The Communications Committee has been considering a way for FHA members to receive prompt email notification of news stories related to the houseboat community. Some of you have subscribed to notices from The Dock Watch, but many new postings in News and Events on the FHA website have passed unannounced. (Correction: See below.) All that is about to change.
Actually, it has changed! On July 31, you were sent the first e-alert notifying you of a news story of interest to the houseboat community. These brief alerts are sent from the website and provide you with a sentence or two of description. For the more complete story, you are instructed to click on a link to either seattlefloatinghomes.org or another link.
Why are we doing this? It has been of concern to this editor that there is a lot of news happening between issues of the newsletter, news that gets lost, or is printed weeks or months late.
Between July 31 and August 23 four e-alerts were sent. The alerts provided subscribers with information about an online PI article, No New Houseboats, which included two interviews with floating homes members. Another invited members to an August 14th Eastlake party celebrating the new shore side gardens at Ward's Cove and the extension of the Eastlake P-Patch. A Woodinville Weekly story about houseboats and the upcoming tour was posted in mid August. The latest e-alert sent a link to a new history of Seattle's Historic Houseboats.
If you didn't receive our initial e-alerts, and would like to, it's simple to add your email address to News and Events subscriber list. Go to seattlefloatinghomes.org On the home page, click on News and Events on the left of the screen. Scroll down to Subscribe and click to open. Follow the simple directions to enter your email address. That's it. You can forward these alerts to neighbors. And you are free to unsubscribe at any time.
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* Correction, 9/7/10: The News and Events subscriber list of 75 email addresses already existed. And, between August 2008 and April 2010 there were six notices sent to subscribers regarding the newsletter and annual meetings. What has changed, is that subscribers will now receive e-alerts of new postings to the FHA website, as well as 'relevant, breaking news' links to other sources.