annual reports

 

 

WebWhispers Semi-Annual Reports

WebWhispers officers are required by the bylaws to file semi-annual reports to the membership.  You will find the history of our growth in these current and past reports.

 

2000 Reports

Quarterly Officers' Report to the Membership
(October - December 2000)
President's Report - 1 October - 31 December 2000

It is a pleasure to report the settling in of your new officers into their positions and responsibilities. A number of projects and plans are being discussed with one of the major ones being the rewriting and amending of the bylaws in order to bring them more in keeping with the actual responsibilities of our officers. Our growth and involvement on the Internet require that we bring ourselves up to date. These amendments will be submitted to the voting members towards the end of January. Our Secretary, Bob Hodge, has solicited input from members regarding ideas for the strategic plans and goals of the WebWhispers Nu-Voice Club so that we may take these suggestions into consideration and we wish to thank those who wrote in.

Our Vice-President, Pat Sanders, has been actively organizing our Western Caribbean cruise from New Orleans on April 22 - 29. To date we have 20 attendees, 13 of whom are laryngectomees. In addition, she has continued with the ongoing additions and updating of the web site and has been serving as backup moderator for our Webmaster/Moderator Dutch Helms as well as serving as acting President in my absence.

With the assistance of Karl Bowles we have started a new Volunteerism section in Hints which contains an abundance of helpful information and contacts for those members who would like to visit schools to inform children of the danger of using tobacco products. The new section is open to those who wish to make other suggestions for our members who would like to volunteer.

Should any members have any suggestions, questions or constructive criticisms please contact me at argus@shaw.ca.

Best regards,
Murray Allan, WW President

Secretary/Loan Closet Report - Oct-Dec 2000

Loan Closet: It appears that members and visitors to the site are contacting laryngectomy suppliers direct since there have been no requests for catalogs, videos, brochures, or similar items. Two Servox EL's have been mailed to our members. Donations have been received from Avis Kaeselau, Bob King, and Helene Stinneford, Independent Association of Laryngectomees - North Texas, Jim Lauder, and Atos Medical.

Thirty-five WW Logo Pins were purchased by our members.

Membership cards are being prepared and mailed to all Voting Members who renewed their membership for CY2001.

A local North Carolina printer has generously agreed to print, at no expense to WebWhispers, a professional WW brochure. The purpose of the brochure is to have a hard copy publication that describes the WW site and the many benefits available on the Internet for laryngectomees. The brochure will be available for our members to give to doctors, SLP's, caregivers, relatives, friends and others. Copies will also be mailed to the IAL, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Yul Brynner Head and Neck Foundation, Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses, Inc., American Head and Neck Society, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and other laryngectomy organizations.

As we know, WW is the largest Internet based laryngectomy support group, but unfortunately not every one who needs to know knows about us. The WW brochure should do four things: Get the attention of the laryngectomy community, arouse interest in our site, create the desire to visit the site and get action from groups and individuals who can, in turn, refer patients and new laryngectomees to WebWhispers. Once they learn about our mission and how much valuable information is available we hope they will want to join us.

David Blevins, Pat Sanders and Dutch Helms are working with the printer on the brochure and it is in the final stages of development and will be available soon.

Bob Hodge - Secretary

Webmaster's Report to the Membership: (Oct - Dec 2000)

Between October 1st and December 31st, the "Cancer of the Larynx" website's Home Page received over 10,758 visits (or "hits") from interested Internet surfers. (107,425 total hits as of 31 December 2000). This was an average of 117 "hits" per day. As of December 31st, our October, November, and December Journals had received 566, 429, and 447 "hits" respectively; our Hints Sections got a total of 1,221 "hits" for a total of 4147 (about 410+ per month); and the WW Cruise page had 656 "hits." Additionally, 36 more individuals, a total of 452, took the time to leave messages/comments on the Web Site's Guest Book and the Guestbook has now had 3,847 visitors (readers) since its inception. (Note: the Guestbook only retains the comments of the most recent 250 visitors who left a message.)

Our website is now registered with our server's statistics generator. For this past quarter, according to our server, our website was "visited" by 31,905 individuals who viewed the equivalent of 44,505 pages. (We have 102 total pages on the site.)

Since October 1st, we have continued to add Website participants. As of December 31st, we had 588 laryngectomees/caregivers (a 6% increase) throughout North America and abroad with an additional 80 medical/medical support/supplier personnel (a 17% increase). Of these 668 listed individuals, approximately 427 (a 5% increase) actively participate on the WebWhispers Email LISTSERV distribution systems - 365 on normal distribution, 62 receiving the Digest version, and 22 on "vacation". During the past three month period, 1515 Email messages were sent via the WebWhispers Email LISTSERVS (an average of 15 per day - a total of 5,724 Emails during CY 2000).

We began on October 1st with 235 members holding Voting Membership. Between October 1st and December 31st an additional 16 participants became Voting Members - for a total of 251 Voting Members in CY2000. As of December 31st, we had 101 members who extended their Voting Membership into CY2001. All Voting Members have contributed financially to the club, some more than once and many for amounts in excess of the annual $5.00 minimum requested.

Dutch Helms - Webmaster

WWJ Report

There have been nearly 1450 visits to the October through December issues of the WebWhispers Journal, with an average of approximately 450 per issue. The quality of the graphics has continued to improve, and several new ideas have been implemented such as the art miniatures in the December issue memorial section. The author/title/subject index continues to be a useful tool in locating articles in past issues. The Journal continues to be a major source of ideas and reprints for other newsletters in North America and around the world.

David Blevins, Editor, WebWhispers Journal
David6511@aol.com

Treasurer's Report, Oct - Dec 2000

WW remains solvent. We presently have $5,588.18 in our bank account. Checks for dues and donations continue to come in.

We made the following expenditures since October 1, 2000:

$148.00 for postage and tape copying costs for loaner closet items and for pins.
$150.00 for software to produce the WW Journal.
$45.00 for Web Service costs to maintain the site.
$324.14 for boxing and mailing the loaner closet items to Bob Hodge.
$10.00 to the Indiana Secretary of State for annual fees to maintain our status as a corporation.
$280.00 for an advertisement in the IAL newsletter so we can become known to more laryngectomees.
$150.00 membership dues to the IAL.
$21.19 for Mail List software.
$4.25 telephone expenses.
$2.50 bank charge for deposited item fee.

WW remains solvent and continues to grow from the generosity of its members and others including vendors.

Terry Duga, Treasurer

Quarterly Officers' Report to the Membership
(July-September 2000)
President's Report (1 Jul - 30 Sep 2000)

Greetings Fellow WebWhispers,

It is a pleasure to report to you that our annual elections were completed in September and the results confirmed Murray Allan as President and Pat Wertz Sanders as Vice President. Terry Duga was again elected Treasurer and Bob Hodge is our new Secretary. Dutch Helms, permanent and faithful Webmaster and site owner, continues to serve us all and is an ex-officio officer on the Executive Committee.

David Blevins continues his appointed position as the very capable editor of the WebWhispers Journal, Bob Hodge now serves us in the appointed position of Loaner Closet Custodian and Jewell Fuller still works efficiently behind the scenes as Assistant Treasurer.

The IAL convention in Nashville was a rousing success! What a great pleasure it was to put a face to a name. The WebWhispers Banquet, organized by Pat Sanders and her very able assistants, was outstanding. It was "standing room only" and unfortunately we had to turn some folks away. The total count was 106 and this was the third year that a WW dinner was held in conjunction with an IAL convention.

Pat Sanders is organizing a one week cruise from New Orleans in April 2001. All WW members, their families and friends are invited to join us on this beautiful cruise to the western Caribbean. All details are available on the WW website and I would recommend, to all that are considering it, making reservations early.

Bob Hodge is actively promoting the sale of the very attractive WW logo lapel pins. Buy five and get the sixth one free. Total cost including shipping is only $25. Elizabeth Finchem, President of the CAL, promoted these pins at their meeting on October 12 - 15th.

In the near future we shall be proposing updated Bylaws, adding new jobs to the officers' current duties and their positions to be renamed:

Vice President Communications and Publications (Pat Sanders)
Vice President Finance and Administration (Terry Duga)
Vice President Correspondence and Membership (Bob Hodge)

We have an extremely active board of officers and we have plans to make a GREAT web site even better.

Should you have any questions or comments please send them to me by way of Email.

Thank you and very best regards.

Murray Allan
WebWhispers President
argus@shaw.ca

Webmaster's Report to the Membership: (Jul - Sep 2000)

• Between July 1st and September 30th, the "Cancer of the Larynx" website's Home Page received over 10,543 visits (or "hits") from interested Internet surfers. (96,667 total hits as of 30 Sep 2000). This was an average of over 117+ "hits" per day. As of September 30th, our July, August, and September Journals had received 385, 408, and 579 "hits" respectively; our Hints Sections had a total of 2,926 "hits" (about 400+ per month); and the WW Cruise page had 245 "hits." Additionally, 31 more individuals, a total of 416, took the time to leave messages or comments on the Web Site's Guest Book and the Guestbook has now had 3,487 visitors since its inception. (Note: the Guestbook only retains the comments of the most recent 250 visitors.)

• Our website is now registered with our server's statistics generator. September was the first full month for which statistics were calculated. For this past month, according to our server, our website was "visited" by 20,118 individuals who viewed the equivalent of 136,978 pages. (We have 98 total pages on the site.)

• Since July 1st, we have continued to add/lose Website participants. As of September 30th, we had 552 laryngectomees/caregivers (a 5% increase) throughout North America and abroad with an additional 76 medical/medical support/supplier personnel (a 4% decrease). Of these 628 listed individuals, approximately 409 (a 7% decrease) actively participate on the WebWhispers Email LISTSERV distribution systems. During the past three month period, 1404 Email messages were sent via the WebWhispers Email LISTSERV (an average of 16 per day - 4,209 Emails so far this year).

• We began on July 1st with 203 members holding Voting Membership. Between July 1st and September 30th an additional 32 participants became voting members (for a total of 235) -- a 14% increase. All Voting Members have contributed financially to the club, some more than once and many for amounts in excess of the annual $5.00 minimum requested.

• NOTE: All contributions received between now and December 31st, 2000 will count towards both CY 2000 and CY 2001 Voting Membership.

• On 20 September, we formally established a "second" Email LISTSERV ... fully moderated and dedicated exclusively to laryngectomee health and welfare issues. As of 30 September, 29 medical professionals and 121 WW members were participating on this new list.

• We had placed a reorder for 300 of our WebWhispers Logo lapel pins and took delivery of the reorder just prior to the IAL Nashville meeting. Pins are now available from the club Secretary, Bob Hodge.

Dutch Helms - Webmaster

WW Loaner Closet Summary (1 Jul - 30 Sep 2000)

During this past last quarter, our Loaner Closet Custodian assisted 21 individuals with starter kits and other items from the inventory. Five electrolarynx devices were placed on loan and one was permanently donated. As of 30 September, six electrolarynx devices were on loan, as were four "Lauder" books and nine videos. And updated inventory of the Loaner Closest can be found Online at:

http://www.webwhispers.org/pages/loancloset.htm

WWJ Report

According to the counters in each issue, the readership of the WWJ continues to increase significantly. A number of Internet-related glitches have been worked out and, although our format does not make it easy to print out copies since photos may be divided between pages, the format appears to be easier to navigate and read. An author, title and subject index to all past issues was constructed and is updated monthly. Suggestions for changes or additions are most welcome.

David Blevins, WWJ Editor, David6511@aol.com

WebWhispers Treasurer's Report

WebWhispers Nu-Voice Club has $4,705.85 in the treasury.

From July 1 to September 30, 2000, we made the following expenditures:

$119.70 for Web Service Costs
$385.95 for lapel pins (we have already made $215 from pin sales)
$1,323.95 for a WW-owned laptop computer to provide a fully functional and independent back-up for the WebWhispers files and software, to allow the Webmaster to maintain the site and the moderated ListServs when he is not at his home, and to support occasional presentations by the Webmaster to outside groups and organizations.
$132.00 for shelving and storage containers for the Loaner Closet
$2,724.21 for the WW dinner in Nashville (this expense was borne fully by the attendees of the dinner)
$226.49 for Secretary/Loaner Closet mailing costs and supplies.

In August WW changed its bank account from a savings account to an interest bearing savings account with limited check writing capabilities. WW will be required to maintain a balance of $2,000 to avoid fees.

Quarterly Officers' Report to the Membership
(April - June 2000)

President's Message - 1 April - 30 June 2000

It is with great sadness that I assume the position of acting President of WebWhispers due to the untimely passing of the incumbent, Carter Cooper. Carter passed away at his home in New York of a sudden and massive heart attack on Sunday, July 9, 2000. The executive committee has been in touch with his wife and family and offered our sincere condolences and any help that we can give. It was indeed a numbing shock to all of us as Carter appeared to be enjoying good health. We offer our prayers to his family and friends at this very trying time.

Carter had a number of plans that he wished to put into affect to enhance WebWhispers and I can assure you that I will honor all of them to the best of my ability.

Carter had initiated the planning for the WebWhispers dinner to be held in Nashville on Thursday 17 August 2000 in conjunction with the IAL meeting. Pat Sanders was appointed to head up this committee and I have no doubt that it will be a roaring success.

Eight excellent delegates have been appointed to participate at the IAL annual meeting. These individuals are all active members that we can depend upon to represent us in an exemplary manner. I am also pleased to note that 122+ WebWhispers members, spouses, and caregivers are planning to attend the IAL Annual Meeting or Voice Institute.

I have also taken the liberty of appointing longtime WebWhispers member, Pat Sanders, as acting Vice President ... to serve out the old remaining term until the new elections in the fall. Pat has voluntarily accepted this appointment and I am sure she will serve proudly and well in this capacity.

After the conclusion of the IAL's annual meeting we hope to initiate our second mail list which will be moderated and dedicated strictly to matters concerning laryngectomees' health and welfare issues.

If any members have any suggestions or constructive criticism please contact me at:
"argus@shaw.ca". Thank you.

Murray Allan
Acting President
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Webmaster's Report to the Membership: April - June 2000
(as of 30 June 2000)

• Between April 1st and June 30th, the "Cancer of the Larynx" Website's Home Page received over 10,979 visits (or "hits") from interested Internet surfers. (86,124 total hits as of 30 June 2000.) This is an average of over 120+ "hits" per day. As of June 30th, our April, May, and June Journals had received 389, 368, and 264 "hits" respectively, and our Hints Sections now gets approximately 14 "hits" each and every day (400+ per month). Additionally, 25 more individuals have taken the time to leave messages/comments on the Web Site's Guest Book.

• Since April 1st, we have continued to add Website participants and, on June 30th, we had 523 laryngectomees/caregivers (a 9% increase) throughout North America and abroad with an additional 79 medical/medical support/supplier personnel (an 8% increase). Of these 602 listed individuals, approximately 440 (a 7% increase) actively participate on the WebWhispers Email ListServ distribution system. During the past three month period, 1268 Email messages were sent via the WebWhispers Email ListServ (an average of 14 per day - 2,805 Emails so far this year).

• We began on April 1st with 162 members holding Voting Membership. Between April 1st and June 30th an additional 41 participants became voting members (for a total of 203) -- a 25% increase. All Voting Members have contributed financially to the club, some more than once and many for amounts in excess of the annual $5.00 minimum requested.

• We continued to explore the possibility of establishing a "second" Email Listserv ... fully moderated and dedicated exclusively to laryngectomee health and welfare issues. The current "WebWhispers@mail-list.com" system would remain virtually unchanged, but its Netiquette Guidelines would be relaxed somewhat and it would remain basically unmonitored. The "new" second list, however, would be actively monitored to keep it on track and on subject -- that is, all messages SENT to that list would first pass through a "monitor," charged with enforcing the Netiquette and Content Guidelines established for that list. As with ALL monitored ListServs, non-complying Emails would be returned to the sender for revision or for transmission over the "old," unmonitored list. All members would be able to subscribe or unsubscribe to one OR both lists. A committee was formed to draft some Netiquette proposals and they have submitted their recommendations to the officers. Many details remain to be worked out, but we believe a second, more controlled Email list would be a valuable asset to our growing membership. If all goes as planned, we will likely launch this new, moderated ListServ immediately following the IAL Annual Meeting in August.

• We have selected our 8 Delegates to the Nashville IAL Annual Meeting. They are:

David Blevins - Montgomery, AL
Ellen Byrne - Gibbsboro, NJ
Terry Duga - Indianapolis, IN
Dutch Helms - El Lago, TX
Bob Herbst - New Haven, CT
Max Hoyt - Lewis, DE
Charles Lamar - Tuscaloosa, AL
Pat Wertz Sanders - Birmingham, AL

• Murray Allan was appointed Acting Vice President to complete the term of John Edwards, who tendered his resignation due to conflicting work requirements. Murray then automatically became President with the passing of Carter Cooper on July 9th. Pat Sanders has been appointed acting Vice President to fill that vacancy until the fall elections.

• We placed a reorder for our WebWhispers Logo lapel pins and should get delivery of the reorder just prior to the IAL Nashville meeting ... so we should have a sufficient supply on hand for those members desiring to obtain pins.

Dutch Helms - Webmaster
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Secretary's Quarterly Report - 1 April - 30 June 2000

I do not want to be redundant, since the other officers have fairly covered everything that has transpired the past three months…new "list" members, new "voting" members, etc. It is my privilege to send membership cards to the members who have given a donation from their heart ... whether it is just to become a donating member or donating more than is asked in order to help with our loaner closet and other postage expenses. In some cases monies have been donated to a particular laryngectomee in financial need. As you know the Secretary also takes an active part in the Executive Committee decisions and I feel privileged to be a part of that. I keep up with the donations, maintain a database and work closely with Terry Duga and his assistant, Jewell Fuller, who are keeping our books. The past three months everything seems to be going smoothly in that regard. I am also responsible for sending out the WebWhispers logo lapel pins and will be mailing the "non-attendees" their pins tomorrow. The other pins will be hand-carried to the "attendees in Nashville." As you all know, I am also the loaner closet custodian, and would like to give you an updated report within the next two weeks or so, since I submitted my last report and updated inventory in May. We've had some generous donations over the past three months and the requests to use our closet are becoming more active every week! It's exciting that we all can be in the position to help those in need.

Darlene Parker - Secretary
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WebWhispers Treasurer's Statement, April - June 2000

The WebWhispers Bank Balance as of June 30, 2000, was $5,635.48. We incurred mailing expenses of $230.51 in the last quarter. We also paid $119.70 for web site upkeep.

Terry Duga - Treasurer

Quarterly Officers' Report to the Membership
(January - March 2000)
President's Report

Over the last quarter we have continued to grow in membership. One can only wonder what will happen when we begin to actively make our presence known to the laryngectomee community and health professionals, rather than rely on word of mouth and a search engine.

The year began with turbulent winds. I was going to attend the UCSF (University of California San Francisco) Voice Center Conference on Friday, January 28th, organized by Drs. Mark Singer & Carla Gress, but bad weather forced me to reschedule meetings and I was not able to attend. Carla has initiated a project that I think is very exciting and that I can only explain as a "laryngectomee mapping project" that seeks to identify the correlation between the shape of the esophagus and quality of speech for TEP speakers. The result of the study may result in a wider array of prosthesis designs to address different shaped cavities. If there are any TEP speakers interested in learning more about the project or participating in a grant (separate from WebWhispers) to help fund the project, please let me know.

In February I was able to parlay a trip to Atlanta into a lunch meeting with Jewell Fuller, our Assistant Treasurer, at a hotel near the airport. As some of you know, Jewell will be bringing her experience and expertise as a credit union manager to bear on our bookkeeping. Our adaptation of QuickBooks accounting software will allow us to file IRS and other documents in a timely manner and will insure that the job of managing our books can be taken on by anyone with knowledge of the software on short notice. It will also allow us to more accurately track our income and expenses, which in turn will allow us to draft a budget based on previous history and our estimates of future income. Jewell has been set back by an appendectomy and we wish her a good recovery.

On other financial fronts we may soon be moving our funds to an interest bearing checking account.

Pat Sanders, our Chair of Communications and Publications Committee, has submitted her resignation and it has been accepted with a great deal of regret. Pat, in her infinite wisdom, has recognized the rather empty purpose of such a Committee. We Communicate via an email list and Publish items electronically. Once she recruited and placed David Blevins as Editor of the WebWhispers Journal, we effectively completed our communication matrix. We have pages on the website to communicate a broad range of laryngectomee-related services and resources, we have the monthly Journal to communicate more topical and general interest articles, and we have the mailing list to communicate items of immediate interest and concern.

Of course, we have no intention of allowing Pat to wander off to some peaceful pasture to graze away her future. She has graciously volunteered to become a mail list monitor (Dutch has more information regarding this) and you can be sure she will always be on my short list for advice and counsel. Thanks, Pat, for all the great work you have done for WebWhispers.

The Texas Laryngectomee Association meeting was held Friday and Saturday, March 17th - 18th in Austin, TX. It was great to have "face time" with other members of the Executive Committee, other WebWhispers, and other larys. I am more convinced that, just like the telephone, email is convenient and readily available, but it will never replace real human contact. Dutch, Darlene, and John and I were able to have dinner together Thursday night. Jim Lauder graciously hosted another meeting in his hotel room Friday afternoon, which we later continued downstairs prior to the Friday night banquet. Saturday morning we were able to continue some conversations before I had to leave. Thanks again Jim for the space and sage input, and thanks to Dutch, John, and Darlene for making the trek to Austin.

We did not (and would not without Terry presence) come up with grand pronouncements, but I believe that in the process of discussing current and future issues we are beginning to see some elements coalesce into a nebulous shape that may someday become a clear image of where we want to be in a few years. Unfortunately for idle dreamers like me, we must first attend to some tedious work revising the by-laws to accommodate our incorporation and nonprofit status. We are accumulating boilerplate from various sources and we will attempt the not-so-easy task of adapting language and procedures to the WebWhispers model of an Internet organization.

What's Next?

In another few weeks I will be putting together the WebWhispers Dinner Committee. Thanks to all who have volunteered so far. If there is anyone else who would like to help out, please contact me. Attendance at the dinner is not required to be a part of the Committee.

Within the next few months we will begin the process of nominating and voting for our eight delegates to the IAL meeting in Nashville this August. If you are planning to attend and would like to represent WebWhispers interests at the IAL's Annual Meeting, please contact me.

Thanks to all of you for your continued interest in WebWhispers, and if you have any questions or comments, please contact me at: coopermon@mindspring.com.

Carter Cooper - President
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WebMaster's Report to the Membership: 1 January - 31 March 2000

• Between January 1st and March 31st, the "Cancer of the Larynx" Web Site's Main Index Page received over 10,085 visits (or "hits") from interested Internet surfers. This is an average of over 112+ "hits" per day. Our Newsletters/Journal get about 330 "hits" per month, and our Hints Sections gets approximately 13 "hits" each and every day (390+ per month). Additionally, over 40 more individuals have taken the time to leave messages/comments on the Web Site's Guest Book.

• Since January 1st, we have continued to add Web Site members and, on March 31st, we had 478 laryngectomee/caregiver members (a 18% increase) throughout North America and abroad with an additional 73 medical/medical support/supplier personnel (a 10% increase). Of these 551 individuals, approximately 410 (a 13% increase) actively participate on the WebWhispers Email ListServ distribution system. During the past three month period, 1582 Email messages were sent via the WebWhispers Email ListServ (an average of 17 per day).

• We entered CY 2000 with 110 members holding Voting Membership. Through March 31st, an additional 52 participants became voting members (for a total of 162) - a 47% increase. All Voting Members have contributed financially to the club, some more than once and many for amounts in excess of the annual $5.00 minimum requested.

• We have continued to expand the Web Site to include increasing member participation, better and more comprehensive references for laryngectomees, adding new pages, reformatting the monthly Newsletter into a Journal, and adding more extensive links to other sites.

• We continue to explore the possibility of establishing a "second" Email Listserv ... fully moderated and dedicated exclusively to laryngectomee health and welfare issues. The current "WebWhispers@mail-list.com" system would remain virtually unchanged, but its Netiquette Guidelines would be relaxed somewhat and it would remain basically unmonitored. The "new" second list, however, would be actively monitored to keep it on track and on subject - that is, all messages SENT to that list would first pass through a "monitor", charged with enforcing the Netiquette and Content Guidelines established for that list. As with ALL monitored ListServs, non-complying Emails would be returned to the sender for revision or for transmission over the "old", unmonitored list. All members would be able to subscribe or unsubscribe to one OR both lists. It is also "possible" that we may be able to add this second ListServ service at NO COST to the Club. Many details remain to be worked out, but we believe a second, more controlled Email list would be a valuable asset to the growing membership.

• WebWhispers has obtained full 501(c)(3) nonprofit status with the IRS, retroactive to December, 1999.

• We continue publish a monthly Newsletter, now titled the WebWhispers Journal, edited by WW member, David Blevins.

• All dues/contributions received from members on or after 1 October 1999 were credited towards CY 2000 Club Voting Membership.

• We continue to have a healthy bank balance to finance the activities of the Club for the coming months and to implement whatever worthwhile programs the Voting Members agree on.

Dutch Helms - Webmaster
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Quarterly Treasurer's Report
by Terry Duga

We received $755.00 in donations since January 1, 2000.

To date we have paid $344.26 in this new year. $45 paid for the WebServer, $150.00 to the IRS with our tax exemtion request, and $149.26 for postage costs from the previous year.

Our projection of costs remains the same as given in the last report.

We have been granted tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The status is retroactive to December 10, 1999. What this means is that donations to WW may be taken as charitable deductions on United States' income taxes. I don't know what effect this will have in other countries. Payments for the WW dinner and for pins are not charitable contributions and should not be taken as deductions. If you have questions, consult your persoanl tax advisor.

Presently, we have a savings account, rather than a checking account. We started that way because we had enough initial donations to have a free savings account, but a checking account would have cost us money. We have grown enough that I will be investigating the possibility of switching our account to an interest bearing checking account. This will make paying bills a little bit easier.

Jewell Fuller came on board as Assistant Treasurer this year. She has been working to put our accounts in order. She is a welcome asset to WW.
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Secretary's Report
by Darlene Parker:

It has been a busy three months catching up with all my duties after getting a bit behind throughout the holidays. It is my responsibility to send out WebWhispers Nu-Voice Club membership cards to all the contributing members, although the "appreciation certificates" to contributing members have been on hold since Joe Casey's death. It was decided amongst the Executive Committee that the "appreciation certificate" is something we should send "electronically", rather snail mail, in order to save printing and mailing expense. The new electronic certificate has not been designed as yet, but will be in the near future.

Carter Cooper has offered to take over the task of mailing out the hard copies of the WebWhisper Journal to those members who requested and paid for this additional service.

Unfortunately, Debi Austin, was unable to serve as my "helper/assistant" because of personal commitments at this time. I will try to keep up, so to speak, until election time without an assistant.

A Loaner Closet report follows and a new inventory listing has been posted to the Web Site. We've had some huge donations to our inventory recently and several members have been greatly helped of late via the Loaner Closet.

We still have an inventory of 46 WebWhispers Logo Pins, available to the members at $3.00 each (Pictures of these pins, for those unfamiliar with them, are on the Club Notices pages of the Web Site.) To order a pin, please simply mail your check to our Treasurer, Terry Duga, 6115 North Park, Indianapolis, IN 46220 and then notify me by e-mail that you have sent the check. Once Terry confirms its receipt, I will mail your pin(s) off to you promptly. Should there be sufficient further interest in the pins, a "quantity" reorder will again be considered.

If anyone should have any questions, please Email me at: darlene1@airmail.net

Take care and God Bless!
Darlene Parker
Secretary
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WebWhispers Loaner Closet Report
(as of March 31, 2000)

Through the end of 1999, the following people have donated to our WW's Loaner Closet:

Bob Hoover - Lancaster, PA, Dee Taliaferro - Montrose, CO, Jim Lauder (Lauder Enterprises) - San Antonio, TX, Dutch Helms - El Lago, TX, Jean Gauge (in memory of George) - Miami, FL, Carl Lewis - Toledo, OH, Darlene Parker, Dallas, TX, Marianne Peereboom - Netherlands, Rudy Dupler - Toledo, OH, Logan Grayson - Ponca City, OK, Steve & June Provencher - Mount Dora, FL, Joseph Casey - Longmeadow, MA, David Dukes - Versilles, KY, Carol Hoar - Bushkill, PA, Carter Cooper - White Plains, NY, Theda Davis (in memory of Bill Harvey) - San Francisco, CA., Rudy Dupler - Toledo, OH, Kay Casey in memory of Joe Casey - Longmeadow, MA, Mary Alice Dickensen, Taos, NM, Jean Lakatos - Broadheadsville, PA, and Sally North - San Antonio, TX.

Those that have donated within the past three months are: Keith Severns - Lake Geneva, WI donated an electro-larynx - Avis Kaeslelau - South Dennis, MA donated funds for starter kit postage expense in honor of her husband, Jean, Darlene Parker - Dallas, TX donated an emergency Ambu Bag, Carl Schultz - Great Falls, MT donated foam stoma covers & TEP items - Fat Freddie (Fred Phriic) donated three electrolarynges - Jim Lauder of Lauder Enterprises donated stoma covers & emergency cards, an anonymous donor donated 20 generic Servox batteries, Jacqueline Saturley - Niagara Falls, NY donated an electro-larynx, Jobeth Seder, Neil Grenham & Richard Crum of InHealth donated "many" videos and the book "Tracheoesophageal Voice Restoration Following Total Laryngectomee" valued at $150 written by Eric Blom, Ph.D, Mark Singer, MD, and Ronald Hamaker, MD. Jack Keilsohn - Potomac, MD, donated significant funds to go towards postage expenses sending starter kits and also donated some IAL self-help literature. Tom Beneventine, Servox Consultant, donated one video "Speech Options after a Laryngectomy." Rudy Dupler sent two huge boxes of supplies, stoma covers, one electro-larynx, Floxite Light, 38 tweezers, 2 Broncho Saline, 6 Adult Tracheostomy Masks, 27 swab sticks, over 400 gauze sponges, and 13 wash cloths. ATOS Medical, who distributes the "Provox" Voice Prosthesis, sent several catalogs. I am particularly impressed with two of the three catalogs they sent ... (1 Life as a Laryngectomee" and (2 "Pulmonary Rehabilitation Products" which features the Heat & Moisture Exchanger valves (HME). Clyde Welch, who in the past distributed the Tokyo Pneumatic Instrument, sent two videos (one of which gives the history of Alfred Germaine who owned the first patent). Since his part of the patent has expired, Mr. Welsh offered the possibility of a patent to WebWhispers (in order to keep the instrument with a "nonprofit" organization... (Japan owns the other half), but the Executive Committee decided not to accept the financial responsibility of pursuing the patent, since Brian Shute of Communicative Medical, is distributing a pneumatic device similar to the Tokyo Instrument and is half the cost. It was also felt there might be unforeseen complications since Japan holds part of the patent. Clyde offered his tapes demonstrating the Tokyo device and also gave us permission to freely copy them. Joseph Shad was kind enough to make several copies and they've been added to our inventory. I have a list of who like to see the videos and will mail them out soon. Special thanks also go out to Jack Vogle for digitally copying our entire video inventory, except for the recent InHealth videos. This will ensure that the Loaner Closet will always have an "original." Our thanks go out once more to Jim Lauder for repairing several electrolarynx devices at no cost to WebWhispers.

We, of course, also want to extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to all the other donors above for their kindness and generosity. Our WW's Loaner Closet is meant to help members of our group or a person who is associated with a member of WebWhispers that may need a "loaner" while their equipment may be in for repair or replacement, and most importantly help a new laryngectomee with a new voice until he/she has decided what option of speech is preferred. As you can see below, our inventory has grown immensely in the past two to three months. Given this growth, our inventory is now being reviewed by medical and legal experts. Once this review is complete we will proceed with the establishment of inventory guidelines for the loaner closet operations -- to ensure the medical and legal soundness of our various offerings.

We now have a total of "29" electrolarynges in our inventory. One Romet Electrolarynx is presently on loan. We have recently sent out various items, selfhelp material and product information to the following people: Charlie Richmond, Peggy Patterson, Ron Stepan, Liz Redmond, Bob & Judy Herzog, Avis Kaeselau, Alma Fredricks, Pam Ridgeway, Tom Harley, Jim McDougal, Carl Shultz, Terry Desilets, Kelly Killough, Jim Upton, David Blevins, and Beth Carter. Recently Regina Sotres of Mexico City, Mexico, a young SLP, contacted us for helpful laryngectomy material in order to help a close friend's mother. I would like to thank "Chon" Tamez for offering to interpret the messages between Regina and me. I sent her the self-help material that was written in Spanish (donated by Jim Lauder), along with a couple of catalogs in order to obtain product information.

Wayne Baker has offered three electrolarynx devices, but prefers to keep them in his possession until needed. Kyle Bryan, our new "young" WW's member, recently sent me written permission to copy his tape that we can now obtain from MD Anderson. Not only will everyone be able to hear his "remarkable" esophageal voice, but the tape also tells of his personal story of the hardship of being so young and having to endure a total laryngectomy. Thanks, Kyle!!

We have self-help materials (videos, cassette tapes, books) along with other equipment that are available on a "loaner" basis. Starter kits have been sent to several "newbies" who have joined our web site recently and these have been very much appreciated. Some items were given them as a donation, i.e. stoma covers, self-help books, etc., although I am now sending "Self Help for the Laryngectomee" written by Ed Lauder, as a "loaner" item ... since I feel it is only fair to Jim Lauder, keeping in mind that he is offering this wonderful book for sale the cost of approximately $13.00. The other books such as "Why Didn't They Tell Me," written by Jack Henslee, are also being sent as a "loaner" item. We still have the two AT&T electrolarynges in our loaner closet inventory that were donated by an anonymous donor. These are specifically to be donated to an indigent person (who may or may not be a member or associated with a member of WebWhispers).

(Click HERE to go to our Loaner Closet Inventory Page)

Darlene Parker
Secretary/Loaner Closet Custodian

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