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.

 

2013 reports

 


WebWhispers, Inc. 

2013

 

Semiannual Officers' Report to the Membership

July 1 - December 31, 2013

    

 

President's Report: July 1 - December 31, 2013 - Pat W Sanders

WHISPERS ON THE WEB, Our monthly newsletter -

We have a very good group who are sending in articles for their own columns and several others who are contributing monthly to our issues. We are so fortunate that this section of WebWhispers has a good number of volunteers. In addition our Speaking Out column has Jack Henslee, thankfully back from his cancer treatment, again coming up with subjects for his column. We can use opinions and experiences from many of you in this column every month. Stacy is doing a good job of getting WotW online for us each month. I am still doing the posting to get it ready. Kim Almond is doing a great job of getting articles from professionals and we have talked about linking VoicePoints columns to the appropriate places in the Library for newcomers, as well as regular members to access the older newsletters. Donna and I are happy to receive new fresh articles or photos from contributors to help complete each issue. editor@webwhispers.org

WEBSITE

We are still shorthanded on folks to do the basic posting. Ron Mattoon is coming back from some cataract surgery that had complications. So happy to hear that he is "seeing" again but for a while, it was scary for him (and all of us). Sunny Bakken is our VP Finance & Admin but also does web posting. Sunny has been going through lung cancer treatment and has finished both radiation and chemo. She is feeling much better but, for a while, this heavy duty treatment had slowed her way down. This fountain of energy was coming in and taking a nap to regain her strength (a program I heartily endorse.)


Website for 2013 had 337,552 page views but the figures look as though there are a few more "new" visitors than prior. We changed a few things to attract more of the actual people looking for a throat cancer site, so the figures may have less strays looking for a subject that we have covered in the Library, even though it is a side effect for us. The visits number 159,185 and these people averaged looking at 2 or more pages within the site. In the top 10 individual pages viewed for the year: tepprosthesis; electrolarynx, pegtube, aftercare-mucusproblems, stomacoversandpatterns, swallowing... Many of these pages have averaged 25-30 visitors a day, every day... yes, even Saturdays and Sundays. We do have a great website. Use it and learn!

CRUISES

http://webwhispers.org/activities/ww-cruises.asp is the index of all past cruises and the one planned next. WebWhispers & Friends sponsored one of the most interesting, relaxing, pleasant times I have had in a long time. We had the opportunity to really make friends and get to know each other. Our WW 2013 sponsored cruise in Oct 2013, 7 days out of Port Canaveral, FL on Freedom of the Seas was fun. I shared a cabin with Peggy, our cruise agent and because my cousin was going on this trip, we had originally set up 'next door' cabins. We, also, had a connecting door and with it being open, and Peggy being in charge of the cruise and me being the computer communicator, we ended up most of the time with our cruisers there and we had one new lady with us who invited us up to her mini suite..and she said, bring your wine bottle... which Peggy and I had sent to each stateroom. It was fun and we all bonded.

Next, August 15th, 2014... off to Alaska.. see details at http://webwhispers.org/activities/WW2014AlaskaCruisetour.asp Come join us for just the cruise or the entire cruise tour.

WW AT THE IAL

This year, the 2013 IAL MEETING AND VOICE INSTITUTE will be held in June in Buffalo, NY. We will be setting up our WW Awards Dinner and will have the information announced with details as soon as we have them. Ed is back working on this with us.. Last year, we greatly missed his full participation because he was in charge of hosting the IAL in Spokane. He was always in touch and is one of the hardest working men I know. These dinners are getting harder and more complicated to set up. Reading the rules for setting up the dinner is basically a lesson in futility. I cannot tell you how important signing up early will be and I will be more detailed about that when we announce the dinner schedule.

ELECTIONS & OFFICERS

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

The nominations deadline passed for our annual elections and there were no additional nominations for the open positions; therefore the nominees have been elected by acclamation to serve additional two year term of office.

Congratulations to all three of the nominees this year and all of our officers all have give so much of themselves and their time to WebWhispers! 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.

President - Pat W Sanders
Vice President - Internet Activities - Michael Csapo
Vice President - Member Services - Ed Chapman

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. If you can give only so much time, let me know and we will find something that only requires that amount. There is a much better life when working together with friends to help other friends.

SPECIAL REPORT ON MEMBERSHIP

What happens when new members come in? Their application is checked for the info we request and the list manager (Jeff Vanden Hogen to start) adds them to the email distribution list (which sends out an automatic Welcome letter), makes a record to go in the database and informs the other departments via an email of the new member. The Forum needs to know and Member Services for several functions such as the Loan Closet needs to know in case those services are needed. Sunny, does a writeup, including the comments from the app, for the New Members section on the Web, where the names and info will be put until the once a month chart is updated for the website. Michael works out any problems or questions from the new person and includes Sunny's chart in a once a month report of changes to membership that is sent to the list every weekend. He also tells us of those reported deceased and added to our Memorial page. The PASSWORD reminder is put in this weekly report in your mail every weekend... PLEASE look there first before sending us a note to ask us to tell you. You have the info on the passwords or where to find them in your email... EVERY WEEK.

In the Members area, once a month, Jeff sends a report to Stacy, our Web Gal, and she converts the report into the current member roster we have posted.. alphabetically for all members and by location for patient members... by Country/State/City. Any one of you can go there and look up to see what patient members are in your area.

Try reading this every week and see who comes in (usually 7 - 10 members) and do scroll down to see the password notices.

Pat Sanders

 

VP Member Services - July 1 – December 31, 2013 - Ed Chapman

In the last 6 months we sent out only 680 brochures and most of them went to the medical community. Although it’s good to see those requests, we would like to see more patient and caregiver members getting the word out so we can help and support more Laryngectomees. We would like to see all members take the brochures to their local clubs, ACS, SLP, ENT, clinics, hospitals, etc. whenever they visit making sure the professionals in your area always have some on hand. We did hand out many from the WebWhispers table at the IAL with members coming by to pick up a handful to take back home. Our vendors are supportive in including a brochure in with their mailouts and take them to meetings.

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 (we don't know if you need 10 just to carry with you or 100 for a meeting/program you are doing) 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. According to my notices, we had 141 Larys, 30 Caregivers, 14 professional (which includes SLP and other medical field professionals), 3 vendors and 2 fow (friends of webwhispers) join.

I’m happy to announce that Roger and Carol Johnson have agreed to operate the loan closet . Thank you Roger and Carol for volunteering. We had many donations from individuals to use for our loan closet and generous donations came from Roseanne George Burr, long time supplier of electrolarynx supplies, who has retired, closed her business but, happily, will remain a WW member.

The IAL voice institute and general meeting will be held in Buffalo, New York, this year, the week of June 24/25 to 29. It’s going to be held at the Adams Mark Hotel. Keep you eyes open for further updates and times. The IAL site has some information posted about the annual meeting and the voice Institute.

We will be starting to set up committees for plans for the activities at the IAL Conference, Voice Institute and Webwhispers Awards Banquet along with our always busy WW Table. 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 survives off of your individual donations. We truly appreciate any that are made and want those making the donation to know that it is tax deductible. We have a program to notify all donors by e-mail, or snail mail, of our receipt of their donation, no matter how small or large, in a timely matter. To make donations got to: http://www.webwhispers.org/donations/donations.asp and Pay-Pal is available there or checks, payable to WebWhispers, may be sent to:
WebWhispers, Inc.
PO Box 453
Gold Hill, OR 97525

Respectfully Submitted
Ed Chapman

VP Internet Activities: July 1 – December 31 2013 – Michael Csapo

EMAIL DISTRIBUTION LISTS:
As of the end of the year, our regular list has 325 active subscribers Our digest list consists of 1,424 active email subscriptions and 1,148 email addresses are on the Notices list. Total count of email subscriptions on all lists equals 2,897. Actual member numbers would be greater due to shared email accounts. Our Database has us listed at 3,191, broken down this way:

CGR 560
FOW 10
MED 43
PAT 2159
VEN 58
SLP 361

Any readers no longer wishing to receive daily email from WebWhispers, yet wishing to retain membership, please subscribe to the Notices list where we will then be able to reach you once (possibly twice) a month Ask the list managers to assist you: listmgr@webwhispers.org

LIST MANAGERS:
A special note of appreciation and thanks once again to Sunny Bakken, who has just returned to regular service from having lung cancer and to Jeff Vanden Hogen for their role in maintaining 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:
As of the year end, Harry Jensby of Athens, Georgia has taken a leave for a few months until he gets some personal business taken care of. We are sorry to say that we lost Ray Clarke of Howick, Quebec, Canada, to a recurrence of cancer. We didn't have him with us long but he was such a pleasure to work with and we miss him.

End of year Email Distribution List Moderators include:
Tom Olsavicky - Chief Moderator
Maureen Mark – Moderator
Harry Jensby – Moderator
Ron Mattoon – Moderator
Michael Csapo – Back-Up Moderator
Carl Strand – Back-Up Moderator
Pat Sanders – Back-up Moderator
Jeffrey Vanden Hogen – Back-Up Moderator
In addition, all of the above serve on the Moderator Advisory Committee. Any compliments, criticisms, suggestions or comments concerning the moderators may be addressed to: moderator@webwhispers.org

I would like to take this opportunity and extend a warm hearted welcome to all new members who are reading these reports for the very 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.
Wishing you all continued health in 2014!

~Michael Csapo - VP Internet Activities

 

VP Website Info – July 1 – December 31, 2013 - Mike Rosenkranz

 

WW LIBRARY:


THE WW Library has the finest, largest and most comprehensive information on how to live following a laryngectomy. You need go no further than these pages to learn the best way to adapt to your new lifestyle and to live a full life as a member of the hole-in-the-neck club. Volunteers have spent countless hours over many years compiling and categorizing this vast abundance of knowledge. All you have to do to learn from their efforts is to allocate time in your daily schedule to absorb all that information. Create the habit of visiting and reading daily.

The library is very well organized, and broken down by category which makes it a simple matter to find the information you need. To access the library, simply go to http://webwhispers.org/library/library.asp scroll down the left side of the page and click on the subject of your choice. One of the many popular subjects is the one on
FOOD – NUTRITION – RECIPES Click on this and you will find:
Books and Articles
Drinks and Liquid Foods
Soups
Soft Foods
Crock-Pot Comments/Recipes
Tasty Favorites
Lary Kitchen
Salads
Desserts
Eating Problems
Hints and Links

There are many other subjects, all with sub-categories as above, but if you don’t find what you want, scroll to the bottom of the left hand list to the Search Engine.
The WW Search is pre-set to search our website, but is easily changed to search the World Wide Web.


We are our own best advocates. When you undergo a procedure, never let them proceed until you have personally talked to the anesthesiologist and are convinced he knows you are a neck-breather. When it comes to breathing, our noses are just an ornament. Oxygen introduced to the nose does nothing to help us breathe. We have all seen medical professionals who do not recognize a total neck-breather; we’ve all seen the tragic results. Educate yourself to be your own best advocate. The WW Library is the place to learn what you must know. Educate yourself today. You will reap the reward tomorrow, with the knowledge you need to be your own best advocate.


Ron Mattoon, our Library Chair, has created and added slide-show pictures to all of the past WW cruises. Click on http://webwhispers.org/activities/ww-cruises.asp Registration is now open for another cruise. If interested, a minimum deposit is required by late-February. Ron has worked on several other sections to rearrange and add information and photos. Unfortunately, Ron had to limit his website efforts lately, and we do have a need for volunteers to step forward and help out. Pat has been adding hints from the mail-list to various sections in the library, updating as she goes. We need more volunteers to contribute library items, and to gather hints from the mail-list. We need more volunteers to do the vital work of keeping our library updated, and we need more volunteers with basic computer skills to join us in this effort. VOLUNTEERS is the key to the survival and growth of our library. Please volunteer your services. You can work at your own pace, and very often on the very subjects that interest you the most. To volunteer, please write to us at library@webwhispers.org

WW FORUM:

http://forums.delphiforums.com/webwhispers/start to log into or join the WW Forum. Those joining will be asked to choose their own Forum ID and password. Save that information to your computer and it will remember for you. After sending your application, you will be asked to submit a registration code. Please use your full name when requesting the code. We will confirm your WW membership, and email the registration code which you will use only for your initial forum visit.


During this past year, we had 182 requests for the registration code, as many more new WW members immediately became active in the forum. We also noted that many long-time WW members who had never become forum members were now belatedly joining the forum and becoming active participants.


Some recent subjects for threads in the Forum, other than rehabilitation discussion, have been Household Tips, Word of the Day, Quote of the day, Life’s Lessons, Book Lovers’ Recommendations, and a series of delightful cartoons. Other subjects have been All About Cats, Computer and Internet Tips, and plenty of humor and jokes. These are samples of the many subjects covered by the daily posts. Many new WW members choose to post in the Forum before posting to the mail-list. They are accustomed to message boards posting and are quite comfortable with the informal setting of the forum. We invite you to join us, and make a visit to the WW Forum a daily habit.


The WW Forum is our socializing area. Think of it as an informal clubhouse where you can sit back, kick off your shoes, and get to know everyone as you make new friends in a relaxed, friendly setting. Our message boards are always busy. Get to know us by reading the messages that are already there. Join any discussion by clicking REPLY at the bottom of the message, Do you have a question/problem? Start a new discussion by clicking NEW in one of our sixteen folders. After you post your new message, you will receive multiple replies, The WW Forum is our haven from that busy outside world. You are welcome to enjoy it 24/7. Read some news you never thought you needed, get a good laugh, and find a recipe for a tasty treat that easily slides down your throat..

LARY PRODUCTS & SUPPLIERS:  In 2013, we had three Blom-Singer EL1000 electro-larynx Giveaway. All members had to do was, come to the Forum, click “Reply” at the bottom of the Giveaway Announcement and enter your full name and email address. There will be more during 2014 starting with one in January.


SPECIALS & DISCOUNTS: Check for the newest discount offers on the lary products we all use. Our vendors will be posting many specials throughout 2014. These discounts and giveaways are available only through the WW Forum. You must be a forum member to participate.

We all prefer to visit the Forum at our own convenience, and our message boards are ideal for that purpose. Log in at a time convenient for you, read the messages that were posted since your last visit, join any discussion by clicking REPLY at the bottom of the message, and add your comment. Start a new discussion by clicking NEW in one of our sixteen folders. Some members log in, read the messages and then log out, leaving nothing behind for anyone to read. It is more satisfying to post and get a response and realize you are contributing, because you are not the only one profiting from the developing dialogue. Leave your “footprints in the sand” by making a comment on one of the messages or starting a new discussion of your own.

Forum managers Logan Grayson, Marlene Haynes, Frank Klett and Mike R are ready to assist you as needed. Send your questions, comments and suggestions to forummgr@webwhispers.org and your message will be acted on promptly.

Respectfully submitted,
Mike Rosenkranz, VP Website Information

 

VP Finance & Administration – July 1 – December 31, 2013 - Sunny Bakken

 

Another year has gone by in record time. I was fortunate to go to the IAL Convention in Spokane this past June. I “work” with so many wonderful people, that it was such a pleasure to meet and get to know the other volunteers!


Your member donations have been fantastic. Your donations are what keep WebWhispers a great web site, an opportunity to ask questions, get much needed answers.


Our membership is the best with your generosity – Thank You!

WebWhispers as of December 31, 2013, the following bank balances were:

Wells Fargo Checking -                                             $10,848.68
Wells Fargo Savings -  available funds                         $30,087.44

Also in the savings account are these "specified use" accounts:
Dutch Helms Emergency Fund -

$10,696.55 plus Interest Earned - $12.61      Balance - $10,709.16
Buck Martin Bequest -                                Balance  - $ 9,250.00

Income:
Donations - $ 8,257.43

Expenses:
Host/Internet Tools $99.95
ISP $600.00
Phone Usage $750.00
Data Usage $180.00
Office Supplies $53.56
Shipping & Handling $179.62
Forum fees $39.50
Computer Modem $50.00
Promotional Item
40 Baseball Caps $217.80
Web Posting $705.00
PayPal & Bank Charges $132.62
Business Entity $5.00

Donations may be made on-line using Visa, MasterCard or Discover thru PayPal:
http://www.webwhispers.org/donations/online-donations.asp

Checks should be made payable to WebWhispers and mailed to:
WebWhispers, Inc.
P.O. Box 453
Gold Hill, OR 97525


We would like to thank the members and the supporters of WebWhispers for their generous donations and support. These donations help to keep us financially strong.

Aloha and Thank You,
Sunny Bakken
VP Finance and Administration

 

 

Semiannual Officers' Report to the Membership
January 1 - June 30, 2013

 


President's Report: January 1 - June 30, 2013 - Pat W Sanders

WHISPERS ON THE WEB & WEBSITE

Stacy Spangler has settled in with us and gets our Whispers on the Web online for us each month. She adds the photos so we have been able to have more of those. She is also getting our monthly roster updates and is available for other items as needed on the website. We have always paid for our Website host site and our Mail Lists to be managed for us. Now we are paying for some of the website work. It may mean we need to occasionally remind you that your donations are support for what we have and can do for you. Remember that everyone else, officers and workers in every area volunteer their time and often spend money from their own pockets that, many times, are never claimed on expenses.

Donna McGary and I are still editors of Whispers on the Web, and monthly contributors are: Len Lyons, Jack Henslee's Speaking Out. (We thank everyone else adding to our knowledge by sending in entries for Speaking Out and articles for other columns.)Our new column on Computers, by Frank Klett, is a great addition We have the monthly professional column, VoicePoints, which has been coordinated by Jodi Knott from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and, as Jodi is leaving us to become the Voice Institute Director for the IAL, she has brought us another very knowledgeable SLP, Kim Almand to be our coordinator. We thank Jodi for two years of her time spent with us and the excellent job she has done. We welcome Kim and look forward to working with her.

Our Library, has started to get some regular workers and we want to develop that so we continue with the work of updating sections and adding new information. Ron Mattoon is doing great and you can read more about the Library in Mike R's report.

Sunny Bakken does the regular web posting of membership changes, donations, etc., and I work on adding new information. Stacy is available for special projects.

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

We do not have a separate database manager and the duties are split mostly between the List Managers with Jeff Vanden Hogen doing all of the new member record entries. We did bring back Jeanne Graden, who helped us set it up some years ago. One of the items we needed to do was clean out members whose email addresses did not work. Jeanne helped with that and changed our marking codes for each member to reflect a more accurate type of members.

At end of June, 2013, we have a total of over 3100 members, even after cleaning out. Some, regarded as inactive for long periods of time,have been dropped from our rolls. More detail under Michael C's section. 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. Please check out Ron Mattoon's new slide shows made from pictures of each of our cruises Our 15 day cruise from San Diego, through the Panama Canal to Fort Lauderdale, FL was a success and many thought it was one of the best we ever had! See the pictures!

We have another cruise set for Oct 6th-13th out of Port Canaveral, FL to the Eastern Caribbean and we are still open for reservations, but have to check for pricing at this point. We are working now on the 2014 and 2015, one of which will likely be Alaska.

ELECTIONS & OFFICERS

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

On news of our officers, Sunny Bakken is doing a great job as VP Finance & Admin. Terry Duga has been recovering wonderfully well from the stroke he had a few years ago. He is now back at work as an attorney at the State of Indiana but is not doing much traveling yet. He has signed on for the cruise in October and is really looking forward to the first time out in a long time. He is now acting as an advisor for us and it is really nice to have him back. Mike R had a fall while in Spokane but is recovering well. You should have seen him driving the scooter he ended up using there! We didn't see as much of Ed C as we would have liked in Spokane because, as local host, he moved so fast, we saw him as a blur! I have never seen any convention run better than this one. Congrats, Ed. The rest of us could not be doing as much if it were not for Michael C minding the store. He is wonderful with all of the work he does of his own, now spread across several departments.

WW AT THE IAL

This year, 2013, the IAL MEETING AND VOICE INSTITUTE was held in June in Spokane, WA. The reception for the WW Dinner, hosted by Richard Najarian of Bruce Med was wonderful, as always. Our dinner attendance was 108, and we had a great Speaker, Dr. Brian Mitchell from the Spokane area. Ed Chapman and his group, plus other clubs in the area, were hosts to the IAL and it was well done. Ed did a superb job of setting this up for the IAL and if we admired him, before, double it now! Ed also set up a special meeting prior to the IAL of EM people from the area. It was well attended and well done and the attendees were pleased.

Our WW Table ended up being a nice area and all volunteers worked a long schedule but it was fun. Mike Rosenkranz, Logan Grayson and Marlene Haynes were there. Sunny took charge of the cash and receipt book, Jeff VH had his computer, Donna McGary, Ron Mattoon, Harry Jensby were all there and working. We had more volunteers when the wives of some of the workers came over also. We had enough workers that I was able to get away and go talk to some of the vendors. Mike R and I met with some people about new programs for the Forum.

All of our volunteers are wonderful hard working people and I can't describe what a pleasure it is to have these people in my life. Met a lot of new people including a number of new WW members. It was great fun!

Pat W Sanders, President

 

VP Member Services: January 1 - June 30, 2013 - Ed Chapman

Another 6 months has passed. We started this year with a cruise through the Panama Canal. Speaking for myself, it was a truly an enjoyable trip. I think one of the best we have taken.

When I returned home, I not only had the VP chores to catch up on but had to get the finishing tasks done for the IAL to meet in Spokane. My club was one of the host clubs. Needless to say, I was very busy. Thanks to the tremendous cooperation of the volunteers for Webwhispers, that picked up my slack, the jobs got done here and I feel the Spokane meeting in June went off well.

WebWhispers was assigned a spot to set up next to the vendors and we had great volunteers there to talk to others and answer questions about WebWhispers, our dinner, trips, website and services we offer. A big thank you to those that attended Spokane and sat at the table and helped with the banquet. In particular Pat for taking over most of my chores in addition to what she normally has to do. WW also sponsored two tours of our beautiful area before the official start of the meeting and they were well attended.

Next year on to Buffalo. Hope to see you there.

In the last 6 months we sent out 1245 brochures. This is a 168 less than the second 6 months of 2012 but still a good number. We also handed out many extras to the people who came to the WW Table at the IAL for distribution to their home clubs and clinics. 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 was very good this first half. We had 126 Larys, 32 Caregivers, 23 professional (which includes SLP and other medical professionals) and 1 vendor join.

When we had the cruise in January we had three people in our group that weren’t larys and had no connection with larys. They were interested in joining and helping the cause. Pat and the BOD got together and started a new category for those that are interested in helping support laryngectomees, called “Friends of Webwhispers”. We now have 8 people listed under that category and they have requested and given out 150 of our brochures.

Again I want to remind all that this charitable organization like all others survives off of what you give. We truly appreciate any donations that are made and want everyone to know that their donation is tax deductible. We have set up a program that is attempting to notify all donors, in a timely manner, either by e-mail or snail mail, of our receipt of their donation, no matter how small or large. To make a donation, go to: http://www.webwhispers.org/donations/donations.asp, where you may choose to send via credit card (using PayPal) or by sending a check.

Respectfully Submitted
Ed Chapman

VP Internet Activities: January 1 - June 30, 2013 - Michael Csapo


EMAIL DISTRIBUTION LISTS:

As of this date, our Regular List has 348 active subscribers and 38 on the vacation list. Our Daily Whispers List consists of 1,290 active subscribers and 547 on the vacation List. Total count of subscribers on these lists totals 2,223. Actual member numbers would be considerably greater due to shared email accounts.

We now have another list, announcements and notices only. It’s called Friends of WebWhispers (FOW). Presently, this list consists of 562 subscribers. Please refer to “Projects” below for additional information.

In recent months we have made changes to our Daily Whispers List. It now arrives in subscriber’s mailboxes twice daily, in a format which is pleasing to the eye and offers features not available on previous version(s). This enhanced version of the Digest List appears to be well accepted by an overwhelming majority of subscribers.

PROJECTS:

Currently in development is an announcement list for “Friend of WebWhispers” (FOW) which will allow us to keep friends and others up to date with events and activities related to our organization. Recently, we moved about 900 subscribers who were no longer active on our other lists, over to this list so that we could maintain some type of communication with them. I removed over 300 of these subscribers, most which we have lost contact with six or seven years ago. A few others expressed that they no longer had an interest in associating with us and were also removed. Some requested to be back on an active list.

Consideration is presently being given to moving nearly another 600 subscribers, currently on vacation list (most for many years) over to this list so that we might re-establish some mode of communication with them too. Jeanne Graden, who works on/in our database, deserves recognition and a big thanks along with Pat Sanders for updating records and running comparison charts which assist greatly in cleaning up our lists.

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:

The following are those who gracefully serve on our staff of moderators:

Tom Olsavicky - Chief Moderator
Ray Clarke – Moderator
Harry Jensby – Moderator
Ron Mattoon – Moderator
Michael Csapo – Moderator
Carl Strand – Back-Up Moderator
Pat Sanders – Back-up Moderator
Jeffrey Vanden Hogen – Back-Up Moderator

In addition, all of the above serve on the Moderator Advisory Committee. Any compliments, criticisms, suggestions or comments concerning the moderators may be addressed to: moderator@webwhispers.org

In signing off, I will express that it has been a blessing for me to once again serve as your VP Internet Activities during the past six months. May God bless each and every one of you for the remainder of 2013 and I will look forward to providing my next report in January. Now, it’s time to go fishing! <”{{{><

Sincerely,
~Michael Csapo - VP Internet Activities

VP Website Info – January 1 – June 30, 2013 - Mike Rosenkranz

WW Library – http://webwhispers.org/library/library.asp
Our library has the finest and most comprehensive compendium of knowledge available to those seeking information on how to live following a laryngectomy. We have written that in our last two reports, and will probably write it in our next report. This library is the best place to learn how to live a full life as a member of the hole-in-the-neck gang. Our volunteers have spent countless hours compiling and categorizing an abundance of library knowledge over all these years to enable you to do that.

The library is very well organized, and broken down by category which makes it a simple matter to find the information you need. To access the library, simply go to http://webwhispers.org/library/library.asp Scroll down the left side of the page and click on the subject of your choice. One of the most popular subjects is the one on Stoma Care. Click on stoma care and you will find
Stoma Care - Basics,
Stoma Care - Do's & Don'ts,
Stoma Care - Equipment,
HME (Heat/Moisture Exchange),
Stoma Covers and Patterns,
After Care
Mucus Problems.
There are many other subjects, all with sub-categories as in Stoma Care, but if you don’t find what you want, scroll to the bottom of the left hand list to the WW Google search engine.

The WW Search is pre-set to search our website, but can be changed to search the World Wide Web. Remember, we are our own best advocates. When I go for a procedure, I never let them take my Servox until I have personally talked to the anesthesiologist and know that he is fully aware that I am a neck breather. Why? I’ve had that oxygen shoved up my non-functioning nose one too many times. We have all seen too many medical professionals who just do not recognize a total neck breather when they see one, and we’ve seen some of the tragic results. To be our own best advocate, we must educate ourselves. The WW Library is the place to learn what we must know to continue to be our own best advocate. Make a visit to the library a daily habit. Educate yourself today. You will reap the reward tomorrow, with the knowledge you need to be your own best advocate.

Ron Mattoon, our Library Chair, has created and added slide show pictures to all of the past WW cruises. They may be found on the Cruise Index Page at http://webwhispers.org/activities/ww-cruises.asp Ron has worked on several other sections to rearrange and add information and photos. Pat has been increasing the WW member participation by adding hints from the list to the various spots, and updating as we go. We need more volunteers to do the vital work of contributing library items. We need more volunteers to do the vital work of gathering hints from the list. We need more volunteers to do the vital work of keeping our library updated, and we need more volunteers with basic computer skills to join us in this effort. The key word to the survival of our library is VOLUNTEERS. Please volunteer your services. You can work at your own pace, and very often on the very subjects that interest you the most. To volunteer, please write to us at library@webwhispers.org

WW Loan Closet – http://webwhispers.org/services/loan-closet.asp
We offer loans of an electro-larynx (EL) to all WW members who reside in the US. These loans are for those members in need of a temporary replacement while their own unit is in for repair. Loans are also available to members who are new larys and have yet to acquire an EL of their own. These loans are for a maximum of 90 days, although extensions are available if circumstances warrant it. The only cost to the member is for postage and insurance to ship the unit back to the Loan Closet Custodian.

We have an assorted inventory of electro-larynges. We suggest that those new to our lary world, check with their SLPs to see which unit they would prefer you borrow. Whenever possible, we will furnish the preferred unit. We lend the unit to the new laryngectomee rather than to the SLP. That way, the one who needs the unit becomes the one responsible for its safe return. We find most SLPs enthusiastically help the new patient work out a WebWhispers membership, so the patient can get a loaner from us. These patients are now active members, educated in rehabilitation and helping others. We always encourage them to ask questions, join the forum and learn from each other, as well as from their medical professionals.

We are fortunate to have Logan Grayson as our Loan Closet Custodian. He does a masterful job of servicing and maintaining our inventory. A unit is on its way almost as soon as it is requested. We request all those with surplus devices, ELs or Amplifiers to donate such items to the loan closet, so they may be used to help members in need. Send all loan requests or offers to donate to loancloset@webwhispers.org

WW Forum – http://forums.delphiforums.com/webwhispers/start
Click to either join the Forum or to log into the Forum if you are already a WW Forum member. If you are just joining the Forum, you will be asked to pick your own Forum name and password. Save that information in your computer and you will never have to enter it again, and you will never forget them. After completing your initial application, you will be asked for a registration code. Our Forum managers will verify your WW membership and email the registration code to use only on your initial forum visit.

The WW Forum is our socializing area. Think of it as an informal clubhouse where you can sit back, kick off your shoes, and get to know everyone as you make new friends in a relaxed, friendly setting. Our message boards are always busy. Get to know us by reading the messages that are already there. Join any discussion by clicking REPLY at the bottom of the message, Have a question or problem? Start a new discussion by clicking NEW in one of our sixteen folders, and post your question or comment. You will receive an email notification when someone responds to your post. The Forum is our haven from that busy outside world. You are welcome to enjoy it on a daily basis. If you want to read some news you never thought you needed, learn about some of Life’s Lessons, get a good laugh, find a new word you never knew existed, or find a recipe for a tasty treat that slides down your throat easily, then the WW Forum is definitely the place for you.

Some of the popular subjects during these past six months have been Scott’s easy swallowing recipes, Marlene’s household tips, word of the day and quote of the day, Mike R’s life’s lessons and all about cats, Mike C’s jokes and humor, and Frank’s computer and internet tips. This is only a sampling of the many subjects covered by the daily posts. If you are not one of the many who visit the Forum on a daily basis, come on in and create a new habit. You will be glad you did.

The LARY PRODUCTS AND SUPPLIERS folder is where our vendors post the latest specials on those products that we all use on a daily basis. Well over one hundred of our members signed into the vendors’ folder to register for the first recently completed giveaway of a Blom-Singer EL 1000 electro-larynx. Another registration will start for the second EL 1000 giveaway just about the time this report is published. Be sure you register for this second giveaway. Follow the directions in the upcoming announcement. Our vendors will be posting many specials in the days to come. These specials, and the giveaways mentioned previously, are available only to forum members and will be offered only through the forum. Be sure you check the vendors’ folder regularly to keep updated on the latest in lary products and vendors’ specials.

We have discontinued the scheduled chats in the WW Chat Room. The chat room is still available 24/7 for those who wish to arrange their own chat by contacting their friends and setting a time to meet them there.

We found that most members prefer to visit the Forum at their own convenience, and our message boards are ideal for that purpose. Log in at a time convenient for you, read the messages that were posted since your last visit, join any discussion by clicking REPLY at the bottom of the message, and add your comment. Start a new discussion by clicking NEW in one of our sixteen folders. Some members log in, read the messages and then log out, leaving nothing behind for anyone to read. We suggest to those members to “leave your footprints in the sand” by making a comment on one of the messages or starting a new discussion of your own. The written words you leave behind when you visit the Forum are much like the footprints you leave in the sand when you visit the beach. Let us know you were here by the words you leave behind.

We have four Forum managers always ready to assist you as needed. The newest addition to the Forum managers is Frank Klett, our Cyber Advisor. He joins Logan Grayson, Marlene Haynes and Mike R, your Forum co-managers, backed up by Michael Csapo and Pat Sanders. When you need some help or want to make a suggestion or comment, we are all just an email away. Send your questions or comments to forummgr@webwhispers.org That way, no matter who is on duty, your message will be received and acted on promptly.

Respectfully submitted,
Mike Rosenkranz, VP Website Information

 

VP Finance & Admin: January 1 - June 30, 2013 - Sunny Bakken

The past six months have flown by in a flash. Now on the second half of the year and I wonder where the time went! Thank you for keeping me busy with your donations and support.

WebWhispers as of June 30, 2013, the following bank balances were:

Wells Fargo Checking -                                                   $ 6,348.26

Wells Fargo Savings -                                                     $50,024.99

Included in savings are these special accounts:

Dutch Helms Emergency Fund - $10,680.47

Interest earned - +16.08

Balance - $10,696.55

Buck Martin Bequest - $10,000.00

Grants issued - 2013 -750.00

Balance - $ 9,250.00

 

Income:

Donations $ 4,677.25

Grants $ 1,800.00

WW Dinner $ 3,990.00

Total $10,467.25

 

Expenses:

Web Site Maintenance $ 625.78

ISP Charges $ 720.00

Phone Charges $ 450.00

Data Usage $ 180.00

IAL Expense $ 180.00

Forum Fees $ 89.00

Web Posting $ 562.50

Postage/Mailing $ 204.98

Office Supplies/Virus

Protection/Computer $ 2,270.55

WW IAL Expenses $ 214.90

WW Table @ IAL $ 750.00

Lauder Grants $ 1,300.00

ATOS Eric Dolinger

Awards $ 500.00

Buck Martin Grant $ 750.00

PayPal & Bank Charges $ 106.99

WW Dinner @ IAL $ 3,131.66

 

Donations may be made on-line using Visa, MasterCard or Discover thru PayPal:

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

Checks should be made payable to WebWhispers and mailed to:

WebWhispers, Inc.

P.O. Box 453

Gold Hill, OR 97525

We would like to thank the members and the supporters of WebWhispers for their generous donations and support. These donations help to keep us financially strong.

Aloha and Thank You,

Sunny Bakken

VP Finance and Administration

 

 

 

 

 

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