A "Shout Out" for Class-Act Active Rain Member, Michael O'Connor

A "Shout Out" for Class-Act Active Rain Member, Michael O'Connor

As some of you might know, I post a Mystery Photo Contest here on Active Rain every month--the same one that goes to my clients and sphere in my electronic newsletter and my snail-mail ones, on my Facebook page, etc.

This month I changed the format so that people in distant locales had a bit of a chance in identifying the type of photo, even if not the exact location. The strategy was successful, more people joined in the fun, and this month the winner was none other than Michael O'Connor, our colleague from Mira Loma, California -- his name was arbitrarily drawn from the pool of correct answers. I figured a gift certificate to a local restaurant or shop wouldn't be much use, so I offered him his choice of 2 free movie tickets or a Starbuck's card.

And here's Michael's response to learning he had won:


"Rather than sending a gift card I'd be honored if you'd make a donation of the card value directly towards the San Carlos Public Library.  My original thought was that you picked that library but unfortunately I never found any photos of the back of the building and clearly these weren't on the front.  ;-)"

Tomorrow I'll be sending a check to the Friends of the San Carlos Library, along with a copy of the posts so they understand how this came about, and can appreciate Michael's thoughtfulness.

Who knows, maybe Michael will visit this area sometime and pop into our beautiful library and see first-hand what a great resource it is to the City of San Carlos. (My apologies for the poor photos!)

San Carlos Public Library, San Carlos, CA 94070Friends of the San Carlos Library

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547



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Comment balloon 15 commentsLottie Kendall • July 20 2010 12:13AM


Go Michael!  Lottie what fun! 

Posted by KAREN SANCHEZ, ...Marketing your home like no one else will. ( Hamilton Landon Real Estate) about 9 years ago

I'll have to check out this mystery photo contest.  I love contests.  I stink at them, but I love them.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) about 9 years ago

Karen -- it is fun, and Michael's got class, right?

Jane -- I usually post it one of the last days of the month -- hope you spot it, and hope you join in the fun!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 9 years ago

Lottie, from personal experience, I can assure you that the folks at the library are going to greatly appreciate you and Michael.

And thanks for changing the format.

Posted by Mary Kay Hopkins, e-PRO,GRI,CRS (Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB) about 9 years ago

Lottie - Very nice gesture from Micheal. Thank you for sharing an excellent blog.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) about 9 years ago

Lottie....that's a nice story and he is a class act for doing that.....I'll check out his blog and mention I found him because of your contest.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 9 years ago

Lottie - Michael is simply the best when it comes to finding answers to our puzzels. He also shows his personal side in his actions with the donation.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Lottie, Kudos to both of you! 


Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) about 9 years ago

Lottie I did not know about the contest either and congrats to Michael.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Mary Kay -- The Friends of the Library does a great job of outreach to the community, arranges book sales, and other activities to raise funds for some of the special programs. They're great.

John -- glad you enjoyed the post

Barbara -- it's fun to find new people to get acquainted with here, isn't it?


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 9 years ago

Kathy - Agreed, 100%

Judi - glad you liked this

Charita - I should have the next one posted around July 29 or 30 - if you see it, I invite you to play along.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 9 years ago

Lottie - I love your photo contest idea and his response!  Awesome!

Posted by Andi Grant, Helping 1st time buyers and home sellers in LA! (310-508-4354 | FirstTimeHomeBuyerRealEstate.com) about 9 years ago

Lottie--Wow!!!  Guess I have missed a lot in three months.  Thanks for checking up on me via FB.  Now I am gradually getting my life back in line.  It is good to visit my AR friends.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Hi Andi - Glad you like the contest idea. Check back around the 29th or 30th -- I'll have next month's posted!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 9 years ago

Mary, so nice to see you here again--it's been fun staying connected via Facebook, but I'm looking forward to reading more of your good thoughts here.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 9 years ago