This is an exciting time for Capitol Neighborhoods! After several months of behind the scenes work, we are in the process of rolling out our new website and electronic membership system. This is the culmination of an effort we started over a year ago to explore how to better communicate with our members and the general public, how to improve the efficiency of our organization, and how to save money in the process.

The website has been completely revamped thanks to the hard work of Davy Mayer and ZarkLabs. The original Capitol Neighborhoods website was designed in the early 2000s and had not received any major updates in a number of years.

The new website is designed to contain more up-to-date information that is easier to fi nd, integrates a membership and donation platform directly within the website, and is capable of syncing with social media and other external websites.

The electronic membership system is completely new and utilizes the membership platform Wild Apricot, which is a popular tool for non-profit organizations. Scott Kolar has done a tremendous job setting up the new system and transitioning our existing membership data into the system. Th e new system makes it much easier for members to join and renew, and also makes it more efficient and cost-effective for the organization to manage its membership database.

If you haven’t already seen the new website, please log on to to view it. Take a look around and let us know if you have any comments or suggestions. You may already have received a membership renewal notice for the new electronic system. We plan to continue sending out paper renewal notices by mail for the first year to help with the transition. A huge thank you to Ilse Hecht who has managed our paper membership system for many years and is helping with our transition to the new system.

Also, thank you to our Finance Committee for overseeing this transition and providing invaluable comments and suggestions along the way, especially to our Treasurer, Adam Plotkin, and members Jonathan Cooper, Dan O’Brien, and Mike Queensland.

The new website and membership system will allow us to modernize the way we operate and communicate as an organization and make sure that we continue to stay connected, especially in terms of reaching new members. This is a great time to invite your neighbors to join Capitol Neighborhoods using our new online system. Please pass along the website link to them and encourage them to join!

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