I was recently honored with the Marrowstone Island Citizen of the Year award for my efforts to use Internet based tools to help Islanders share information. Specifically, the award said “Probably the most important and long lasting volunteer effort he has contributed to our island community is the setting up of our “Island Net” and the Marrowstone web site.”
The award is presented to someone who “... has (had a) widespread and long lasting effect on Marrowstone Island and/or Jefferson County.”.
I do not consider my “effect” to be that “widespread” because at this moment there are only 245 subscribers to the Island Net and that is less than 30% of the Island’s population of 837. I want everyone on the Island (who has access to the Internet) to be subscribed to the Island Net so neighbors can help neighbors day-to-day, or when an emergency happens.
I am often asked “How can we get more Islanders to join and use the Island Net?”. Currently, the only way that Islanders learn about the Island Net (and the Island websites) is by word of mouth from neighbors and friends. I’m here today to ask your permission to offer Marrowstone Island another way.
The MI Welcome sign in the triangle contains four (4) boards. I wish to propose the addition of a fifth board in the middle under the second board that says “To MARROWSTONE ISLAND”.
Before I go any further, I want you to know how proud I am of the work some of your members have done and continue to do to maintain the triangle area. I’m sure other Islanders, visitors, and the county are also proud of your work. I will do nothing to detract from that.
I will do my best to make the fifth board look as authentic as the other four. My goal is make the fifth board board look like it was part of the original sign. To insure this, I would like to ask a small group of Islanders (mostly Garden Club members) to offer advice and approve of the size, shape, and color of the sign. We might call them the “MI Info Sign advisory group”.
The sign will simply say “WWW.MARROWSTONE.INFO”. That is the link to the MI Information portal website which contains links to other MI websites like the Island Net, the Hellow Pages, Emergency Preparedness and other web spaces that have yet to be developed.
Once the sign is approved by you, the MICA board and the MI Info Sign advisory group, I will move the top two (2) boards up high enough to fit the new board underneath. If it doesn’t work out, this can easily be reversed.
My work effort on this sign and the websites has three (3) audiences.
I hope you will approve this proposal. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Pete Hubbard firstname.lastname@example.org 385-0105 Cell: 360-808-0766