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Social Activities

The social life of the Board, while less active than during the golden age, continues to be popular with its members. The current range of social activities includes the REALTORS' Ball, Committee Appreciation Night, Long Term Service Awards Banquet, MLS® Golf Tournament, MLS® Family Picnic, REALTORS Challenge Blood Donor Clinic, and the Annual Christmas Luncheon.

The organization of these events is no longer the responsibility of a standing committee but is coordinated by the Public Relations Department. Of course, individual members continue to play an important role in these events.

The Edmonton Real Estate Board has successfully hosted provincial and national conferences of AREA and CREA. Most recently the EREB hosted the 1995 CREA conference. Its theme was "Focus on the Future." One topic was on the three-month pilot project launched in September where approximately 15,000 properties were listed on the Internet. Through a Home Page established by CREA, Internet users can obtain information, including pictures, from the four participating test sites: Barrie, Calgary, Halifax, and Oakville. The delegates were also informed of the efforts of the Fraser Valley and Vancouver boards to link their MLS® systems.

This article is extracted from John Gilpin, Responsible Enterprise: A History of Edmonton Real Estate & the Edmonton Real Estate Board. (Edmonton: Edmonton Real Estate Board, 1997). The Heritage Community Foundation and the Alberta Real Estate Foundation would like to thank John Gilpin and the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton for permission to reproduce this material.

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