RE: newsletters
From: Marci Malinowycz (
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 1998 16:21:52 -0600
I can think of two types of newsletters (at least), about which you might be 
asking: one to pass news to current members, another to be a device for 
publicity and recruitment.

(Aside: I'd like to see archives of all types of newsletters be kept and made 
available through the new Cohousing Network, as one of the resources that come 
as a benefit of membership.)

My community, Puget Ridge Cohousing in Seattle, did not have either type of 
newsletter. To handle the rapid flow of news among ourselves in the late 
development and construction time, for which a newsletter would have been too 
slow and too much added work, we used a voicemail service. We recorded a 
greeting that gave information to any outside caller, but the mailbox was not 
much used for outside contact. Any of us could leave a voice message in the 
mailbox giving an announcement or other piece of news. Each member had the 
password to the mailbox and could listen to the stack of messages, deleting 
old ones when no longer needed. It worked quite well in lieu of a newsletter. 
I recommend this system.

-- Marci Malinowycz
   Puget Ridge Cohousing
   sodance [at]

From:  cohousing-l [at] on behalf of Smith & McGowan
Sent:  Saturday, January 31, 1998 1:59 AM
Subject:  RE: newsletters

Toni Smith from Creek's Bend Cohousing in Troy, NY wrote:

Does anyone have samples of a community newsletter (in particular the
pre-breaking ground) stage?  I would very much appreciate a copy of any
that are out there:
please send:

Toni Smith
219 Second Avenue
Albany, N.Y. 12202

[Creek's Bend has secured an 11 acre site, surrounded by the Poestenkill
Creek, We are looking for more families to complete our compliment of 24
families - planning to break ground in 1999]

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