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.

 

2010 reports

 


WebWhispers, Inc. 

2010

 

Semiannual Officers' Report to the Membership

July 1 - December 31, 2010


President's Report: July 1 - December 31, 2010 - Pat W Sanders

 

An overview of what we do in the different areas of WebWhispers. I'll leave it up to the individual VPs to tell what of import has been happening in their areas.

 

WHISPERS ON THE WEB


We have the same hard working crew for our monthly newsletter, editor, Donna McGary, Len Librizzi is our publisher. Gary Metz is continuing working with us in preparing the contents sections. We could use some more people to write for us and we do ask for submissions from our members, including Larys, Professionals, and Caregivers. We also accept items from vendors and from outside of WW as guest columnist. We usually have 6 to 8 columns per month with lots of variety.

 

WEBSITE


Leonard Librizzi, our WebMaster, takes care of the mechanics of our website. Sunny Bakken and I do some of the regular posting, but Len carries the heavy work.

 

DATABASE


Buck Martin does a super job of our Excel Roster and By-Location lists for Len to place on the website twice a month, keeps everything posted up to date and recorded on the database. At 2010 year end, we are just at 2800, with near 1800 of those on the list. However, as Michael will explain, we have a large number of people who have not signed back on to remain as members in the recent process and that figure is going to change. One thing I thought interesting is we have over 150 who had their surgery in 2010 so people are finding us faster and often before the surgery is done. We have about that same number in 2009 so one out of 6, at least, is from this last two years.

Please let us know when you change your email address so we can keep you updated and in our files. We lose a lot of you because of that.

 

CRUISE


http://webwhispers.org/activities/ww-cruises.asp
is the index of all past cruises and has plans available for this year. Our WW sponsored cruise for Sep 2011 is a 9 day cruise from Port Liberty, NJ to Halifax and back.

 

ELECTIONS & OFFICERS


The election was by acclamation since no one else wanted to run other than our BOD recommendations so we welcome everyone into the offices for the next 2 years and we thank them for the time they give to WebWhispers. Carla Lynch had been serving since June as acting VP Finance & Administration and ran for the office. She and Mike Rosenkranz, VP Website Information, both were elected for a two year period. Terry Duga retired from his VP position and is now on the BOD.

 

WW AT THE IAL


This coming year, 2011, the IAL MEETING AND VOICE INSTITUTE will be held in June in Kansas City, MO.

We have not yet started to make plans for the WW activities, appointing an awards committee, a dinner committee, a program committee, signing up scholarship applicants for the VI, WW delegates, and soliciting for workers at the WW table.

 

VOLUNTEERS


Just a reminder that all of our workers, writers, moderators, managers and officers are volunteers. We are always on the lookout in each of these departments for more volunteers so please let us know if you are ready, willing and available. There is not much better than working together with friends to help other friends.

 

OFFICERS


Our officers are wonderful hard working people and have assembled people to work with them who are also fabulous.

Pat W Sanders, President

 


 

VP Finance & Admin Report: July 1 – December 31, 2010 -- Carla Lynch

 

At the end of December 2010, we had $ 32, 423.60 in our general fund and $10,596.61 in a restricted fund which came from a life insurance policy on Dutch plus interest, that is to be used in an emergency to keep the list running.   Also, in a restricted fund, designated for the Edmund & Lillian Lauder Laryngectomee Support Fund, which supplies scholarships to the Voice Institute for laryngectomee students, is $425.00.

We closed the WebWhispers credit card because Terry Duga had established that account and he was listed as the responsible party.  We did not feel that it was sound business to continue to use that account.

We had donations totaling $6,380.59. Of those donations, $125.00 was donated to the Edmund & Lillian Lauder Laryngectomee Support Fund, which supplies the scholarships to Voice Institute laryngectomee students.

We paid out $2,528.37 in the last half of 2010.

Below are financial statements through the end of December 2010.  These statements are prepared on the accrual basis, so bills that were incurred during the last half of 2010 are reflected in the expenses and shown as payables if not paid as of December 31, 2010.

 

WebWhispers, Inc.

Balance Sheet

December 31, 2010

ASSETS                           

              WW Bus Checking                                          13,195.51             

              WW Bus Money Mkt Savings                           19,228.09             

              WW Restricted Dutch Helms                            10,596.61             

              WW Restricted Lauder Scholarship                       425.00             

              TOTAL Cash and Bank Accounts                                  43,445.21             

                                         

              TOTAL ASSETS                                                                     43,445.21             

                                         

              LIABILITIES & EQUITY                           

                                         

              LIABILITIES                           

                           

              TOTAL LIABILITIES                                                             0.00             

                                         

              EQUITY                                                                      43,445.21             

                                         

              TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY                                               43,445.21             

WebWhispers, Inc.

Profit and Loss Statement

For the six months including 7/1/2010-12/21/2010

 

INCOME                           

              Donations Received                                          6,255.59             

              Interest Earned                                                     15.16             

              Restricted-Lauder Scholarships                            125.00             

              TOTAL INCOME                                                                6,395.75             

                                         

              EXPENSES                           

              Biz Supplies                                                       254.00             

              Bank Credit Card Fees                                        247.66             

              State Business Fees                                             7.14             

              Office Supplies                                                     53.90             

              Postage and Delivery                                          332.32             

              Promotional Items                                              814.95             

              Web-Delphi Forums                                            148.50             

              Web-ISP Charges                                               500.00             

              Web-Mail-List                                                     169.90             

              TOTAL EXPENSES                                                            2,528.37             

                                         

              OVERALL INCREASE IN FUND BALANCE                          3,867.38             

 

Thanks to the generosity of our membership we remain fiscally sound.

You can make donations on-line using your Visa, Mastercard or Discover Card by going to

http://www.webwhispers.org/donations/online-donations.asp

You can mail checks, in US funds, made payable to WebWhispers, Inc. to

WebWhispers, Inc.

PO Box 9443

Longview, TX  75608-9443

I wish to thank the entire Board of Directors and the membership for your continued support.

Respectfully submitted,

Carla Lynch

VP Finance & Administration

 


 

VP Internet Activities Report: July 1 - December 31, 2010 - Michael Csapo

 

Greetings once again to WebWhisper's most avid reading enthusiasts! I hope the "2011 New Year" finds you all in good health and spirits. I am always surprised at how quickly six months race by, indicating that it's time once again to compose and submit this report. I'll admit that after reading the fish-report this morning I'd much rather be spending this time fishing, an exercise which I will likely pursue shortly after this reports completion. I'll try to keep this short yet informative:

EMAIL LISTS:

As of this date I have calculated the following numbers pertaining to our email lists. Our Regular List currently has 431 active subscribers and 140 subscribers on vacation list. Our Digest List consists of 677 active subscribers and 68 on Vacation List. Total subscribers on email and vacation lists calculate to a total of 1,316. This total is significantly lower than the previous six month period due primarily to a list cleanup project which was imposed on us.

The major ISP's have forced our distribution list hosting company (mail-list.com) to clean up lists of subscribers who do not open their messages. The ISP's suggest that messages not opened by subscribers are to be construed as spam since if you considered them good messages which were unsolicited, you would have opened them. It appears that our list had a rather high incidence percentage of these subscribers on it.

Most of you complied with recent requests to click on a link contained in recent emails which would have confirmed your intentions to remain on the email distribution list while hundreds of others did not. The list distribution company removed those who did not comply and that accounts for the majority of the decrease in numbers. We still have these people listed in our database but they are no longer receiving our emails. We are re-entering them one at a time as they discover they need to be back on our list and make the request. (See Pending Projects below)

We also still have too many incidences where our subscribers accidentally and often repeatedly report our emails as spam to their ISP's. I urge you all to PLEASE be careful and considerate to NOT click the SPAM button while deleting emails sent from WebWhispers.

LIST MANAGERS:

A special note of appreciation and thanks once again to Sunny Bakken and Jeff Vanden Hogen for their role in maintaining a majority of the workload pertaining to management of our email lists, new member introductions and maintenance of the memorial page on our website.

MODERATORS:

Your Email Distribution List Moderators remain as follows: Randy Lemster - Chief Moderator. Jeffrey Vanden Hogen - Moderator. Carl Strand - Moderator. Pat Sanders, Sunny Bakken and myself are available as back-up moderators. All those named also serve on the "Moderator Advisory Committee" which consults on appropriate actions for email submissions which stray from the posted guide lines. We strive for a goal of "zero" rejected messages and judging from the absence of complaints, I suspect we are near to achieving that goal. These folks are like the "Pony Express" of WebWhispers, assuring that your email submissions and contributions receive prompt attention and are delivered in a timely manner.

PENDING PROJECTS:

A huge challenge in the upcoming months will be to somehow deal with the hundreds of email subscriber's whose email addresses were dropped due to non-compliance of clicking on the re-enlist links which were sent to them. These subscribers will eventually be marked as "Inactive" in our membership files. At a time and date which is yet to be determined, these will ultimately be removed from our records unless we hear from them beforehand for reinstatement or closure. We will maintain files marked as "Inactive" for a minimum of 120 days. Once deleted, a new membership application submission will be required to again become a member.

In ending, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all new members reading these reports for the first time. The fact that you are here reading these reports signifies that you have an interest in what's going on at in our organization. A special "thanks" to all who have donated and contributed these past six months so that we may continue providing information and support to laryngectomee's and their caregivers world wide! Thank you also for taking the time and interest to read these reports. It's been an honor once again to serve as your VP Internet Activities this past 6 months.

~Michael Csapo
~VP Internet Activities

 


 


VP Internet Activities Report: July 1 - Dec 31, 2010 - Ed Chapman

 

Well, another 6 months is past. As the old saying goes “Ttime flies when you’re having fun.” So as not to waste too much of that fly-by time I’ll make this short.

In the last 6 months we sent out 2,250 brochures. This is a thousand more than the first 6 months of the year. That is what we like to see, getting the word out there so we can help and support more Laryngectomees. If you can use some brochures or are running low on your supply just send us an e-mail to brochures@webwhispers.org. Let us know how many you would like and who and where to send them and we’ll get them right out.

Membership, as Michael will also probably expound on, was very good. We had 141 Larys, 41 Caregivers, 29 professional and 6 vendors join. Twelve of those were from countries other than the U.S. or Canada. These varied from Turkey to Israel to Auckland to India and from Larys to SLP’s. This is always encouraging to see the breadth of our influence.

A big thank you goes out to Carla Lynch for taking on the tough job as VP of Finance and Administration. I, in particular, want to thank Charles Blair for volunteering to help with Member Services. We are indeed fortunate to keep Terry Duga as a member of the Board of Directors.

We will be starting to set up committees for plans for the activities at the IAL Conference, Voice Institute and Webwhispers Banquet. If anyone is interested in serving on one of the committees please let us know.

Again I want to remind all that this charitable organization like all others survives off of your donations. We truly appreciate any donations that are made and want those making the donation to know that their donation is tax deductible. We have set up a program that is attempting to notify all donors, either by e-mail or snail mail, of our receiving of their donation, no matter how small or large, in a timely matter (we attempt to get the notification out within a week of receiving the donation). To make donations got to: http://www.webwhispers.org/donations/donations.asp

Respectfully Submitted

Ed Chapman


 

VP Website Information – July 1 – December 31, 2010

 

Our Library at http://webwhispers.org/library/library.asp is one of our most valuable resources.
Scroll down as you read the categories on the left side of the page, and as you click on each one you will be delighted to see the detailed knowledge available to you. Among the more popular subjects are stoma care, talking again, possible problems and food-nutrition-recipes. There are many other subjects available. Just click and read. You can also read the back issues of our newsletters; or use our search engine to locate the information you need.

Vicki Metz chairs the library and spends countless hours correlating and organizing all the new ideas submitted by our members. Vicki continually monitors the mail-list to select additional items to add to the wealth of information which is available to you. Scott Sysum, who created the popular The Lary Kitchen in the WW Forum is our newest library volunteer. Scott is a cooking enthusiast, and he has close to 200 easy-to-swallow recipes in The Lary Kitchen. Scott will devote his time and skills to the food-nutrition-recipe section of the library.

The Forum is our Webwhispers socializing area where we meet each other one on one in a relaxed friendly setting. Our message boards are busy, and our chats are a great way to get to know each other. We have two scheduled chats, Tuesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. Eastern. For the past year, Elizabeth Finchem facilitated a Sunday chat devoted to Esophageal Speech. We applaud her efforts in this endeavor. Elizabeth is willing to work with anyone who is interested in learning ES.


Many new members are so familiar with forums and message boards that they are taking their questions and problems to the forum rather than to the list. We do remind them that the list is there for that purpose, but they are so at home with message boards and the relaxed atmosphere that many continue to use the Forum for their primary source. We ask all members to not only monitor the email list, but to make a conscious effort to check into the Forum at least daily and to participate there as they now do on the email list. Instructions to join the forum are at this link.

http://forums.delphiforums.com/webwhispers/start


We have enjoyed the hints, word of the day and recipes posted in the forum by Marlene Haynes (Ms Lainy) and look forward to her being able to once again regale us with her daily posts. You can log into the Forum to get your daily recipe fix from Scott Sysum in The Lary Kitchen. Please email your questions and comments about the Forum to forummgr@webwhispers.org


Logan Grayson has done an outstanding job as our Loan Closet Custodian, in addition to his duties as co-manager of the Forum. A large inventory of electrolarynges in excellent condition is available to members in need of a temporary replacement, and to new members who have not yet acquired one. Those with surplus items, no longer needed, are urged to donate such items to the loan closet so they may be used to help other members in need. Requests for loans or offers of donations should be emailed to loancloset@webwhispers.org

Respectfully submitted,
Mike Rosenkranz
VP Website Information

 

 

Semiannual Officers' Report to the Membership
January 1 - June  30, 2010

 

President's Report: January 1 - June 30, 2010

Pat W Sanders

 

It seems impossible to be this far into the year but, again, it is time for our overview of the different areas of WebWhispers.

Welcome to our new members. It seems to me that we are reaching more people before their surgery, giving them a chance to be a more knowledgable patient. It is easier to face things if you know why they are done that way. We are also are getting more patients who are experienced in using the computer so are immediately able to start writing emails or go to the forum for message boards and chat rooms. I think this is a direct result of our being able to get more brochures out in hospitals, clinics and medical offices and from our being recommended by many SLPs and Otolaryngologists.

WHISPERS ON THE WEB
Our monthly newsletter, Whispers on the Web editor, Donna McGary, continues to do an excellent job of recruiting and editing new writers from our ranks. Most members have something to say that makes an interesting story and Donna will help them to do that. The VoicePoints coordinator, Meaghan Kane Benjamin, would like to pass the baton on to another at the end of her term and we have been delighted to have her. She is doing an excellent job and will stay a little longer. While we are always sad to see someone go, each new person taking over the position has new friends and co-workers we have not heard from yet so we can get even more ideas and opinions. Webmaster Len Librizzi is our esteemed publisher. Gary Metz is continuing working with us in preparing the contents sections. We have a good number of people who write for us, and those numbers include Larys, Professionals, Caregivers and Guests. Reading this variety is a wonderful opportunity to learn but all items are not educational. Some are just plain fun.

WEBSITE
Leonard Librizzi, our WebMaster, takes good care of our website and is there to be sure it is running and right. Sunny Bakken and I do some of the regular posting, but Len carries the heavy work. This year, we had Lynn Erdmann working with us doing the planning page for the WW Dinner.

DATABASE
Buck Martin is keeping up with all of the postings into the database and makes up the Excel Roster and By-Location lists for Len to place on the website twice a month. On the database, June 30, 2010, are these figures:
Account Name: CRG (473 records)
Account Name: MED (39 records)
Account Name: PAT (1,760 records)
Account Name: SLP (304 records)
Account Name: VEN (52 records)
Grand Totals (2,628 records)


We are now clearing out the bad email addresses instead of letting them accumulate. Please let us know when you change your email address so we can keep you updated and in our files. Bad addresses get rotated out.

CRUISE
http://webwhispers.org/activities/ww-cruises.asp is the index of all past cruises and has plans available for this year.
Our WW sponsored cruise for Sep 2010 in Alaska, on the Sapphire Princess, sails from Seattle round trip.
http://webwhispers.org/activities/WW2010AlaskaCruise.asp
The economy has affected our cruise this year and we lost a number of cruisers due to either money or health problems. Our total for this one is closed at 50. I will enjoy cruising these folks and, of course, Alaska scenery. I had planned this trip because it would be a less expensive trip for Alaska but the airfares have gone up to the point that I can remember going at half this rate.

OFFICERS
We are missing Terry Duga, who had a stroke in May. He was in the hospital, then a rehab hospital and now has just moved into a facility where he will live more comfortably while undergoing more testing and a lot of rehab. We are fortunate to have a member who had volunteered a few years ago to be his backup and is trained in accounting. You will see the report of Carla Lynch, which is built out of files that Terry had sent weekly since the first of the year. His computer is locked up and they have found nothing that they can send on to us at this time. We hope later to get a copy of the Quicken files so Carla can work her miracles by putting everything together with the Quicken files she has built for this year. We are so pleased to have her and we are looking to keep her as our accountant. Terry will come back slowly and, from what I have seen of Carla L, he is going to enjoy working with her.

WW AT THE IAL
This year, 2010, the IAL MEETING AND VOICE INSTITUTE was held June 16 thru June 19, 2010 in Clarksville/Jeffersonville, IN, just across the river from Louisville, KY at the Holiday Inn Conference Center. It was a fine annual meeting and there are several short articles in Whisper on the Web, July 1, along with some 60 pictures. These are particularly directed to the WW activities, The WW Table was busy all the time, the WW Dinner has additional information posted on the website Dinner page. I must say, the dinner was excellent, the new awards went over well and we had a good attendance of 132. Richard is always a wonderful host for the reception. We have also put some notices in the list that may be read through our archives. Lots of photos of the swimming.
http://webwhispers.org/news/jul2010.asp
http://webwhispers.org/activities/2010ww-annual-dinner.asp
http://archive.mail-list.com/webwhispers/list/webwhispers.en.html

VOLUNTEERS
Just a reminder that all of our workers, writers, moderators, managers and officers are volunteers. We are always on the lookout in each of these departments for more volunteers so please let us know if you are ready, willing and available. There is not much better than working together with friends to help other friends

Pat W Sanders, President


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VP Finance & Admin Report: January 1 - June 30, 2010 

Reported by Carla Lynch, on behalf of Terry Duga

At the end of June, 2010, we had $ 31, 939.74 in our general fund and $10,573.92 in a restricted fund which came from a life insurance policy on Dutch plus interest, that is to be used in an emergency to keep the list running.   Also, in a restricted fund, designated for the Edmund & Lillian Lauder Laryngectomee Support Fund, which supplies scholarships to the Voice Institute for laryngectomee students, is $300.00.

We charged the cost of banquet $3,217.50 to the WW credit card. Payment will be due on the next credit card billing statement, so that amount is reserved to pay for the banquet.

We had donations totaling $9,112.77. Of those donations, $1000.00 was donated to the Edmund & Lillian Lauder Laryngectomee Support Fund, which supplies the scholarships to Voice Institute laryngectomee students.  Seven scholarships were awarded this year and the remaining $300.00 is restricted for future scholarships as noted above.

We paid out $7,307.04 in the first half of 2010.

Below are financial statements through the end of June 2010.  These statements are prepared on the accrual basis, so bills (i.e. dinner) that were incurred during the first half of 2010 are reflected in the expenses and shown as payables if not paid as of June 30, 2010.

WebWhispers, Inc.

Balance Sheet

June 30, 2010

ASSETS                           

WW Bus Checking                                          12,711.65             

WW Bus Money Mkt Savings                           19,228.09             

WW Restricted Dutch Helms                            10,573.92             

WW Restricted Lauder Scholarship                        300.00             

TOTAL Cash and Bank Accounts                                      42,813.66             

                           

TOTAL ASSETS                                                                         42,813.66             

                                         

             

LIABILITIES                           

Chase Card Services-VISA                              3,243.36             

                                                       

TOTAL LIABILITIES                                                          3,243.36             

                                         

EQUITY                                                                                      39,570.30             

                                         

TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY                                                                   42,813.66

             

WebWhispers, Inc.

Profit and Loss Statement

For the six months ending June 30, 2010

(Accrual Basis)

             

              INCOME                           

              Awards Banquet Received                           4,104.00             

              Donations Received                                    3,987.00             

              Interest Earned                                               21.77             

              Restricted-Lauder Scholarships                   1,000.00             

              TOTAL INCOME                                                       9,112.77             

                                         

              EXPENSES                           

              Awards Banquet Expense                           3,217.50             

              Awards Expense                                             63.10             

              Dues and Subscriptions                                 175.00             

              Lauder Scholarships                                     700.00             

              Bank Credit Card Fees                                  225.40             

              State Business Fees                                        7.14             

              Office Supplies                                               86.45             

              Postage and Delivery                                     404.69             

              Promotional Items                                         699.36             

              Web-Delphi Forums                                         99.00             

              Web-ISP Charges                                         360.00             

              Web-Listserve                                               299.50             

              Web-Mail-List                                                469.90             

              Workers at Table at IAL                                  500.00             

              TOTAL EXPENSES                                                     7,307.04             

                                         

              OVERALL Net Increase                                                            1,805.73             

 

Thanks to the generosity of our membership we remain fiscally sound.

You can make donations on-line using your Visa, Mastercard or Discover Card by going to

http://www.webwhispers.org/donations/online-donations.asp

You can mail checks made payable to WebWhispers, Inc. to

Carla Lynch

4809 Bacle Rd

Longview, TX  75604

I pray for Terry’s recovery and return.

I wish to thank Pat Sanders, the entire Board of Directors and the membership for your patience and support in getting the financial records transferred to me so that I was able to step in for Terry.

Accounting Report by Carla Lynch

Respectfully submitted,

for Terry Duga, VP Finance & Administration

 

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VP Internet Activities Report: January 1 - June 30, 2010

Michael Csapo

 

Greetings, once again, to all our respected members who take time and interest in reading our reports. Whenever these reports come due, it reminds me of my school days where I would cram a 12 week assignment into one night, the final evening before the projects due date. 35 years later I find that some things do not change, I am still the proverbial procrastinator!

EMAIL LISTS:

As of this date, I have calculated the following numbers pertaining to our email lists. Our Regular List currently has 618 active subscribers and 139 subscribers on vacation list. Our Digest List consists of 1,069 active subscribers and 68 on Vacation List. Total subscribers on email lists compute to a total of 1,894. This total is slightly lower than the previous six month period due mostly to the conclusion of a list clean-up project mentioned in my previous report. In the past 6 months we have added or edited the following records in our database: 58 Caregivers, 2 Medical Personnel, 147 patients, 14 SLP's and 2 Vendors.

LIST MANAGERS:

A special note of appreciation and thanks to Sunny Bakken and Jeff Vanden Hogen for their role in maintaining a majority of the workload pertaining to management of our email lists. Whenever a new application or an update is submitted from our website, these are the folks who are on top of it. Most of these applications are processed within a couple of hours, others within minutes. List management is quite often a time consuming process since many applications submitted are incomplete and require personalized follow-up via email to obtain additional pertinent information which was excluded in the application submission.

MODERATORS:

Your Email Distribution List Moderators are as follows: Randy Lemster - Chief Moderator. Jeffrey Vanden Hogen - Moderator. Carl Strand - Moderator. Pat Sanders, Sunny Bakken and myself are available as back-up moderators and ALL of us serve on the "Moderator Advisory Committee. I can't say enough about these people, they work tirelessly and endlessly around the clock to insure that your queries and advice get delivered promptly. Moderators is one of the most thankless positions to fill since they often come under attack by a few disgruntled members who have had their emails rejected because they did not comply with a few simple rules. Please review our email list rules and abide by them and life will be happier for everyone involved. If anyone wishes to offer thanks, suggestions or comments to the moderators, please take a moment to do so. The email address is: moderator@webwhispers.org

OFFICERS:

As the years go by, I realize how fortunate and blessed that I am to be working alongside such a group of talented individuals. Each one of them brings their own experience, assets and skills to the table. While we are collectively quite a diverse group by nature, we all pull together to carry on with the organizations missions and goals. I believe that Dutch would be proud of how his "baby" has grown! Our continued thoughts and prayers for Terry. I miss him dearly and hope he will recuperate completely from his recent setback.

MEMBERS:

A warm welcome to all new members reading these reports for the first time. The fact that you are here reading these reports signifies that you have an interest in what's going on at the top. For our precious longer term members, I wish to offer my sincerest thanks and appreciation for your ongoing support! Thanks to your generosity in the form of contributions and donations, we are able to carry on the work that "Dutch" began nearly 14 years ago!

EPILOGUE:

That's it! My report being filed I can officially remain on the payroll here, making the "Big Bucks" as Dutch used to say. Thank you for taking the time and interest to read these reports. Serving as your VP Internet Activities this past 6 months has been rewarding and there are still enough challenges to overcome which will keep things interesting to say the least. Some things we must accept which we have no control over is the numerous password requests which we must field on a constant basis. I find it almost humorous that a reminder is sent out every week in my weekly membership announcement which seems to go UN-noticed. Perhaps I need to reconsider my strategy and put the reminder on top instead of near the bottom? Anyway, Until next time, I wish you all good health and ask that you please be kind to one another.

~Michael Csapo, VP Internet Activities

 


VP Member Services Report: January 1 to June 30, 2010
Ed Chapman


Since being accepted as your VP Member Services, I have been very busy but I’m enjoying it and having fun in this position.


In the last six months we have mailed out a little over 1,250 brochures. There have been as few as 3 to a laryngectomee member, and as many as 250 to MEEI, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School ). While responding to the request for brochures we have been monitoring which ones are not WW members and have invited them to join. Many have joined with such comments as “ I have seen the website. It certainly has a lot of information. I will definitely join”. So thanks to you, the members, we are getting the word out and more and more professionals and their organizations are becoming aware of the problems that we as patients face while passing the word on to new laryngectomees. There is help out there. They are not alone.


To order brochures, go to http://webwhispers.org/ choose Services and click on “Free Brochures” or use this link to get there:

http://webwhispers.org/services/free-brochures.asp    You can just send an e-mail to brochures@webwhispers.org to let us know how many and where you want them sent. We normally will have them out that same week.


While you’re at the website consider ordering some patches and pins. You can see them and find the ordering information on the same page as the brochures by clicking on “WW Pins and Patches”. We have a few left and will be discontinuing that style after these are gone. So its first come first serve.


While on the subject of membership we had a significant increase in membership as you can see from President Pat Sanders' report . In the last 6 months, of the people who have joined, we have 17 professionals ranging from an ENT surgeon to SLP and Medical Social Worker and they are from all over the world including Belgrade Serbia, Brazil, France, Ireland and Australia. Patients and their caregivers are also worldwide. Besides the United States, Canada and Mexico we have also included Denmark, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Norway and Scotland.
It’s also good to see how many caregivers we have with 45 joining in the last six months alone. One thing that Pat pointed out in her report was the increase we are seeing in pre-laryngectomee patients. We had 13 join during this period of time and most of them have had their surgery by now but they found out early that it’s not the end of the world by having contact with you, the members, before their surgery.

As most of you know, we just finished with the annual WebWhispers dinner. This project was started in January and with the hard work, the planning and coordination done mainly by Lynn Erdmann with assistance from Terry Duga it was a great success. Lynn not only negotiated an excellent price with the hotel but was able to plan the room layout and come up with a menu that all attendees were able to enjoy. Mary Jane Renner and the Hoosier Anamillo Club made and donated the center pieces that all seemed to enjoy (at least there weren’t any left on the tables and a lot were worn out the door). Len Librizzi produced the Certificates of Appreciation and the beautiful program, that all seemed to enjoy. Even though Len, Lynn, and Terry were not able to make it to the dinner they had done such a great job of preparing materials and coordinating with the excellent and accommodating staff of the hotel that the dinner went off without any major hitches. If it hadn’t been for the efforts all of these folks, the dinner wouldn’t have been the success that it was.

We did something different this year at the dinner. When we presented the awards and certificates of appreciation we also presented them with a WW hat and to the awards recipient we included an attache/laptop case with the WW logo embroidered on them. Since the first of the year Len Librizzi had been working on the logo so it could be used for shirts hats and other items. By altering the look slightly and cutting down on the size he was able to make it so we could not only fit the logo on ball caps but also get the thread count to a point that the supplier would not charge us extra for the embroidering. We then were able to purchase items that we presented at the dinner and later, at the WW information table, we gave some of these items away to those that made a large enough donation. The hats, bags, some shirts, etc. were so eagerly accepted that we are looking into getting more of some of the items and possibly offer them online. We are looking for input on this project so please let us know your feelings. Remember, packing and shipping will add expense.

We expect to adopt the updated logo, as seen below, and eventually use it on all of our stationary, business cards. etc. as we replace them. This is a major job so if you have a chance, thank our computer guru, Len Librizzi, for all of his hard work setting this up.



Another group of tireless workers were Pat Sanders, Mike Rosenkranz, Bruce Buck Martin and Jeff Vanden Hogen who made sure somebody was at our information table all the time. This gave me the opportunity to run around and get my other work done. They did a great job and were able to answer most of the questions posed while maintaining a smile on their faces.

Another tireless worker that definitely needs to be recognized is Logan Grayson. Even though he has had numerous problems taking care of his wife, whom he lost last month, he has operated the “Loan Closet” maintaining an accurate inventory, making sure all items are operable, keeping track of donations and notifying the donors when receiving their donations. Doing all of this and assisting with the “Forum”. We are fortunate that Logan wants to continue as Loan Closet and Forum Manager. Thanks, Logan

This charitable organization survives off of your donations. We truly appreciate those that are made and want to remind you that the donation is tax deductible. We have set up a program that is attempting to notify all donors, either by e-mail or snail mail, of our receiving of their donation, no matter what size, in a timely matter (we attempt to get the notification out within a week of receiving the donation).

Thank you all for giving me this opportunity. It’s a lot of hard work but, as I said, I am really having fun.


Respectfully submitted,
Ed Chapman

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VP Website Information – January 1 – June 30, 2010

Mike Rosenkranz


Our Library may be reached at http://webwhispers.org/library/library.asp and has grown exponentially, thanks to the great work of library chair, Vicki Metz, and the number of volunteers who suggest new items to her. Vicki also has a sharp eye for new ideas and recommendations that are placed in our list.

Our members are increasingly availing themselves of this tremendous educational resource. We urge those who have not visited the library to do so and familiarize yourselves with the myriad subjects it covers, including stoma care, talking again, food-nutrition-recipes and countless others. Check out back issues of our newsletters; or use our search engine to locate the information you want. Email questions and comments to library@webwhispers.org .

Our WW Forum continues to grow as so many new members join the forum as soon as they join WW. We have live chats every Tuesday and Friday at 2 pm Eastern where new and veteran larys meet to make new friends and gain knowledge relating to their unique individual situations. You get to chat 'one on one' with experienced, knowledgeable larys in a relaxed, friendly setting, We have an ES chat. which is facilitated by Elizabeth Finchem. Sundays at 4 pm Eastern for those who are interested in honing their ES skills. Our caregivers chat is on the first Thursday of each month at 1:30 pm Eastern. This was started by Christine Price (Wales), and is ideal for caregivers to chat, look for help or just have a little fun. A list of these chats is on the start page of the Forum.

A popular feature of the forum has been the daily posting of hints and recipes by Marlene Haynes (Ms Lainy). Her latest innovation has been the word of the day, complete with definition and examples of their usage. We have many who log in early to get their daily fix. The word for July 9th was struthious, and resulted in a thread with 14 entries. I never realized I have a struthious cat. Email your questions and comments to forummgr@webwhispers.org


Logan Grayson is our Loan Closet Custodian, in addition to his duties as co-manager of the WW Forum, and has reorganized and stocked the loan closet with a large inventory of assorted electrolarynges. These are available to members in need of an E/L, charger, Chattervox or other equipment on a temporary basis. Those with surplus items, no longer needed, are urged to donate such items to the loan closet so they may be used to help other members in need. Email all requests for loans or offers of donations to loancloset@webwhispers.org


Respectfully submitted,
Mike Rosenkranz
VP Website Information


 

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