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.

 

2011 reports

 


WebWhispers, Inc.

2011

 

Semiannual Officers' Report to the Membership

July 1 - December 31, 2011

 

 

President's Report: July 1 - December 31, 2011 - Pat W Sanders

While I give an overview of the different areas of WebWhispers, the individual VP reports tell what has been happening in their sections.

WHISPERS ON THE WEB

Our monthly newsletter - Editor Donna McGary, Publisher Len Librizzi, and I work together on getting the newsletter out promptly on the 1st of the month. Jack Henslee's column, Speaking Out, has been very popular and we have several articles from him that are well written and interesting. He joins regulars, Len Lyons, with his poetry and prose that is clever and entertaining and Bob Keiningham, whose insight and comments on dealing with life are something I look forward to every month.

VoicePoints, our professionally written column, coordinated by Jodi Knott from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center has had great information for both professionals and for the laryngectomee or caregiver who wants to learn from the experts.

WEBSITE

We mourn the loss of Vicki Metz, who was a superb information researcher and was wonderful to work with. We could use more volunteers in this area of website information.

Leonard Librizzi, our WebMaster, keeps our website going and we could not do without him! Sunny Bakken and I assist. We have a website map http://webwhispers.org/about/purpose.asp that makes it easy to locate what you want within the website. Find what you want by looking down the list and clicking on where you want to go. Easy.

I have asked Len if he wishes to write up the web site and he says... you do it for me. But if you have any questions, he is your guy. Write to webmaster@webwhispers.org and, sometimes, I answer there, too!

Thought you might like a yearly report, for 2011 on the website numbers:

We had 309,000 webpage views (that is 25,750 per month, every month, all year)

We had 137,344 visits to the website from 179 countries and here are the top 10 in coming to our site:
United States - 102,183
United Kingdom - 8,165
Canada - 7,561
Australia - 3,280
India - 2,075
Philippines - 1,079
Italy - 939
Malaysia - 699
Ireland - 637
Singapore - 604

DATABASE

Buck Martin is much missed as he has taken a leave from volunteering in order to do everything he can to fight his cancer of the prostate/bone. We have asked Jeanne Graden, who helped us set this up when we started our database, to come back and give us a hand occasionally. Jeff Vanden Hogen has just learned to set up newcomers with the database records and it does tie right in with his List Manager duties. Michael Csapo and Sunny Bakken, also list managers, both do some checking and posting. I have been pulling the charts to send to Len for the membership information and am trying to refresh my memory on setting up anything new in the way of charts and information.

We have over 3,000 members on our database with 2,000 member laryngectomees or patient members, 500+ are caregivers and the other 500 are SLPs, medical, and vendors. Approximately 15% are marked inactive because of faulty email addresses. Please let us know when you change your email address so we can keep you updated and in our files. We eventually remove bad addresses from membership. Well over 100 of the new members had their surgery in 2011, so a lot of new people are finding us when it really counts. Some are joining us before surgery.

Our Sustaining Membership was at 246 for the year.
http://webwhispers.org/donations/SustainingMembers.asp

CRUISE

http://webwhispers.org/activities/ww-cruises.asp is the index of all past cruises and the new one now set: WebWhispers & Friends is sponsoring 15 Night Eastbound Panama Canal Cruise on the magnificent Celebrity Century, Sailing from San Diego, CA on January 3, 2013. We already have deposits from 18 people. Check the WW cruise site.

Our WW sponsored cruise in Sep 2011 was a wonderful 9 day cruise from Port Liberty, NJ to Halifax and back. We had a great time and the weather was superb.

WW AT THE IAL

This year, the 2012 IAL MEETING AND VOICE INSTITUTE will be held first week in June in Durham, N.C. We will have many WW members attending and will announce details as soon as we have them and put them on the website under Current Notices.

ELECTIONS & OFFICERS

Report for our election in November is found on our website: http://webwhispers.org/about/Elections.asp


There were no additional nominations for the open positions; therefore, the following have been re-elected by acclamation to serve a two year term.
President - Pat W Sanders
Vice President - Internet Activities - Michael Csapo
Vice President - Member Services - Ed Chapman

VOLUNTEERS/OFFICERS

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. Our officers are wonderful hard working people and I can't describe what a pleasure it is to have these people in my life on a daily basis.

Pat W Sanders, President

 

VP Finance & Admin Report: July 1 – December 31, 2011 -- Carla Lynch

Below are financial statements through the end of December 2011.  These statements are prepared on the accrual basis, so bills that were incurred during the second half of 2011 are reflected in the expenses and shown as payables if not paid as of December 31, 2011.

 

WebWhispers, Inc.

Balance Sheet

December, 2011

ASSETS

WW Bus Checking                                               8,227.22

WW Bus Money Mkt Savings                              29,428.09

WW Restricted Dutch Helms                               10,642.27

WW Restricted Lauder Scholarships                        100.00

TOTAL Cash and Bank Accounts                                              48,397.58

TOTAL ASSETS                                                                                                          48,397.58

 

LIABILITIES & EQUITY

LIABILITIES                                                              0.00

EQUITY                                                             48,397.58

TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY                                                   48,397.58

 

 

WebWhispers, Inc.

Profit and Loss Statement

For the six months including 7/1/2011-12/31/2011

 

INCOME

Donations Received                                                5,714.35

Interest Earned                                                           23.34

Restricted-Scholarships                                             100.00

TOTAL INCOME                                                                             5,837.69

 

EXPENSES

License & Fees                                                          69.32

Office Supplies                                                          986.12

Postage and Delivery                                                 174.46

Web Services                                                         1,355.65

TOTAL EXPENSES                                                                       2,585.55

 

OVERALL TOTAL INCREASE IN FUND                                                          3252.14

We continue to receive contributions thru Mission Fish, and wish to thank those who designate a portion of their sales on EBay to WebWhispers.

Our decision to start using PayPal to process credit card transactions decreased our bank/credit card fees by 57% from 2010 to 2011.  Thanks to all donors who continue to use PayPal for making donations to WebWhispers.

As the VP of Finance, I have been charged with finding a qualified backup for my position.  If anyone out there has an accounting background and would like to volunteer as a backup to the Accounting Department, please send your qualifications to
accounting@webwshipers.org .  This is a volunteer position and the pay is gratitude from me and the Board!   

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

This link takes you to our Donations Page, with a link to PayPal where your donations are secure.

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 Website Info – July 1 – December 31, 2011 - Mike Rosenkranz

WW Library – http://webwhispers.org/library/library.asp is the most important resource available to you on our entire website. Copy it into your favorites, and create the daily habit of spending some time visiting and learning.

Our unique lifestyle can be intimidating, especially to those who are new to our community. If you set aside only 15 or 20 minutes a day to learn about the intricacies of our lifestyle, those minutes will be returned to you multifold in the peace of mind you will acquire through your increased knowledge. Scroll down the left side of the page and read the different categories. Take them in the order in which they appear and start to read. This will ensure you will become well versed in a broad range of knowledge. You may prefer to simply click on your subject of choice. Use whatever method works for you.

Use the search engine to locate information you cannot otherwise find. It will take you right to the area you seek. Let this become a daily habit, and your increased knowledge will lead to increased peace of mind.

WW Forum - http://forums.delphiforums.com/webwhispers/start takes you to our socializing area with its message boards and chat room where we meet each other in a relaxed friendly setting. Our scheduled chats are Tuesday and Friday at 2 p.m. Eastern. Chat one on one with experienced, knowledgeable larys who will answer your questions, or just come and enjoy social interaction with your fellow members. Post your messages on our boards or just read the ones that are already there. Respond to those messages that you enjoy reading. It lets those who posted those messages know their efforts were appreciated.

You will find humor, easy swallowing recipes in The Lary Kitchen, computer and internet tips, more tips in the Hobbies and Interests folder plus countless other subjects. Many members bring their questions and problems which are promptly answered, while others just come in, kick back in their recliners and relax. This is your clubhouse. Think of it as a haven from that busy outside world. Come on in and enjoy it on a daily basis.

Most of you already know the four on our forum management team. For those new to the forum, I am your forum host, Logan Grayson is my co-manager and Marlene Haynes is the most prolific, posting multiple messages on a daily basis, while Michael Csapo backs us up as needed and is the source of a good part of the humor posted in the forum. If you would like to find some news you never thought you needed, or a good laugh, or a new word you never knew existed or a recipe for a tasty treat that slides down your throat easily, then the WW Forum is definitely the place for you. Please send questions and/or comments about the Forum to forummgr@webwhispers.org

WW Loan Closet – http://webwhispers.org/services/loan-closet.asp
An inventory of electrolarynges is managed by Logan Grayson, our Loan Closet Custodian. Short term loans are available to WW members in need of a temporary replacement, and to new members who have yet to acquire one. Those with surplus items are asked to donate such items to the loan closet so they may be used to help members in need.

To better serve you, we now have a second location where we have inventory available. Randy Lemster has volunteered to run this West Coast location. This backup operation ensures that requests for loans will be promptly filled since either Randy or Logan will always be available. Loan requests and offers of donations to our loan closet should be emailed to loancloset@webwhispers.org

All that we have mentioned is accomplished only due to the dedication of our fantastic volunteers without whom our work would not be possible. These include Logan Grayson, Marlene Haynes, Randy Lemster, Scott Sysum, Hank Luniewski, Michael Csapo and Pat Sanders, who continues to be our inspiration and advisor.

More volunteers are urgently needed. Sadly, we recently lost Vicki Metz who had been a mainstay in our Library. We have an urgent need for volunteers with computer skills. This is a great way of giving back and ensuring that WebWhispers continues to thrive and grow.

Respectfully submitted,
Mike Rosenkranz
VP Website Information

 

VP Internet Activities: July 1 - December 31, 2011 - Michael Csapo


Greetings once again to WebWhisper's most avid reading enthusiasts! My intentions were to spend the better part of the day composing a report which would promote a relaxed state of transcendental meditation to readers of this submission however I just checked the “fish report” and need to rush out the door if I am to be in on this afternoon’s action!

EMAIL LISTS:

As of this date I have calculated the following numbers pertaining to our email lists. Our Regular List currently has 424 active subscribers and 39 subscribers on vacation list. Our Digest List consists of 990 active subscribers and 595 on Vacation List. Total subscribers on email and vacation lists calculate to a combined total of 2,048 unique email subscribers. Actual member numbers would be considerably greater due to shared email addresses.

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, database entries, new member introductions, and maintenance of the memorial page on our website. A great deal of time and effort is put in every week by these valued volunteers and any thanks or notes of appreciation would be welcomed at: listmgr@webwhispers.org

MODERATORS:

We have been blessed with the opportunity to add the following two names to our list of trained moderators:

Tom Olsavicky, Yorktown, VA - East Coast Primary First Shift Moderator

Ronald Mattoon, Des Moines, WA -West Coast Primary Second Shift Moderator

In addition, we have the following old timers who are on constant standby and fill in as needed: Jeffrey Vanden Hogen, Randy Lemster, Carl Strand, Pat Sanders and I are available as back-up moderators.

Many changes have been implemented in the moderating department which should be of greater benefit to all concerned, subscriber and moderators alike. List Rules have been relaxed significantly from what they once needed to be and great strides have been made to help reduce the possibility of job burnout. At present, we are in an experimental phase of daily operations with split shifts while rotating moderators at mid month. This basically equates to each moderator putting in an 8 hour shift, 7 days a week for two weeks on and then two weeks off.

While most of these changes are invisible to the general membership, I simply make note of it here to bring awareness to those interested that we are not stagnant and are always scoping the horizon for methods of improvement to make membership experiences pleasant and more user friendly.

If you wish to offer a note of appreciation to our hard working moderators, I am sure they would appreciate a note for all their efforts at: moderator@webwhispers.org

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 the executive level 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 laryngectomees and their caregivers worldwide! Thank you all for taking the time and effort to read these reports. It's been an honor once again to serve as your VP Internet Activities these past 6 months.

~Michael Csapo
~VP Internet Activities

 

VP Member Services July 1 - December 31, 2011 – Ed Chapman

 

These last six months have been slow for the member services area. It gave us a chance to take a deep breath and prepare for the New Year.

To demonstrate just how slow it was there were only 6 requests for brochures with a total of only 138 going out. We are coming to the end of the last 50,000 brochures order and are working on a new order but at this rate it may be awhile before we need them.

Membership was on average with what we had in the prior 6 months with126 larys, 34 caregivers and 17 medical or professional joining this six month period.. We are still getting the word out worldwide with one new member from Kenya.

We thank all of those that gave so generously with donations. I would remind all members there are several ways to donate.

Sending a donation to:
WebWhispers, Inc., PO Box 9443, Longview, TX 75608-9443
Make checks payable to "WebWhispers"

Credit Card and Pay Pal at:
http://webwhispers.org/donations/online-donations.asp

Community selling through eBay:
http://donations.ebay.com/charity/charity.jsp?NP_ID=44485

As always I remind you in order to support our huge informational website, email lists, equipment, fees, and associated expenses, we ask that those who can afford it please make a yearly donation in the amount of "at least" $5. In return, you will be listed as a Sustaining Member, who is eligible to run for election, vote for officers or changes in bylaws. WebWhispers is a nonprofit volunteer organization and a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which allows tax deductible donations.

Along with Charlie Blair, Vicki Metz was part of the “Member Services” area. I personally will sorely miss Vicki as I worked with her in the library as well as having her for the back up in getting out the donation thank yous and was awed by her energy and dedication to anything having to do with larys . I as well as the lary community have suffered a great loss. Thank you Vicki for all you did and the inspiration you were and are to us all.

Now for the future. We are once again starting to gather the information and details for the annual Awards and Recognition Dinner to be held in Durham, N.C. in conjunction with the IAL Annual Meeting and Voice Institute. We will have an information table again this year. If you are going to be attending and would be willing to help with our projects or spend some time at the WW table, please contact Pat Sanders or me.

Here’s hoping to see you in Durham, if not sooner. Stay Well

Respectfully Submitted
Ed Chapman

 

 

Semiannual Officers' Report to the Membership
January 1 - June  30, 2011

 


President's Report: January 1 - June 30, 2011 - Pat W Sanders

WHISPERS ON THE WEB

I work with such a wonderful crew for our monthly newsletter - Editor Donna McGary, Publisher Len Librizzi (and Volunteer Gary Metz works with us in preparing the contents section.) During this last 6 months, we have had a few changes. Jack Henslee has started coordinating a new column called Speaking Out, in which he presents a question to the list and asks for our members (and others) to answer for the column. It has involved a good number of people who were not writing anything before and it is enjoyable to read a dozen different ideas on the same subject.

We also want to thank Meaghan Benjamin for her services for two years in coordinating VoicePoints, our professional column, and welcome Jodi Knott from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as our new coordinator. Those are two of our 6 to 8 columns per month with lots of variety. There should be something for anyone.

WEBSITE

Leonard Librizzi, our WebMaster, does a fine job of taking care of our website. Sunny Bakken and I do some of the regular posting, but Len carries the heavy work. He is great and if we can describe what we want, he will find a way to do it. We have two people who are starting to do some training with Len so maybe we will have some backup, which we desperately need.

On our website, we have sections listed horizontally in red that help to find what you need. Please explore these areas.
• Home
• About Us
• Library
• Activities
• Services
• Suppliers
• Donations
• Contact Us

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 end of June, 2011, these are our numbers.
Account Name: CRG (521 records) Caregivers
Account Name: MED (50 records) Medical Personnel
Account Name: PAT (1,893 records) Patients & Laryngectomees
Account Name: SLP (328 records) Speech Language Pathologists
Account Name: VEN (56 records) Vendors
Grand Totals (2,848 records)

Some are regarded as inactive until we find out why they don't reply. 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.

Our Sustaining Membership presently stands at 208.

http://webwhispers.org/donations/SustainingMembers.asp

CRUISE

http://webwhispers.org/activities/ww-cruises.asp is the index of all past cruises. Our twelfth WW sponsored cruise is coming up soon, Sep 1-10, 2011 is a 9 day cruise from Port Liberty, NJ to Halifax and back. We are looking forward to that but, also, would appreciate suggestions from you regarding cruises you would like us to check out as one of the possible future WebWhispers annual cruises.

ELECTIONS & OFFICERS

The election will be coming up in November and notices will be on the list regarding the offices open.

WW AT THE IAL

This coming year, 2012, the IAL MEETING AND VOICE INSTITUTE will be held first week in June in Durham, N.C.

I want to congratulate Ed and the whole crew this year on an excellent IAL for the WW Members attending. Ed has written about it in this semi-annual report. We actually just returned. The WW table was busy and we thank all who came by to take a turn.  I enjoyed getting to know Logan Grayson and Jeff Vanden Hogen better as we worked a lot side by side.

I, along with WW members Tom Olsavicky and Laurie Gallant were invited to be a panel for the Voice Institute so these VI students, some of whom had never seen a laryngectomee, could have an idea of our experiences. Philip C. Doyle, Ph.D., Professor and Senior Research Scientist Rehabilitation Sciences and the Interim Director of the VI had asked us to participate as part of their actual classes. He wrote a lovely letter of appreciation and concluded that the compliments and discussions, afterward, all indicated that we were successful.

VOLUNTEERS/OFFICERS

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. We were fortunate to have several people to volunteer while we were at the IAL. Well, we might have recruited them because they seemed to be just what we needed!! Michael Csapo has two in training as moderators right now.

Our officers are wonderful hard working people and I can't describe what a pleasure it is to have these people in my life on a daily basis.

Pat W Sanders, President

 


 

VP Member Services January 1 – June 30 2011 – Ed Chapman

ANNUAL DINNER AND INFORMATION TABLE:

The WebWhispers annual awards and recognition dinner was held on the 9th of June during the IAL annual meeting. We had 115 people in attendance.

The 12th annual mixer, planned and sponsored by Bruce Medical was greatly appreciated by all and was well attended.

Lauder Enterprises was generous with funding the WW scholarships for the VI, using the Edmund and Lillian Lauder scholarship Fund for $100 per approved student member. They also purchased extra dinner seats, some of which they were planning on using for students and faculty from the VI. Due to a separate function the VI was having, that was not on the schedule, the ones that were arranged for at our dinner had to cancel so not all seats were filled. Our WW General Fund benefitted from some of the unfilled seats not guaranteed and that helps to fund our every day expenses.

Pat has put the award recipients on the website at http://webwhispers.org/about/Certificates.asp and the Dinner Program is there to be downloaded with lists of awards. The Dutch Helms Travel Grant, $1,000 divided into four awards is sponsored every year by InHealth Technologies and we have the 4 very grateful awardees listed on that page next to the download.

I would like to recognize two of the recipients in particular:

Logan Grayson was recognized for his hard work in the managing of the forum during the absence of the Host and I would like to additionally recognize Logan for his tireless work in the loan closet (where we have received 7 different EL donations since the first of the year) and his dedication to help at the information desk.

Vicki and Gary Metz were recognized for their volunteering in all areas as well as WebWhispers. While there, showing her dedication to help, Vicki volunteered to be back up for me in responding with "thank you" letters for donations.

Another member that helped the entire time at the table was Jeff Vanden Hogen. With his computer, he was able to immediately check on line for membership information or even enroll someone. We had so much going on there that the IAL kindly allowed us to have two tables for stretching out more.

Their commitment enabled Pat and I to leave the table, when necessary, and tend to WebWhispers business that included preparing for the dinner arrangements. Thank you all.

We also ran a curiosity contest as to who had come the furthest to attend the dinner. Bill and Mary Rose from Perth Australia were the farthest. Mary summed it up best when she said if you were from Perth you were a long way from anywhere.

BROCHURES:

Since the first of the year we have mailed out 2,231 brochures. We also handed out about 1,000 at the information desk with many of them going to Voice Institute students and some SLPs taking extra for their patients

We are getting down to our last few (about 3,000) brochures and will be ordering some more in the coming months. Our last order was 50,000 in 2008. Pat, Len and I will be working on updating the existing brochure and making some possible changes to the content. If you have any suggestions please send them to Pat and/or I.

MEMBERSHIP:

Membership was again very good. In this 6 months, we had 126 Larys, 35 Caregivers, 30 professional and 2 vendors join. It’s particularly encouraging to see the continued growth in the professional side. To show how we are effecting them I heard one of the instructors at the VI tell her group that she goes to her e-mail every morning and reads the mail list as if it was her morning paper. With this kind of word getting out all I can foresee is continued growth and as we have discussed before the more the word gets out the more Larys will benefit.

DONATIONS:

Again I want to remind everyone that this charitable organization, like all others, survives off of your donations. We truly appreciate any donations that are made and want those making them to know that their donation is tax deductible.

Pat, Carla and Len have also set up a program that enables donations to be made through an auction site.

Community Selling through eBay - a way to share with WebWhispers, Inc.

eBay Giving Works makes it possible for us to harness an incredible fundraising potential. eBay sellers are encouraged to give a percentage of their proceeds to a nonprofit certified by MissionFish each and every time they list an item for sale. WebWhispers, Inc. is certified by MissionFish as an approved nonprofit for the eBay Giving Works program.

Participating sellers are rewarded for their generosity with special eBay Giving Works features that help them get more bids and higher sale prices. The nonprofit, WebWhispers receives recognition in the listing and benefits from the seller’s success.

MissionFish and eBay do the heavy lifting – they collect and distribute the donation, issue tax receipts and keep everyone informed along the way.

For more information on this go to our site at:
http://www.webwhispers.org/donations/MissionFish.asp

Respectfully Submitted
Ed Chapman

 



VP Website Info - January 1 - June 30, 2011 - Mike Rosenkranz

WW Library - Our Library at http://webwhispers.org/library/library.asp is a tremendous resource and one of our most valuable assets. We constantly add to the knowledge, hints and recipes within the library. Scroll down the left side of the page and read the different categories. Click on your subject of choice and start to read. You will be delighted at the detailed knowledge available to you. We recommend you create the habit of visiting the library at regular intervals to familiarize yourself with the topics within the various categories. You will then know exactly where to look to find the answers to future questions or to solve any future problems. Check out back issues of our newsletters. Use our search engine to locate information you cannot otherwise find.

WW Forum - http://forums.delphiforums.com/webwhispers/start The Forum is the WebWhispers socializing area where we meet each other in a relaxed friendly setting. It is increasingly the place where many members bring their questions and problems. We ask members to make a conscious effort to check into the Forum at least daily to participate in the Forum as they now do on the email list. New WW members tend to join the forum promptly due to their familiarity with message boards. Our Tuesday and Friday chats at 2 p.m. Eastern are a great way to meet and visit with your fellow larys. Popular open-ended threads on the message boards include the Word of the Day and Tip of the Day in the Hobbies and Interests folder, and The Lary Kitchen in the Living as a Lary folder. The latter, with over 200 easy-to-swallow recipes, is a must read for those with swallowing problems or just a love of good food.

Marlene Haynes and Michael Csapo are the newest members of the WW Forum management team. Marlene has been a valued contributor to the Forum with popular hints, word of the day and recipes. Marlene was rescued from the rubble of her home following the Joplin, MO tornado, and after a brief hiatus to salvage a few cherished possessions and find a new home in neighboring Webb City, she thankfully is once more regaling us with her daily posts. Michael has joined us to provide additional backup which helps to ensure we will always be able to keep the forum open and running smoothly.


Please email questions and comments about the Forum to forummgr@webwhispers.org

WW Loan Closet – http://webwhispers.org/services/loan-closet.asp

A large inventory of electrolarynges is available to WW members in need of a temporary replacement, and to new members who have yet to acquire one. Those with surplus items are asked to donate such items to the loan closet so they may be used to help members in need. Requests for loans or offers of donations should be emailed to loancloset@webwhispers.org

Our heartfelt thanks to our volunteers without whom our work would not be possible. These include Logan Grayson, Forum co-manager and loan closet custodian who was such a great help working the WW table at the IAL meeting, Vicki Metz, our Library chair, Marlene Haynes, Scott Sysum, Hank Luniewski and Pat Sanders, our inspiration and advisor.

Respectfully submitted,
Mike Rosenkranz
VP Website Information

 


 

VP Finance & Admin: January 1 – June 30, 2011 -- Carla Lynch

At the end of June 2011, we had $15,304.42 in our general fund and $10,618.93 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. In our Savings Account we have $19,528.09.

We had donations totaling $5,834.38. Basically, the monies received for the WebWhispers Banquet covered the cost of the banquet and not reflected in the donations or expenses mentioned here. We paid out $3,851.45 during the first half of 2011, which does not include the banquet cost.

Below are financial statements through the end of June 2011. These statements are prepared on the accrual basis, so bills that were incurred during the first half of 2011 are reflected in the expenses and shown as payables if not paid as of June 30, 2011.



We would like to thank Jim Lauder for getting us started with MissionFish. MissionFish allows eBay sellers to give proceeds from their sales to a favorite nonprofit. We got WebWhispers approved and can report that $42.80 of the donations included above were from proceeds of items sold on eBay with WebWhispers designated as the charity!

As the VP of Finance, I have been charged with finding a qualified backup for my position. If anyone out there has an accounting background and would like to volunteer as a backup to the Accounting Department, please send your qualifications to accounting@webwhispers.org . This is a volunteer position and the pay is gratitude from me and the Board!

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
This link takes you to PayPal where your donations are secure.

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: January 1 – June 30 2011 –Michael Csapo


Greetings once again to all our respected members who take the time and effort to read these reports. At the time of this reading, I hope you are all in good health and spirits and enjoying your lives to the best of your abilities.

EMAIL DISTRIBUTION LISTS:


As of this date, our Regular List has 453 active subscribers and 35 on the vacation list. Our Digest List consists of 888 active subscribers and 606 on the vacation List. Subscribers on combined email lists totals 1,982.


The most significant change would be the number of subscribers on the WebWhispers Digest Vacation List. Hundreds of email addresses were dropped from our active lists in December when these subscribers neglected to click on links contained in emails which were sent to them. The links contained in these emails, once clicked, would have clearly indicated to us (and the major ISP’s) that you had intent and desire to remain on our lists. Approximately 700 unique subscribers failed to comply with the requests to click on these links. They were all provided at least 4 or 5 opportunities to do so through emails sent directly from us and the company hosting our email distribution lists. In order to retain these subscribers as members, it was ultimately decided to place their email addresses on the vacation list rather than remove them from membership altogether. They were no longer reading emails sent from us and Emails which are not opened are looked upon as spam by the major ISPs. Because of this further clean ups of our lists may be imposed upon us in the future.


If you no longer wish to receive email from WebWhispers, yet wish to retain your membership, please consider subscribing to the vacation list, which is easy to do yourself by utilizing the link provided at the bottom of list emails sent to your email address or ask the list managers to assist you in doing so.


LIST MANAGERS:


Please consider offering a special note of appreciation and thanks to Sunny Bakken and Jeff Vanden Hogen for their continuing 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. listmgr@webwhispers.org


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 I are available as back-up moderators and ALL of us serve on the Moderator Advisory Committee. A special mention of appreciation should be offered to Ronald Mattoon and Tom Olsavicky. They have selflessly volunteered their time and services to WebWhispers and both are currently undergoing training as moderators. Any compliments, criticisms, suggestions or comments concerning the moderators may be addressed to: moderator@webwhispers.org

Wishing you all a fantastic summer!

~Michael Csapo - VP Internet Activities

 

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