A lifelong resident of Mount Joy, Lancaster County, Ferne Silberman of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices HomeSale Realty began her real estate career in 1988 and received her Broker’s License in 2016. At LCAR she has served on virtually every committee, chaired the Government Affairs and Community Partnerships Committees and served as an LCAR Director since 2012. In 2011 she was honored as LCAR’s 2011 Realtor of the Year, and in 2017 she received the Distinguished Service Award.
Since 2009, Ferne has also been actively involved at PAR where she has served on the Board of Directors, numerous task forces and the Standard Forms Committee. In 2012 and 2018 she was named Pennsylvania’s CRS of the Year. Ferne also completed the PAR Leadership Program in 2009.
Ferne attends the NAR Mid-Year Meetings in Washington, DC in May, the NAR Conference in November, Triple Play in December and the Berkshire Hathaway Convention in March. She is also a firm believer in supporting LCAR-PAC and RPAC because she believes that if real estate is your profession, politics is your business.
In her community, Ferne serves on the Civil Service Commission for Mount Joy Borough, is a member of the Emergency Management Agency, co-chairs the Warming/Cooling Centers in the Borough and is a member of the Mount Joy Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce.
As a mother of seven, stepmother of two, grandmother of 18 and great-grandmother of two, holidays are never boring for Ferne and her husband, Alan. She loves the beach, taking cruises, baking a ton of Christmas cookies and riding on the back of a CanAM Spyder since mobile technology lets her work while riding.
The following is a transcript of Ferne’s speech at the Annual Banquet on January 23rd when she was installed as LCAR’s 2020 President.
Good evening and welcome to the 85th Annual Banquet of the Lancaster County Association of Realtors. In preparing my remarks for this evening, I could not help but reflect on what has occurred since 1988 when I received my Real Estate License. As most of you know, I chose real estate as a career when I was a single mom with six children at home, the youngest was four years old. Flexibility was necessary to be able to work around their needs. At that time I was oblivious to the workings of LCAR, PAR and NAR. When the children were older, I volunteered to be on the Community Partnerships Committee as attending the Annual Charity Dinner was a meaningful and fun experience. Being on the committee provided an on-site tour of TLC, and the work they do is amazing. That experience was a game changer, and I was hooked as a volunteer for LCAR.
Then a friend asked me to go to the PAR meetings in Harrisburg, and this was another game changer. Being a member of the Standard Forms Committee at PAR has been the most rewarding committee I served on at the State level. These forms are used in our business every day, and the fact that we have a voice on the content is huge.
If you have not experienced being on a committee at LCAR or PAR, you have no idea what you are missing. You get so much more out of the Association by getting involved and by giving. You get a better appreciation for our Associations, what they do, what they represent and the services that are provided to the members. By being involved with LCAR and PAR, another great benefit is the friendships you develop locally and statewide.
Five things I would like you to consider in 2020 . . . 1) When the LCAR committee sign-up forms come out in the fall, give serious consideration to signing up for a committee. 2) Attend the October Charity Dinner. 3) Be the person in charge of putting together an awesome basket from your office as an auction item. 4) Attend a PAR Business Meeting — they are free and open to all. If time doesn’t allow you to attend a full day, check the schedule and choose a committee/speaker that is of interest to you. 5) Please consider making a donation to LCAR-PAC and RPAC. If real estate is your profession, politics is your business.
In closing, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all those who have supported me on this journey. First would be the most important people in this world to me — my husband, Alan, my children and their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Second my business family, Berkshire Hathaway HomeSale Realty, my office manager, Gary Schlectic, my team members and other dear friends in the business. Richard Boas was an outstanding President in 2019 and has been a huge source of support by telling me, “Ferne, you can do this!” Many thanks to all of you!
I appreciate each one of you for attending tonight and look forward to representing LCAR in 2020 with the guidance and assistance from the Board of Directors, LCAR Staff Frank, Judy, Gwenae, Tracy and Frank IV. I am going to look at this adventure as “raising another family”. Please know I am available at any time for any questions or concerns you have.
Ladies and gentlemen, I appreciate your time, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your evening.