I believe I have an answer the problem of our somewhat-fragmented communications.
Aside from face time on Wednesday evenings and the underutilized IRC channel (hint hint...) we have two primary means of group communication: This forum, and the Google Groups mailing list. Some people are on the forums, some are on the mailing list, some are on both, and some, regrettably, are on neither. This means that whenever discussion of important issues takes place on the forum, as it often does, a substantial percentage of our membership is left in the dark.
We create a weekly email newsletter, wherein important discussion from the forums, the mailing list, and (once a month?) the board meeting minutes, is summarized and distributed to members. This newsletter could also contain upcoming events, interesting things done at the space recently, and whatever else seems relevant.
If this is not handled well, it simply becomes another fragmented communications medium. Therefore, I further propose that subscription to the newsletter be on an opt-out basis, with new members agreeing to receive it when they sign the membership agreement. They would then have to willfully decide not to be kept updated on our various happenings if they do not wish to receive it.
Obviously, someone will have to create and send this newsletter each week. Ideally, this could be handled by a few volunteers in a rotation, so that each person only has to write the newsletter once per month, or every two months, or whatever. In the interim, I volunteer to compile this newsletter each week myself.
If this idea goes forward, and we do subscribe all new members by default, we still have to figure out how to handle all the existing members. It would be somewhat rude to simply subscribe everyone, as handy as that would be. Also, I thought I had heard some mutterings about a newsletter before, but I don't know who was talking about it or what they had in mind. If there are people interested in working on a newsletter, it would be useful to collaborate.
If it ain't broke, your version is outdated.