|Cohousing e-news volume 1, number 2 (5/8/03)||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Fri, 9 May 2003 09:21:01 -0600 (MDT)|
Raines Cohen is the sender of the message below but due to a problem, It was posted by Fred the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> NOTE: The new "Cohousing e-news" was emailed to a large number of people direct from Coho/US (formerly TCN) as well as this copy being distributed over cohousing-L. Some (many?) people will get both copies. But some people will get only one or the other copy. I regret there is no simple way to avoid this duplication. At end of the direct copy there are instructions to request not getting it (and other options). Of course, the end of every cohousing-L message includes a pointer to unsubscribe info. Fred, cohousing-L list manager -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- Cohousing e-news, volume 1, number 2 (May 8, 2003) brought to you by the Cohousing Association of the United States (Coho/US) [formerly The Cohousing Network (TCN)], its members and sponsors. http://www.cohousing.org/ --- IN THIS ISSUE: - A new identity for new times: TCN becomes Coho/US - Last chance to register for Nat'l Coho Conference at best rates - Coho/US 2002 Annual Report/Directory released - "Right on the Money!" PBS cohousing profile - Mid-Atlantic Chapter communities tour May 17 - $1,000 referral fee offered by Colorado Springs coho Please share this with your neighbors and others interested in cohousing. This issue features an experiment in coho-related classified ads from our website interspersed with articles; please let us know at editor [at] cohousing.org if you find this format helpful or annoying. --- A new identity for new times: The Cohousing Network (TCN) becomes The Cohousing Association of the United States TCN's board of directors reached a consensus decision in December 2002 to change its name to "The Cohousing Association of the United States," or "Coho/US" for short. And this week the change becomes official. This bold change came in part to broaden our identity and to develop a more formal and permanent profile with potential cohousers, the news media and local governments. The new name will help brand us as the authority of the cohousing movement. Our new name also reinforces that cohousing is about the "concept of us" by emphasizing the two most important letters in the middle of cohousing: "us." The old name had two strikes against it, according to the organization's Communications Team, which developed a proposal for a new name. The first is the unclear definition of "network," which isn't as widely understood as "association." TCN also did not signify the scope of the organization -- whether it's local, regional, statewide or national. Other changes in store include a new logo (now visible on our website, http://www.cohousing.org/ ). Next steps include a re-design of our website and new format for our newsletter. --- CLASSIFIED AD: FOR RENT (SHORT-TERM) 3 bedroom, 1 bath townhouse in Muir Commons Cohousing, Davis, California available from July 1st to September 30th. Utilities, local phone, and wireless internet included. $1,400/month. http://www.cohousing.org/services/classified.html --- Have you registered for the 2003 National Cohousing Conference? May 9 (yes, that's tomorrow!) is the deadline for early-bird registration (in case you thought it was May 1 and you missed it, consider this your second-chance and the omen you were looking for). THE conference, scheduled for June 19-22 in Boulder, Colorado, is shaping up to be the cohousing event of the year with an exciting offering of workshops for every level of cohousing, a great keynote speaker, tours of local communities and many fun events. The top names in cohousing will be there, helping attendees to enhance their cohousing experience. For more information, go to: http://www.cohousing.org/conference.html. Many communities chip in to cover one or more of their members attending the conference (road trip!) to report back: have you asked for support in your community? Some forming and building communities are sending several people to get the most from the conference, which features as many as five simultaneous sessions. Let us know if you need some lobbying to get the support you need. And keep in mind: if your community or organization is a Coho/US member, you qualify for the member-only discounts that can save you hundreds of dollars. The pre-conference workshops held on Friday the 19th include the classic "Getting it Built" overview; conflict resolution advice; Facilitation techniques; Living in Community; Site Acquisition; and Design & Construction. Don't forget the Professionals Day Thursday and bus tours of communities in the area both Thursday and Friday (limited seats available -- sign up now to get in!). You can still find reasonable airfares to Denver (code: DIA; a short hop from Boulder) from all over, and you won't need a rental car if you're staying at the reasonably-priced dorm accomodations. If you'd rather not fly, take advantage of Amtrak's 25% discount rate (on top of some already reduced prices) by booking online at www.amtrak.com and using discount code H315. It's a wonderful scenic journey in every direction, with interesting potential stopovers. Look for conference brochures bundled with your 2002 Annual Report and Communities Directory (see below): please do share them with potential attendees! If you have any questions about registration, or are thinking about coming but need more info or more time, please call or write conference [at] cohousing.org. The more we know about your plans (even if they're not firm yet), the better a job we can do of getting the facilities reserved. --- CLASSIFIED AD: FOR SALE Beautiful Light-SW exposure 1 bedroom plus loft bedroom, Duwamish Cohousing, Seattle, WA. Gas Fireplace, generous living space, close to downtown. http://www.cohousing.org/services/classified.html --- Now arriving: the 2002 annual report and communities directory Members: Watch your mail for the 2002 Annual Report and Communities Directory, hot off the press! This 36-page publication should make interesting reading for everyone involved in cohousing. If you ARE not on the mailing list (perhaps you or your community hasn't renewed lately?) and you'd like to receive a copy of the publication, send an e-mail to office [at] cohousing.org. If your community is a member, ask your community contact to share the copies he or she received. The Annual Report, besides showcasing our new logo (designed by cohousers, by the way), reports on the state of the cohousing movement, with commentary from pioneer Kathryn McCamant, as well as looking at Coho/US's strategic plan for building and nurturing the development of the movement, and a report on Cohousing media coverage last year. The Communities Directory provides new depth and current information on the 61 completed communities in the US (now in 17 states plus D.C.), with detailed descriptions of their unique attributes, plus standardized info like location type (urban, suburban, rural, small town, etc.), common house size, site acreage, number of kids and adults, and years established and completed. We also map the 39 communities under construction or with sites owned or optioned, and list the 41 communities forming and seeking sites. For information on Canadian cohousing communities, visit the Canadian Cohousing Network: http://www.cohousing.ca/ While the Coho/US Communications Team spent months collecting and updating information to create the directory, we found it a challenge to keep up with out-of-date websites and changing group plans: Synergy Cohousing is now Emerald Place Cohousing, breaking ground in Delray, Florida this fall. Let us know of your updates: we like to hear about what's new in your community, both good news and bad. Heck, let us know what's going on in other communities, too! Drop a line to Evangeline Welch, Coho/US publications coordinator, at editor [at] cohousing.org; for communities updates, also see the online Communities List on our site for update instructions. --- CLASSIFIED AD: LOOKING FOR NEW NEIGHBORS Newly completed in Colorado Springs, CO, at the foot of beautiful Pikes Peak. Casa Verde Commons: 34 Victorian-style duplexes and Craftsman style common house. Urban infill site near downtown. Close-by shopping, excellent schools, cultural venues, and recreation. Two floorplans available, 2-5 bedrooms starting at $227,000. http://www.cohousing.org/services/classified.html --- Wow, Cohousing made PBS again! (since the Lehrer Report appearance last December) Either aired recently or coming soon to a station near you: "Right on the Money!", show #512, by Twin Cities Public TV Show title: "Retiring on Less" Original Air date: 4/5/03 (varies; some affiliates may show it this month, next month, or later) View the coho segment interview transcript, featuring Manzanita Village (Prescott, AZ) residents Joan and Lou Burrell, at: http://www.rightonthemoney.org/shows/512_howmuch/show_512.html#cohousing You can find a station list at: http://www.rightonthemoney.org/about/stations_list.html (see individual station websites to see when this episode will air; it's already run on many) Copies of the video are available for $14.95 from the Right on the Money! store: http://www.rightonthemoney.org/store/ or call (888) MONEY79, ask for "Retiring on Less", episode 512. --- CLASSIFIED AD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Cohousing Development Company. Working to help groups realize their dream of living in cohousing. We work east of the Rockies to the eastern seaboard. Now working with groups in a number of states. All of the owners live in Cohousing or in a "learning community". Extensive experience in development, project management, we team up with national and local experts to assist groups through the entire development process. http://www.cohousing.org/services/classified.html --- Coming next week: Mid-Atlantic communities tour The Mid-Atlantic Chapter (MAC) of Coho/US invites you to the Spring 2003 Cohousing tour. Join us on a comfortable tour bus with a knowledgeable guide while we tour Takoma Village, Blueberry Hill, EcoVillage, Proximity Cohousing, and Liberty Village. Residents of each of these communities will lead an on-site visit. We will also hear from future residents of Eastern Village and Chesapeake Cohousing. Join us for an exciting day of real-life examples of neighborhood choices from urban to suburban to rural. Cost: $50 Date: Saturday, May 17 See details for this and other upcoming events at: http://www.cohousing.org/news/ --- CLASSIFIED AD: FOR SALE More homes available at Hearthstone Cohousing! (Denver, CO) Local farmer's market, historic theater, great neighborhood. Minutes from downtown. Enjoy children's parks, walking labyrinth, community gardens, and more! http://www.cohousing.org/services/classified.html --- Send someone to Colorado Springs Cohousing, earn $1,000 Louise Conner or Casa Verde Commons (Colorado Springs, CO) writes: We are happy to say that we've completed the construction of our 34 home plus common house community. We've sold or have under contract 27 homes, with 7 homes in two floorplans available. Most of us have moved in, have shared meals twice a week since last January, working on the garden area, and expecting our xeriscaping any day now. We enjoy a wonderful climate in a city of nearly 500,000, with national forests and Pikes Peak at the edge of town. We will pay any cohouser outside our community who sends us a homebuyer a reward of $1,000. The buyers you refer to us need to tell us that you sent them our way. That's all there is to it! [if any of you reading this happen to buy, please do say that Coho/US sent you! We need the dough. Other donations also welcome.] http://www.ColoSpringsCohousing.com/ --- CLASSIFIED AD: FOR RENT Sonora Cohousing, Tucson, AZ, 4br/3 bath townhome. Hardwood/tile floors, A/C & ceiling fans, mountain views, high ceilings, huge basement, pool/spa, lush landscaping. Near shopping, bus, bike path. http://www.cohousing.org/services/classified.html --- About this issue of Cohousing e-News Editors: Raines Cohen, Dennis Jay, Joani Blank; Coho/US Comm Team Coho/US Publications Manager: Evangeline Welch, editor [at] cohousing.org Coho/US Executive Director: Roy O'Shaughnessy, execdir [at] cohousing.org Our website: http://www.cohousing.org/ Copyright (c) 2003, The Cohousing Association of the United States (Coho/US). All rights reserved. Please feel free to share this with others interested in cohousing. _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
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