It has been a privilege to serve on the Haw Creek Community Associations board for the past four years, three as your president. I have been involved with our community, not for any personal reason, because of my love of Haw Creek and our beautiful valley. As I step down, I have been reflecting back.
Two main points that stick out, our stand on density development and Airbnb stays in Haw Creek. We have opposed both per surveys that have been done in our community, which show that the majority of respondents do not want density development in Haw Creek and they do not want short-term rentals (Airbnb). It is my hope that the new board will preserve the beauty of our valley by opposing these.
Socially, we have had many community activities, which, over the years have increased in attendance with many residents commenting this is the best our Association has been in years. The entire board has worked hard to make this an inclusive neighborhood with a variety of activities.
We now have a new website, ilovehawcreek.com, thanks to the guidance of our secretary, Paula Marzella, who not only guided us to a wonderful web designer, but who has also been instrumental in keeping the site up-to-date.
Our Facebook page is more active than ever with more people following us on a weekly basis. People are posting about missing pets, bear sightings, city sponsored activities, community activities and more. Yes, right now our posting are minimal, but it is winter and activities slow down. Check out FACEBOOK.
We have gone from a quarterly newsletter, one of which was print and three emailed, to a digital newsletter every two months. My Newsletter Builder has allowed us to see how many of our emails are opened and the links that are being clicked on, allowing us to better serve Haw Creek. It is the 21st century and the majority of people are doing everything electronically. We do have a mailing list with seven people on it and we also place copies of the newsletter at the library and Penny Cup Café. By not mailing a newsletter, this has saved the Association approximately $1500.00. With digital communication we keep our neighborhood more up-to-date on happenings.
So I say goodbye, I thank you for your many compliments and continued support.