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History of H.D.A.R.

Brief History

The HIGH DESERT ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, 2019 President is Cecil Volsch. Cecil entered the Real Estate Market with a passion to help make family dreams of home ownership come true in 1998.

Cecil got his Broker’s license in 2000 and decided to start his own brokerage company with his wife Charlotte and incorporated in 2002. They moved to the high desert in 2003 and, from day one, he has chosen to be involved in the activities of the High Desert Association of REALTORS® (formally the Victor Valley Association of REALTORS®). Cecil served as President of Victor Valley Association of REALTORS® in 2011. He has served as the MLS Committee Chair three times , Treasurer in 2016 and 2017, a member of the Finance Committee for the last 10 years, Government Relations Committee and served as an LCRC Trustee.

In addition to his contribution to the Local Association, he is also serving as a California Association of Realtors® Director and has been a State Director for the last 10 years. Cecil is currently on the State MLS Committee as well as Standard Forms Committee.

Cecil has been married to Charlotte for 35 years and is the father of Conrad Volsch, who is attending the University of Jamestown in Jamestown, North Dakota. Cecil volunteers on the Set-Up Team every other Saturday on the Apple Valley Campus of High Desert Church. Cecil leads a mastermind group of real estate professionals from around the country.

HIGH DESERT ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® original charter was May 22, 1948. Elton Goble was the first President and he served from 1948 through 1950. Originally named, Mojave Valley Board of REALTORS® and in 1958 became the Victor Valley Board of REALTORS®. June 1, 2014 the Victor Valley and Barstow Association of REALTORS® merged forming the new High Desert Association of REALTORS®. Today, the gavel that was presented to the Mojave Valley Board of REALTORS® in 1948 is still used at all Board of Director meetings.

Things and people may have changed over the past 70 years but our mission has remained the same. "The purpose of the HIGH DESERT ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® is to help its members become more profitable and successful." Our vision is "The High Desert Association of REALTORS® is the source of essential business services and the association of choice for real estate professionals committed to excellence and through collective action promotes the preservation of real property rights."

Throughout its history, the HIGH DESERT ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® has always strived especially hard to support the needs of the High Desert communities it serves. The HDAR sponsors several fundraising events each year, with the money raised from these events contributed to several local charity organizations.

We would like to thank our Past Presidents for their excellence in leadership through the years.  Click Here for video of our Past Presidents PPvideoCover

1975  Gary Stater

1986  Becky Otwell

1989  Jack Harrison

1990  Craig Kudrle

1991  James Phillips

1992  Chuck Moore

1993  Jason Landon

1994  Hanna Knapp

1996  Stephanie Glassey

1999  Eileen Patterson

2001  Hanna Knapp

2002  Jason Landon

2003  Bess Kline

2004  Deborah Light

2005  Donny Jensen

2006  Chuck Knapp

2007  Ann McDonald

2008  Caroll Yule

2009  Jo Ann Tidwell

2010  Glenn Zimmerman

2011  Cecil Volsch

2012  Bess Kline

2013  Michele Davies

2014  Kari Leon

2015  Becky Otwell

2016 Serena Whyte

2017 Karen Sanchez

2018 Kari Leon

2019 Cecil Volsch

2020 Lori Hitt

2014-2017 HDAR Strategic Plan

High Desert Association of REALTORS®
2014-2017 Strategic Plan

The High Desert Association of REALTORS® Leadership team met on September 22nd and 23rd, 2014 to identify and set the objectives and goals of the association for the following three years. The enclosed document identifies the key areas of focus for the association for this period.

Through the process employed in September, the association identified 5 main objectives for the organization to pursue and implement over the following years:

• Improve Member Services
• Improve Communications
• Demonstrate Community Outreach Efforts
• Engage in Advocacy Efforts
• Address Membership and Facilities

Included in this plan are the specific goals necessary to achieve underneath each objective in order to better identify if the objectives of the organization have been met within this strategic plan.

This document is to serve as a guide for the organization in order to plan for, budget, and direct staff and committees to execute these initiatives which meet the core principle and purpose of the High Desert Association of REALTORS®.

To restructure enhance the offerings of the association to meet and exceed the needs of the membership

Goal 1 -      Provide Consistent REALTOR® & MLS Orientation Experience

- Develop a formal outline that everyone goes through that is high quality content
     o Consistent materials on key points
     o High quality content to encourage broker support
- Establish a task force to make sure those presentation points are consistent
- Introduce the staff responsible for each component of the association so the members are aware of who to work with
- Survey new member orientation members at the end of the process
- Review and explain professional standards process during orientation

Goal 2 -      Demonstrate Association Value to Brokers

- Survey brokers to identify what the association can provide to them and their agents
- Develop a handout of where all of the fees go so that everyone understands where all of the money goes, and what is provided
- Develop offerings directed towards brokers on how to manage their business

Goal 3 -       Demonstrate Association Value to the Agents

- Develop agent specific education
- Utilize association events to create a sense of community
- Promote to agents the value of involvement in the committees

Goal 4 -        Develop High Quality Educational Offerings for the Agents

- Survey brokers and agents to identify what the association can provide to them with regards to education, professional development, and training that would help them succeed
- Ensure that the courses offered are the best possible courses to offer in that realm – high quality speakers, topics, and take away
- Provide remote delivery capability of courses – Video Streaming, video archiving, build a database of materials

Enhance means of communication to make members more aware of the role of the association in their real estate career

Goal 1 -      Upgrade or Improve the Website and Online Presence

- Find ways to make the website more dynamic and fresh
- Incorporate Social Media

Goal 2 -      Identify How Membership Wants to Receive Communication

- Survey the membership on what they prefer
     o Utilize multi-channel survey offering
- Compile metrics on what is receiving the most traction

Goal 3 -      Develop an Office Visit Outreach Program

- Identify top offices to connect, and target frequencies
- Establish a team of volunteers and staff to adequately cover the offices
- Develop consistent messages for each office visit
- Revisit and adapt the program to meet the needs of the offices

Goal 4 -      Create a Broker-Specific Communication Vehicle

- Different from membership messaging
- Focus on the broker specific efforts of the association
- Develop a feedback model for the brokers to communicate with the association in an effective manner

Remain actively engaged in the community as the voice of real estate for the High Desert Area.

Goal 1 -      Increase Community Awareness of the Association

- Provide relevant statistics on real estate to the community

Goal 2 -      Engage with Community Charities

- Identify existing efforts of the association, and quantify involvement
- Connect with emerging needs within the association and community
- Seek partnerships that coincide with association missions

Goal 3 -      Implement Information About Advocacy Programs

- Develop consumer oriented messages about issues
- Utilize data to educate media, the public, and elected officials on the current state of High Desert Real Estate

Goal 4 -      Improve Association's Role in Community Investment

- Participate with Habitat for Humanity
- Assist in the revitalization of the community by tying in with city government functions
     o Assist the elderly and disabled with code violations
- Communicate and publicize the efforts of the association in these areas

Enhance, empower and engage our members in the advocacy of the High Desert Association of REALTORS®

Goal 1 -      Restructure LGR to Incorporate LCRC & RPAC

- Incorporate all aspects of political advocacy into one committee
- Increase awareness and understanding of the PAC
- Develop liaisons between LGR & other committees and organizations

Goal 2 -      Educate Members and Other Committees About Advocacy

- Work with committees on events to raise PAC awareness

Goal 3 –      Continue Relationships Within the Community

- Develop relationships with government entities
- Develop relationships with chambers
- Develop relationships with affiliated industries

Maintain financial security, while not increasing dues, and evaluate facility options

Goal 1 -      Increase Membership Rather than Increase Dues

- Identify opportunities to bring new opportunities to the membership
- Coordinate with vendors for more opportunities for the membership
- Identify areas that are underserved in the real estate industry
- Demonstrate value to them in association

Goal 2 -      Develop a Task Force to Review Facility Options

- Consider all possible opportunities for the association
- Consider all potential needs within the community and industry
- Identify adequate facilities to meet those needs
- Pursue opportunities to engage those facilities
- Recommend to the Board of Directors a path to pursue

Strategic Plan in PDF


Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The purpose of the High Desert Association of REALTORS® is to help its members become more profitable and successful.

Vision Statement

The High Desert Association of REALTORS® is the source of essential business services and the association of choice for real estate professionals committed to excellence and through collective action, promotes the preservation of real property rights.


Committees and Chairs

CommitteesGovernment Relations Committee

1.General Objectives:

a. Represent the interests of organized real estate in local and state government affairs and encourage member involvement in support of candidates and issues.

b. Promote the availability and affordability of real estate by supporting organizations, which share those interests and goals.

c. Promote the preservation of property rights.

d. Evaluate the current and future impact of environmental issue on organized real estate activities in the Victor Valley area.

2. Specific Objectives:

a. Evaluate the activities of State, Regional and Local government bodies, which are likely to impact the real estate industry. (e.g. sign ordinances, lot sizes, square footage and/or other onerous legislation

b. Maintain active member awareness on issues that affect the membership.

c. Participate in State, County and Local elective process that support the Association of REALTORS® portion.

d. Act on the need for an Association representative(s) to attend city and county meetings to keep the membership informed.

e. Encourage member participation in Political Action Committee fund contributions.

f. Oppose "No Growth" measures through member education and member participation in functions addressing this subject.

g. Encourage member participation in government planning activities, i.e. advisory panels, task forces, committees, etc.

h. Increase member awareness of the current future impact of air, water, pollution, trash, and hazardous waste environmental issues on the real estate industry.

i. Process and disseminate all information received from NAR/CAR that pertains to real estate lending issues.

j. Recommend support and endorsement for local and state candidates to the Board of Directors.

k. Encourage member participation in BORPAC.

Donald Brown- Government Relations Chairman

Lee & Associates
14369 Park Ave Ste 200
Victorville, CA 92392
Bus: (760) 241-5211
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Grievance Committee

1.General Objective:

a. Consider all allegations of unethical conduct of violations of the Code of Ethics and/or the MLS Rules and Regulations in compliance with currently approved guidelines promulgated by the National Association of REALTORS® and the California Association of REALTORS®.

2. Specific Objectives:

a. Review complaints submitted by members and the general public to insure proper articles and sections of the Code of Ethics/MLS Rules and Regulations cited based on the alleged facts within the Guidelines noted above.

b. Screens complaints to prevent abuse and harassment through frivolous or unwarranted allegations filed against members for harassment purposes.

c. Members of the Grievance Committee shall attend Professional Standards training/education at least once a year at Association expense.

Mathilde Kirkland - Grievance Committee Chair

Shear Realty- BVR
15545 Bear Valley Rd
Hesperia, CA 92345
Bus: (760) 244-5464
Fax: (760)244-5250
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Education Committee

1. General Objectives:

a. Research, develop, provide and improve services, materials, programs and techniques that assist members in the successful conduct of their business.

b. Evaluate programs and services to improve the member's professional knowledge and technical skills.

2. Specific Objectives:

a. Promote "How To" programs, which enhance the ability of members to successfully conduct their daily business.

b. Produce and maintain an updated library for membership utilization.

c. Communicate information regarding educational programs to all Association members.

d. Develop and maintain a program of current educational courses for the membership.

Fidel Carranza - Education Committee Chair 

bess kline
Century 21 Desert Rock
15545 Bear Valley Rd. Ste. 1
Hesperia, CA 2345
Bus: (760) 244-8557
Cell: (760) 985-0337
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LCRC Committee

1. General Objective:

e. Review agenda when necessary and present to the Board of Directors.

2. Specific Objectives:

a. Meet as needed to prepare the final agenda for the Board of Directors.

b. Evaluate and review the actions, proposals, and recommendations submitted from sources not within a current "standing committee". (e.g. Personnel issues, etc.)

Bess Kline -  LCRC Committee Chair

bess kline

Bess Kline & Associates
20370 Oriole Rd.
Apple Valley, CA 92308
Bus: (760) 954-6003
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Special Affairs Committee

1. General Objectives:

a. Increase REALTOR® and Affiliate member awareness of the local Association through organized recreation activities, social and charitable fund-raising events.

2. Specific Objectives:

a. Plan, implement and promote periodic charitable fund-raising activities to support the Association's charity(s) of choice.

b. Plan, implement and promote periodic recreational activities and/or social events for REALTOR® and Affiliate members.

c. Plan, implement and promote the Association's Annual Installation Dinner.

d. Plan and implement an Affiliate appreciation luncheon.

Donna Canary & Pamela Rayment - Special Affairs Committee Chair

 TerriWheeler   PamRayment

USA National Title Company
Donna Cell (760) 219-0625
Pamela Cell: (760) 964-1704
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Commercial Industrial Committee

1. General & Specific Objective:

a. Promote the development of commercial and industrial areas of the Victor Valley.

Kari Leon - Commercial Committee Chair


Agio Real Estate, Inc.
20440 Hwy 18, Ste 103
Apple Valley, CA 92307
Bus: (760) 247-2641
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Multiple Listing Service

1. General Objectives:

a. Evaluate, research, develop, maintain and supervise an advanced and cost-effective Multiple Listing Service responsive to member needs.

2. Specific Objectives:

a. Continue to develop and maintain a Business Plan to support the Multiple Listing Service General Objective.

b. Continue to update the VVAR Multiple Listing Service Rules and Regulations in compliance with the N.A.R. and C.A.R. Model Rules & Regulations.

c. Continue to develop and implement methods to enforce the VVAR Multiple Listing Service Rules & Regulations.

d. Monitor and evaluate any legal implications and/or pending challenges which may adversely affect the Association's MLS Services.

Larry Mason - MLS Committee Chair

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 Mason Realty
12127 Mall Blvd Ste A 398
Victorville, CA 92392
Cell: (760) 265-1100
Fax: (800) 979-2311
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Membership Committee

1. General Objectives:

a. Seek out and encourage non-member licensees and potential Affiliates to become members of the High Desert Association of REALTORS®.

b. Develop and continue to provide an effective membership recruitment and retention program.

c. Enhance general membership meetings to increase member participation.

d. Improve and maintain a positive public image of the Victor Valley Association of REALTORS®.

2. Specific Objectives:

a. Identify Non-Member Licensees and encourage membership in the High Desert Association of REALTORS®.

b. Identify potential new Affiliate members and encourage membership in the High Desert Association of REALTORS®.

c. Keep fully and currently informed on National and State Membership Policies.

d. Work closely with the Association's Executive Officer to faithfully and objectively follow N.A.R., C.A.R. and the local Association's approved Policies and Procedures.

e. Coordinate the Association's New Member Orientation and induction ceremony programs in conjunction with the Association's Staff, as required.

f. Install an "Invitation Program" to non-members for limited monthly FREE attendance at specifically scheduled General Membership meetings/events.

g. Promote and maintain the "Sunshine Fund." (cards to members, etc.)

h. President-Elect to be a member of the Membership Committee.

i. Schedule hosts and greeters for the General Membership Meetings.

j. Arrange for and schedule guest speakers for the monthly General Membership Meetings with a focus on themes that are pertinent to the real estate industry and Victor Valley.

k. Promote recognition of C.A.R./N.A.R. designations earned by members to local media sources.

l. Encourage consistent advertising with the REALTOR® "R" and what it represents.

m. Manage and review the effectiveness of the current local Association real estate tabloid, "THE HIGH DESERT HOME-FINDER".

n. Maintain positive relationship with the Press and the public.

o. Seek public service opportunities with the Press and electronic media.

Catherine Haney - Membership Committee Chair


Haney Realty, Inc.
16700 Muscatel St.
Hesperia, CA 92345
Cell: (760) 900-8580
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Past Presidents Committee

The Chair of the Committee to be Past President once removed.

1. General Objectives:

a. Review all nominations for REALTOR® and AFFILIATE of the Year Awards Program.

b. Act in the capacity of an Advisory Committee to the Association's President.

2. Specific Objectives;

a. Schedule on calendar to meet quarterly and seek out, review and/or interview potential candidates for REALTOR®/AFFILIATE of the year Award Programs.

b. Review requirements and select individuals for the following awards:

1. REALTOR® of the Year

2. Affiliate of the Year

3. VVAR REALTOR® Esteem Award

4. NAR Good Neighbor Award

c. Make recommendations to the President concerning changes in specific awards and/or modifications to awards criteria.

d. Plan to host a reception each March to invite members to explore leadership positions at VVAR.

Kari Leon - Past President Committee Chair


Agio Real Estate, Inc.
20440 Hwy 18, Ste 103
Apple Valley, CA 92307
Bus: (760) 247-2641
Cell: (760) 559-8293
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Bylaws Committee

1. General Objectives:

a. Review the Bylaws, modify, recommend, and coordinate changes to the Bylaws to insure that the Association remains in compliance with the Charter issued by the National Association of REALTORS®.

2.Specific Objectivities:

a. Formulate amendments, additions, and/or deletions as requested by the Board of Directors, C.A.R. and/or N.A.R.

b. Educate and inform members concerning Bylaws issues.

c. Meet at least semi-annually to review Association policy as it affects the Bylaws and as directed by the Board of Directors to make specific and/or required changes to the Bylaws.

Michelle Davies - Bylaws Committee Chair


Real Living College Realty
14767 Bear Valley Rd. Ste. A
Hesperia, CA 92345
Bus: (760)244-6145
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Strategic Planning Committee

1.General Objectives:

a. Identify critical issues of importance to the members based upon assessment of member needs and future developments impacting the real estate market.

b. Establish and prioritize strategic objectives for the Association and implement Association programs through the Strategic Plan.

2.Specific Objectives:

a. Meet at least bi-monthly to assess member needs and issues impacting the Association.

b. Review and update the Strategic Plan and publish the Three Year Strategic Plan.

c. Create and send a member survey to assess member needs. Tabulate and distribute the results of the survey.

d. Conduct a structural review of each committee on an annual basis to assess their effectiveness.

e. Prepare preliminary concepts/proposals for an Association Business Plan for consideration by the Association's Board of Directors.

Cecil Volsch - Strategic Planning Committee Chair

Cecil Volsch                                                                                                                                 

Volsch Enterprises, Inc.
14372 Cronese Rd.
Apple Valley, CA 92307
Bus: (760) 211-3222
Cell: (760) 912-8904
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Finance Committee

1.General Objectives:

a. Consider and recommend the ways to maintain the financial soundness and integrity of the Association.

2. Specific Objectives:

a. Prepare and review the Association's Annual Budget with input from the Association's Executive Officer. The annual Budget for the following year to be submitted to the Board of Directors no later than the October Meeting.

b. Submit monthly Profit and Loss Statements to the Board of Directors. Analyze, evaluate and report major monthly budget variances vs. the anticipated/actual income and expense categories.

c. Review the annual Budget and determine the Association's financial ability to implement and maintain the Association's Program and Services to members.

d. Review any changes to the budget or augmentation requests to ensure compatibility with the Strategic Plan.

e. Review each committee having a financial impact on the Budget to submit a Committee Budget Request to the Finance Committee no later than 1st of September for consideration in the next year's budget.

f. Review the finalized Strategic Plan and the proposed Budget to determine the anticipated dues level for the following year.

g. Maintain and promote the continuing development of the Association's Scholarship program.

Lupe Alvarado - Finance Committee Chair

bess kline

Performance Realty
15659 Bear Valley Rd.
Hesperia, CA 92345
Bus: (760) 949-3396
Cell: (760) 221-3186
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Professional Standards Committee

1.General Objectives:

a. Enforce the Code of Ethics, discipline and arbitration matters of the Association.

b. Promote adherence to high ethical standards as set forth by the National Association of REALTORS®.

2.Specific Objectives:

a. Hear matters of alleged ethical misconduct by Association members, or the public, and to provide mediation and/or arbitration, as requested.

b. Service on the committee is restricted to individuals who have completed the California Association of REALTORS® professional Standards Training Course. This annual training program to be at the Association's expense.

c. Committee Chair to educate the committee members on the proper conduct and behavior during a hearing through periodic meetings.

Beverly Bower - Professional Standards Committee Chair

Beverly Bower                                                                                                                                          
Coldwell Banker Home Source
12138 Industrial Blvd Ste 102
Victorville, CA 92395
Bus : (760) 684-8100
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Equal Opportunity Committee

a.Promote and implement the Association's Equal Opportunity Program in the areas of minority outreach, fair housing, affirmative marketing and fair lending practices.

a. Informs the membership with regard to legislation, legal and regulatory issues related to equal access to housing for individuals, regardless of race or creed.

b. Make periodic reports to the membership on Equal Opportunity matters and report to the Board of Directors, when directed.

c. Present the concept of Fair Housing at the New Member Orientation, encouraging everyone to display the Fair Housing Logo, and encourage the handout of "What Everyone Should Know About Equal Opportunity in Housing".

Young Professionals Network

1. General Objective

Reports to Member Communications Committee View board members Purpose To be the voice of a fast-growing group of REALTORS® young professionals who are focused on personal growth, networking, and association involvement. The Young Professionals Network (YPN) is a valuable resource for those who want to build relationships with peers, advance their careers, and make a difference in their industry, community, and local association.

Young Professionals Network Chair

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MLS Dues

MLS Dues:

MLS Dues are $99.00 every quarter (every 3 months). We bill a month in advance. Electronic billing is sent to the email address you provided when you joined. You may pay online, mail in a check, come into our office, email/fax in a Credit Card Authorization form, or put a Credit Card on file to be automatically charged every quarter. We do not take cash. We can accept Visa, Mastercard, American-Express, Check or Money order for payment.

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