- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 20, 2006

More than 50 volunteers from the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR) teamed up for the 19th annual Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon Nov. 18 on the Mall.

GCAAR members walked to raise money for the association’s two designated organizations, Montgomery Housing Partnership, a nonprofit group working to develop affordable rental housing in Montgomery County, and Bright Beginnings, a child and family development center in the District.

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The Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association (MNCBIA) granted Leadership Awards to two members during ceremonies Dec. 8 the Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase.

Roger M. Lebbin of Mid-Atlantic Homes Inc. was named 2006 recipient of the Milton E. Kettler Award for service to MNCBIA, the building industry and the community.

Mr. Lebbin, who has served on the association’s board of directors and as president in 2001, also worked with the Home Builders Care Foundation, helping to obtain more than $150,000 annually in donations from the building industry to the Help the Homeless Walkathon.

Joseph C. Smith of Georgetown Insurance Service Inc. was selected as the 2006 recipient of the Joseph C. Rodgers Sr. Award, presented to a nonbuilder member in recognition of outstanding contributions. Mr. Smith is serving his fourth term on the board of directors and was honored for his service and contributions to the association, including serving in 2005 and 2006 as co-chair of the Membership Recruitment Committee.

MNCBIA (www.mncbia.org) comprises 750 building and development companies representing the interests of more than 18,000 employees of the building industry and its affiliated professional and service firms in the Maryland counties of Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s and in the District of Columbia.

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Luis A. Lama, associate broker of the Long & Foster Real Estate office in Falls Church, was installed as the 2007 chairman of the board of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors in ceremonies Dec. 7 at the Reston Hyatt.

A native of Peru and formerly a professional engineer, Mr. Lama became a Realtor in 1988. He is a certified residential specialist and a graduate of the Realtor institute.

Named officers for the 2007 NVAR board of directors were: Jane Quill, chairman-elect; Susan Mekenney, secretary/treasurer; and Margaret Ireland, immediate past chairman.

Also honored were: Renee Miller, honorary life member; George Creed, NVAR hall of fame; and Kevin Connelly, affiliate of the year.

NVAR (www.nvar.com) provides a variety of services to more than 13,000 members who carry out a $16 billion real estate industry in a community of more than 2 million residents.

Address Real Estate Notes to Friday Home Guide Editor Jay Votel, jvotel@washington times.com. No photos or phone calls, please.

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