Newsletter | May/Jun 2009
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|In this issue:
OWA-AIA Reception and Exhibition - Carolyne Orazi
OWA Health Plan Meeting - Carolyne Orazi
Editor's NoteShare #157
The Steering Committee would like to welcome Judy Rowe to the Steering Committee.
Mignon O'Young's Green Architecture and Building ReportShare #152
Mignon O’Young, long time OWA member, recently launched the online publication Green Architecture and Building Report (www.gabreport.com). It is a resource for sharing and exchanging information on responsible, green, and sustainable design, ranging from the architecture to the building details and from the site features to the products. Topics include commercial and residential projects, building materials, carbon neutral (net zero), GreenPoint, LEED, interior design, landscape architecture, and urban planning.
The Green Architecture and Building Report would like to feature green projects by OWA members. If you are interested in having your project featured, please submit a summary paragraph of the project, three or more photos, a list of green features, and a list of project team members and their web-site addresses that you wish to have accredited. We can also develop in-depth articles featuring project details, lessons learned, and practical experience and techniques.
Other ways to share your green knowledge include writing articles on your subject-matter-expertise, sending suggestions or tips on green and sustainable projects, or posting your feedback in comments on existing articles. Mignon O’Young can be reached directly at email@example.com.
OWA Westerbeke Retreat 2009Share #153
This year we are planning a somewhat unusual format, expanding the customary Friday night show-and-tell, getting-to-know-you program into the whole weekend. It will be a celebration of US – and aren’t we terrific!
If you are so inclined, you will have up to 15 minutes to expand on the subject that you couldn’t fit into the 2 minutes you were allotted Friday night. If you don’t want to, you don’t have to. We are a loose group, after all.
The subject could be anything you are particularly passionate about – work, play, people, materials. For example, Janet is thinking of talking about two neighborhood initiatives in North Beach: the homeless program and an organization whose goal is to provide a network and resources for seniors to help them stay in their homes, "age in place" (and generally solve problems that arise during later life).
You could discuss, with or without pictures, a project that turned out especially well, or ask for help on one that is giving you grief. Or you could sing, play the flute, exhibit your sculpture – or not.
If you know of anyone else in your area of interest, consider teaming up. As we get indications of interest, we will inform you and you can follow through. Please let us know what your intentions are and we will work on the scheduling.
More information is on the OWA Retreat Page.
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OWA-AIA Reception and Exhibitionby Carolyne Orazi | Share #154
OWA Health Plan Meetingby Carolyne Orazi | Share #155
Ann Jakiemiec met with several OWA members on April 21, 2009 to discuss and explain the OWA Health plan and the new changes that have taken place with the plan. The HSA 2500 plan has been replaced by the HSA3500 (this is the PPO). Everyone who is on the HSA 2500 has been automatically enrolled into the HAS 3500. According to Anne, letters have been mailed to each member who is enrolled in the OWA Health Plan to inform them of the changes. The HMO 30 plan still remains for those who are using it. Open enrollment is on May 1st of each year.
If you have any questions or concerns about your plan, you can go to the website, www.northgatebenefits.com. The user name and password are: owa (all lower case letters). Or you can contact John & Ann Jakiemiec for details of the coverage.