Editorial — The Voice Needs You

by Mary Ronen, Editor & Producion Manager

May is here and with it opportunities to get out and about. In this issue, find out about a plant sale and the opening of boating season. Golf begins in earnest. An art fair is coming up. There are also interesting articles about local wildlife. Our Spotlight this month is on Local 20/20, an all-volunteer, grassroots organization working toward local sustainability. Read these and more in the following pages.

If you are relatively new to the area, you may not know very much about this publication you are holding called the Port Ludlow Voice. The Voice is mailed out to residents of the Port Ludlow Master Planned Resort area at no cost to them. We have readers out of the area who pay for a subscription.

Let me tell you a little about us. Long ago, in August 1998, a resident of Port Ludlow named Ralph Thomas felt that not enough information was available regarding what was happening in the larger community. North Bay had a news- letter, as did South Bay—but there was nothing more than that. So, he decided that he would put something together that would be for all residents. He gathered a few other like-minded people (if I remember right there were 6 of us), and we got to work. Thomas funded and coordinated it all, while writing about the things that were of interest. Included were calendars of events in the village. He asked for donations of $3 from residents to help with costs.

At first, there was no color, only black and white. You can see the early editions on the Voice website at plvoice.org. Over time, we grew. We went from 16 pages to 52, then down to where we are now. Staff also grew; we gained more writers, editors, and proofreaders. The Beach and Bay Clubs along with the Village Council began to contribute funds, and we included sections devoted to them. Over time, we started to accept ads; these helped pay for printing and postage costs. Eventually, there was sufficient funding to allow for color pictures and upgraded paper.

We are a 501(c)(4) organization, and all the work is done by volunteers in their homes and on their personal computers. Ralph Thomas moved to Florida, and we are sad to say he recently passed away. He followed our prog- ress online. Others of our staff have also either moved on somewhere or passed away.

This brings me to the point of this editorial: The Voice needs YOU! We are, as I said, volunteers, and more volun- teers are needed if we are to continue to publish. Some of our staff are doing the jobs of 2 or 3 people. If we had a few more, the workload would be lighter. You know what they say about more hands, less work . . .

Some of us are relatively new to the Voice, and others have been around since the beginning. But most of us are new to this endeavor and have learned on the job. You can do this. We will help you.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering with us, contact any staff member or email editor|||plvoice|||org|||More Info