ellohay! West Michigan

ellohay! West Michigan

Posted in organization, planning by forgr on November 4, 2008

It’s been a while since anything was posted  here, and I apologize for being so inconsistent with the writing schedule. I’ll do better next time.

Highlights of what has happened since the last time I posted:

• We selected a name for the organization, ellohay! West Michigan. I’m not 100% sold on it, but it’s been tripping me up every step of the way, and it was the top contender out of the three.

• I had an important meeting a few weeks ago, but I haven’t asked permission to write about it yet, so I can’t tell anyone. I can say, however, that we might have a great place to host the 1st annual Geek-a-thon in the Spring, for free.

• A sketch of the front page of the ellohay! West Michigan website will be available to poke holes in soon.

• We purchased ellohay.org and ellohay.com.

• We have a new bank account holding our precious Fundable.com contributions.

That’s all to report for now. I have 10 drafts of posts to come. Stay tuned.

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  1. karen dredge said, on November 21, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Allo. Oops. ello hay. or is it spanish for e lo hay? which roughly translates to” and that now.” At least it is not NOVA— “no go.”

    Are we still on for Xmas where we should have it themed. Maybe we can come as our favorite ero, or era…

    love to you both

    Aunt karen

  2. Marie-Claire said, on November 21, 2008 at 11:47 am

    in Google translator…
    “ello hay” translates to “this is”
    “e lo hay” translates to “and what are”

    “Hello” in pig latin, elloHay. Or “Hello! West Michigan, I have arrived”.

    I’ve gotten some really big stink-eyes at the name, but no really good alternatives. It’s an interim name until something epic comes along.

    Oh, please do come to Grand Rapids for Christmas! That entire week is an open house this year, the invitees are Darlene (Victor’s mum), Alex (Victor’s little brother), Anna (Alex’s girlfriend), my Mom and Dad, Micah, and Leora (Micah’s girlfriend). And now you, you are officially invited!



  3. Lisa Camp said, on December 27, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Hello West Michigan! ELLOHAY! West Michigan I was thinking about your project and the benefits for seniors in group housing situations. Having just experienced the benefits of a webcam on Ichat, I can say that it did wonders for the psyche and the heart to see my family when I could not be with them.

    I was wondering, if there might be a component of your plans to include a training for senior housing personnel on the use of Ichat or it’s equivalent on PCs? If there was a direct benefit to the mental and physical health of seniors, I know that would be worth a great deal to many families in West Michigan.

    Maybe setting up sites for people to arrange for video chats as a fund raiser at the geek-a-thon??? You could arrange for prior sites to open during a specific time, like a webinar, and people could speak with someone famous, or ask a question of someone…still thinking…will also focus on the educational portion of your project. The benefits to students and unemployed could be the key here.

    Connecting people to communities is essential. The key is maintaining the connection!

  4. Marie-Claire said, on December 27, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    These sorts of interactions are almost magical. Seeing each other, talking, smiling, and laughing, is something you lose over the telephone. It’s a deeper connection that one might get normally.

    One of the things floating around in my head, is “Auditorium” which is basically a show-and-tell for all participants/clients, volunteers, guests, teachers, mentors, parents. She can come up in front of the group and share her latest discovery, achievement, frustration, amusement, anything really.

    It might be brilliant to have an “Auditorium” where someone famous (but real) talks about how technology changed his or her life. People can ask her about her first computer, how she uses it to connect to her friends and family, and get work done.

    About our aging neighbors–if we were able to outfit an entire facility, and have technology mentors for each client we could potentially connect many individuals that lack friends or family. Many times, these individuals are forgotten, left behind, or disconnected from the outside world. Even connecting one facility to another, might be enjoyable.

    “Meeting” with their doctors, “meeting” with their grandchildren and children, “meeting” with actors, musicians, firefighters, pharmacists, animal shelters, athletes, artists. Asking questions, opening up dialogue, getting and giving tips, could be fun, educational, informative, and healthy. Very good thoughts.

  5. Zizie Streamyx said, on December 28, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Hey! did you already read it: Nokia N97 is available for Pre-Order in Portugal for 450

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