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.

 

2005 reports

Semi-annual Officers' Report to the Membership
(1 July - 31 December 2005)

President's Report - July 1 - December 31, 2005 - Murray Allan

Dear fellow Webbies,

It is a pleasure to report to you on the basic activities of your Club and have the other Officers report in detail the action taken in their specific areas of responsibilities.

The winner of the prestigious Casey-Cooper 'Laryngectomee of the Year' award was Len Librizzi of Smithtown, NY. Len was honored for his many years of service to the American Cancer Society as a volunteer and for the amount of time he has donated to fill many positions on the IAL Board of Directors, as well as the services he has performed through the years for WebWhispers including designs for our new brochure and the WW Banner. Len was presented with an engraved pewter bowl at the WebWhispers dinner held at the Boston IAL convention in August. Len became the fifth winner of this coveted award.

Dual awards were also presented to Gary and Janet Miner who are now termed the "Dynamic Duo" for all their superior efforts in jointly donating their time and efforts to aid their fellow laryngectomees. We were proud to honor a number of our WW committee workers who enable us to keep our records, who contribute to our newsletter, and help us keep our lists running. They make our jobs easier. In our effort toward continuing education, we presented checks in the amount of the registration fee to our nine LT/VIP attendees at the Voice Institute. Good showing to have that many represent us. Also representing us as delegates at the IAL business meeting were eight of our faithful voting members. Gary Miner presented WebWhispers with an engraved copper memorial bell which is to be used at the WebWhispers Annual banquet to remember those members that have passed on since our previous banquet. The bell is impressive and we are very grateful to Gary for his generosity.

It was also a pleasure in December to appoint Herb Simon, the fourth winner of the Casey-Cooper Laryngectomy of the Year Award, to the WebWhispers Board of Directors. As we are growing larger it was necessary last year to amend our bylaws to permit additional members on our Board to handle the additional workload. Herb is a perfect choice and a great asset to the laryngectomee community. We wish him every success in his new appointment.

As usual, WebWhispers continues to expand due to the tremendous combined efforts of your Executive Committee, the "word of mouth" of our active and interested members, and the ever-expanding circulation of our WebWhispers brochures.

I would again like to thank our Founder and VP - Internet Activities, Dutch Helms, VP - Web Site Information, Pat Sanders, Terry Duga - VP - Finance and Administration, VP - Member Services - Libby Fitzgerald and Board of Director Member, Herb Simon for their superior work ethic on your behalf.

The reports from their individual areas of responsibility follow below.

Best regards to all.

Take care and stay well.

Murray Allan, WebWhispers President

VP Web Site Information Report: July 1 - December 31, 2005 - Pat Sanders

Welcome to Herb Simon. I have admired him for years and look forward to working with him on the BOD.

WEBSITE DESIGN/CONTENT
There were no special design projects, just normal changes and additions to the website.

PROJECTS
WW Table at the IAL Annual Meeting was well attended and it was fun to see a lot of member's faces and to answer questions for others. We took the new WebWhispers banner and it was great. Len Librizzi and I are now working on a similar design for cards for our members to use for handing out.

We did add a new service, the Webbie Workshops, a page for our members to list their crafts, coordinated by Barb Stratton.

LISTS
Dutch and I have set up a new routine for having constant availability of a moderator for list operation. While we still have and are grateful for Mike Rosenkranz and Barbara Stratton as Back Up moderators, we worked out a method of having the two of us as Stand By moderators with each of us receiving all of the command mail going to both lists. This way if one is not able to function as moderator for whatever reason, the other has all of the commands to immediately pick up where the other one left off. This was particularly helpful during the hurricanes, evacuation, power outages, and Dutch's surgery. WebWhispers has bought another laptop so that I now have constant coverage wherever I am, as Dutch already had. All of this enables us to keep the list mail going without delays. Everything else can be set up at a slower pace but The List Goes ON!

We have simplified the WebWhispers list rules posted on the web. The WWHealthHelp list rules are under consideration to make changes there.

NEWSLETTERS
Whispers on the Web has six regular columnists now with varying opinions and experiences so there is something of interest for anyone. We are always looking for new contributions from members and guest columnists and invite submissions to be sent to: Editor@WebWhispers.org

While HeadLines is not a WebWhispers newsletter, it is in the WW list and on the WW site for educational reading. I just celebrated 10 years of editing this newsletter. In addition to recruiting, editing and writing for these two newsletters, I do some occasional work for the editing or writing for the IAL News.

WW CRUISES
We had a marvelous cruise from Boston up the New England coast. Beautiful country and the weather was superb. We ended with 72 sailing with us on Enchantment of the Seas.

We canceled the 2006 cruise that was scheduled to go out of New Orleans since the hurricanes changed all of the IAL plans for 2006. Our Annual WebWhispers sponsored cruise for 2006 is a return to Alaska with an exciting 4 day land tour from Fairbanks to Whittier, where we will board the Island Princess cruise ship for a 7 day Voyage of the Glaciers. We have a few cabins left and the ship is full. We have 45 people scheduled for the cruise tour and 3 for cruise only right now. I am researching for a Southern Caribbean cruise for early 2007.

Pat Sanders, VP Web Site Information and Cruise Coordinator

VP Member Services Report: July 1 - December 31, 2005 - Libby Fitzgerald

Since July 1st, our membership has increased by 162, which includes laryngectomees, caregivers, SLPs and vendors. These members came from all over the US plus Canada, United Kingdom, Tasmania, Philippines, Bulgaria, India and Australia. It is amazing how people across the globe continue to come to us for support and have provided support as well.

Our voting members for 2005 (those who have donated a minimum of $5.00 per year) totaled 258 and we already have 78 voting members for 2006. This donation entitles you to vote on all issues of importance to WebWhispers and enables you to run for elected office. There is no fee for joining WebWhispers, but these donations help us cover things like our web site and ListServ hosting fees, our annual VIP/LT Project supporting IAL Voice Institute attendance, the printing of brochures plus the mailing costs for sending out those brochures, the mailing of loan closet equipment, the computers and software that keep us in business plus a small cushion for future needs. We try to keep our expenses at a minimum, but do rely on whatever generosity our members can afford. These donations can be made online through our website or by sending a check to "WebWhispers Nu-Voice Club" and mailed to Terry Duga, Treasurer, 6115 North Park Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220.

The WebWhispers brochure continues to be in great demand, with more and more medical professionals requesting them for their patients and members requesting them for their local clubs, to pass along to SLPs, doctors, hospitals and new patients in need of our services. Anyone interested in receiving them should send their request to me at lijofitz@aol.com, including the number of brochures plus full mailing address.

Our pins and patches are still available and can be seen at the bottom of the Member Services page. Many thanks to Bruce Medical for continuing their generous offer of free Neckbreather pins to all who donate a minimum of $15.00 if they live in the US and $50.00 for overseas members. Please contact me with any questions you may have about them, but orders are to be placed with Terry Duga. The patches are available at $1.50 each, 4 for $5.00 or 9 for $10.00.

Our loan closet is housed with Judy and Bill Ramboldt and we thank them for their continued work with this important service. For those of you unfamiliar with the loan closet, we have an inventory of donated electrolarynges and related supplies available on a temporary basis to our members. To view this inventory, go to: www.webwhispers.org/pages/loancloset.htm. Judy reported from July - December 2005, four units were sent out (all are still in the three month loaner time) the closet is in fine shape. Received some more crocheted covers. Batteries are still in good shape. I also keep a small inventory at my home in the event Judy and Bill aren't available. If you have any questions, send me an e-mail (lijofitz@aol.com).

My report wouldn't be complete without mentioning the incredible attendance we had at our banquet during the IAL Convention in Boston on Sept. 2nd. While we usually have 100 to 120 members at our annual dinner, this year broke all past records with 175!! joining us. The hotel kept moving us to larger spaces until we ended up in the main ballroom, a truly magnificent place. Thanks again to Inhealth Technologies and Bruce Medical for covering half the cost of this dinner making it possible for so many to attend. This was a truly memorable evening.

The following members passed away between July 1st and Dec. 31st that we know of and have been added to our Memoriam Page. We honor their memories as they live on in our hearts and minds. If any of you know about others we have lost, please let us know.

Charlie Anderson - Beaumont, TX - October 2005
Burgess Baumunk - Rawson, OH - July 2005
Henry Cieri - Sun City Center, FL - December 2005
Daniel Dippel - Buda, TX - November 2005
Chris Ewen - New Westminster, BC, Canada - October 2005
Philip Gethin-Jones - Wilton, CT - August 2005
Roger Howes - Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada - December 2005
Russ Johnson - Surprise, AZ - July 2005
Kathleen Lyons - Wilkes Barre, PA - October 2005
Howard Maddox - Corpus Christi, TX - November 2005
David McGee - Bryan, TX - July 2005
Nathan Phil Mclaughlin - Jacksonville, FL - August 2005
Don Page - Lake St. Louis, MO - November 2005
Marvin "Rags" Ragsdale - Cambridge, OH - December 2005
Mickey Sprung - Alamonte Springs, FL - August 2005
Ursula Strider - Waynesboro, VA - August 2005
Al Sweet - Gloucester, MA- December 2005
Larry J. Switzer - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - July 2005
Annette Taft - Anniston, AL - September 2005
Michael York - Sumter, SC - August 2005

Finally, I want to thank everyone who voted to reelect me as Membership VP. Your confidence means a great deal and I hope to continue to improve in my service to all of you.

Libby Fitzgerald, VP-Member Services

VP Finance & Administration Report: July 1 - December 31, 2005 - Terry Duga

Thanks to the continued generosity of our members and others, Web Whispers continues to be solvent. We ended the year with $9,750.72 in the bank.

Our expenses during the period of July 1 through December 31, 2005 were as follows:

The Casey Cooper Award costs $159.00
Other Awards Material costs $ 56.15
The Web Whispers Banner cost $225.00
Insurance costs $218.88
New replacement PC cost (Webmaster) $1,993.42
New replacement Laptop cost (VP-Web Information) $976.40
The LT Project awards totaled $720.00
Fees for accepting charge cards $255.67
Office Supplies $ 85.68
Postage $ 91.27
Per Diem for working the WW Desk at IAL 2005 $250.00
IAL dues $150.00
Telephone $ 4.56
Site related Expenses:
Web Site/MailLists (annual fees) $819.95
Search Engine (annual fee) $249.00

The Banquet cost $10,297.27
(The individual costs of dinners were maintained at $30 per person thanks to generous grants from Bruce Medical and Inhealth Technologies totaling $5,197.26.)

So, we start 2006 solvent and ready to continue our work helping with laryngectomee rehabilitation and support. We thank all of our generous donors.

Terry Duga, VP - Finance and Administration

Webmaster's Report: July 1 - December 31, 2005 - Dutch Helms

Between July 1st and December 31st, the entire "WebWhispers" web site received 231,213 visits (or "page views") -- up about 66,635 (28%) over the previous 6 months. The web site's Home Page received over 18,006 "page views" from interested Internet surfers. (Since our inception, we have received 274,157 total Home Page "page views" as of December 31st, 2005.)

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

Jul - 716, Aug - 634, Sep - 473, Oct - 911, Nov - 616, Dec - 464

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

Suppliers Page - 12,507 Crock Pot Recipes - 11,183
Member Services - 4,043 Info Library Index - 3,926
WW Site Map - 3,904 Web Site Search - 3,384
Journal Page - 2,308 HeadLinesIndex 1,585

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

Side Effects - 5,270 Electrolarynx - 3,034 Stoma Covers - 2,721
Radiation - 1,851 GeneralInfo - 1,745 TEPSpeech - 1,723
Stoma Care - 1,682 EverydayLife - 1,439 EsophagealSpeech - 1,251

On 5 September 2005 we significantly upgraded our "Web Site Search" capability by installing a new Search Engine, courtesy of PicoSearch.com. This new engine has greatly increased the breadth and depth of searches conducted by members and visitors alike. Since installing this new system, site visitors have conducted almost 1,500 web site searches for information and ideas.

As of July 1st, we had 1,114 laryngectomee/caregiver members with an additional 215 medical/medical support/vendor personnel -- a total of 1,329 registered participants. Earlier in 2005 we began a thorough review of our laryngectomee/caregiver membership, concentrating on "inactive" members and those whose Email addresses appeared to be out-of-date or invalid. Numerous attempts were made to reestablish contact, if possible. Thus, during the past six months we removed about 38 "participants" from our rolls since they proved to be unreachable via Email. However, although we lost these unreachable members and some others who passed away or otherwise left our membership, we added, since July, 141 new laryngectomees/caregivers and 21 medical/medical support/vendor personnel ... ending up on December 31st, 2005 with 1,196 laryngectomees/caregivers and 236 medical/vendor personnel ... for a total of 1,432 participants (up by 9%). Of these 1,432 listed individuals, approximately 1,247 actively participate on the WebWhispers Email LISTSERV distribution system - 795 on normal distribution, 340 receiving the Digest version, and 112 on "vacation." Additionally, 340 WW members also participate on the WWHealthHelp LISTSERV. During the past six month period, approximately 2,105 Email messages were sent via the WebWhispers Email LISTSERVS (WW and WWHH) -- an average of 11+ per day. KUDOS continue to go to WW members Barb Stratton and Mike Rosenkranz who are qualified and "trained" ListServ Moderators - and who can thus fill in for Dutch and/or Pat when necessary. (We will also be looking for one or two more folks to train to be Moderators during 2006).

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 2005, 352 WW members had taken the steps necessary to join the Forum. Since then, an additional 8 WW members joined, for a total current Forum membership of 360 participants. Since July 1st, these Forum members accessed the Forum over 1,820 times, posting 227 messages, and generating over 12,928 message/discussion page views. As of December 31st, a total of 5,598 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, both UserID and Password protected, retain our messages for a full year. At the end of 2005, the WW Archives contained 4,016 Emails, the WWHH Archives 194 Emails.

We 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. We have also begun to "Return To Sender," for editing or correction, those Emails sent to the Lists that do not comply with our guidelines ... specifically, those Emails that are not signed, those that do not have a proper Subject Line, and those that unnecessarily include a copy of the entire Email to which they are responding. Once the sender corrects and resubmits these Emails, they are then routinely released to the Lists for distribution.

Additionally, since July 2005, 44 more individuals took the time to leave messages/comments on the web site's Guestbook and this Guestbook has now had about 14,300 visitors (readers) since its inception. (Note: the Guestbook now retains the comments of the most recent 1,210 visitors who have left a message.)

Lastly, for the "bean-counters" or "techie" folks, at mid-2005 our web site was approximately 124 MB in size, containing 317 individual "htm" pages, 2,596 images (totaling 94 MB), and over 7,870 internal/external hyperlinks. By the end of 2005, the site had grown to 134.8 MB, containing 354 individual "htm" pages, 3,005 images (totaling 102 MB) and over 8,727 internal/external hyperlinks.

Regards to all and thanks for your continued support,

Dutch Helms - Webmaster

Semi-annual Officers' Report to the Membership
(1 January - 30 June 2005)

President's Report for the Period January 1 - June 30, 2005 - Murray Allan

Greetings fellow Webbies!

We have had a busy six month period with membership rapidly growing.

We are now averaging one new laryngectomee, caregiver, or professional a day, which I believe is fantastic growth. It just proves that if you have a quality product the people will come.

One of our major ventures in the past six months was the revamping and amending of our bylaws to keep pace with our rapid growth. After five years it was time to undertake this gigantic task. Our VP Web Site Information, Pat Sanders and our Founder, Webmaster, and new VP - Internet Services, Dutch Helms, worked tirelessly to accomplish this long process which took about a month of emails, research, and discussions before a totally reworked draft with an explanation of changes was submitted to the other officers. In general, they needed clarification of the rules, officers duties, and a method of expanding the Board of Directors. They then began the final draft with more changes and corrections. Our membership contributed additional ideas and the amended bylaws were ratified by the voting members.

Our talented friend and member, Leonard Librizzi joined with our ever busy VP - Web Site Information , Pat Sanders, on a new project. They designed a beautiful WebWhispers banner to be used at the WW table at the IAL or on any occasion where we might want to set up a booth or display. Those attending IAL Boston 2005 will see it there. We'll take photos.

Terry Duga, VP - Finances and Administration is carrying on with his superb job of handling our administrative paperwork, bank account, credit card services and donations. Bless him.

There is another very large ongoing important project, headed by Libby Fitzgerald, VP - Member Services. Libby is gradually collecting the additional information from our existing members to add to the data base of new members required information. Our membership records are in the best condition they have ever been, thanks to Libby and our hard working volunteer, Sabine Paul.

Thanks to Dutch, Chairman of the Awards Committee, composed of the previous winners of the Casey-Cooper awards, for submitting a comprehensive and timely report of their choices for awards at our WW Banquet this year in Boston.

We are again signing up members for our LT/VIP Project which gives a refund on registration fees for the Voice Institute. This has been very successful in continuing to forward our purpose of education for laryngectomee members and has improved the knowledge spread through the list mail.

As always, my thanks go out to our Executive Committee, Dutch Helms, Pat Sanders, Terry Duga, and Libby Fitzgerald for their tireless efforts everyday in making WebWhispers the biggest and best laryngectomee club in the world.

Take care and stay well.
Best regards.

Murray Allan, President

VP Web Site Information Report: January 1 - June 30, 2005 - Pat Sanders

WEBSITE DESIGN/CONTENT
We added a new Web Site Map which has been highly successful in enabling our members to find what they are looking for on the site. We have re-designed several of the sections to make them more readable and continue to make additions.

SPECIAL PROJECT - BYLAWS
There was a lot of research to be done to cover how we had grown in the five years since the last bylaw changes. We found an excellent website relating to how non-profit organizations are or could be set up and used that for our base to select the parts that fit our character as a charitable organization.

SPECIAL PROJECT - BANNER
I do have the new WebWhispers banner to bring to Boston and it is beautiful.

LISTS
Have continued to act as backup to Dutch on the WebWhispers list and, in changing some of our procedures, we also rewrote our Welcome letter to new members giving a shortened version of our email list rules. It is easier to read and will help make a new member immediately and effectively active. In addition to Mike Rosenkranz, we have added Barbara Stratton as back up moderator and we are proud to have both of them.

The WWHealthHelp list is still growing with professional members but the activity on the list is low. However, if a member asks a health question, they often get personal replies.

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 pleased to have added three new contributing columnists, Donna McGary, Joan Burnside and Scott Bachman which gives us an even greater variety every month. Jeff Searle has taken over the coordination of VoicePoints from the originator of that column, Dan Kelly, and is doing a super job of keeping up the quality of the educational column.

WotW is announced on or by the 1st day each month and I have been sending a reminder of what we offer in the middle of the month by choosing an article or excerpts from the newsletter for the WebWhispers email list. The E-Zine that goes into WWHealthHelp is, if at all possible, the VoicePoints article which could be of interest to the professionals on that list.

WW CRUISES
We have closed out the reservations for the cruise leaving Boston on Sep 4, 2005 after the IAL and have 76 members and friends sailing.

Our plans for next year have been made for a cruise on Carnival's Conquest from New Orleans to the Western Caribbean after the 2006 IAL Annual Meeting in Biloxi, MS. This is set up as an additional trip to offer IAL attendees an extension of the fun and congeniality after the meetings. Invite your friends and family and join us. Our Annual WebWhispers sponsored cruise for 2006 is a return to Alaska starting with an exciting 4 day land tour from Fairbanks to Whittier, where we will board our Princess cruise ship for a 7 day Voyage of the Glaciers. Dutch has set up fabulous web sites for both cruises and we are doing last minute checks right now.

Pat Sanders, VP Web Site Information and Cruise Coordinator

VP Member Services Report: January 1 - June 30, 2005 - Libby Fitzgerald

As explained in my last semi-annual report, Dutch and I have been working on updating our membership list to be an accurate reflection of our true numbers with current e-mail addresses. In sending out the member update request letter, quite a few invalid addresses bounced back for various reasons, so they were removed from our directory. While this appeared to bring our member numbers down, we were simply eliminating those who could no longer be contacted. However, since January 1st, we have added 198 new members to our lary/caregiver list, healthhelp list and vendor list, averaging more than one new member every day. We will continue to fine-tune these lists, to include our regular, medical support, and vendor members, to better reflect our actual numbers. Special thanks to a "special angel", my friend Sabine Paul, who has volunteered to record all new member information plus member updates on a secure database to insure that this information can't get lost or misplaced.

Our voting membership for 2005 is now 208, an increase of 73 since Dec. 31st. All that's required to become a voting member is a $5.00 minimum donation per year, which will entitle you to vote on all issues of importance to WebWhispers and enable you to run for elected office.

The WebWhispers brochure, which was introduced last July continues to be in great demand by members and member clubs, SLPs, other medical personnel and various medical facilities, with thousands already shipped and distributed. Anyone interested in receiving them should e-mail their request to me at Lijofitz@aol.com, including the number of brochures needed plus your full mailing address.

Our pins and patches are still available and can be seen at the bottom of our Member Service Index. Many thanks to Bruce Medical for continuing their generous offer of free Neckbreather pins to all US residents who donate a minimum of $15.00, or $50.00 for overseas members. Please contact me with any questions about them, but orders are to be placed with Terry Duga.

Many thanks to Judy and Bill Ramboldt, who continue to maintain our Loan Closet at their home. According to Judy's report, 4 ELs were loaned out during this period with 2 returned. Three units previously loaned out were not returned and Judy is trying to track them down, but they may be lost. Two are being repaired by Griffin Labs and 2 others cannot be repaired. I also have a small inventory of supplies at my home in the event Bill and Judy aren't available. Below are the brands of ELs available to all WW members in need of a temporary loan of lary supplies. Contact me if you have any questions about this program.

Tru-tones, AT&Ts, Servox Intons, Servox Digitals, Cooper-Rands, Nu-Vois, Solotone, Romet. Chattervox amplifier, Spokeman amplifier, Digital TTY/text keyboard.

The following members passed away between Janualry 1st and June 30th that we know of and have been added to our Memoriam Page. We honor their memories as they live on in our hearts and minds and they will be honored at our banquet on September 3rd during the IAL convention. If any of you know about others we have lost, please let us know.

William Adams - Detroit, MI - February 2005
Adel Al Rehani - San Jose, CA - February 2005
George Bechard - Waterloo, Ont., Canada - January 2005
Richard Bone -- Bonaire GA - June 2005
Bob Booker - Huber Heights, OH - January 2005
Denzil Cowen - Sanctuary Cove, Qld., Australia - January 2005
Will Crawford - Kansas City, MO - February 2005
Walter Crosby, III - Ann Arbor, MI - February 2005
James Floore - Chicago, IL - March 2005
Joseph George - Schenectady, NY - January 2005
Frank Gerace - Silver Creek, NY - March 2005
Dr. Ronald C. Hamaker, MD - Indianapolis, IN - May 2005
Amy Jo Kiger - Daytona Beach, FL - June 2005
Kathryn Siena Kirwin - Potomac, MD - March 2005
Cheryl Mikolajczak - Waskom, TX - May 2005
Louis Ridings - Yakima, WA - March 2005
Jeff Sanders - Milton, FL - February 2005
Luis Sevilla - Quito, Ecuador - April 2005

I look forward to seeing many of you in Boston at the IAL Convention!

Libby Fitzgerald, VP Member Services

VP Finance & Administration Report: January 1 - June 30, 2005 - Terry Duga

Thanks to the generosity of its members and otheres, WebWhispers remains solvent. We had $13,373.77 in the bank as of June 30, 2005. Of that amount, $1,730.00 is money thus far collected to pay for the annual awards banquet in Boston.

We had the following expenses in the first half of 2005:

The annual fee for registration of the Corporation with the Indiana Secretary of State $13.28.

Fees for broadband access to the web for site upkeep and monitoring -- $634.80

Fees for accepting credit card payments -- $102.35

IAL dues -- $150

FAX costs -- $29.50

Cost to maintain the Forum -- $59.40

Cost to maintain the list serves -- $448.90

Member data entry -- $200.00 (after this initial payment, the person who we hired to do the entry declined further payment and continues to make the entries as a volunteer).

Office supplies -- $13.50

Postage and delivery -- $221.03

Telephone -- $27.05

Website Renewal -- $20.00

We wish to thank all of our members and benefactors for their financial support.

Terry Duga - VP-Finance and Administration

Webmaster's Report: January 1 - June 30, 2005 - Dutch Helms

Between January 1st and June 30th, the entire "WebWhispers" web site received 164,578 visits (or "page views") -- up about 22,634 (18%) over the previous 6 months. The web site's Home Page received over 17,118 "page views" from interested Internet surfers. (Since our inception, we have received 256,151 total Home Page "page views" as of June 30th, 2005.)

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

Jan - 766, Feb - 634, Mar - 959, Apr - 678, May - 505, Jun - 387

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

Suppliers Page - 6,654 Member Services - 4,559
Info Library Index - 4,022 WW Site Map - 3,257
2005 Cruise Pages - 2,490 Journal Page - 2,426
Web Site Search - 1,901 HeadLinesIndex 1,666

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

Electrolarynx - 2,221 Stoma Covers - 1,647 Side Effects - 1,773 Post-Op Hints - 906
TEP Speech - 1,267 Stoma Care - 911 Radiation - 974

As of January 1st, we had 1,255 laryngectomee/caregiver members with an additional 195 medical/medical support/vendor personnel -- a total of 1,450 registered participants. Early in 2005, as Libby has indicated above, we began a thorough review of our laryngectomee/caregiver membership, concentrating on "inactive" members and those whose Email addresses appeared to be out-of-date or invalid. Numerous attempts were made to reestablish contact, if possible. In the end, however, we eventually removed over 300 "participants" from our rolls since they proved to be unreachable via Email. However, although we lost these unreachable members and some others who passed away or otherwise left our membership, we have added this year 173 new laryngectomees/caregivers and 25 medical/medical support/vendor personnel ... ending up on June 30th, 2005 with 1,114 laryngectomees/caregivers and 214 medical/vendor personnel ... for a total of 1,328 participants. Of these 1,328 listed individuals, approximately 1,151 actively participate on the WebWhispers Email LISTSERV distribution system - 760 on normal distribution, 303 receiving the Digest version, and 88 on "vacation." Additionally, 303 WW members also participate on the WWHealthHelp LISTSERV. During the past six month period, approximately 2,040 Email messages were sent via the WebWhispers Email LISTSERVS (WW and WWHH) -- an average of 11+ per day. Special KUDOS continue to go to WW members Barb Stratton 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. Similarly, our new (secure) On-line Membership Information Update Form is working well ... it is set up specifically 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 January 2005, 327 WW members had taken the steps necessary to join the Forum. Since then, an additional 25 WW members joined, for a total current Forum membership of 352 participants. Since January 1st, these Forum members accessed the Forum over 4,800 times, posting 451 messages, and generating over 17,558 message/discussion page views. As of June 30th, a total of 5,319 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, both UserID and Password protected, retain our messages for a full year. On June 30th 2005, the WW Archives contained 4,073 Emails, the WWHH Archives 181 Emails.

We 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 January 2005, 66 more individuals took the time to leave messages/comments on the web site's Guestbook and this Guestbook has now had about 13,000 visitors (readers) since its inception. (Note: the Guestbook now retains the comments of the most recent 1,166 visitors who have left a message.)

Lastly, for those "bean-counting" or "techie" folks, at the end of 2004 our web site was approximately 93 MB in size, containing 272 individual pages, 2,232 images (totaling 74 MB), and over 6,700 internal/external hyperlinks. As of June 30th, 2005, the site had grown to 124.11 MB, containing 317 pages, 2,596 images (totaling 94.15 MB) and over 7,872 internal/external hyperlinks.

Regards to all and thanks for your support,

Dutch Helms - Webmaster

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