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October/November 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I volunteered to engage the speaker(s) for our December 2 LGA Board of Directors meeting that we have on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lake Gaston Baptist Church. The topic will be Cell Phone Coverage at Lake Gaston. My vision/dream is to have spokespersons for the major cell phone companies explain their current/future plans to improve their customers’ coverage in the Lake Gaston area.

My plan of engagement includes convincing each spokesperson that we will provide a friendly atmosphere because I know how frustrating it can be, from my own experience, of dropped cell phone calls or no service at all. I’d like to know where their cell towers around the lake are, their range, future cell tower plans, is there something we have to do periodically on our cell phones to access new cell towers? What else would you like to know, email me at
execdir@lakegastonassoc.com.

So far my progress has been frustrating getting off the plate (I can’t say first base as I haven’t hit the ball yet). For some time I’ve been tracking four new cell towers in the Lake Gaston area in Brunswick, Warren & Halifax counties that are under construction or completed, to get official confirmation of the carrier for each of them, and when they will be in operation or are they in operation. I’ve heard on the grapevine names of the carriers, but I need to get confirmation direct from the carrier for each tower.

The other frustration I’m working through is locating the path to the executives to extend our invitation to speak on December 2. My vision/dream is to get spokespersons from Verizon, AT&T and US Cellular – did I miss anyone??

Turning now to membership topics … From the database I will be producing renewal notices for 2016 dues at the beginning of October that will come to you via US mail. This will give you an opportunity to update your membership data base information when returning it with your dues.

However, those of you who live in Brunswick Estates, Clydes Retreat, Delbridge Estates, Eaton’s Ferry Estates, Ferncliff, Jack’s Landing, Laura Woods, Roanoke Shores, Timber Creek, Timbuctu and West Winds your dues for 2016 will come from your HOA treasurer.

For those of you who have sponsored a new member(s), you will see your dues amount has been discounted by the number of new members who wrote your name on their application form as their sponsor - $5 per new member. On your renewal notice, please pay particular attention to your email address – do we have the correct email address? I try to keep up with them when an email address is rejected by calling you or sending you a note by US mail to get your
new address. However, if you do have an email address and it’s not on the ‘Email address:’ line, please write it in for me.

We do keep your email address confidential to the LGA; we are very particular about that. You miss out on information that is date related that will be out of date by the next Bulletin, like a Lake Gaston water level advisory; it may be information that’s specific to the county where your property is located or of interest to all our members. All our emails start the subject line with LGA: and then the topic, about three a month. You can either read them, or delete unseen if the topic doesn’t interest you.

Please know that no member has access to our distribution lists. Even though you may use the name of one of our distribution lists to try and reach LGA members – it happens from time to time, all emails come into an approval box on the mail server. It takes my intervention to connect an LGA generated email to one of our membership email distribution lists. Emails on the mail server not generated by the LGA are deleted.

We do appreciate that you are members of the LGA and are helping us to increase our membership goal. Thank you!

(Editor’s note: Moira Underwood is Lake Gaston Association’s Executive Director and will be coming to you every month. She can be reached at ExecDir@lakegastonassoc.com or (252) 586-6577, or toll free 1-888-586-6577, or LGA, P.O. Box 656, Littleton, NC 27850.)