that the board is working in the best interest of the members and not the other way around. The most important question I want to continue to pose at our Tea Time meetings and beyond: “Are we, the board, doing our job to represent you to the best of our abilities?” We must remain accountable to the HGAR mission and vision: creating opportunities for members to grow their business and succeed in their communities, and making members their best.

I am committed to this mantra as we move away from exclusion and into inclusion.

“Tea with Dorothy should be a constant avenue to get our (your) message to all of the troops. We need more participation and anything I can do to help, please let me know. I know it’s only the beginning,” Angelo Ponzi, PLI Realty

Yes, this is only the beginning. We will have more teas, more platforms for discussion, and more time together to continue to build our organization. Don’t miss the next Tea Time! #wearetheworld.

Yonkers (Hampton Inn):  Tuesday, March 21 – 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

HGAR West Nyack:  Thursday, March 23 – 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

HGAR White Plains:  Friday, March 24 – 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

HGAR Goshen:  Tuesday, March 28 – 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Check the HGAR website for further details on future Tea Time programs.

Please feel free to contact me at or at 914-328-3650.

Dorothy Botsoe
Dorothy Botsoe is 2017 President of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Inc.