The Leadership of Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®
Pictured from left to right...President Judy Panozzo, President-Elect Joyce Zelazik, Secretary-Treasurer Eddie Ruettiger, Immediate Past-President Ken Pytlewski, and Chief Executive Officer David McClintock
Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® is a non-profit organization that services more than 1,000 REALTOR® and Affiliate members. Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® is affiliated with the Illinois REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®, and works to provide our members with the tools and information they need to remain successful. We also strive to keep our membership informed as to the latest developments that affect housing and the real estate industry in general. Our Mission Statement below encompasses what we profess to be as your Association of REALTORS®.
The Multiple Listing Service, education programs and an extensive political action program are just a few of the services that Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® provides for its members.
Are you curious as to why we are called Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®?
Written by Bob Maciulis, publisher of Outdoor Notebook. With his permission, I present the following excerpt from his article which shows the significance of "rivers" throughout our marketplace.
**For centuries, the Three Rivers was a natural gathering region that funneled not only wild game to its wintering grounds, but to the people who relied on it for their survival. The confluence of the Des Plaines River with the Kankakee River to form the Illinois River is one of the most significant geologic sites in the Midwest. Itfunnels water from the Indiana and southern Michigan watershed-where the 500,000-acre Grand Kankakee Marsh once drained one of the world's greatest wild game, bird and fish sustaining ecosystems-to meet with the waters from southern Wisconsin, Illinois and the Lake Michigan basin. Factor in the DuPage River, the Fox and the maze of smaller feeders like the Mazon, Hickory Creek, Prairie Creek, the Aux Sable and the Vermilion, and it is evident that this is a place rich in natural resources.
Huge encampments, literally the size of some of today's cities, massed in places like the mouth of the Fox River along the Illinois. Starved Rock is an obvious place because of its dramatic natural beauty as well as the security it provided. The village of Meramech, which most scholars peg to have been south and east of Plano, along the Fox River, at one time held more than 10,000 inhabitants. Now, centuries later, these areas are often buried beneath industrial sites or have slowly eroded in time and disappeared into the landscape. Many of them fell victim to the plow and to the axe.
For certain, the rivers were the travel routes of the early European explorers, as they were for those civilizations that preceded them. Today, they serve the same purpose. Instead of 25-foot voyageur canoes transporting furs that had been traded for food, jewelry, gun powder and tools, today's commercial barges ferry essential goods up and down the Illinois and the lower Des Plaines River, then out into the world.**
So you see, the name "Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®" truly and aptly describes the areas we serve.