South Wales Community Association®
Welcome to the South Wales Community Association Website. This is the official website for the South Wales Community Association.
The purpose of this website is to provide neighbors with a simple means of communicating, a place where we can stay informed and interact with each other.
The site is being introduced as a work-in-progress; your suggestions and comments are welcome as development continues. Current features include:
. Board of Director Meeting Minutes, to be a rolling 12 months
. Board of Director updates on important issues
. Email contact to any active member including Board & Committee Chairs
. Committee information - duties, responsibilities and activities
. SW Community News (newsletter), and other newsworthy articles
. Listing of Top Shops/Services and Resident Owned Businesses
. Photo Galleries
. Posting of announcements, items for sale, upcoming events etc (restrictions apply)
. Local Neighborhood Directory & Emergency Numbers
. Chat Groups to allow private and open discussion among members
. Message Center allowing messages to be sent to a member or group
. Member Profiles - controlled by member (contact and other information)
. Link to Architectural Change & Approval Form (Covenants Committee)
. Member Forums - Posting/Discussion of various topics and also a sharing of stories.
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW IMPORTANT INFORMATION.
NEW MEMBERS LOGGING ON FOR THE FIRST TIME, PLEASE SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN TO VIEW AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT PRIOR TO LOGGING ON.
WEBSITE FEATURES AND NAVIGATION INSTRUCTIONS
This website is for the exclusive use of the Members of the South Wales Community Association and Guest Members. It is a secure, password protected website. It is designed to promote communication among our members and between our members and our SWCA Board, Committees, and other volunteers in order to make us a better informed more cohesive community.
After you sign on, you will notice a box on the upper right of the Homepage entitled "Profile Updates". This will show the names of members who have recently updated information on their profiles. They may have added comments, pictures or updated contact or other profile information.
At the top of the Homepage is a selection bar; clicking on "Home" will always bring you back to the Homepage.
Clicking on "Contact Us" will allow you to send a message to the Website Administrator. Use this feature if you have a problem or need a question answered about the website.
Clicking on "Member Topic Discussions" will allow you to enter a discussion with other members about any specific topic to ask or answer a question etc. or to relate a story to share. Topics are single threaded. These forums are open to all logged on members and may be viewed by any logged on member.
Clicking on "Member Profiles" will bring up a listing of all members. To find a particular member instead of scrolling down the list, just click on the search button and you may search by first name, last name or partial name, then click on the name you want. You will then be taken to the member's profile which will contain any other information the member wishes to share as well as pictures. You may also make a comment about the member's profile or send a private email message directly to the member through the website.
ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE THERE ARE A SERIES OF SELECTION BARS
SW Photo Galleries: This area will contain photo galleries of general interest to all members. Currently there is one gallery containing photos taken at the 2011 Holiday Party. The photos are courtesy of Kim and Denise Williams.
Message Forum: Allows any logged on member to post a comment or question on any topic of general interest to the community. This area is not single threaded by topic
Live Chat: This will allow any logged on member to join a live chat. There are excellent instructions there on how to participate and how to share information with others in the chat.
Emerg/Local Numbers: This will bring up a listing of frequently used emergency and local numbers including your SWCA Board members and Committee Chairmen and other SWCA contacts.
Top Shops: This will bring up a listing of SWCA member recommended vendors by category. If available, it will also list the last name of the recommending member and the year of the recommendation. If you have a vendor to add, please contact Joe Kreck at the email address shown. Also listed in a separate section are SWCA member owned businesses.
South Wales News: This takes you to the latest edition of the South Wales News (Newsletter) which may be read online or printed. Also other newsworthy items of interest will appear here from time to time which may be read or printed.
SWCA Board Minutes: This will display the latest approved minutes of the meetings of the SWCA Board of Directors. We plan to try to keep a rolling twelve months of minutes online.
Neighborhood Watch: This will bring up info regarding our Neighborhood Watch Program, ways members can volunteer to assist in the effort, and links to state and local crime information and notification programs. There will also be articles from time to time specific to reports for South Wales.
Grounds Committee: Provides information about the duties and responsibilities of the Grounds Committee and any timely information of grounds projects planned or in process.
Social Committee: Provides information about the duties and responsibilities of the Social Committee and a proposed schedule of events for the year. Also, additional information will be provided from time to time regarding details of upcoming events.
Covenants Committee: Provides information about the Covenants Committee, which is critical to maintaining our covenant community. There is also a link to the Architectural Change and Approval Form to enable printing of the form. In accordance with our covenants, this form must be submitted to and approved by the South Wales Covenants Committee before any work commences. There is also a link to the current Architectural Standards.
The next section of the selection bars on the left side of the Homepage is entitled "Member Functions".
Notify Me: Clicking here will allow you to receive an email when there are new postings to our website. You can decide which type of postings you would like to know about. It's a nice new feature.
Message Center: Clicking here will allow you to send a private message to any member or group of members or to open a message from another member. Only you and the sending or receiving members may see these messages. Click on "compose message", key in the recipient name, click on the name, compose message and send. To view previously sent messages click on outbox, to review incoming messages, click on inbox. You control keeping or deleting messages in your inbox and outbox.
Edit Contact Info.: Allows you to change or add to your contact information - name, address, phone numbers, email addresses. Always click on "save changes" at the bottom of the screen to save any changes you have made.
Edit Profile: Allows you to change or add profile information, email address, comments, adding pictures and information to share with other members. Be sure to click on the box to allow only logged on members to see your profile information and also be sure to click on the box to allow logged on members to see your address and phone number information to allow our website to function as an online directory. Always click on "save changes" at the bottom of the screen to save any changes you have made.
Edit/Upload Photos: Click to add or change photos on your profile. Follow instructions which step you through the upload of photos.
Post Announcement: Allows you to post information which may be of general interest to our members such as community events or personal items you may have for sale. This area is NOT for items you may be selling in your business nor any business type advertising. Please be sure to put an expiration date on your announcement. If no expiration date is put on your announcement, 30 days will be placed on items for sale and event announcements will have an expiration date of the day after the scheduled event. All announcements will be routed to the Website Administrator for review prior to posting.
Change Password: Allows you to change your password whenever you wish. Just be sure to make a note of it and do not share your password with anyone. The Website Administrator cannot see your password but can issue you a temporary password. If you forget your password, you can so indicate on the signon screen and your current password will be sent to your email address.
Log Out: Clicking here logs you off of the website. Please be sure to logoff before exiting the website.
To the right of the Homepage there is a box showing who is currently on line. By placing the cursor on the member's name you can go directly to that member's profile or you can invite them to a private chat. You can invite more than one logged on member at a time to a private chat and only you and the others you have invited can see the dialogue, a very nice communications feature. There are excellent instructions in the chat for participating and for sharing information.
We hope these feature descriptions and navigational instructions will help you to understand the basic features of the website and how to navigate around the site. If you experience any problems or have questions please contact the Website Administrator through the "Contact Us" at the top of the Homepage. We hope you enjoy the website and please be sure to add information and pictures to your profile to share with your fellow members. We will be adding features from time to time but please remember this is a volunteer effort and we are constrained by software and time.
ENJOY YOUR WEBSITE, SIGN ON REGULARLY, SHARE INFORMATION.
COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT BY:
CARDINAL MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC.
Tom Markell, CMCA®, AMS®, PCAM®
Senior Property Manager
4330 Prince William Pkwy, Suite 201
Woodbridge VA 22192