By Susie Moffat, Governors Village Communication Chair and Webmaster
The Governors Village Communication Committee announces the 2012 meeting schedule, makes a call for volunteers and offers a summary of the work accomplished by this committee in 2011.
I would like to thank my fellow members, Terry Landers and Ted Smith, as well as our POA liaison, Rosemary McGee, for volunteering to serve our community by participating on the Governors Village Communication Committee last year. The four of us will be returning in 2012 to continue these projects:
- photography program to document key events and capture the spirit of our community (since May 2011)
- welcome program for new residents (since January 2011)
- community website, governorsvillage.org (since September 2010)
Communication undoubtedly would suffer without the cooperation and willingness of people to take time to share their plans, activities and accomplishments. For their support and contributions of news items for the website, I would also like to thank members of the boards (POA, Townes and ARB), the committees (Recreation, Social, Grounds, and two ad hoc committees (Finance and Lake Development) and the community management team from Talis. Keep those announcements coming and (it may sound corny but really) please let us know how we can help you.
Communication Committee Call For Volunteers and 2012 Meeting Schedule
The webmaster could use a backup person (familiarity with WordPress is a plus). That is not all. Do you have suggestions for how to improve communications in Governors Village? The Communication Committee invites you to join us as we work to share information within our community. We can use people with ideas, skills and the wish to make things even better in our community.
Communication meetings are held on third Mondays of each quarter, with the first one to be held January 16. Here is the 2012 meeting schedule, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Bean and Barrel:
- January 16
- April 16
- July 16
- October 15
2011 Communication Committee Wrap-up
Eight months ago the Communication Committee decided to try to photograph members of the boards and committees to help residents put faces to names. We were able to get pictures of most groups, which were then posted on the community website. Member Ted Smith is the official photographer for the committee. Last year Ted also covered the community-sponsored social events and special events, such as the POA annual meeting and the bicycle safety training, to pictorially capture and preserve the Governors Village community. See photos on the Governors Village website.
Twelve months ago the committee launched a formal welcome program to help new homeowners learn about Governors Village.
Communication Committee member, Terry Landers, coordinates the program, which focuses on providing a welcome letter and basic introductory materials for new residents. The welcome involves a personal visit from local neighborhood representatives (Ted Smith, Karen Howard, Linda Kreiter and Terry), when possible, or a mailing.
As of December 9 in 2011 we have these new neighbors:
- 3 new homeowners in the Forest
- 2 new homeowners in the Lake
- 9 new homeowners in the Park
- 1 new homeowner in the Village
- 18 new homeowners in the Townes
See the welcome information on the Governors Village website.
Fifteen months ago Governors Village Communication Committee launched a new website, governorsvillage.org, and here is an update for how the website did in 2011.
- Think of it this way: the concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 18,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
- In 2011, there were 140 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 189 posts. There were 569 pictures uploaded. That is about 2 pictures per day.
- Posts featuring photo slideshows of the social events received a lot of visitors, but the busiest day of the year was November 20th with 385 views. The most popular post that day was 2011 POA Annual Meeting. Besides that very popular post, these pages got the most views in 2011: Documents, Contacts, POA and Organizations. That is great because those are the very topics that drove creation of the website in 2010. (Thanks Richard Bobst for your vision!)
- Many people receive notices through the Yahoo Group when new items are posted to the Governors Village website. Additionally, 66 people have subscribed to receive website updates by email, 21 people follow news using Facebook and 12 residents follow using Twitter.
To learn more about the function, goals and initiatives, please visit the Communication Committee page.
If you have questions or would like more information please email Susie Moffat (susie_moffat at unc.edu) or other committee members.