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The Rewards of Giving - Honored By The Austin, Texas Board Of Realtors

ABoR Press Release

Best of the Best Honored with Industry Awards

Russell LewisThe Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) is pleased to announce the winners
of the 2008 industry awards. Members will be recognized in the following categories: REALTOR®of the Year; Affiliate of the Year; Rookie of the Year; Community Service; and Cultural Awareness.


Community Service: Russell Lewis, AvenueOne Properties


Russell Lewis has been an ABoR member for more than 15 years. In that time, he has donated his service to numerous volunteer organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, the Boy Scouts of America, the Blood Center of Central Texas, the Eanes School District and Mobile Loaves and Fishes.

I have to admit that this was a very gratifying surprise when I learned from the press release above that I had been honored and I was humbled by the experience. I am no saint; just ask the person I adore more than anyone in the world, my wife of 22 years or my children or my partners and associates at work. I have my "days" and often I am not the pinnacle of patience or reason and I tend to be rather intense when involved in negotiating (though I have improved immensely over the years.) People ask me, where I get the time and honestly, it does not take much One thing I have done with some regularity over the years is pitch in when asked or when I see a need. I know in advance when am going to participate in many of my endeavors and it's no more than a couple of hours at each project and maybe a couple of times a month. Since this is the Christmas season and a time of giving, I thought I would take the opportunity to show you some of the groups I enjoy helping and some of the people involved.

Jimmy Carter Work Project 2008

Habitat for Humanity - I have been actively involved with Habitat since my first project in 1996 and wrote a blog about this wonderful organization here:

 The Luxury of Actually Owning a Home - Giving back in Austin Texas and Beyond!

Troop 5 South Rim Big Bend Park

Troop 5-Boy Scouts of America - I have had the great pleasure of helping with my son's Scout Troop, as one of a number of Assistant Scout Masters since he was 11 years old until he achieved the rank of Eagle last year. This is a picture of a small group of us (the kids were 12) along with his second Scoutmaster and family friend, Tom Martinec, at the South Rim of Big Bend National Park. We were so proud that they had backpacked all of their gear on their first strenuous trek (especially at that young age). The young man in the green vest is my son! This troop has offered a lot of fun and learning and has been a great ride through the years taking him to the jungles of Costa Rica, the mountains and rivers of Canada, The Caribbean and to camps all over the USA. I even had the chance to go along on several myself!

 Who is Healthy Bear?

Eanes School District Volunteer Since 1994, I have served as a parent volunteer, parent reader, fund raiser, committee member and health education educator with many of the Eanes elementary schools, West Ridge Middle School, and Westlake high School. The picture is part of a costume that I still wear a couple of weeks every year and I will probably write a blog post about it when I can figure out a way to not appear too crazy for doing so...Stay tuned!

Feeding the homeless

Mobile Loaves & Fishes A charity group dedicated to feeding the homeless and bringing dignity to those in such poor circumstances. The group was started here in Austin Texas ten years ago by Alan Graham. Please read more about them on the blog I posted awhile back: No One Goes Hungry-Giving back - An Austin Texas Solution The picture at right is from a newspaper article a couple of years ago. A friends daughter went along to see what it's like to help out!

Donating Platelets

Central Texas Regional Blood & Tissue Center In 1994, I decided I wanted to try and get over an un-natural fear of needles that I had carried with me from childhood. It had gotten so bad that when my wife would bring home flu shots, I was beginning to frighten the children and wanted to be a better example. I can say that it took a long time for me to stop being squeamish about it all and now I am a regular "Platelet" donor. I just passed the 25 gallon mark in donations last year and I am pretty much over my fear of needles... Learn more about this excellent organization here:

http://www.bloodandtissue.org/

I was hesitant to write about this award because I did not want to "toot my own horn" but was reminded that this award would give me a means to bring these groups to the attention of others and maybe help generate more volunteers and donations.I hope it does because every time I show up to help in some way I get an huge sense of gratitude. Not only from helping out but knowing that whatever problems I may have or any resentments that I might want to harbor, it's all good. No really, trust me on this, we are all better off when we see the world from the vantage point of those in lesser circumstances. I am reminded every day how fortunate I am to be alive and doing well in spite of any self indulgent "wants disguised as needs". It's the season for giving and it's a gift you give to yourself!

 

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86 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • December 01 2008 10:48AM

Comments

Russell,

You are amazing in so many ways. As I've told you many times, we need more people like you! Hooray for writing this blog, you're not in any way tooting your own horn. But merely showing people how amazing it truly is to "Give"! Happy Holidays Russ, we appreciate all that you do! ~Lindsay

Posted by Lindsay Allen (AvenueOne Properties ) about 1 year ago

Hey Russell WOO-HOO, we are so proud of you and all you do! I agree you are not a "saint" but your are certainly a great person and so deserving of this honor!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Russell,

Well done....you deserve it!  You do so many charities.  You are a great example for us all.

Posted by Jeff Blank about 1 year ago

Russell, we are so proud of you. You are a consummate professional at work and your involvementt in the community is an excellent example of your dedication to our town and our profession. Thank you for all you do to help others!

Posted by Anne Giles (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Your like that energizer bunny you just keep on going and giving, A BIG congrats to you Russell, you deserve the accolades! 

Posted by Crystal Ledbetter (Texas Home Group) about 1 year ago

Lindsay Thanks so much for your kind words. It is a privilege to work with good people like you! You are such a great additin to our company and I am glad we are friends!

Allysoun I was very happy to receive this award and it's also a good way to let others know about the rewards of giving! I so enjoy working with you and you are one of the best resources we have at the office! THANK YOU!

Jeff My brother (form different mothers!) you my friend are one of the people who have inspired me over the years and I am grateful for our friendship and all I have learned from you!

Anne I consider myself fortunate to be able to work at such an incredibly cool and successful company that also allows me the time and gives support for me to do my volunteer work in the community!

Crystal Hi there and thanks for dropping by. I actually make it a point to schedule my time when volunteering so I can be available without feeling pressed. It is important to give without feeling obligated! I really appreciate your comments!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell, Congratulations. That is wonderful and certainly not tooting your own horn! It's wonderful to know great people such are you. :) ~Rita

Posted by Kenna Real Estate about 1 year ago

I think your post does exactly that....Not toot your own horn but puts the reminder and the IDEA out there for the rest of us.  THank you for all that you do Russell!  You are a good hearted man!  KM

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX~Real Estate 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net) about 1 year ago

Russell, Good things happen to good people I am happy for you and consider you a great friend MIKE C 

Posted by MIKE C about 1 year ago

Rita I appreciate your comments and yes it was great to be honored but I did not want to appear to be self serving. It's funny in a way because a lot of people had no idea about most of my community involvement!

Kristin Thanks, I am glad you appreciate that and I appreciate your kudos too!

Mike Thanks so much for dropping by my friend! It's always good to hear from you! Talk to you soon!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell I think this is wonderful. I have watched you volunteer so often over the years without ever makeing a big deal of it, it's gratifying to see you receive this kind of recognition! You deserve it and you are to be commended for giving so much for all these years!

Posted by Jeannette Spinelli (Avenue One Properties) about 1 year ago

For some reason the TV show, "My name is Earl" came to mind.. Just kidding Russell.. No wonder you look so pale giving blood.. you so busy all the time.. I admire your energy.. Trust me on this one, God will be putting a few Jewels in your Crown..!!

Posted by Buster Spillar, GRI.. Spillar Oldmixon Advisors Realty, LLC. about 1 year ago

Russell:

You are an example to us all. Your last paragraph is so true and I am glad that you "tooted your horn" and that you show us that there is more to life than our problems-especially these days! You are an angel!

Posted by Liz Newell about 1 year ago

Hey, Russell!  You write just like you talk!  I'm very proud of you--every day.  Love you, Suzy

Posted by Suzy Juncker about 1 year ago

Jeannette I have always enjoyed my time volunteering and never really thought of advertising my efforts. Thanks for your compliments!

Buster That is so funny and you are a person that knows me all too well! Thanks for dropping by and for the kudos!

Liz My friend, I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with people as nice and as professional as you! have a great day!

Suzy I think that is good (I just wish I could type with more than 2 fingers!) Thank you for the comments, I really appreciate working with you!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

You do so much for your community and just ...giving in general. I'm proud to know you!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman HAWAII Real Estate & Relocations (Century 21 Liberty Homes) about 1 year ago

CONGRATS On the award!  It is a huge deal even though you were doing what we are supposed to all be doing.  What a great example to humanity Russell!

FYI, always wanted to donate blood or platelets but I don't weigh enough.  Ever since high school I wanted those free donuts and OJ..LOL!

Posted by Renee Burrows - Las Vegas Real Estate (702-580-1783) www.ShackDiva.com (The Force Realty -Realtor>Estate>Probate>REO>Short Sale) about 1 year ago

Way to go Russell! I think it is funny when you joke around about re-paying a karmic debt but you have surely paid it off many times over by now! Congratulations!

Posted by Michelle about 1 year ago

Congrats Russell!

Posted by Krisstina Wise (The GoodLife Team) about 1 year ago

WOW Russell!  I am so proud to know you and so proud of all of your efforts to help in the community!  I would MUCH rather have that award than any of the others as this truly shows your character.  I too, LOVE working in the community and to me, that is SO much more rewarding than receiving!

Congratulations Russell on your well-deserved honor!

Debe in Charlotte

Posted by Debe Maxwell - Search Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte NC Neighborhoods (Helen Adams Realty) about 1 year ago

pinnacle of patience

Hey Russell,

That's a catchy phrase!  I might have to borrow it.  :)

Now to the important stuff: CONGRATS on your award.  You're quickly becoming a legend, even outside of TX.  You're an inspiration to many of us!  Keep up the great work.

Cordially,

Bruce

Posted by Not Yet Licensed about 1 year ago

Hi Russell - A hearty congratulations for this achievement AND all the other milestones you create by giving back into your community with such generosity.  You're the perfect reality of the concept that when we give selflessly it comes back many-fold.  Keep doing what you do 'cause you do it so well :-)

Gail MacMillan Titusville Fl Real Estate

Posted by Gail MacMillan - CRS, e-PRO, GRI ~ Titusville FL Real Estate Brevard County (HomeSweetHomeFlorida.com) about 1 year ago

Russell - You have inspired me to write about my own charitable "stuff" sometime in the near future.  I have written about some of it before, but I like this post a lot. You're a good man, Charlie Brown.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 1 year ago

SallyI like the way you contribute to the well being of your community and also your work with the PAWS group which is why i post my volunteer blogs there! Thanks for the compliments!

Renee Sometime I wish I weighed less too (usually when I am running!) but you hit it on the head, I do it for the cookies too and sometimes they even give out ice cream which is my favorite food!

Debe Thank you so much, it's good knowing people like you who also think and act in the same way in giving back to our communities! It's what sets us apart from so many of our competitors! Thanks again!

Bruce It makes me laugh because al long time ago, I was in construction where the environment was much more harsh so I have "mellowed" some over the years...Thanks again for the compliments, it has been a great pleasure knowing you here!

Gail My Florida friend and one of the first people i met here at Active rain, I truly appreciate your comments and I am thankful for our friendship!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Good job, Russell!  Let me know the next time you are working a Habitat project and I might just come down and join you.  It's been almost 2 years since I worked the Rita Rebuild with TAR and I had a blast! 

Posted by Amanda Hall * FORT WORTH TEXAS Real Estate Broker * (Hall Team Homes ) about 1 year ago

Jason I am so glad I have inspired you to post something on this subject because I know you to be a very good person too who does indeed give back to the community and your new church in so many ways! Thanks for dropping by and for being such an inspiration to my blogging efforts!

Amanda! Hey there, I know that any project i worked on with you would be reward as well as a heck of a lot of FUN! When I was in Mississippi this year we were still rebuilding from Rita and it looks like it will be longer still!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

It is an honor to know you Russell.  xxoo

Posted by Susan Mangigian, West Chester PA Realtor RE/MAX Preferred, ABR (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 1 year ago

Russell you are so deserving of this award and I am proud that you represent our company so well in Austin. Great post and it is nice that you included links to a couple of your best volunteer posts. I thought the posts on Habitat and MLF were so well written and deserved to be featured. Maybe this one will get a wider audience and I think it's fine that you posted this because it's alright to toot your own horn sometimes! Good work my friend!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Hello, I wanted to visit and say congratulations for winning this prestigious award. I feel like it's the most impressive of the categories because it shows that you truly care about our wonderful town!

Posted by Erin about 1 year ago

Congratulations on receiving this award! You are an awesome person and partner. You truly model the behavior of serving others. Already both of our childern seek opportunities to perform service work and they are only in their teens. So thank you my precious, fabulous husband for setting a good example. Much love, Margaret 

Posted by Margaret Lewis about 1 year ago

Margaret, this is beautiful!!  Russell, I am so happy that you have a partner that loves and appreciates you!  Well done you two.  You made my night.

Posted by Susan Mangigian, West Chester PA Realtor RE/MAX Preferred, ABR (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 1 year ago

Russell, what a blessing you are and reward well deserved.  I was not familiar with some of those organizations so you were rights.

I gave blood once and ended up anemic and very sick, to be honest it has scared me of contributing again.  I have gained some weight since then so would probably be okay but I will have to get my nerve up to go that way again.

Posted by Marchel Peterson Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell,

You are a person who actually practices what he preaches! I can already hear you laughing at the word "PREACH" because I know you don't care for those on a soapbox but I'll bet you laugh when you read this! All of us are proud that you have finally been recognized for your many years of volunteering and here's wishing you many more! I am proud to call you my friend!

Posted by John about 1 year ago

Margaret hearts Russell!

You know, Russell, all a woman ever wants is to have her man make her proud.  Looks like you've done well in your community AND by your family.

You ROCK and your woman knows it.  How very cool is that?

Posted by Amanda Hall * FORT WORTH TEXAS Real Estate Broker * (Hall Team Homes ) about 1 year ago

Your the man Russell !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  pippa

Posted by Pippa MAC, The Woodlands TX Real Estate Remax Real Estate Spring Texas Realtor (Remax Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell!
Another reason to share with us the honor that you have been bestowed is the inspiration it is to others to take on some causes of their own or give a little more to the ones that they are involved in.  Congratulations to an honor well deserved!

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunnigan, REALTORS (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) about 1 year ago

Wow...you really make me realize what a selfish little pill I can be...good grief.  Great for you and congrats on your wonderful acts...and you are inspiring me to be a better person ;-)

Posted by Palm Coast/Flagler County Real Estate The Ross/Collins Team (Prudential Warren Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Susan The feeling is mutual and I am glad we met here!

Scott Thanks for the comments and the compliments. In reality there are so many good posts here that I am sure it is difficult for the AR people to choose and frankly I am just happy to have such a great forum where I can express myself!

Erin Thank you and I have to say that for me, it is the one award I will value most!

Margaret It means so much to me that you dropped by today because I truly feel like the fortunate one in our marriage. Thanks for knowing me so well and still loving me (and keeping me too)! As you always say "We are having a great life together"!

Susan Thank you for your kind words, I do understand how fortunate I am to have her as my wife and partner in everything!

Marchel I know that you are actively involved in your community and you certainly don't have to literally give blood unless you can do so without stress or anything detrimental to you. I always enjoy reading your posts about your area and i know that you contribute in many ways!

John Hi there, so good to hear from you and you know that I am indeed laughing because I am not much for soapbox types!!! Thanks for your comments (as always)!

Amanda Thank you too for your kind and thoughtful words. I am happy that my bride dropped by and left some comments. I do in fact adore her and it's nice that others can get a glimpse of our life! I am very lucky!

Pippa!  I so appreciate you dropping in to read my posts and I am glad you have begun blogging again! I always appreciate your comments!

Paula Thank you, I know that you are involved in your community as well and you make an ecellent point to our helping to inspire others to contribute!

Kristi You are NOTselfish at all. I think many of us get so busy and caught up in out lives that we don't have time or even notice that there is a place we can help out. I just accidentially stumbled on my first efforts though I was raised with the idea that we should always give back when we can! Thanks so much for commenting and I hope you find something to help with in your own town!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Giving back is always rewarding and will benefit you for years to come.

Posted by DeAndrea "Dee Dee" Jones (Wainwright Real Estate The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady!) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell,
CONGRATULATIONS and well deserved!  Giving is the best gift to ourselves--that is how we receive our blessings. 

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) about 1 year ago

Russell, I came back to raed some of the comments and it is so cool to see that your beautiful wife dropped by and made such a wonderful comment! You all make a great couple and you kids are cool too! Congrats again, I cannot believe this one did not get a feature star!!!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Rusty, I am very proud of you, but not surprised.  God bless you.  J

Posted by John Hemphill about 1 year ago

Congratulations - you have obviously left your mark on your community.  As a Rotarian I am working on community service projects all the time - it is so rewarding,  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka - Prince William, Fairfax ,Stafford County VA Real Estate Service (RE/MAX Olympic Realty) about 1 year ago

Hello again Russell - Just came back to read some more great comments and see that even your wife loved this one :-)  Not just Margaret and the rest of us ~ nope, even the big boys in A|R ~ this post was featured in the A|R Newsletter, good for you and well deserved!

Gail MacMillan Titusville Fl Real Estate

Posted by Gail MacMillan - CRS, e-PRO, GRI ~ Titusville FL Real Estate Brevard County (HomeSweetHomeFlorida.com) about 1 year ago

Knowing you from the professional side, this honor could not go to a more deserving person and I think you really are an amazing human being who cares selflessly for others. (Comment #10)Thanks for thriving to make this world a better place. 

Posted by Dr. Hellmuth R. Hinz about 1 year ago

Russell - Wow man, quite the honor.  To me, this doesn't come as much of a surprise.  I'm certain you are more than worthy of the accolades.  Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Posted by Jason Sardi, Pretty Fly for an Allentown Guy (None needed;)) about 1 year ago

Dee Dee I agree because giving always reaps rewards and it's pretty fulfilling no matter when or where a personbecomes involved!

Cynthia Thanks so much, It's been a very nice benefit to meet all of the people here at Active Rain who think in the same vein and you are one of those great people!

Allysoun I really appreciate your support and you are the backbone at our office! As I have said before, there are so many good posts here that I am just glad to have a venue to write about

John my long time West Texas friend, I am truly thankful for your comments and its funny but I know I will hear about my "childhood name" here somewhere!?!?!. I love the fact that I have friends going back so far in my West Texas roots that I still know and admire!

Karen I really admire you for your involvement with Rotarian's, my Father (the inspiration for my own volunteer efforts) was an active Rotarian for his entire adult life!

Gail I always enjoy hearing from you and it's cool that I was featured in the A/R Newsletter, I need to check my spam folder to see if it's there and change my email settings. I received several emails from others about this too and i wonder if it's the same as a front page "feature" no matter, I am just glad people out there read my stuff now and again!

Hellmuth I am still laughing form the email you sent earlier today. I truly value our friendship and I am grateful for all you have done for me. Thanks again for the comments!

Jason Hello there my brother, I do feel honored as it is in a very larger association and I am flattered that I received some recognition for my service over the years. I did have a great Thanksgiving and hope you did too!. Now I need to see what you and your Jennifer have been up to because you are two of my favorite new friends her at AR!

 

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

RUSTY - can we all start calling you Rusty, not just John.  How 'bout Russ?  Do you realize how much collective time we would all save by leaving off a few letters ;-) hehehehe

Posted by Gail MacMillan - CRS, e-PRO, GRI ~ Titusville FL Real Estate Brevard County (HomeSweetHomeFlorida.com) about 1 year ago

Russell:  What a great honor.  Congratulations!  I'm glad you did decide to post it here on Active Rain.  We don't get nearly enough feel good stories.  :) 

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker (Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 1 year ago

Russell:  (Note that I've worked very hard NOT to use your old west Texas name by which we all know and love you.)

You've been a busy boy!  What a lot of wonderful work - and fun? - you've had.  Your dad would have been proud of you!  Keep up the great philanthropy.

Posted by Merriet Lewis about 1 year ago

Russell- Congratulations on winning that particular prize....it seems like it's very well deserved.  I read before about some of your volunteering, and this just gave us a better idea of each one.  Thank you, and I personally think you are one heck of a guy to give back the way you do :)

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) about 1 year ago

Gail Oh my gosh or OMG as my 16 yr. old daughter would say! I can always count on your for some mischief and that's funny! I see that my cousin in Dallas already picked up on my childhood, West Texas name and it is true but the only folks who still call em that have known me for a zillion years and knew me when i was young back out west!

Chris Ann Always nice to hear from you and i have to tell you that i wrote this post a few weeks ago but hesitated until I was told it was okay because i had made every attempt t write it minus my EGO! Thanks again for dropping by!

Merriet I so appreciate your wonderful sense of humor and thanks for not continuing to stir it up with some of my friends here at the blog site! You are very right when you say "FUN" because I do enjoy the effort and the folks I work with at each endeavor. I need to email you and get caught up! Thanks again for dropping by!

Kathy I appreciate your comments and have read your posts in the past! Thanks for commenting and i need to check your blog soon!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!  You totally deserve this.  You are a genuinely good person and it shows through everything you do for others, for your friends and for your family.  There aren't too many of us still out there. I'm so glad you're being recognized for the true person you are.  What an honor!

Posted by Tiesa about 1 year ago

Dearest Featured Man, Your unselfish actions and overwhelming generosity are a testament to living a good and honest life. Your are doing the right thing trying to make the world a better place. Thank you for being an awesome person.

Betina

;)

 

Posted by Betina Foreman-Serving Lake Travis, Lake Austin and the greater Austin area! ((512)771-6318 Prospect Real Estate Solutions, LLC) about 1 year ago

I am so very proud to call you my friend! Thank you for setting an example for all of us to follow. Will you please go to my group 'ACTIVIST' Rain and post this so I can feature it? This is what life is all about. Like you said, it really does not take as much time as people think. CONGRATULATIONS!!! GBU~

Posted by Elizabeth Nieves - Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team (The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group) about 1 year ago

Russ that is an awesome award. You should feel real proud of yourself!! Throw all that modesty out the window:)

Posted by Bill Gassett Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 1 year ago

Tiesa Great hearing from you and thanks from someone who really knows me! I hope all is well and are you still on your honeymoon?

Betina Hi there and thank you, I have not had any features lately but that's because there are so many great posts here it has to be hard for the AR guys to choose! I need to check out your blog today!

Elizabeth Thanks for your compliment. I will add this post to your group!

Bill I am very flattered by this recognition and though I sometimes can be a bit cocky, this award was a humbling experience!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Hey! Looks like I am late to the party! Thanks so much for bing such a good inspiration to others, you really do deserve this award and everyone is proud of you! Great post and it's alright to "toot your own horn" in this case!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Russell I believe that giving to others is truly a gift you give yourself too! Great work, keep it up!

Posted by Michelle about 1 year ago

Russell,

You are truly amazing! For all the years I have known you (and it's too many to mention), you have been giving back your time to your community.  I marvel at your long term commitment to each of these organizations and know they are better for having you involved. You have amazing energy,.I am one of your biggest fans.

Posted by Susan Avant, Realtor (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Russell - sincerest Congratulations! You certainly deserve the award. I'll going to pass it on to the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing - they'll be delighted, too.

Posted by Sharon Simms St Pete FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (ALVA International, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Great news Russell!  Congrats on  your hard work!  What an honor - you deserve it with the heart you have in giving to others!!

Lynne

Posted by Lynne about 1 year ago

What a great role model you are to all of this. I'm honored to have you on my blog subscription.

Posted by Colleen Cooley, CRS - Jupiter Florida Realtor (Seacrest Florida Properties) about 1 year ago

Toot toot does go the sound of Russell's horn.  JUST KIDDING, you are awesome and you deserved that award more than anyone I know.  Thanks for all you do for our wonderful community AND for all the lives you touch by just being you. 

xx

Posted by Sarah about 1 year ago

Mattie I was wondering when you would show up (I kept hinting!) Thanks for the comments and thanks for getting involved in your own ways. I am very proud of you!

Michelle We are both on the same page. When we give unselfishly we always get back a lot more!

Susan I am very flattered by your comments and as a friend who has seen me go through some ups and downs over the years it is especially gratifying to hear that! Thanks!

Sharon Thanks and I think that would be very cool. I rarely self promote in this way but I like everything about CLHMS and would be happy to see how it is received by them. BTW, thanks for being such a great teacher!

Lynne I appreciate your comments and I am glad to see you doing well these days!

ColleenThank you for dropping by, I will have to check out your blog soon!

Sarah Hi there, I am so happy to hear from you and hope you are doing well at the new office (I know you are and always will) and miss you sense of humor and our shared sense of mischief! Thanks again!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

I made a comment earlier but I failed to not that "Mr. Healthy Bear" is now out of the bag!!! That is funny and someday you should write about your adventures as a furry health educator! Seriuosly though, congratulations on a well deserved award!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Hey my friend, I dropped by your house to say hello and your daughter told me about your award and your blog. I will have to subscribe when I get home. I logged on here at your house so now I can rummage through your files! HAHA! I am glad the ABOR recognized you in this way and you deserve this award because you have been giving back to this community for so many years. Congratulations!

Posted by John about 1 year ago

Jeepers - If you don't post something new pretty soon, I'll threaten you with your NickName ;-)  I'm a reciprocal maniac (crap, I have no idea how to convey that notion)...oh well...off and running :-)

Posted by Gail MacMillan - CRS, e-PRO, GRI ~ Titusville FL Real Estate Brevard County (HomeSweetHomeFlorida.com) about 1 year ago

Oh wait, I did think of a way to convey my maniacal nature!

Maniacal Gail

 

Posted by Gail MacMillan - CRS, e-PRO, GRI ~ Titusville FL Real Estate Brevard County (HomeSweetHomeFlorida.com) about 1 year ago

Hey, you have had so many cool and funny comments here and lots of wonderful congratulations and we are all so proud of you! Way to go!!!!!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Scott That's pretty funny and I am sure I will get some grief for it, (That's why I just showed the head) I am still trying to decide about blogging on the subject...I may do so in January when I an scheduled to appear at two of the elementary schools!

John! Did you find anything interesting???? Just kidding, thanks for commenting and I will talk to you soon!

Gail I am so on the same page "I'm a reciprocal maniac " and I often go to peoples posts and just ask for them to post something new!!! Oh BTW that is the PERFECT illustration, my daughter came on and said it was very cute and cool and wants a copy for her face book so I gave it to her. We are certainly of like mind on many things...crazy and otherwise!

Mattie Thanks, I always have fun reading and commenting with the great people I have met here at Active Rain!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Well done, Russell. You bring such positive energy to the office. I can only imagine you in action for one of your "Pet Projects"! Keep up the good work!

 

Posted by Terri Moore (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Terri Thank you! Ido have plenty of energy and as you know it's best for me to keep busy so I stay out of mischief!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Hey! How did the big Awards Ceremony go on Friday night? I bet you looked good in a tux! You should post some pictures and blog about it but you probably wont...You are so funny because you do not like "tooting your own horn? HOWEVER, you deserve it for all the wonderful acts of kindness! See you next week!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

You should post about the awards ceremony! I heard you gave a very good acceptance speech within the 90 second time limit! And people would love to see you in a Tux too!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Alrighty then, my vote is for you to write a post about the Awards Banquet and you absolutely have to include a picture of you in a Tuxedo!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Congratulations! Involvement in community service is usually it's own reward, but it looks as though you have earned that and more.

Posted by Tim Bradley, CCIM Jackson Wyoming Commercial Real Estate (Contour Investment Properties) about 1 year ago

Allysoun The Awards event was actually a lot of fun and i still fit in my Tuxedo! I am not sure about posting about it because it would seem sort of redundant but I appreciate your support (AS ALWAYS!)

Scott the event was a lot of fun and I enjoyed giving a short speech! I can already hear people laughing (Russell gave a SHORT speech?)

Mattie I will have to figure out a way to put a picture in a future post. I look kinda sharp in a tuxedo becauseMargaret dresses me so well!

Tim Thanks for dropping by, it really is a good feeling to be recognized for giving back to the town that has given me so many opportunities!

 

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

WOW RUSSELL -- this is my Favorite Blog to date.  Congratulations on your award, it's well deserved & Thank You for all your unselfish contributions.  It's people like you that make this world a better place.

 

Posted by Mandy Andrews (Texas American Title Company) about 1 year ago

Congratulations on this award again! You need to check the new ABOR newsletter, there is another article written about you receiving this award and the work you have done in Austin!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

MandyThank you so much! I appreciate those words coming from you and it's been very nice receiving the recognition for work I enjoy doing every month!

Scott Thank you again and thanks for the heads up, I will check you the new issue!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

I saw an article in the newspaper about you winning this award! Congratulations and thank you for all you do for the less fortunate in our community!

Posted by Jimmy about 1 year ago

I saw an article in the newspaper about you winning this award! Congratulations and thank you for all you do for the less fortunate in our community!

Posted by Jimmy about 1 year ago

Jimmy, Thanks again for your comments and for pointing out the fanfare in the newspaper, it has been flattering to receive this recognition!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Hey Russell, I am happy to hear that you still fit in your tuxedo so you should definitely do a post about the event and include that snazzy picture!

Congrats again on this wonderful award!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Allysoun, I do not know if I have enough "new" material to post about the function but I did enjoy wearing my tuxedo and was also happy to be rewarded for my work and the opportunity to speak about the groups that give so much to Austin and bring some attention to the good works they do!!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

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