MARCO ISLAND — Installation banquets tend to follow the script, even if the script is unwritten. The outgoing president thanks the team, without whom “I couldn’t have done it,” the incoming president thanks his or her predecessor.
But most of what anyone is likely to remember from the 38th Annual Installation of Officers and Directors of the Marco Island Association of Realtors (MIAAOR), Tuesday evening at the Island Country Club, is Gerry Rosenblum sleeping with Shirley English.
Rosenblum, the outgoing president, lightened up the proceedings considerably when he went off script announced from the dais that, unlike a certain mayor of Toronto, “I have never smoked crack cocaine, but I have slept with Shirley English.” For those inclined to doubt him, he added, “ask my wife she was there.”
Rosenblum went on to explain that the three had shared a hotel room in Texas when their flight home was canceled, they received a voucher for just one hotel room, and MIAAOR executive director English had elected to “take one for the team, rather than spend the board’s money.” He did add that the room had one kingsize bed and said, “I leave the rest up to your imagination.”
After that, when the outgoing prez gave the “Unsung Hero Award” to his wife Barbara, and the President’s Special Award to English, it counted as the least he could do and did leave a fleeting mental image of that kingsize bed.
Of course, there was a keynote speaker, State Senator Garrett Richter, who said “It’s more fun to talk to a bunch of Realtors now than it was four or five years ago. We all know what way the real estate market is going up.”
Bette McGilvray was anointed the new President of MIAAOR. She and the other officers and board members were inducted by State Representative Kathleen Passidomo. These included President-Elect Susan Ackerson, Vice President Dick Shanahan, Secretary/Treasurer Michael O’Rourke, and directors Christine Waldren, Michael Vale, Jr., Ian Claussen, Dawn Norgren, and Ben Rouleau. Additional directors were not present.
The Realtor of the Year award was given to Bill Filbin by McGilvray, who was herself the recipient last year. Marv Needles presented the Robbie Clark Award, named after the first MIAAOR president, to Michael Vale, Jr., and Brandy Simpson received the Affiliate of the Year Award.
Additional special guests included County Commissioner Donna Fiala, and Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards. Keith Dameron acted as master of ceremonies, and ran through the Pledge of Allegiance twice when no U.S. flag was visible the first time. Musical entertainment was provided by Mitch Peters at the piano.