For about 5 years now, I have served on the Board of Directors of our local MLS which covers 4 counties and parts of 5 others. Sometimes the meetings have cut 3 hours out of a very busy schedule. (Anybody remember the refi boom?) However, I think that we sometimes have to look at the small contributions we make as victories for our profession. Over most of that time, the MLS Board has operated with 5 members though we are allowed up to 7. In the past 6 months, we have undertaken a review various MLS products as possible alternatives to our FNIS Paragon system. We have settled on the FlexMLS system and signed the contract. Changeover is in January. This system was my first choice. And my vote to switch constituted 20% of the decision making on the board. In addition, we have just passed by-law changes that will mandate that in addition to x number of brokers and x number of licensees on the board, one Director position will be ear-marked for an appraiser thereby assuring that our profession will have input at the decision making level of the MLS. Involvement is sometimes a pain in the behind but there certainly are some very satisfying times when one can look back at specific contributions with pride.