By Mary Lynne Gibbs • 2018 Director

CRS designees step up when there’s a call to action. Our RRC Central Texas Region contributed more than $1,000 to our charity of choice, The Refuge Ranch. The largest long-term, live-in rehabilitation facility provides holistic care for girls through age 19 who have been rescued from sex trafficking. Did you know there are currently 79,000 young adults and minors being sex trafficked in Texas alone? It was our pleasure to help those who are addressing this alarming exploitation.

“We have four girls who have already begun their journey to health, happiness and healing at the ranch and they are so deserving,” says Kristine Schmidt, a board member at The Refuge. “At The Refuge we believe there is no rescue without restoration and our circle of care is a reflection of this.” This year we also had moments of joy together as a board and a network group. This by far, I feel, is our greatest accomplishment. Another feather in our cap is that Mary Miner was named CRS of the Year for Texas.

To those who have served on this year’s board, I have profound gratitude in all that we’ve accomplished. I want to extend my highest appreciation for all the time and commitment everyone gave synergistically to create another successful year. It has been my honor to serve you. As I pass the baton, I do not say goodbye, I say carry on. I’m behind you and will continue to serve as the state education chair for 2019.

To those who have served on this year’s board, I have profound gratitude in all that we’ve accomplished. I want to extend my highest appreciation for all the time and commitment everyone gave synergistically to create another successful year. It has been my honor to serve you. As I pass the baton, I do not say goodbye, I say carry on. I’m behind you and will continue to serve as the state education chair for 2019.

Thank you to my outgoing board: trusted advisor, Gay Puckett; previous past director, Gena Hammonds; sponsors, Lili Maliner; treasurer, David Burton; education, Georganna Zaba; membership, Susanna Boyer and speakers, Ted Smith. And congratulations to the 2019 board: director, Susanna Boyer; previous past director, trusted advisor, Mary Miner; sponsors, Lili Maliner; membership, Cathy Ryden; treasurer, Linda Welsh; speakers, David Burton and education, Linda Scott. RRC luncheons for 2019 will be from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Austin Country Club on Feb. 20, April 17, June 19, Sept. 11 and Dec. 4. Please make plans to join us and become part of the Residential Real Estate Council. Happy Holidays. RL