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.

 

2004 reports

Semi-annual Officers' Report to the Membership
(1 July - 31 December 2004)

Presidents' Report - July 1- December 31, 2004 - Murray Allan

The winner of the prestigious Casey-Cooper Laryngectomee of the Year award for 2004 was Herb Simon of Silver Spring, MD. Herb was honored at the WebWhispers banquet held at the IAL convention held at Anaheim, CA in July of this year. Herb was acknowledged for his caring and generosity to laryngectomees both here and abroad. Herb is a thoughtful and caring gentleman and he is truly deserving of this award.

Sadly, we recently lost Charles Lamar - originator and financial supporter of the Casey-Cooper Laryngectomee of the Year Award.

We now have the first four award recipients on this committee to decide the winner of this award in 2005 from nominations submitted by WW members. The committee will be composed of Dutch Helms, Pat Sanders, Mary Jane Renner and Herb Simon. The president will be an ex-officio member. Many thanks are given to our previous committee for a job well done. They are Chairman, Philip Clemmons, members Len Librizzi, Pat Morgan and Mike Rosenkranz. These members are now eligible to be nominated for the Casey-Cooper Award.

The elections for Vice-President, Web Information and Vice President Finance and Administration were held in the latter part of November. It is with great pleasure that I confirm that Pat Sanders and Terry Duga were reelected to these position by acclamation through 2006. Congratulations to both of these members who do such a commendable job year after year.

WebWhispers continues to attract more members and currently we are adding approximately one new Webbie a day which is indeed incredible.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention your Executive Committee who work so hard to make WW the premium site that it is. So thank you Dutch Helms, Pat Sanders, Terry Duga and Libby Fitzgerald for the fantastic efforts that you devote to enhancing this site.

I wish all our members a healthy and prosperous 2005!

Take care and stay well.

Murray Allan, President

VP Web Information Report: July 1 - December 31, 2004 - Pat Sanders

Our WebWhispers list membership continues to grow but our moderator, Bill Thomas, who was loving every minute of his new volunteer job has had a stroke and it will be a little time before he can be back with us. We miss him.

The WWHealthHelp list is continuing to add professional members, many of whom will answer questions upon request.

WEBSITE DESIGN/CONTENT
This has become pretty standard. We continue to make minor changes to the web site to improve and update. When we need a major overhaul to a section, we work it out, have a flurry of activity and then, when we are ready, put the new sections on line.

Our new brochure was well received at the IAL convention.

IAL ANNUAL MEETING
Our LT/VIP Project gave 9 out of a possible 12 of our members a refund on their registration fee for the Voice Institute. We are proud of this project which continues to forward our purpose of education for the laryngectomee members through the Voice Institute held every year in conjunction with the IAL Annual Meeting.

WW CRUISES
The 12 day cruise out of Galveston, TX to the Western Caribbean/Panama Canal on Celebrity's Galaxy was a great trip and photos will soon be on the web under our cruise section.

The next cruise plans are for after the Boston IAL in 2005 and we have selected Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas, leaving Boston September 4th. With 9 months to go, we already have 45 signed up.

WEBWHISPERS NEWSLETTER
Whispers on the Web is co-edited by Pat Sanders and Dutch Helms and we invite submissions to be sent to Editor@WebWhispers.org. We are working on setting up some new contributing columnists.

Dan Kelly did a wonderful job for the last year as coordinator of VoicePoints and Jeff Searle will be taking over next. We look forward to working with Jeff and we are fortunate to find such talented and helpful professionals.

Pat Sanders, VP Web Information

VP Member Services Report: July 1 - December 31, 2004 - Libby Fitzgerald

WebWhispers continues to grow steadily bringing 108 new laryngectomees and caregivers these last six months, plus 16 additional medical personnel and vendors. As of December 31st, our membership in all categories including the HealthHelp list totaled 1,450.

After a series of delays, we are finally making steady progress with inputting membership data onto a secure online database. With our increasing membership plus the need to update information for existing members, it is important to have this information recorded in a businesslike format. At some time in the future, we anticipate being able to generate reports that will help us better serve our members

Our voting membership during 2004 (those who donated a minimum of $5.00 per year) grew from 175 on July 1st to 243 as of Dec. 31st, an increase of 68. In addition, we already have 135 voting members for 2005. Those members are entitled to vote on all WW issues and are qualified to run for elected positions.

Our 30,000 redesigned brochures introduced during the IAL convention in Anaheim this July continue to be in great demand by member clubs, SLPs, hospitals, various teaching and medical facilities and vendors. Anyone interested in receiving these brochures should e-mail their requests to me at " Lijofitz@aol.com " and they will be sent to you.

Our pins and patches are still available. I am in the process of mailing out 1 free patch per voting member for 2005. If you'd like additional patches or to purchase our pins, they are shown on our website at the bottom of the Member Services Index. Bruce Medical is continuing their generous offer of free Neckbreather pins to all who donate a minimum amount to WW ($15 for US residents, $50 for overseas members). Please contact me with any questions, but orders should be placed with Terry Duga.

Loan Closet

Below is the list of items available to all WW members in need of a temporary loan of lary supplies. They consist mostly of various brands of ELs, batteries and chargers, which have been donated by members and vendors. Most are housed with Judy and Bill Ramboldt who graciously volunteered to be our loan closet custodians. I also keep a small inventory of these items for times when Bill and Judy aren't available. If you have any questions, please contact me for further information

4 Cooper-Rands w/straws
2 TruTones - 9 volt batteries and 1 9 volt charger
3 Servox battery chargers w/ cords
3 AT & Ts - with and w/o batteries
2 Chattervoxes w/ attachments
1 Vocal Assistant Message Recorder
15 Servox Intons w/chargers
4 Servox Digitals w/charger
1 Tru-tone (02296), 2 9 volt batteries, battery charger, interoral head
2 Solotone (51388), 1 9 volt battery, charger
5 Cooper-Rands w/accessories
4 Nu-Voises w/chargers
4 Romets w/battery charger and elec. cords
3 Head mics
Assorted accessories
Miscellaneous stoma covers, printed materials, and videos

Remembrances

The following members passed away between July 1 and December 31 (that we know of) and have been added to our In Memoriam Page. We honor their memories as they live on in our hearts and minds:

Bill Butcher - Lafayette, IN - December 2004
Wayne Calbeck - Dryden, Ontario, Canada - August 2004
Edward DeBaugh - Arlington, WA - September 2004
Tony Favaro - Hoppers Crossing, Victoria, Australia - December 2004
Gary D. Ford - Lancaster, MA - September 2004
Terry Hilton - Carrollton, OH - December 2004
Geoffrey Hogan - Calgary, AB, Canada - October 2004
Hunter Kissam - N. Palm Beach, FL - August 2004
Charles H. Lamar, Jr. - Tuscaloosa, AL - December 2004
George Olsen - Gardnerville, NV - August 2004
Kent Smith - Kailua-Kona, HI - August 2004
Carol Turnbull - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia - October 2004
Donald Warren - Fayette, AL - November 2004
Georgia West - Woodburne, NY - December 2004
Dick Williams - Hemet, CA - December 2004
Earlston Williams - Paget, Bermuda - September 2004

Libby Fitzgerald, VP Member Services

VP Finance & Administration Report - July 1 – December 31, 2004 -Terry Duga

Web Whispers closed the year with $11,928.52 in its accounts.

We had the following expenses for the second half of the year:

Printing new brochures: $2,727.00
Casey-Cooper and other awards 210.88
Banquet 4,082.61
Bank Card Fees (for accepting credit payments). 122.78
Business Cards 46.54
Bank Fees 2.40
FAX Fee 1.00
Insurance 218.00
LT Project 560.00
Member Data Entry 102.37
Special Internet Access 83.10
Per Diem for Pat Sanders for running WW Booth 250.00
Postage and Delivery 88.13
Business Supplies 32.66
Telephone (including Internet access for Webmaster) 249.63
Web Site Server Hosting Charges 149.40
Internet Tools (ListServs & Archives) 99.95

The amounts on hand in dedicated funds are as follows:

Casey-Cooper Award 428.03
Edmund Lauder Support Fund 155.01
Bob Hodge Memorial Fund 0.00

*(The Bob Hodge Memorial Fund was dedicated to the printing and distribution of the brochures. The cost of printing the new brochures has depleted this dedicated fund.)

This year we started accepting credit card donations and payments. We accept VISA and Master Card through a secure link. The cost of accepting such payments is small in comparison to the convenience to our members, particularly our non-United States members.

The cost of the individual dinners for the annual banquet continue to rise. Special thanks go to InHealth which gave a generous donation to keep the costs of the dinners at $25.00 per person, and Bruce Medical which, again, provided beer, wine and soft drinks.

Bruce Medical also sends complimentary Neckbreather pins to US residents who donate $15 or more and to non-US individuals who donate $50 or more to our organization. We would also like to again thank ATOS Medical for their generous donation which funded 2004's LT/VIP project and gave us a good start on 2005's LT/VIP project. Their generosity is greatly appreciated.

Terry Duga, VP Finance & Administration

Webmaster's Report: July 1 - December 31, 2004 - Dutch Helms

Between July 1st and December 31st, the entire "WebWhispers" web site received 141,994 visits (or "page views") -- up about 7,923 over the previous 6 months. The web site's Home Page received over 16,383 "page views" from interested Internet surfers. (Since our inception, we have received 239,033 total Home Page "page views" as of December 31st, 2004.)

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

Jul - 816, Aug - 604, Sep - 534, Oct - 587, Nov - 515, Dec - 407

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

Info Library Index - 4,167 Member Services - 4,115
Suppliers Page - 3,822 Journal Page - 2,124
General Information - 1,214 Web Site Search - 1,511
HeadLines Index - 1,115 2004 Cruise Pages - 1,070
Recipes5a (Crock Pot Recipes) - 1,032

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

Electrolarynx - 1,443 Stoma Covers - 963 Side Effects - 942 Post-Op Hints - 909
Esophageal Speech - 644 TEP Speech - 567 Stoma Care - 532

Since July 1st, we have continued to increase our web site participants. As of July 1st, we had 1,176 laryngectomees/caregivers with an additional 176 medical/medical support/vendor personnel -- a total of 1,352 registered participants. Since then, though we lost some members who passed away or otherwise left our membership, we have added 108 new laryngectomees/caregivers (a 9% increase) and 16 medical/medical support/vendor personnel (a 9% increase) ... ending up on December 31st, 2004 with 1,255 laryngectomees/caregivers and 195 medical/vendor personnel ... for a total of 1,450 participants. Of these 1,450 listed individuals, approximately 1,084 (a 9% increase) actively participate on the WebWhispers Email LISTSERV distribution system - 669 on normal distribution, 267 receiving the Digest version, and 148 on "vacation." Additionally, 293 WW members also participate on the WWHealthHelp LISTSERV. During the past six month period, approximately 2,125 Email messages were sent via the WebWhispers Email LISTSERVS (WW and WWHH) -- an average of 11+ per day. Special KUDOS should go to WW members Bill Thomas and Mike Rosenkranz who are qualified and "trained" ListServ Moderators - who can fill in for Dutch and/or Pat when necessary.

Our new (secure) On-line Membership Application Form on the web site is working out very well. 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. Similarly, our new (secure) On-line Membership Information Update Form is working well ... it is set up especially for those members who need to update their address, phone, or Email address information that is retained on file by our club.

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 1 July 2004, 310 WW members had taken the steps necessary to join the Forum. Since then, an additional 17 WW members joined, for a total current Forum membership of 327 participants. Since July 1st, these Forum members accessed the Forum over 4,800 times, posting 402 messages, and generating over 16,927 message/discussion page views. As of December 31st, a total of 4,856 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

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 our messages for a full year. On December 31st 2004, the WW Archives contained 4,035 Emails, the WWHH Archives 252 Emails.

In May 2003, we added a "secure directory." Into this directory we placed several web 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-spybots" 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 also continue 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 2004, 90 more individuals took the time to leave messages/comments on the web site's Guestbook and this Guestbook has now had about 11,000 visitors (readers) since its inception. (Note: the Guestbook now retains the comments of the most recent 1,100 visitors who have left a message.)

Lastly, for those "techie" curious folks, in mid-2004 our web site was approximately 78 MB in size, containing 251 individual pages, 1,947 images (totaling 59 MB), and over 6,013 internal/external hyperlinks. As of December 31st, 2004, the site had grown to 93.94 MB, containing 272 pages, 2,232 images (totaling 74.62 MB) and over 6,732 internal/external hyperlinks. Our web site server's storage capabilities were upgraded in early 2004 to provide for likely future needs.

Regards to all and thanks for your support,

Dutch Helms - Webmaster

Semi-annual Officers' Report to the Membership
(1 January - 30 June 2004)

Presidents' Report - January 1 - June 30 2004 - Murray Allan

The biggest news for this period is that WebWhispers continues to grow by leaps and bounds. We are currently averaging one new laryngectomee/caregiver per day enlisting in our ranks. This is excellent news as the more members we can acquire the more information we can spread to achieve our goal of total rehabilitation of all laryngectomees.

I am pleased to report that Libby Fitzgerald, VP - Member Services, has received 30,000 copies of the completely new and revised version of the WebWhispers brochure. These will be introduced at the IAL convention at Anaheim in July. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Len Librizzi and Pat Sanders for all the work entailed in re-designing this new brochure which is indeed very informative, attractive and professional.

It is again my pleasure to thank all the members of the Executive Committee who collectively contribute to and maintain the finest Laryngectomee website on the globe. Of course, this includes our founder and Webmaster, Dutch Helms, for his incredible work ethic, our VP for Web Information, Pat Wertz Sanders, who has the remarkable ability to write newsletters, edit copy and contribute a vast amount of information to the WW site. Our resident practicing attorney, Terry Duga, VP - Finance and Administration, deserves great credit for keeping us on a straight legal path and assuring that our finances are always in order. Last but by no means least is our VP - Member Services, Libby Fitzgerald, who does an excellent job in maintaining our member data base, overseeing our Loan Closet which is operated incredibly well by Judy and Bill Ramboldt, and distributing our badges, pins and membership cards. Libby is also the chair of the IAL Public Affairs Committee and in her "spare" time a very successful realtor.

Take care and stay well.

Best regards,

Murray Allan, President, WebWhispers Nu-Voice Club

VP Web Information Report: January 1 - June 30 2004 - Pat Sanders

WEBWHISPERS AND WWHEALTHHELP LISTS; DELPHI FORUM
Our WW list is working particularly well and there has been no reason to make anything other than minor changes. Our membership is growing fast and we were fortunate to add another moderator, Bill Thomas, who is enjoying the job. We welcome him.

We are still working on the WWHealthHelp list and I plan to talk with some professional speech people at the IAL to see what ideas they may have.

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. We have rewritten the copyright notices for the website as well as our newsletters since we were having some difficulty with copying/reprinting uses by some without their getting permission or giving credit. Len Librizzi and I worked together on designing the new brochure and we worked so well together creatively that I asked if he would give some help on the new Library of Information, which contains the old Hints and General Information as well as other additions. I am happy to say Len agreed.

IAL ANNUAL MEETING
We are just finishing plans for our members who are planning to attend the IAL and have a table planned to show the new literature, sign up members and talk with everyone there who wants to know about WebWhispers. We look forward again to meeting many of the correspondents from the mail list. Our LT Project has been enlarged to include VIPs and the number has been increased up to 12 VI attendees a year. We are pleased and proud of this project.

WW CRUISES
The 12 day cruise for Dec 6, 2004 out of Galveston, TX to the Western Caribbean/ Panama Canal on Celebrity's Galaxy is still accepting cruisers to join the 43 signed up at this time.

The next cruise plans are in the works for after the Boston IAL in 2005. As soon as they are finalized, that will be announced and we expect there will be a large number going. Depending on what new ships might be assigned, we will have either a 5 or 7 days cruise at that time.

WEBWHISPERS NEWSLETTER
Whispers on the Web is co-edited by Pat Sanders and Dutch Helms and we still invite submissions to be sent to Editor@WebWhispers.org. Our newsletter format was changed with the September, 2003 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 section every month featuring professionals writing about subjects of special interest to us. This seems to be working well and we have good variety from all.

Pat Sanders, VP Web Information

VP-Member Services Report: January 1-June 30 2004 - Libby Fitzgerald

WebWhispers is definitely on the medical roadmap, drawing more attention every day. The first six months of this year brought 180 new laryngectomee and caregiver members plus 20 additional medical professionals and vendors, bringing our total membership to over 1,300 worldwide. Our HealthHelp List, currently comprised of over 265 ENTs, SLPs, related medical professionals, vendors and larys, is also growing steadily as more medical personnel find our website with it's valuable information and services.

As of June 30th, there were 175 voting members (those who donated a minimum of $5.00 per year). Those members are entitled to vote on all issues pertaining to WW and make it possible for us to cover the mailing costs of brochures, membership cards, pins, patches and mousepads, shipping of our loan closet supplies plus the cost of operating and upgrading our website and 2 ListServs. Because we can now accept credit card payments (Visa and MasterCard), we anticipate adding more voting members in the near future.

During these last six months, after running out of our original supply, we ordered 30,000 new brochures, thanks to the generosity of our members. The new brochures were introduced at the IAL Convention in Anaheim and are now available. I encourage all clubs, clinics, hospitals and ENT facilities to request however many they feel they can use ... just contact me by e-mail: Lijofitz@aol.com, and I will send them to you. Hats off to Pat Sanders and Len Librizzi, for doing an outstanding job of redesigning and streamlining this valuable handout.

As mentioned in my last report, we are in the process of inputting our membership data on a secure online database, and with the guidance of a data professional, we were accepted as a charitable organization entitled to free access to this service. We anticipate that it will take a year to enter the existing backlog of member information, but this crucial task is now under way. In this respect, we're finally functioning in the 21st century. When fully implemented, we will be able to access information in organized categories to help us better serve this membership.

Pins, Patches and Mouse Pads

Although the mailings of pins and patches are backlogged (sorry!), we are working on getting them out as soon as possible. Every voting member will receive one free patch, but if more are requested, the cost is $1.50 each, 4 for $5.00 or 9 for $10.00. The pins are $5.00 each or 6 for $25.00. We are no longer selling mouse pads. We do, however, have a limited quantity still available, which we will hand out as a promotional item at meetings, etc., while our supply lasts.

Loan Closet

Many thanks to Judy and Bill Ramboldt for storing and mailing items from our loan closet. This service is available to members in time of need and consists mostly of EL's, which have been donated, along with battery donations. Between January and June, we loaned out 5 units with 4 returned and 1 still being used. Below is a recap of the updated inventory of supplies. If you have any questions about this, please contact me for further information.

10 Servox Intons/chargers and batteries
2 Servox Digitals/chargers and batteries
4 Nu-Voices/chargers
4 Romets/chargers, batteries + elec. cords
3 AT&Ts with batteries
1 Tru-Tone/batteries and charger
2 Solotones/9V. battery and charger
3 Head mics
Assorted accessories

Remembrances

The following members passed away from January through June of this year (that we know of). They have been added to our In Memoriam Page and live on in our hearts:

Sandy Baiamonte - Warrior Run, PA - May 2004
Mark Crowe - Royston, GA - June, 2004
Claude Duhamel - Lafayette, GA - June, 2004
Jerry Ebbing - Bloomfield Hills, MI - February 2004
Lynn Elliot - Dallas, TX - January, 2004
Mary Glisson - Bainbridge, GA - April, 2004
Kathryn Hoff - New Port Richey, FL - January, 2004
Nancy Kellner - Marshfield, WI - January, 2004
Lloyd Miller - Atwood, CO - May 2004
Frank Morgan - Newport News, VA - February, 2004
Margaret Rehkopf - Juno Beach, FL - February 2004
Chetta Ross - Bessemer, AL - February 2004
Jim Waceken - Rotonda West, FL - June 2004
George Whitbeck - Tampa, FL - May 2004

At this time, I'd like to thank all the members who submitted my name as a candidate for the Casey-Cooper Award. I was truly touched by your thoughts and proudly display the Certificate of Honor given to me at our banquet.

Libby Fitzgerald, VP Member Services

VP Finance & Adminstration Report: January 1 - June 30 2004 - Terry Duga

Thanks to the generosity of our members we now have $16,111.94 in the bank. As of 30 June 2004, we had collected approximately $2000 toward the WW banquet at IAL 2004. The bill for the brochures has not yet arrived, but it should be approximately $3,000. We will also have expenditures for awards of approximately $1,000. Of that, $720 will be VIP/LT Scholarships

Our expenditures for the first six months of 2004 were:

Purchase a laptop computer: $1,991.16 (computer, accessories, software)
(Note: New laptop is for the Webmaster, our old laptop was transferred to
the VP for Web Information for her use.)
IAL dues $ 150.00
Server update $ 29.95
Copying $ .17
Bank fee $ .80
FAX $ 6.67
WW Forum Support $ 48.75
Listserves/Archives Support $ 169.40
Postage $ 218.29
Telephone $ 135.05

We are now able to accept VISA and MasterCard.

Webmaster's Report: January 1 - June 30 2004 - Dutch Helms

Between January 1st and June 30th, the entire "WebWhispers" web site received 134,171 visits (or "page views") - up about 5,000 over the previous 6 months. The web site's Home Page received over 18,204 "page views" from interested Internet surfers - up about 300 over the previous 6 months. (Since our inception, we have received 222,685 total Home Page "page views" as of 30 June 2004).

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

Jan - 813, Feb - 695, Mar - 595, Apr - 624, May - 561, Jun - 534

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

Member Services - 5,320 HeadLines Index - 1,225
General Information - 4,997 2004 Cruise Pages - 1,220
Suppliers Page - 4,560 Club Listings - 1,125
Info Library Index - 4,121 Member Roster - 1,120
Journal Page - 2,219 2003 Cruise Pages - 749
Web Site Search - 1,773

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

Stoma Covers - 1,872 Stoma Care - 1,218 TEP Speech - 941 Everyday Life - 592
Side Effects - 1,511 Electrolarynx - 1,204 Post-Op Hints - 828

Since January 1st, we have continued to increase our web site participants. As of January 1st, we had 1,017 laryngectomees/caregivers with an additional 156 medical/medical support/vendor personnel -- a total of 1,173 registered participants. Since then we have added 180 new laryngectomees/caregivers (an 17% increase) and 20 medical/medical support/vendor personnel (a 12% increase) ... ending up on 30 June 2004 with 1,176 laryngectomees/caregivers and 176 medical/vendor personnel ... for a total of 1,352 participants. Of these 1,352 listed individuals, approximately 1,020 (a 15% increase) actively participate on the WebWhispers Email LISTSERV distribution system - 664 on normal distribution, 235 receiving the Digest version, and 141 on "vacation." Additionally, 265 WW members also participate on the WWHealthHelp LISTSERV. During the past six month period, approximately 2,200 Email messages were sent via the WebWhispers Email LISTSERVS (WW and WWHH) -- an average of 12+ per day. Special KUDOS should go to WW member Bill Thomas who now joins WW member Mike Rosenkranz as a qualified and "trained" ListServ Moderator - who can fill in for Dutch or Pat when necessary .

Our new (secure) On-Line Membership Application Form on the web site is working out very well. 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. Similarly, our new On-Line Membership Information Update Form is working well ... for those members who need to update their address, phone, or Email address information that is retained by our club.

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 1 January 2004, 278 WW members had taken the steps necessary to join the Forum. Since then, an additional 32 WW members joined, for a total current Forum membership of 310 participants. Since January 1st, these Forum members accessed the Forum over 5,100 times, posting 557 messages, and generating over 22,775 message/discussion page views. As of June 30th, a total of 4,444 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 January 1st with 93 members holding CY2004 Voting Membership. Between January 1st and June 30th, an additional 82 participants became Voting Members - for a total of 175 Voting Members thus far for CY2004. 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 our messages for a full year. On 30 June 2004, the WW Archives contained 4,142 Emails, the WWHH Archives 285 Emails.

In May 2003, we added a "secure directory". Into this directory we placed several web 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-spybots" 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 January 2004, 75 more individuals took the time to leave messages/comments on the web site's Guestbook and this Guestbook has now had about 8,500 visitors (readers) since its inception. (Note: the Guestbook now retains the comments of the most recent 1,010 visitors who have left a message.)

Lastly, for those "techie" curious folks, at the end of 2003 our web site was approximately 71 MB in size, containing 230 individual pages, 1,873 images (totaling 56 MB), and over 5,844 internal/external hyperlinks. Now, as of 30 June 2004, the site has grown to 78.09 MB, containing 251 pages, 1,947 images (totaling 59.7 MB) and over 6,013 internal/external hyperlinks. Our web site server's capabilities were upgraded in early 2004 to provide for likely future storage needs.

Regards to all,

Dutch Helms - Webmaster

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