For decades, KICA has produced the monthly Digest newsletter to share community news and stories. In 2011, the association began publishing Digest online in addition to the print edition to accommodate the growing segment of those who preferred to get their news online. Today, 93% of members get their association news from KICA’s weekly emails, and 60% also use KICA’s website, where Digest is available online.
Due to printing and mailing costs, the print edition of Digest is KICA’s most expensive communication method by far. In March, when the coronavirus pushed all of us to realign priorities and define a new path forward, the print Digest was identified as a smart way to cut costs without eliminating an essential service.
Going forward, you’ll find Digest newsletters on KICA’s website and we’ll also share articles through association emails. If you’re feeling nostalgic, Digest newsletters can be downloaded from the website and printed at home. The final mailed print edition of Digest was the April newsletter.
May’s digital issue features a letter from, as well as an interview with, board chair Diana Mezzanotte, a look at the sea turtles that visit the island each year, and an exploration of some of the island’s early inhabitants, the Vanderhorsts. You can also get some recommended reading from the Sandcastle Book Club, a look at Kiawah’s first quarter real estate trends and more.
Like so many of you, KICA and other island entities are rapidly adapting due to the serious threat of coronavirus. Operational adjustments have been made daily over the past couple of weeks. In the April issue of Digest, we share a brief look at what the association and other island entities are doing.
Learn about the water management vote that opens, Wednesday, April 1 and how your community association is making responsible financial decisions.
You can also read about a fascinating annual visitor to Kiawah Island — the Red Knot. These birds are on the island each year from March to May.
Island entities are working together to tackle water management from multiple fronts. In the March issue of Digest, learn how KICA and others are working to create a more resilient community.
Get a look at what to expect at KICA’s upcoming Annual Meeting and in KICA’s new gate access portal. Check out the event calendar for community events, such as the 20th annual Art and House Tour, and Dining for Donations at FortyEight Wine Bar and Kitchen.
“We are funding some strategically important things while maintaining a balanced operating budget. I think that’s a positive for the community.”
– Board Treasurer Dave Morley
In this issue of Digest, get an in-depth look at the recently approved 2020 budget. The issue also features an introduction to Kiawah Cares’ community wellness campaign, underway now through Dec. 31.
Make time for exciting events in December, including The Sandcastle Tree Lighting and Our World featuring artist Mary Whyte. This program, with a look at Whyte’s new veteran-focused project, will fill up quickly!
“85% of KICA property owners are not full-time residents. The Nominating Committee’s recommendations are crucial for people who haven’t had the chance to meet the candidates or aren’t clear on what issues the community will be facing in the next few years. The nominating committee process gives committee members better insight into the candidates than voters can glean from a written statement and short video, enabling us to compare and evaluate as objectively as possible.”
– Nominating Committee Chair Sue Schaffer
In this issue of Digest, get an in-depth look at the Nominating Committee’s work throughout the year. The issue also features an update on the lowspeed vehicle pilot program, and a look at November’s many exciting events, including the restorative stretch fitness series, Shaggin’ at the Beach to benefit Kiawah Cares, and the Art and Artisan showcase.
It would be easy to spend all your time on the island walking the beach, biking the leisure trails or visiting area restaurants and never feel like you were missing out. But did you know that Kiawah has a vibrant social scene of member-led groups and clubs, including one or two for every hobby or passion?
Learn about Kiawah’s member-led groups and clubs, meet KICA’s new director of Land and Lakes, and look back on KICA’s former director, who retired in May after nearly 28 years in the September issue of Digest.
NOTE – The mailing of September’s issue of Digest was delayed due to postal service closures for Hurricane Dorian.
“The water here is calm and everything seems relaxed. A large bird makes a wide, swooping turn as it surveys the marsh. Under the shaded platform, a man casts his fishing rod and the marsh spreads out in front of me, golden in the summer sun.”
Get a look at the Kiawah Conservancy’s work on the island, as well as some highlights from the Naturally Kiawah Pathways photography tour in the August issue of Digest.
August’s Digest also includes information on how to run for the KICA board of directors and highlights of upcoming island events.