100th Anniversary 1908-2008
On May 12, 1908, 120 men representing 19 boards from 13 states and one state association, met in Chicago to establish the National Association of Real Estate Exchanges to "unite the real estate men of America for the purpose of effectively exerting a combined influence upon matters affecting real estate interests."
During that same month, talks were ongoing about establishing a local chapter here in Columbus, and on June 19, 1908 the Columbus Real Estate Board was officially started with the election of its first officers and President. In all, 27 men voted, adopting a two-page constitution and bylaws for the Board which still hangs today in the Columbus REALTORS® Boardroom.
Throughout the first 100 years, the name changed to Columbus Board of REALTORS® and now Columbus REALTORS®. The offices have been located in at least three buildings - most notably the current location on Airport Drive - the first time the association built a membership headquarters from scratch, rather than adapting to an existing space.
From charitable causes to political ones, from Presidential Balls to Ohio's largest real estate expo, Columbus REALTORS® and its members have set a precedent as leaders in the real estate industry and the community.
100 Moments in History
As part of the Centennial Celebration, during the 100 days leading up to the President's Ball on Dec. 13, 2008, a new "Moment in History" was posted to the association web site and MLS Welcome Screen each day. 100 Moments
100 Acts of Kindness
To help celebrate our Centennial year, a special award was created to recognize the everyday efforts of our members. What started as a goal to recognize 100 members for their acts of kindness turned into recognizing more than 500 of our members for their dedication and community service! See the complete list of 100 Acts of Kindness recipients.
100th Anniversary Book
To commemorate our first 100 years of professional service, advocacy and community outreach, the Columbus Board of REALTORS® published a special anniversary book. The 56-page hardcover book features a timeline of significant events and memorable photos from the last century. View the 100th Anniversary Book.
Past President's remember the first 100 years of the Columbus REALTORS®
To help commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Columbus REALTORS®, Past Presidents were asked to share their experiences and memories of their year as President. Download and read the articles below.
- Bob Weiler, 1976 President (January 2008 issue)
- Myrna Kobre, 1979 President (February 2008 issue)
- Nancy Sharp, 1990 President (March 2008 issue)
- Max & Margie Holzer, 1983 & 1988 Presidents (April 2008 issue)
- Patrick Grabill, 1992 President (May/June 2008 issue)
- William McMenamy, 1989 President (July/August 2008 issue)
- Rupert 'Twink' Starr, 1973 President (September 2008 issue)
- George Smith, 1993 President (October 2008 issue)
- Harley E. Rouda, Sr., 1969 President (November 2008 issue)
- Orin Morris, 1965 President (December 2008 issue)
Read the December 2008 In Contract article, Celebrating 100 years, commemorating some of Columbus REALTORS'® most notable events.