NAME THE ASSOCIATION CONTEST!
As part of the merger agreements approved in 2015, the Members agreed to change the name of the Association. The Board of Directors has instituted a CONTEST! Below are the contest details and rules:
Grand Prize: $500
Submitting an Entry: Just complete this Entry Form online. Once you complete the entry form, you will receive a submittal confirmation.
Contest Details: All members will be invited to submit three choices for the new Association name. A panel composed of one person from each of the three Councils (Duplin-Sampson Council, REALTORS® Commercial Alliance SENC, and Scotland Council), the WRAR President and Past President, and two at-large members appointed by the President, will determine the final contest winner. If the same name is submitted by multiple members, the final determination will be by random drawing on a date in early May. The new Association name will go into effect once all necessary approvals are obtained from NAR and filed in NC.
Please Remember: The name must reflect the association's "service area" (i.e., the geographical area encompassing a majority of members' offices, and the offices of other REALTOR® firms who purchase association services without holding membership locally under Board of Choice). These counties would include New Hanover, Pender, Duplin, Sampson, and Scotland counties. If you want the most complete understanding of NAR Requirements: CLICK HERE.
1) Names may not reflect adversely on the REALTOR® organization (e.g., use of a name that implies that membership is somehow restricted by race or religious beliefs, etc.).
2) The name may not be deceptively similar another association's name. The term "deceptively similar", means that the name selected by an association is sufficiently similar to the name of an existing association so as to be misleading. For example, an association selecting the name "Greater Orange County Association of REALTORS®" when another association named Orange County Association of REALTORS® already exists might be considered "deceptively similar."
3) Reflects the association's "service area" (i.e., the geographical area encompassing a majority of members' offices, and the offices of other REALTOR® firms who purchase association services without holding membership locally under Board of Choice). These counties would include New Hanover, Pender, Duplin, Sampson, and Scotland counties.
4) Is the proposed name descriptive of this Association’s service area, or does it suggest or imply that the association serves a significantly larger geographic area than has been demonstrated?
5) Will the proposed name potentially confuse the public and/or the real estate community with respect to the names/alternative names of other associations?