Thursday, April 3, 2008

The New LAHA Website

We hope you find the new website enjoyable and informative. In the future, we will use this site to keep all area residents updated on activities of the association and on new community developments or news. Members will also receive quarterly e-mails with additional information and special discounts from local businesses.

This change was triggered by our desire for more frequent communication with you and the ever-escalating costs of postage. In addition, the site has been structured to encourage all of our members to interact and comment on issues important to them and the area. Issues that too often don't have sufficient time to air in quarterly meetings.

Please spend some time familiarizing yourself with the site. Practice making a comment to a recent blog post. Check out the label tags or other valuable site links. Send us an email telling us what you think. Try out the hyperlinks sprinkled throughout. For the more sophisticated, you can even subscribe to an RSS feed which, I think, notifies you when new content is posted (or something like that).

We are also hoping to gather some of the best lake photos you've taken over the years, feature one new one each month on our home page, and post the rest in the "Around the Lake" online gallery (a link is located on the left side of the home page). Simply email your photos to (include a possible caption, names of those pictured and the photographer, and the date of the photo).

If you have any suggestions on the website or what you would like to see featured, let us know. We look forward to your feedback.

*For our members who still wish to receive hard copy communication from us, we will print out and hand-deliver hard copies of the site content upon request.

Introducing Your New LAHA Officers

April's association meeting will be the first for your new LAHA officers. We are all looking forward to serving the association and aggressively building on the strong foundation that Asa Smith and Paul Olsen have built over the years.

Making the association even more valuable and enjoyable for its members is not going to be possible without your support and participation. We have ambitious plans to not only continue the lake advocacy that has been a long-standing tradition for the association but to also help stimulate an even more enjoyable lifestyle around the lake for all of its residents. We will strive to keep you posted on the latest lake activities, host a handful of association gatherings to help you get to know your lake neighbors a little better, and keep pressing on area quality of life issues that are important to us all.

We can't stress enough how important having an active membership is to our area's success. It helps preserve our home and property values, and the lake lifestyle that we value. Beginning with our April meeting, we will be making a significant push to grow the association's membership to more broadly and actively reflect the residents that we are representing. Part of that push has been to add value to the membership itself. When you join with your $25 annual membership fee, you will not only support the association this year, you will also receive some special added benefits that we've detailed in the membership section of this website.

Please pass the word along to all of your neighbors to attend our meeting later this month. We will present to you some of our plans for the year, and use your feedback and suggestions to shape our association priorities.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact any one of us. We are all looking forward to starting off the year on a high note!

Greg Iszler, President
Jeff Laz, Vice President
Nancy Galloway and Judy Rae, Co-Treasurers