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.

2003 Reports

Semi-annual Officers' Report to the Membership
(1 July - 31 December 2003)


Presidents' Report July 1 - 31 December 2003 - Murray Allan

It is indeed a great pleasure to report that WebWhispers continues to grow by leaps and bounds. This only proves that where there is a need there will always be something or someone to fill the void. As we have many veteran larys and stalwart professionals to draw from it is extremely rare that we can't find an answer for any laryngectomy question or problem. On behalf of the Executive Committee I would like to sincerely thank all members who have aided, assisted and actively participated in this, your Club .

On behalf of Libby Fitzgerald, Vice President - Member Services and myself, I also thank all voting members for their support in re-electing us through 2005. I can assure all members that Libby and I will do our utmost to serve all members as we have done in the past.

I am pleased to report that our membership is growing at the rate of approximately 25 individuals per month as we continue to get bigger and better.

Once again I thank our founder and Webmaster, Dutch Helms, for the incredible work he puts into this website as does Pat Sanders,VP- Web Information, Terry Duga, VP - Finance and Administration and Libby Fitzgerald, VP - Member Services.

The individual reports of these Officers will follow.

Should anyone have any comments or constructive criticism please contact me.

All the very best to all.

Take care and stay well!

Murray Allan, President
WebWhispers Nu-Voice Club
argus@shaw.ca

VP Web Information Report: July - December 2003 - Pat Sanders

WEBWHISPERS AND WWHEALTHHELP LISTS; DELPHI FORUM
When something has worked as long and as well as our lists for communication with each other, it starts to settle in and the success is shown with the webmaster's statistical reports. Out of our large membership, we probably do not have as many as a half dozen people who complain about how it is run and the rules that must be followed if we are not to fill everyone's email box with miscellany.

WEBSITE DESIGN/CONTENT
We continue to make minor changes to the web site to improve and update. No major changes but there were none needed at this time.

IAL ANNUAL MEETING
We are just starting plans for our members who are planning to attend the IAL and we will have postings in the lists and on the web site in addition to articles in the newsletter.

WW CRUISES
PAST: The 2003 Eastern Caribbean 7 Day Cruise took place in November and we had 66 cruisers and the first Cruise Clinic. You will find an article on the clinic in the newsletter with photos and on the regular cruise site, a multitude of photos taken on this cruise. It was fun.
FUTURE: A new 12 day cruise has been arranged for Dec 6, 2004 out of Galveston, TX to the Western Caribbean/ Panama Canal on Celebrity's Galaxy and we already have deposits on 15 cabins.

WEBWHISPERS NEWSLETTER
Our newsletter format was changed with the September issue to allow several regular columnists with various opinions and ideas, a column for guest authors and one for WebWhispers members' articles. In addition, we have a monthly column from Murray Allan, our WW President and Dutch Helms, our WW Webmaster. We are honored to have Dr. Dan Kelly to coordinate the new VoicePoints every month featuring professionals writing about subjects of special interest to us. Whispers on the Web is the name of the new venture and it is co-edited by Pat Sanders and Dutch Helms. We invite submissions to be sent to Editor@WebWhispers.org

Pat Sanders, VP Web Information

VP - Member Services Report: July - December 2003 - Libby Fitzgerald

I want to thank those of you who voted for me to continue as your Membership Vice President for the next two years. Your confidence is deeply appreciated!

WebWhispers is continuing to grow steadily, with 133 new members between July and December, a combination of larys, caregivers medical professionals and vendors from throughout the world. Our HealthHelp List is made up of about 100 medical professionals and vendors plus 150 participating larys. Of the current total of 874 on the main Webwhispers list as of December 31st, 240 were voting members (those who donated a minimum of $5.00 annually). Voting members, in addition to expressing their choices on issues of importance to us, help pay for the cost of mailing our brochures, pins, patches and mouse pads, shipping of loan closet supplies and the cost of operating and upgrading our website and 2 ListServs (WebWhispers and HealthHelp) to keep up with our growing needs. Some time this year, we will have to place a new order for brochures since we're close to the end of our original supply. Any members who would like to support us by become voting members, please send your donations to Terry Duga, 6115 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220. I'd also like to thank Bruce Medical for supplying (free of charge to WebWhispers) those attractive Neckbreather Pins to anyone donating at least $15.00 in 2003. Thank you, Richard!

Right now, we're in the process of storing our membership data on a secure data base site. This may not sound too remarkable or exciting, but in the past, member info was either a collection of handwritten pages that weren't always transferred to the next Membership VP, or a boxful of printouts, not the most efficient method of record keeping! Dutch has redesigned the new member application on our website to a Fill-In-The-Blank format and we have hired a data entry consultant to input this information along with our existing member records. It is our goal to get all members entered within the coming year. This personal information shall always remain confidential and shall be used for WebWhispers membership-support purposes only.

Remembrances

Sadly, the following 21 members have passed away since June 30th (that we know of). They have been added to our memorial page and they are:

Ed Blake - Kitchener, Ont., Canada; Eugene Brase - Owatonna, MN; Joseph Caruso - Rochelle Park, NJ; James Cornish - Philadelphia, PA; Caren Dickerson - Roy, WA; Linda Haller, Montgomery Village, MD; Mike Holder - Silver Springs, MD; Patty Jones - Gresham, OR; Jack Keilson - Potomac, MD; Jean Lakatos - Bath, PA; Ed Marek - Aurora, IL; Michael Michel II - Fairbanks, AK; John Miller - Elmwood Park, NJ; Katherine Nizzari - Surrey, ME; Frank Pitkin - Newport, NH; Bill Sanders - Channelview, TX; Doug Sharrar - Knox, PA; Jim Sullivan - Tampa, FL; Victor Wartofsky - Potomac, MD; Beverly Welch - Detroit, MI; and Bill Woodward - Chapel Hill, NC

Loan Closet

In the last six months of the year, the following items were loaned out to members: 8 Servoxes, 2 Oral Adapters, 8 Chargers, 11 Batteries and 1 Cooper-Rand. Of these, all but 2 Servoxes, chargers and batteries have been returned. Thank you Judy and Bill Ramboldt, our Loan Closet Custodians, for doing such a fine job and being willing to continue providing this important service.. In a week or so, they will submit an updated inventory of supplies available for members in need of temporary equipment, whether to substitute for something that's being repaired, or getting something to use until insurance coverage kicks in. I will let you know when the new inventory list will be ready to view on our website. Judy tells me that Darlene Foley of Siemens has offered to test our battery supply and will replace any that are no longer working. Thank you, Darlene and Siemens!. If you have any questions about these supplies, contact me at "Lijofitz@aol.com"

Pins, Patches and Mouse Pads

We are continuing to send a free patch to every voting member, which will be included along with our membership card and they are in the process of being mailed out. For those who would like to purchase additional patches, they are $1.50 each; 4 for $5.00 or 9 for $10.00. The pins are $5.00 each or 6 for $25.00 and will also be mailed out soon. We are still selling the WW mouse pads, supplied by Jim Lauder, with their $5.00 fee going toward the Edmund Lauder Support Fund to help increase first time attendance at the annual IAL Convention.

Speaking of the Convention, I will soon be working on the menu for this year's WebWhispers Banquet, to be held on Friday, July 9th in Anaheim, CA. It will be a challenge to come up with another mouth-watering selection, but we aim to please.

Respectfully submitted,

Libby Fitzgerald - VP for Member Services

VP Finance & Adminstration Report: July - December 2003 - Terry Duga

Thanks to the generosity of its members, and others, WebWhispers remains very solvent. As of the end of 2003, we had $12,690.81 in the bank.

In the last six months, we received $1,817.31 in donations, $20.21 in interest, $50 for the sale of pins, and $100.01 to the Edmund Lauder Support Fund.

In the last six months, we had the following expenses:

Automobile -- $64.00 parking at the IAL, $18.00 gas (for transporting mouse pads and other items to IAL).
IAL 2003 per diem for Pat Sanders who represents WW at the convention including manning the WW table - $250.00
Bank Charge for a bad check -- $6.00
Computer Upgrade -- 83.90
Insurance -- $218.00 (we now have a life insurance policy on Dutch so that, God forbid, if anything happens to him, we will have a fund to hire someone to do some of what he does as Webmaster, etc.)
WW/WWHH Email Listservs and Archives -- $119.70
Special Internet Access -- $50.00
Bell Hop to move boxes of Mouse Pads, etc. -- $12.00
Postage and Mailing -- $53.31
Telephone -- $346.32
Web Server Hosting Charges -- $99.95
Internet Tools Support Charges -- $99.95

At the end of the year, our designated funds hold the following amounts:

Bob Hodge Memorial Fund (for printing and distribution of brochures) -- $1,664.95
Casey Cooper Award -- $288.91
Edmund Lauder Support Fund -- $145.01

I wish to thank everyone for their continued support.
Terry Duga, VP-Finance & Administration


Webmaster's Report: July 1 - December 31 2003 - Dutch Helms

Between July 1st and December 31st, the entire "WebWhispers" web site received 129,916 visits (or "page views") - up 7.5% over the previous 6 months. The web site's Home Page received over 17,927 "page views" from interested Internet surfers - up 5% over the previous 6 months. (Since our inception, we have received 204,481 total Home Page "page views" as of 31 December 2003).

During this same 6-month period, our old WW "Journal" and new "Whispers on the Web" editions received the following total "page views":

Jul - 596, Aug - 541, Sep - 692, Oct - 619, Nov - 475, Dec - 448

Also during these past six months, the following "most popular pages" recorded the following number of "page views":

General Information - 7,471 Suppliers Page - 5,928
Member Services - 5,911 Hints Index - 3,906
2003 Cruise Pages - 2,160 Journal Page - 1,979
Club List Page - 1,873 Web Search - 1,772
WWEmailRules - 1,290 Member Roster - 1,147
WWHEmailRules - 859 IAL 2003 Picture Pages - 380

The most popular Hints pages (by "page views") were:

Stoma Covers - 3,042 Side Effects - 2,198 Stoma Care - 1,192
Everyday Life - 965 PostOp Hints - 598

Since July 1st, we have continued to increase our web site participants (despite of the passing of 20 members and the deletion of approximately 50 members whose Email addresses were no longer active or working). As of July 1st, we had 974 laryngectomees / caregivers with an additional 143 medical/medical support/vendor personnel -- a total of 1,117 registered participants. Since then we have added 112 new laryngectomees / caregivers (an 8.6% increase) and 13 medical/medical support/vendor personnel (a 9% increase) ... ending up on 31 December 2003 with 1,017 laryngectomees / caregivers and 156 medical/vendor personnel ... for a total of 1,173 participants. Of these 1,173 listed individuals, approximately 874 (a 3% increase) actively participate on the WebWhispers Email LISTSERV distribution system - 551 on normal distribution, 208 receiving the Digest version, and 115 on "vacation." Additionally, 271 WW members (a 9% increase) also participate on the WWHealthHelp LISTSERV. During the past six month period, approximately 2,300 Email messages were sent via the WebWhispers Email LISTSERVS (WW and WWHH) -- an average of 12+ per day. Special KUDOS should go to WW/WWHH member Mike Rosenkranz who selflessly served as "temporary Email ListServ Moderator" while Dutch and Pat sailed on the WW Caribbean Cruise in 2003 .

We have added a NEW (secure) On-Line Membership Application Form to the web site. So, if you know someone who wishes to join us, just send them to our Home Page where they can quickly and easily access, fill out, and submit the form.

To serve as a private Bulletin Board and Chat Room for our members, we created in early February 2001 the WebWhispers Forum on Delphi.com. As of 30 June 2003, 257 WW members had taken the steps necessary to join the Forum. Since then, an additional 21 WW members joined (w/ 11 more "pending"), for a total current Forum membership of 278 participants. Since July 1st, these Forum members accessed the Forum over 4,800 times, posting 478 messages, and generating over 19,500 message/discussion page views. As of December 31st, a total of 3,951 messages remain posted to the Forum. Note: Those WW members not yet members of the Forum can get the "joining instructions" simply by requesting them from the Webmaster or additional details can be found on the web site at: http://www.webwhispers.org/pages/bboard_chat.htm

We started on July 1st with 187 members holding CY2003 Voting Membership. Between July 1st and December 31st, an additional 53 participants became Voting Members - for a total of 240 Voting Members for CY2003. For CY2004, already 93 members have committed to a 2004 Voting Membership. 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. Remember, as a Voting Member: (1) you can run for any of the Club's elective offices, potentially serve as a club Delegate to the IAL meetings, and have the opportunity to vote on all issues brought to the Club by the Executive Committee; (2) you are actively participating in a club that is aiding and rehabilitating persons who are laryngectomees and/or suffer from voice disorders; and, (3) you are substantively demonstrating that you care that WebWhispers grows and prospers and has continued meaningful financial support.

On Jan 1st 2002, our WebWhispers Archives were reformatted and given a new addresses:
WW - http://archive.mail-list.com/webwhispers/
WWHH - http://archive.mail-list.com/wwhealthhelp/
These Archives, now both UserID and Password protected, retain messages for a full year. On 31 December 2003, the WW Archives contained 4,348 Emails, the WWHH Archives 235 Emails. These added services are provided by our ListServ owner at no additional cost to the club.

In May 2003, we added a "secure folder". Into this folder we placed several web site pages that we desired to protect, primarily because they contained lists of members' Email addresses. These pages are now UserID and Password protected, as are the Archives, and are thus much safer from "Email List pirates" and the "Email-bots" that tend to prowl the Internet. As a result, WW and WWHH members are far less vulnerable to SPAM Emails.

Also, courtesy of our imaginative ListServ owner, we have also continued to add "annotations" to the SUBJECT line of all of our outgoing Emails. Now annotations on WW - (WebW), and on WWHealthHelp - (WWHH) are routinely inserted at the beginning of each SUBJECT line so that recipients can know, in advance, prior to opening the Email, that the message is from the WebWhispers "system" and thus is virus and attachment free.

Additionally, since 1 July 2003, 105 more individuals took the time to leave messages/comments on the web site's Guestbook and this Guestbook has now had about 8,100 visitors (readers) since its inception. (Note: the Guestbook now retains the comments of the most recent 935 visitors who have left a message.)

Lastly, for those "techie" curious folks, at the end of 2002 our web site was approximately 49 MB in size, containing 156 individual pages, 1,330 images (totaling 38 MB), and over 3,878 internal/external hyperlinks. Now, as of 31 December 2003, the site had grown to 71.05 MB, containing 230 pages, 1,873 images (totaling 56.8 MB) and over 5,844 internal/external hyperlinks. Given our growth (and our current 100 MB server limit), we will upgrade our web site server's capabilities in early 2004 to provide for future needs.

Regards to all,

Dutch Helms - Webmaster
Semi-annual Officers' Report to the Membership
(1 January - 30 June 2003)

President's Report - January 1 - June 30, 2003

It is with great pleasure that I report that WebWhispers has grown and prospered during the past six months through the fine efforts of many loyal members.

The highlight of this period was the WebWhispers Banquet held in conjunction with the IAL Annual Meeting in late June at Atlanta. It was a great honor to present Mary Jane Renner with the Casey-Cooper 2003 Laryngectomee of the Year Award for her outstanding and stellar service to the laryngectomee community over the past twenty-three years. Other members nominated who received Achievement Awards were David Blevins, Judy Ramboldt and Herb Simon. Recognition certificates were also given to Gary Miner, Syd Gartenberg, Kent Smith, Lorrance Lancaster, Richard Najarian and June Allan. A five member committee under the leadership of Philip Clemmons was responsible for tabulating and evaluating the nominations that resulted in Mary Jane's selection. I would like to thank them for the outstanding jobs that they performed.

Libby Fitzgerald was responsible for making the banquet arrangements and I thank her sincerely for all her efforts in this regard. Pat Sanders also is to be thanked for her assistance at the banquet. Fine southern food and hospitality was enjoyed by all. Sincere appreciation and thanks are also extended to Richard Najarian of Bruce Medical and Jim Lauder of Lauder Enterprises for their great support.

Our Vice President of Finance and Administration, Terry Duga, presented three checks to WebWhispers members to pay for their registration at the Voice Institute. This is a new program called the LT Project where Laryngectomees in Training at the Voice Institute will be compensated by WebWhispers for the registration fee. All members are encouraged to apply for this grant if they are planning to attend the 2004 convention in Anaheim.

As always, our founder and Webmaster, Dutch Helms, continues to perform in a superior manner in managing the WW site as well as that of the IAL.

On your behalf, I would like to thank Dutch, Pat Sanders, Terry Duga and Libby Fitzgerald for continuing to perform their duties in an outstanding manner and for making WebWhispers number one in service to Laryngectomees and to those with speech impairment and their caregivers.

The detailed reports of these Officers will follow.

On behalf of the Executive Committee I would like to sincerely thank all members who have aided, assisted and actively participated in your Club.

Best Regards,

Murray Allan, President
WebWhispers Nu-Voice Club
argus@shaw.ca

VP for Web Information Report: January - July 2003 - Pat Sanders

WEBWHISPERS AND WWHEALTHHELP LISTS
Our lists continue to grow and, while the WW list seems to have settled in with a good format and standardized rules, the HealthHelp list is growing in numbers, but has not found itself yet. We are still wrestling with ideas for this list to make it more effective and educational.

WEBSITE DESIGN/CONTENT
The website has information being added daily and we appreciate members who have sent us additions and suggestions. We added panels at the top of each web page that will take you back to the home page or to any of the major sections. This makes navigation of the site much easier.

DELPHI FORUM
This is still our fun site and I drop into the forum occasionally to read what some of our clever people have written. With teasing and joking being a large part of the fun, you will also find discussions on more serious subjects and we invite you to join the forum if you have not. No cost, just bring your sense of humor.

IAL ANNUAL MEETING
We just returned from the IAL in Atlanta, where Libby Fitzgerald and I set up a table for WW information and all WW officers spent time talking to new prospects along with greeting old friends. We handed out literature for WW, IAL, ACS, and newsletters from around the country. The new mouse pads, donated by Lauder, were the hit of the display.

During the Annual Meeting, Dutch and I presented a seminar about the Internet. Dutch gave a general overview and I talked about a few specific sites starting with WebWhispers and how to find what you are looking for on the sites.

Dr. Ed Stone invited me to come to the Voice Institute and take a few minutes to tell them about WebWhispers. He gave WW a fabulous introduction, recommended us highly and I was able to speak about WW to approximately 100 VI students.

Bob Mehrman, WW member and acting president of the IAL, was setting up a panel on clubs and almost every panel members was a WW member in addition to being a leader in their local club. We each took aspects of what makes a successful club and talked for a few minutes, trying not to duplicate.

WW CRUISES
The 2003 Eastern Caribbean 7 Day Cruise is scheduled for November 8, 2003 out of Miami and the web site is set up on WebWhispers with all of the information. As of now, we have 63 full deposits paid and have until the first week in August to sell any more before full payment is needed...so all unsold cabins will be dropped.

WEBWHISPERS JOURNAL
David Blevins continues putting out an excellent online newsletter each month.

Pat Sanders, VP for Web Information

VP for Member Services Report: January - July 2003 - Libby Fitzgerald

Membership Data

As mentioned in Dutch's report below, our membership is growing at a very fast pace. More people are finding us through our website and most significantly, through referrals from the medical community. It was very gratifying to learn at the IAL convention in Atlanta, that some vendors require their staff to join us to learn what's happening in the laryngectomee world. Our reach is truly international, with people joining us from all corners of the world. We've grown in the last 6 months from 882 larys and caregivers to 974 and from 129 medical support members to 143, for a total of 1,117 participants. Most impressive!

We started the year with 90 voting members (those who donated a minimum of $5.00). We now have 187 and anticipate a continued increase. Last year, we totaled 237 voting members. Your donations help us pay for all our mailings of brochures, membership cards, loan closet supplies, pins and patches and the cost of operating our website and 2 ListServs (WebWhispers and HealthHelp). We were also pleased with the offer from Bruce Medical to supply (free of charge to WebWhispers) those attractive Neck Breather pins to members donating $15.00 and up. Since we're anticipating the need to print up additional brochures in the near future, all your support helps. As voting members you will be able to help us make decisions important to the growth of WW and to select the officers who represent you. To become a voting member, please send your donations to Terry Duga, our Treasurer.

Remembrances

WW members whom we lost in this past year were honored in a touching remembrance at our award banquet on June 27th. Member Herb Simon read the names after reciting a beautiful poem and Gary Miner rang a bell in military fashion when each name was mentioned. There were very few dry eyes after this ceremony. The following are the list of members who passed on in the first 6 months of 2003: George Ackerman - Winnipeg, MB, Canada; Dowell "Floyd" Barnes - Key Largo, FL; Jan Bloom - Teaneck, NJ; L.D. "Rock" Bragga - Aurora CO; Robin Carroll - Calgary AB, Canada; Arthur Evans - Decatur AL; Harold "Skip" Hartmann - Morrisville, PA; Eddie Kline - Beaufort SC; Ken Lyons - Wilkes-Barre, PA; Thomas Merritt - Front Royal VA; Steve Provencher - Mount Dora, FL; Carole Rabin - Cherry Hill, NJ; Janet Ramakers - Lakewood, NJ; Joe Reed - Bay City, TX; George Roberts - Jupiter, FL; William Sharp - Georgetown, DE; Bob Whitis - Mason, OH and Maureen Williams - Fort Lauderdale, FL. These deceased members along with those of previous years are also listed and honored on our In Memoriam Page, located at http://www.webwhispers.org/pages/inmemoriam.htm.

Loan Closet

During the six months that Bill and Judy Ramboldt have been serving as Loan Closet Custodians, we loaned out 4 Servoxes with battery chargers, one Servox with batteries but no charger and one charger with batteries. Four of these Servoxes with chargers and batteries have been returned, all in good condition. To see the full inventory, go to our website under Member Services, then scroll down to the Loan Closet. These donated supplies (from present and deceased members and generous vendors) are for members in need of a temporary loan of equipment. If you have any questions regarding these supplies, please contact me at "Lijofitz@aol.com" and I will pass your requests to Bill and Judy.

Brochures

Our initial supply of 27,500 brochures is getting close to the point where we have to contact the printer to order a reprint. Because the information is timeless and not in need of revision, our funds designated for this purpose (The Bob Hodge Memorial Fund) should cover this expenditure. For those of you who joined in the last 2 years, Bob Hodge was our late Membership VP who conceived of and arranged for the brochure to be printed. The brochure content was the work of Pat Sanders and David Blevins and our members and suppliers continue to request them for distribution at hospitals, local clubs and conventions. To see what they look like, go to our website.

Pins and Patches

This year, we decided to include a free patch along with membership cards to all voting members in appreciation of their support. I apologize for being delayed in getting them all out, but will continue to send them. The pins and patches are very attractive and for those interested in purchasing them, the pins are $5.00 each or 6 for $25.00. The patches are $1.50 each, 4 for $5.00 or 9 for $10.00. They make great gifts for ENTs, SLPs and club members and supporters. To purchase the pins, patches, send your checks to Terry Duga, 6115 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220.

Mouse Pads - Coming Soon!

We will soon be adding WebWhispers Mouse Pads (donated by Jim Lauder & Lauder Enterprises, Inc.) to our "sales catalog" and they will probably be $5.00 each and will also be viewable on our website. The funds generated by these Mouse Pads will go into a scholarship or grant program that would enable additional WW members to attend the annual IAL convention - Annual Meeting OR the Voice Institute. We are still working out the details and we will notify everyone when the program is finalized and when the Mouse Pads will be available.

WW Banquet

I am so delighted to report that our banquet on Friday, June 27th, was a great success. We had 98 attendees for the free cocktail reception, sponsored by Bruce Medical, followed by a truly delicious menu of southern specialties with complimentary wine provided by the hotel. My mouth is still watering over the jambalaya, fried chicken, London broil and the heavenly pecan pie, key lime pie and bread pudding with bourbon sauce. We were also excited over the WW Logo coaster at each place setting, provided by Lauder Enterprises. It will be hard to beat this entire affair, but we promise to try next year in Anaheim. Congratulations again to Mary Jane Renner, the winner of the Casey-Cooper Award and to all our award winners.

Respectfully submitted,

Libby Fitzgerald, Membership VP

VP for Admin & Finance Report: January - July 2003 - Terry Duga

Thanks to the generosity of its members, and others, WW remains financially solid. As of the end of June, 2003, we had a total of $14,819.99 in our account. This includes a $2,880.00 set-aside account for the Atlanta banquet. Once this account is cleared, our remaining balance is $11,939.99.

Donations for the first half of 2003 totaled $3,280.55.

Expenses for the first half of 2003 were $1,281.55. These expenses break down as follows:

Cost of the Casey-Cooper Award and frames for other awards: 151.88
LT Project - 3 grants: 240.00
Cost of an ad for the New Jersey first state meeting: 35.00
Annual Fee Indiana Secretary of State 10.00
Business cards 30.00
Bank Fee 1.80
IAL Dues 150.00
Cost to maintain the WW site 304.40
Telephone 126.83
Postage and mailing supplies 231.64

The Edmund Lauder Support Fund, named for Jim Lauder's late father, who "wrote the book" on being a laryngectomee, has been established with a donation from Jim Lauder of Mouse Pads bearing the WW logo, and a cash donation from Philip Clemmons. The fund is earmarked to assist people attending the IAL annual meeting and voice institute. The parameters of the fund are still being discussed and worked out.

I wish to thank everyone for their continued support of WW.

Terry Duga, VP for Finance and Administration

Webmaster's Report: January 1 - June 30 2003 - Dutch Helms

Between January 1st and June 30th, the entire "WebWhispers" web site received 121,709 visits (or "page views") - up 21% over the previous 6 months. The web site's Home Page received over 17,036 "page views" from interested Internet surfers - up 19%. (186,554 total Home Page "page views" as of 30 June 2003). This is an average of 93 "Home Page Hits" per day.

During this same period, our WW Journals received the following total "page views":
Jan - 393, Feb - 328, Mar - 315, Apr - 274, May - 290, Jun - 277

Also during these past six months, the following most popular pages recorded the following number of visits:

General Information - 6,729 Suppliers Page - 6,268
Member Services - 5,756 Member Roster - 5,002
Hints Index - 3,348 Participants Page - 2,278
Club List - 1,833 IAL Atlanta Page - 1,008
2003 Cruise Pages - 712

The most popular Hints pages (by "page views") were:

Stoma Covers - 3,173; Side Effects - 2,839; Stoma Care - 1,658
Everyday Life - 1,309; Radiation - 1,193 PostOp Hints - 1,096

Since January 1st, we have continued to add web site participants (in spite of the passing of 18 members). As of December 31st, we had 882 laryngectomees / caregivers with an additional 129 medical/medical support/vendor personnel -- a total of 1,011 registered participants. Since then we have added 92 new laryngectomees / caregivers (a 10% increase) and 14 medical/medical support/vendor personnel (a 10% increase) ... ending up on 30 June 2003 with 974 laryngectomees / caregivers and 143 medical/vendor personnel ... for a total of 1,117 participants. Of these 1,117 listed individuals, approximately 848 (a 12% increase) actively participate on the WebWhispers Email LISTSERV distribution system - 550 on normal distribution, 183 receiving the Digest version, and 115 on "vacation." Additionally, 249 WW members (an 8% increase) also participate on the WWHealthHelp LISTSERV. During the past six month period, approximately 2,504 Email messages were sent via the WebWhispers Email LISTSERVS (WW and WWHH) -- an average of 14 per day.

To serve as a private Bulletin Board and Chat Room for our members, we created in early February 2001 the WebWhispers Forum on Delphi.com. As of 31 December 2002, 241 WW members had taken the steps necessary to join the Forum. Since then, an additional 16 WW members joined (w/ 10 more "pending"), for a total current Forum membership of 257 participants. Since January 1st, these Forum members accessed the Forum over 5,900 times, posting 571 messages, and generating over 25,400 message/discussion page views. As of June 30th, a total of 3,473 messages remain posted to the Forum. Note: those WW members not yet members of the Forum can get the "joining instructions" simply by requesting them from the Webmaster or additional details can be found on the web site at: http://www.webwhispers.org/pages/bboard_chat.htm

We began on January 1st with 90 members holding CY2003 Voting Membership. Between January 1st and June 30th, an additional 97 participants became Voting Members - for a total of 187 Voting Members thus far for CY2003 (we closed out CY2002 with 237 Voting Members). 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. Remember, as a Voting Member: (1) you can run for any of the Club's elective offices, potentially serve as a club Delegate to the IAL meetings, and have the opportunity to vote on all issues brought to the Club by the Executive Committee; (2) you are actively participating in a club that is aiding and rehabilitating persons who are laryngectomees and/or suffer from voice disorders; and, (3) you are substantively demonstrating that you care that WebWhispers grows and prospers and has continued meaningful financial support.

On Jan 1st 2002, our WebWhispers Archives were reformatted and given a new addresses:
WW - http://archive.mail-list.com/webwhispers/
WWHH - http://archive.mail-list.com/wwhealthhelp/
These Archives, now both UserID and Password protected, retain messages for a full year. On 30 June 2003, the WW Archives contained 4,792 Emails, the WWHH Archives 217 Emails. These added services are provided by our ListServ owner at no additional cost to the club.

In May 2003, we added a "secure folder." Into this folder we placed several web site pages that we desired to protect, primarily because they contained lists of members' Email addresses. These pages are now UserID and Password protected, as are the Archives, and are thus much safer from "Email List pirates" and the "Email-bots" that tend to prowl the Internet.

Also courtesy of our imaginative ListServ owner, we have also continued to add "annotations" to the SUBJECT line of all of our outgoing Emails. Now annotations on WW - (WebW), and on WWHealthHelp - (WWHH) are inserted at the beginning of each SUBJECT line so that recipients can know, in advance, prior to opening the Email, that the message is from the WebWhispers system and thus is virus and attachment free.

Additionally, since 1 January 2003, 130 more individuals took the time to leave messages/comments on the web site's Guestbook and this Guestbook has now had about 7,300 visitors (readers) since its inception. (Note: the Guestbook now retains the comments of the most recent 830 visitors who have left a message.)

Lastly, for those curious folks, at the end of 2002 our web site was approximately 49 MB in size, containing 156 individual pages, 1,330 images (totaling 38 MB), and over 3,878 internal/external hyperlinks. As of 30 June 2003, the site had grown to 54.1 MB, containing 198 pages, 1,447 images (totaling 44 MB) and over 5,014 internal/external hyperlinks.

Regards to all,

Dutch Helms - Webmaster

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