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.

 

2014 reports

 


WebWhispers, Inc. 

2014

 

Semiannual Officers' Report to the Membership

July 1 - December 31, 2014

    

President's Report: July 1 - December 31, 2014 - Pat W Sanders

These are brief reports on what has been going on in many of our departments.
WHISPERS ON THE WEB, Our monthly newsletter -
Still going strong although it takes constant reminders to our membership that it is online to get up to a good number of readers. We have a dependable number of excellent writers and our Speaking Out column is always drawing new ones and fun things to read. Frank is still giving new computer advice, and the rest of us have our own specialties! If you come up with an article, send it or write to us at editor@webwhispers.org

WEBSITE
Sunny Bakken had been going through lung cancer treatment but it never got under control and we lost her in November. A devastating loss for our WW work but even more so personally for a number of us. She was a good friend and a long time volunteer with WW.

Website for the last 6 months of 2014 had 131,759 page views but in the top 10 individual pages viewed for the year: hypothyroidism, tepprosthesis; texttospeechapps, Suppliers, electrolarynx, pegtube, neckandshoulder dysfunction, postlaryngectomy, stomacoversandpatterns, swallowing... We hope you will use the website and library to learn!

CRUISES
On August 15th, 2014, we were off to Alaska for some of the best scenery in the world! For information and pictures of Alaska and other past cruises, please check out the index of cruises on the main page at http://webwhispers.org/activities/ww-cruises.asp

We are now making reservations for 2015. WebWhispers & Friends is sponsoring a 10 Night New England to Quebec Cruise on the magnificent Serenade of The Seas, sailing Sep 15th. For more information: http://webwhispers.org/activities/2015Canada-Quebec.asp

WW AT THE IAL
This year, the 2014 IAL MEETING AND VOICE INSTITUTE will be held in June in Baltimore, MD. We will be setting up our WW Awards Dinner and will have the information announced with details as soon as we have them. 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 two year terms 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.

Michael Csapo has been off for recuperation from hip surgery and we appointed Jeff Vanden Hogen as VP Internet Activities. He was doing a great job already on the BOD and acted as List Manager. As Michael comes back, he will be returning to a different position of VP Member Services, a very important job but one with a bit less pressure. He is still advising in other capacities. We have Tom Whitworth, who is an accountant, to set up the books, picking up on the last 6 months of Sunny’s position for this report. We still have Mike Rosenkranz, Terry Duga and me.
Vice President - Internet Activities - Jeff Vanden Hogen
Vice President - Member Services - Michael Csapo
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 ACS
Herb Simon,who has been acting as our representative for calls directed to him from ACS sent this report on what is happening in that department:
"On rare occasion a month may pass without an incoming call, but there are usually anywhere from 1 to 5 calls per month. Many of the callers do not use the Internet. Some of the callers are laryngectomees, some are caregivers and some are SLPs who work in Rehab facilities and have little experience with laryngectomees. Many of the callers need to know where they can borrow an EL and most are not aware of local support groups in their area. I help them in anyway I can and I know that over the years many have become WW members. I never request that they mention my name, if they decide to join. This service has been very helpful to many in need over the years and should continue to be included as one of the many ways that WW helps laryngectomees.” Thanks, Herb, for being there for those who need knowledgeable answers to questions.

DATABASE
Our database, charts located under members only section.
The numbers for types of members and the letter in front indicates the activity we have…
W - meaning the WebWhispers Email Lists
N  - is our Notices Lists, receiving an occasional notice
I    - is Inactive (usually due to having accidentally marked us as spam)

Account Name: I-CRG (6 records)

Account Name: N-CRG (254 records)

Account Name: W-CRG (292 records)
Account Name: N-FOW (14 records)

Account Name: W-FOW (1 record)
Account Name: N-MED (22 records)

Account Name: W-MED (23 records)
Account Name: I-PAT (20 records)

Account Name: N-PAT (691 records)

Account Name: W-PAT (1,530 records)
Account Name: N-VEN (16 records)

Account Name: W-VEN (43 records)
Account Name: N-SLP (189 records)

Account Name: W-SLP (183 records)
Grand Totals (3,284 records)

Thank you for telling people about us, helping others through correspondence in our pages and the contributions toward out costs.

Pat W Sanders, President

 

VP Internet Activities: July 1 – December 31, 2014 – Jeff Vanden Hogen

EMAIL DISTRIBUTION LISTS:
On our Regular list we have 299 active subscribers and 6 on the vacation list. Our Digest list consists of 1,598 active subscribers and 20 on the vacation List. Total count of subscribers on these lists which we often refer to as “The Daily Whispers” totals 1,923 unique email addresses. As usual the numbers would be considerably greater due to numerous shared email accounts.

Our Daily Whispers digest list still arrives in subscribers mailboxes twice daily on a typical day, whenever there is activity to trigger its release. If there is no activity, then no email will be generated and/or distributed until activity is resumed.

Our announcement or “Notices List” currently has 1,220 subscribed enrolled in it. This list is for those who wish to be WebWhispers Members yet do not wish to actively participate on our Daily Whispers List. The “Notices List” sends subscribers an announcement once or twice a month.

During the period of time from July 1 through December 31, 2014, there were a total of 700 messages distributed on our “Daily Whispers” list which would average to be just under four messages a day.

PROJECTS:
July and August I spent learning the List Management in preparation to fill in for Michael Csapo while he has his hip replacement surgery. I would like to thank Michael for his expertise and patience in training me. With the November 1 resignation Ed Chapman as VP-Member Services and Michael Csapo accepting the remainder of Ed’s term, I would also like to thank the Board of Directors for offering me the remainder of Michael’s term as VP-Internet Activities. I hope I can keep the same expertise as Michael has shown as I am still learning something new each day.

LIST MANAGERS:
With the passing of Sunny Bakken and Michael Csapo moving to VP-Member Services (if I need anything Michael is right there to help) I am doing most of the list manager’s duties with a big help from Pat. We also have to thank Tom Olsavicky and Scott Sysum who receive List Manager Emails and are following along. Pat and I plan for Scott in the database as soon as he learns how we operate day to day and we can find the time for the training.

MODERATORS:
We presently have nine moderators, who are receiving messages. I would like to thank Tom Olsavicky our Chief Moderator for his work in training new Moderators and setting up the monthly Moderating Schedules, and keeping our moderated List running smoothly.

All 9 moderators serve on the Moderator Advisory Committee. Any compliments, criticisms, suggestions or comments concerning the moderators may be addressed to moderator@webwhispers.org

This is my first semi-annual report as VP Internet Activities and I am truly blessed to be able to serve as your VP Internet Activities the last six months. I am looking forward to the next six months to serve you. Have a blessed 2015 and I hope to see you all at the IAL in Baltimore, MD, this June.

Sincerely,
Jeff Vanden Hogen – VP Internet Activities

 

Outgoing VP Internet Activities: July 1 – December 31 2014 – Michael Csapo

Due to extenuating circumstances, my final report for 2014 will be brief due to circumstances which have had great impact on my ability to maintain my delegated tasks where WebWhispers is concerned. Some of you may already be aware that in recent years my physical health and well being suffered greatly due to a debilitating hip condition. In springtime the condition became unbearable and for the most part rendered me useless physically. It became so bad that I was unable to walk anymore without the use of mobility aids and I eventually ended up using a wheelchair. In August, I underwent a total hip replacement which is gradually putting my life back on track. I still have a long difficult rehab ahead but I have been blessed with an awesome surgeon and, by God’s grace, I am healing and in a much better place today than yesterday. I also anticipate further improvement on the road up ahead.
Not having known if I would survive the surgery, I used most of the month of July to bring our List Manager “Jeff Vanden Hogen” up to speed on how to manage and maintain items which he had, until then, not been deeply involved with. Jeff is a quick learner and by the time my surgery date arrived, he was well prepared to take on all the tasks which fell under my jurisdiction. Thanks Jeff, you are a good learner and exhibit patience beyond that of my own. You will serve WebWhispers well as our new VP Internet Activities.


As recovery from my hip surgery moved forward, my economic situation took a huge plunge when my rent, utilities and monthly communications charges were all at once significantly increased. I determined that with what little assets we had, that these increased charges coupled with our living situation, was unsustainable. Basically, more money was going every month than was coming in. To remedy this situation, we made plans to pursue the purchase of a home out in the desert, the last frontier in California where one can still find affordable living accommodations in this State. We hope to move in to our potential new residence sometime in February, but until then I have requested to be relieved from any heavy involvement with WebWhispers tasks until such time which relocation is completed and the dust has settled. Presently I serve only as a standby and advisor.

My Future with WebWhispers as I return:
With the resignation of Ed Chapman from VP Member Services it became clear that some restructuring should be considered. I was offered, and agreed to fill the position of VP Member Services under the condition that I could gradually transition into that position after I have relocated. My former position of VP Internet Activities has been offered to Jeff Vanden Hogen who has accepted and he will adequately address matters relating to that department in his inaugural semiannual report. I am unable in my present situation (physical and living conditions) to provide reliable consistent service to WebWhispers until I have relocated so my priority focus is on relocation and rehabilitation so that I could return to service with WebWhispers ASAP.


It has been a distinct pleasure for me to serve as VP Internet Activities these past years but I assure you all that Jeff is more than capable of fulfilling that position.
I look forward to returning is spring as your devoted VP Member Services.
Sincerely,
~Michael Csapo – Incoming VP Member Services

 

VP Member Services June 1, 2014 to November 1, 2014 - Ed Chapman (Retired)

This will be my last report for, as most of you know, I resigned from the position of VP over Member Services effective November 1st.T o be quite honest I was not able to do that much in this last 5 months for the same reasons as my decision was based on for my resignation. This being the case this report is extremely short: No reportable business done.

I would like to thank Carol and Roger Johnson (loan closet and backup for brochures), Harry and Gail Jensby (brochures), Marilou Percival (donation responses), Jeff Vanden Hogen (helping Pat with the WW arrangements for the IAL meeting), and most of all Michael Csapo (the new VP of Member Services when he comes back to duty) for stepping up to the plate and volunteering to take on the duties I covered. You should all feel fortunate to have such good help on board.

There are some other positions that need to be filled. One being a coordinator for the banquet. This person in cooperation with Pat and Jeff would help negotiate the menu and contract, and set up of the room.

One other thing they might request help on is making the awards to be presented at the dinner. If you are interested in taking on any of these projects or any others you might find interesting I'm sure Jeff or Pat would appreciate the help.

Don't think you will be getting rid of me that easily. I will still be around probably working with the emergency responder program, we started in Spokane, as well as with the local clubs and medical groups.

Once again thank you for your patience with putting up with me and stay well.

Respectfully Submitted
Ed Chapman

 

VP Website Info – July 1 – December 31, 2014 - Mike Rosenkranz

WW LIBRARY
THE WW Library has the largest and most comprehensive information on how to live a full and rewarding life as a laryngectomee, and how to adapt to our altered lifestyle. Volunteers have spent countless hours over countless years compiling and categorizing this vast amount of knowledge. Allocate some time daily to visit the library and absorb some of this information. The library is user friendly and is broken down by category which makes it easy to find the information you need.
To access the library, click on http://webwhispers.org/library/library.asp and scroll until you find the subject of your choice on the left side of the page. We have many subjects, all with sub-categories, but if you don’t find what you want, scroll all the way to the bottom to the Search Engine. The WW Search is pre-set to search our website, but is easily changed to search the World Wide Web.


Educate yourself to be your own best advocate. Before any procedure, talk to the surgeon and anesthesiologist until you are convinced they both know you are a total-neck-breather. The WW Library is the place to learn what you must know. Start that education today. You will reap a life-long reward. You will acquire the knowledge you need to be your own best advocate.

VOLUNTEERS are the key to the survival and growth of our library. Ron Mattoon, our Library Chair, has added slide-show pictures of past cruises, and works on other sections to rearrange and add information, pictures, videos and audios. . Hank Luniewski is a valued volunteer who works on content, and we have a new volunteer, Larry Zaback, who will be working on content. We need volunteers to gather hints from the mail-list; and others to contribute ideas that have worked for them. We need other volunteers with computer skills to keep our library updated.

To volunteer, write to us at library@webwhispers.org You can work at your own pace, and often on the very subjects that interest you the most.

WW FACEBOOK
WebWhispers has had a presence on Facebook for some time, thanks to the efforts of Jim Lauder who created an open WW Facebook page on our behalf. Anyone on Facebook could visit and post. It was not that active, but was a way to show the WebWhispers name on a site which had become the most popular on the internet.


We realized it was time to have a more active presence on Facebook, and in late October we launched a new private WW Facebook Group to complement the open WW Facebook Page. This has worked out very well. We post information about WebWhispers on the open WW Page which attracts new members to the private WW Group, and ultimately, into becoming new WW members. We initially limited membership in the WW Facebook Group to WW members, but have now opened membership in the Group to all laryngectomees, their caregivers and families in the belief that everyone should be able to benefit from our exchange of experiences, thoughts and suggestions. This will create a better understanding of WebWhispers and the value of what we do..


The immediate reaction to the launching of the WW Facebook Group was an eye-opener. We were instantly successful and found a large number of WW members on Facebook; including many we see only rarely in the Forum or on the List. We were thanked profusely and often for expanding our outreach efforts to Facebook. . It is particularly notable that when we post a message about a new member joining the Group, that almost instantaneously, we see posts welcoming the new member to the Group. It shows us that our members are spending their time on Facebook, and that this was the right move at the right time.


Marlene has created a series of Roundtable discussions which have been very well received. Different questions are posted on a regular basis, and replies are forthcoming from the members. We often see a wide range of responses to the same question. It would be interesting to mix up the responses and have a parlor game where we would have to guess which response was from which member.


Marlene Haynes Grayson marlene.e.haynes@gmaill.com and Mike Rosenkranz smike24@comcast.net are the two administrators of the WebWhispers Facebook Group. Please contact us with any questions about the Group. Those wanting to become members of the Group should email us and include the name and email address by which Facebook recognizes you, and your city and state of residence. We know the name and address by which you are registered at WebWhispers but have to know the name and email which identifies you to Facebook to make you a member of the WebWhispers Facebook Group..
Lynn Foti mamfoti@att.net , a member of the WW Facebook Group, has graciously volunteered to assist those trying to become a member of the Group. Write to her if you are having trouble navigating the process of becoming a member. It expedites the process if you “friend” Lynn on FB. Once you are a member of our Group, you may un-friend her, if you wish.


WW Forum

http://forums.delphiforums.com/webwhispers/start will take you to the WW Forum. When joining, you will choose your own Forum ID and password which you should save in your computer. Tell your computer to remember it so you will never have to enter them again. After you submit your application, you will be asked to submit a registration code to get into the forum. Write Need Code, add your Full Name, so we can identify you, and return it to Delphi. We will confirm your WW membership, and send the code via email, which you will need only for your initial forum visit.

We find that many new laryngectomees start posting in the Forum as soon as they join WW. They like the casual feel of the Forum and that they do not have to wait for the next digest to receive answers to the questions that are troubling them. Posting to the email-list may reach a larger audience, but asking questions in the Forum gets a faster response. Recent threads started with such questions have brought great responses from a large number of veteran laryngectomees and have created some very long running threads filled with great advice.

The WW Forum is also our socializing area. It is our informal clubhouse where you can sit back, kick off your shoes, and get to know everyone in a leisurely manner as you make new friends and renew old friendships in a relaxed, friendly setting. Message Boards permit you to visit the forum at your own convenience and read the messages that have been posted since your last visit. Join any discussion by clicking REPLY at the bottom of the message. Start a new discussion by clicking NEW in any of our 16 folders. We get to know each other by reading and replying to these messages. The Forum is our haven from the busy outside world and is available 24/7. Our younger members are familiar with forums, belatedly discover the joys of relaxing and chatting on the message boards. Read a bit of news you never thought you needed, get a good laugh, find a tasty treat or easy-swallowing recipe that slides down your throat. You will be glad you visited.

Be an active participant in the Forum. Reply to the posts of others and originate your own posts to which others will then reply. That is the true joy of the Forum.

SPECIALS & DISCOUNTS: Our vendors sponsored more giveaways and specials during the past six months, and will continue to do so throughout this year. Check under Specials & Discounts for the newest discount offers and giveaways. You must be a forum member to participate. Forum managers Logan Grayson, Marlene Haynes Grayson, Frank Klett and Mike Rosenkranz are ready to assist you as needed. Please send your comments and suggestions to forummgr@webwhispers.org.
Respectfully submitted,
Mike Rosenkranz, VP Website Information

 

WebWhispers Advisor - BOD - July 1 – December 31, 2014 - Terry Duga

Afteer Terry's prolonged health problems, he is very happy to be back reading the list every day and doing a little writing.  He was on our last cruise and commented how good it is after the prolonged health problem to get back to being active again. He says he missed the friendship and companionship of going on a WW Cruise and finds there is nothing like traveling with other larys.

Terry Duga

 

WebWhispers Accountant - July 1 – December 31, 2014 - Tom Whitworth

 

WebWhispers, Inc.

ACCOUNTING REPORT: July 1-December 31, 2014

As of December 31, 2014, WebWhispers bank balances were as follows:
Wells Fargo Checking- $8,113.98
Wells Fargo Savings- $50,059.66

Dutch Helms Emergency Fund= $10,648.96
Interest Earned= $9.65
Balance= $10,658.61

Buck Martin Bequest
Balance $9,250.00

Income:
Donations= $6,827.47
Grants= $ 400.00
Total = $7,227.47

Expenses:
Host My Site, Web Maintenance $ 540.00
ISP Charges $ 1,380.00
Phone Charges $ 1,495.00
Data Usage $ 330.00
Office Supplies $ 527.95
PO Box /Postage $ 227.79
Shipping & Handling $ 529.40
Computer& Eqpt $ 3,130.63
Promotional $ 730.60
ATOS Awards $ 250.00
Lauder Scholarships $ 400.00
IAL Table/Expenses $ 1,652.63

 

 

 

 

Semiannual Officers' Report to the Membership
January 1 - June 30, 2014

 


President's Report: January 1 - June 30, 2014 - Pat W Sanders

We do our best to get this together from each department twice a year so that it leaves a good record of what are the high (and sometimes low) points of our activities, finances and plans. 

WHISPERS ON THE WEB

Donna McGary and I, editors of Whispers on the Web, have some great monthly contributors: Len Lyons, Jack Henslee's Speaking Out (in which the members participate), Frank Klett, and the monthly professional column, VoicePoints, with Kim Almand as coordinator. We have a new writer from Ireland, Noirin Sheahan. We have a couple others in mind to write for us monthly. It gives us more leeway if we have a few more. Donna and I still write for the WotW, and others send articles in occasionally.

We have found that when we publish the newsletter, the first of every month, we get a rush which falls away rapidly and everyone needs a reminder. We get much higher readership if we put a notice in several times during each month.

And speaking of publishing, I just had a book published that has a great deal of the beginning information of the founding of WebWhispers along with the story of what it is like to be a new laryngectomee. I relied on many medical and patient contributors who gave excellent advice. Click on http://talkingthroatcancer.com to see a list of the places it may be purchased.

WEBMASTER

Since the first of the year, our website has had 147,761 page views, with the top pages and numbers visited:
Hypothyroidism - 8,312 viewers
Suppliers - 6,630
TEP prosthesis - 5,787
Text to speech apps - 5,634
Electrolarynx - 5,573
Stoma Covers and patterns - 5,175

Our Library has started to get some regular workers, and we want to develop that so we can continue the work of updating sections and adding new information. Ron Mattoon was off for a while but we are happy he is back and ready to add pictures and slide shows of activities to our site. Hank Luniewski is again finding time for some research. We are pleased to have him back. Kim Almond has starting connecting a few special sections with the VoicePoints, and we try to get the Web Site Information (See Mike R's report) in the right places to keep current.

Sunny does the regular web posting of membership changes, donations, and memorials. I work on adding new information and cleaning up old sections. Stacy is available for special projects in addition to putting our list of member rosters, furnished by Jeff Vanden Hogen. in the members area once a month and getting Whispers on the Web online every month.

DATABASE

The duties are split for the database between the List Managers with Jeff Vanden Hogen doing all of the new member record entries.

At end of June, 2014, we had a total of over 3300 members. More detail under Michael C's section of lists. Please let us know when you change your email address so we can keep you updated and in our files and maybe we can keep in touch better. We lose a lot of you because of no contact, and it takes time trying to look you up. Please help us by using the Update button (the black spot in the upper right of our home page).

CRUISE

http://webwhispers.org/activities/ww-cruises.asp is the index of all past cruises. We have an Alaskan cruise coming up on August 15th this year and are trying to decide what to set up for next year. Am checking on choices that might be of interest and would like to hear from you on cruises or other type tours as a vacation we might offer as a group. Your Ideas will be appreciated.

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, We are fortunate to have some good steady people and ones who have been around long enough to have filled in at different jobs. Michael is going to have some surgery and he is working right now to help others have an easier time filling in for him until his return. We will miss him. A good many prayers will be said on his behalf!

Jeff Vanden Hogen has been made a member of the BOD and we are delighted he accepted our offer. He has done so much work over the years and is always cheerful and dependable. Welcome to the BOD, Jeff.

WW AT THE IAL

This year, 2014, the IAL MEETING AND VOICE INSTITUTE was held in June in Buffalo, NY. The reception for the WW Dinner hosted by Richard Najarian of Bruce Med was wonderful, as always. It was a special time, the 15th year anniversary of their hosting our reception. Thank you, Richard. Our dinner attendance was 119, and we had a great speaker, Dr. Cohan from Buffalo. Our WW Table was well placed with a lot of space so we could have a number of visits going on all at once. Nice area, and I enjoyed introducing my new book at the table, where WW was giving away the book as a thank you for a donation.

All volunteers worked a long schedule as well as taking breaks to go to the VI and be examples for the teaching staff to use. It was fun. Hank L took charge of the cash and receipt book, Jeff VH had his computer, Ron M and Harry J were all there and working. Mike R, Ed C and I were either there or spending time talking with vendors or visitors, or with new people who are hopefully going to volunteer to help us do our jobs during the year. Ron Kniffen was an immense help this year gathering our items in advance since he lives near the Buffalo area. Met our new moderator, Tom W, who was able to spend some time with Tom O in preparation for his new position.

Our caregivers did a great job for the IAL Auxiliary in helping to run their table.

I love these folks and it is so wonderful to get to spend this time with them when they are able to make it to the IAL. They are all wonderful hard working people, and I can't describe what a pleasure it is to have them in my life. Met a lot of new people including a number of new WW members. It was great fun!

We had delegates there for the meeting Saturday morning and our new volunteer and delegate, Fay Flanary, was very effective with advice on Roberts Rules which helped us move along very well. The official announcement was made that Baltimore, MD would host the IAL next year, and the IAL BOD was officially cut from 12 to 9 members.

Pat W Sanders, President

 


 

 

VP Member Services: January 1 - June 30, 2014 - Ed Chapman

Another 6 months has past and as usual all have been busy.

Pat has reported on the dinner and the table and there is no need for me to reiterate what has been said. I would like to recognize those workers at the table. What a great job done by all. A real commitment to WW. In particularly Ron M, Harry J, Hank L and Jeff.

I really appreciate Ron Kniffen and Jeff for making sure many of the items needed for the dinner and the table made it to Buffalo and then taking them home and storing them until next year when we will need them in Baltimore.

In the last 6 months we sent out 772 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 brochures from the WebWhispers table at the IAL with members coming by to pick up a handful to take back home. This does save us shipping fees which we do appreciate so thank you to those that picked them up.

Our vendors are supportive in including a brochure in with their mail outs and take them to meetings. In particular a big thank you to Richard Crum of InHealth for shipping two cases of brochures to Buffalo.

If you can use some brochures or are running low on your supply just send us an e-mail to:
http://www.webwhispers.org/services/free-brochures.asp 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 143 Larys, 26 Caregivers, 19 professional (which includes SLP and other medical field professionals), 5 vendors and 1 mascot join.

The loan closet had a major donation made to it, from a retiring vendor, and we have had an influx of EL donations over the last six months. Roger and Carol Johnson have been very busy, and patient, inventorying, testing,repairing and attempting repairs. Their basement is beginning to look like a EL outlet. Thanks goes to them for hanging in there and availing a good part of their basement for the loan closet.

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 go to:
http://www.webwhispers.org/donations/donations.asp
PayPal is available there. Also checks, payable to WebWhispers, may be sent to:
WebWhispers, Inc.
PO Box 1275
Powder Springs, GA 30127

(as of 7/23/14)

Respectfully Submitted
Ed Chapman

 


 

VP Internet Activities: January 1 - June 30, 2014 - Michael Csapo

EMAIL DISTRIBUTION LISTS:

As of this date, our Regular List has 308 active subscribers and 4 on the vacation list. Our Digest List consists of 1,532 active subscribers and 13 on the vacation List. Total count of subscribers on these lists which we often refer to as “The Daily Whispers” totals 1,857 unique email addresses. As usual, actual member numbers would be considerably greater due to numerous shared email accounts.

Our Daily Whispers digest list still arrives in subscriber’s mailboxes twice daily on a typical day, whenever there is activity to trigger its release. If there is no activity, then no email will be generated and/or distributed until activity is resumed.

Our announcement or “Notices List” currently has 1,075 subscribers enrolled in it. This list is for those who wish to be WebWhispers Members yet do not wish to actively participate on our Daily Whispers List. The “Notices List” sends subscribers an announcement once or twice a month. It’s our best solution so far, for those who do not have a need to participate on the Daily Whispers List, to keep these members informed on club matters, events and activities. This list allows us the opportunity to remain in contact with them. This is also a one way list, no two way conversations or discussions between all subscribers.

Incidentally,during the period of time from January 1 through June 30, 2014, there were a total of 930 messages distributed on our “Daily Whispers” list which would average to be just over five messages per day.

PROJECTS:

In late January, I developed a horrendous respiratory infection which quickly turned into pneumonia. I wasted a day, almost two at home, waiting for the Tami flu which was prescribed for me to kick in. It never did and I ended up being rushed into the ER with a double pneumonia. I ended up crashing and a team of surgeons were brought in from various counties throughout California and they performed emergency surgeries and procedures on me, and by the grace of God, succeeded in bringing me back to the land of the living. I spent the better part of 2 weeks in the hospital, but what I learned was that due mostly to my procrastination, I had not taken all the steps necessary to prepare others to take over my responsibilities in the event that I suddenly and without notice, no longer could. I had Pat, Jeff, Sunny and others doing their best to take on tasks which were unfamiliar to them. To them, I owe my apologies and my thanks for doing the best they could to fill in for me during my absence.

Now, I have another major surgery coming up shortly, a total hip replacement and instead of procrastinating again; I have devoted myself to preparing others to perform the maintenance and management tasks which were still being performed by me exclusively. My ongoing project right now is training others by sending them emails which describe how these daily management and maintenance tasks are performed. Recent weeks have been devoted to teaching Jeff Vanden Hogen the remaining tasks which are associated with the management of our lists. I have relinquished these tasks to him so that in my absence, WebWhispers will not suffer or stumble with unfamiliar obstacles.

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. Pat Sanders and her remarkable memory also deserve recognition for keeping us all in line and catching things which slip through the cracks.

I would also like to provide a word of recognition to Tom Olsavicky our Chief Moderator for following along on the affairs of List management and maintenance. There may be a great future for him in that department with a salary to match!

A great deal of time and effort is devoted every week by these valued volunteers and any thanks or notes of appreciation would certainly be welcomed at: listmgr@webwhispers.org

MODERATORS:

My report is running longer than I planned so I will keep this section short this time around. We presently have twelve moderators receiving messages but only a few are actually engaged in the work portion of it at this time. One is undergoing additional treatment and I would like to ask our prayer warriors to offer up a prayer for Maureen. Others are semi retired from moderating and held in reserve, while yet others are prospective candidates who are merely observing at this time to determine if they can be comfortable with all that the job requires. Our List Managers are also included in moderators mailsince that is the way they receive their notices about items pertaining to their duties.

All 12 moderators 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 2014 and I will look forward to providing my next report in January 2015. Now, it’s time to go fishing! <”{{{><
Sincerely,
~Michael Csapo - VP Internet Activities

 


 


VP Website Info – January 1 – June 30, 2014 - Mike Rosenkranz

WW LIBRARY:

THE WW Library has the largest and most comprehensive information on how to live a full and rewarding life as a laryngectomee, and how to adapt to our altered lifestyle. Volunteers have spent countless hours over years compiling and categorizing this vast amount of knowledge. Allocate time in your daily schedule to visit and absorb some of this information. The library is user friendly and broken down by category which makes it easy to find the information you need. To access the library, click on http://webwhispers.org/library/library.asp scroll down the left side of the page and click on the subject of your choice. There are many subjects, all with sub-categories, but if you don’t find what you want, scroll to the bottom 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. Before any procedure, be certain you have personally talked to the anesthesiologist and surgeon and are convinced that they both know you are a total-neck-breather. Educate yourself to be your own best advocate. The WW Library is the place to learn what you must know. Start that education today. You will reap the reward tomorrow, by acquiring the knowledge you need to be your own best advocate.

http://webwhispers.org/activities/ww-cruises.asp Ron Mattoon, our Library Chair, has added additional slide-show pictures of past WW cruises, and Ron works on other sections to rearrange and add information and photos. We have an urgent need for volunteers to gather hints from the mail-list, and to contribute ideas of their own that have worked for them. We need more volunteers with computer skills to do the vital work of keeping our library updated. Two new volunteers are Hank Luniewski and Kim Almond who are, as we write this, determining the best way in which they can help us. Another is Noirin Sheahan from Ireland who is one of our newer forum members and has already written an article for WotW. I was privileged to spend a lovely afternoon with Noirin during my recent visit to Ireland, where she graciously took us on a tour of a magnificent estate and beautiful scenic views. I have posted pictures of us in the WW Forum under Memories of Ireland.


VOLUNTEERS are the key to the survival and growth of our library. To volunteer, write to us at library@webwhispers.org You can work at your own pace, and very often on the very subjects that interest you the most.


WW FORUM:
http://forums.delphiforums.com/webwhispers/start to log into or join the WW Forum. When you join, you will choose your own Forum ID and password. Save that information to your computer and it will remember it for you. After submitting application, you will be prompted 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 need only for your initial forum visit.

We continue to see increases in the requests for the registration code; an indication of continued popularity of the WW forum. Most of our newer members are familiar with forums and join the WW Forum at once, while many of our veteran members are belatedly discovering the joys of casually relaxing and chatting on message boards with their fellow laryngectomees.

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 and renew old friendships 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, Start a new discussion by clicking NEW in one of our 16 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, or find a tasty treat or easy-swallowing recipe that just slides down your throat.

LARY PRODUCTS & SUPPLIERS:

SPECIALS & DISCOUNTS: Our suppliers have favored us with several specials and giveaways during the past six months, including electrolarynges. Check under Specials & Discounts for the newest discount offers on the lary products we all use. Our vendors will be posting many more specials throughout the rest of 2014. These discounts and giveaways are available only through the WW Forum. You must be a forum member to participate.


We 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. To start a new discussion, click NEW in any one of our 16 folders.


Forum managers Logan Grayson, Marlene Haynes, Frank Klett and Mike R are ready to assist you. Maureen Mark, our newest manager, is on leave while undergoing chemotherapy.

Send your questions, comments and suggestions to forummgr@webwhispers.org and you will receive a prompt reply.


Respectfully submitted,
Mike Rosenkranz, VP Website Information



 

VP Finance & Admin: January 1 - June 30, 2014 - Sunny Bakken

The first six months of this year have passed in a flash. It’s time to move on to the second half of the year.


Thank you for keeping me busy with your donations and WW Dinner payments. Your checks and PayPal are always appreciated.

Web Whispers as of June 30, 2014, the following bank balances were:
Wells Fargo Checking -                         $ 12,498.28
Wells Fargo Savings -                           $ 50,050.01

Included in the savings are these special accounts:


Dutch Helms Emergency Fund = $10,363.55
Interest earned = + $12.41
Balance = $ 10,648.96

Buck Martin Bequest
Balance $ 9250.00

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Income:
Donations =                                           $ 7,171.47
Grants =                                                $    500.00
WW Dinner =                                         $ 3,332.63

Total =                                                  $11,004. 10

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Expenses:
Host My Site, Web Maintenance $155.88
ISP Charges $720.00
Phone Charges $600.00
Data Usage $180.00
IAL Expense $300.00 + $20.00 = $320.00
IAL Annual Club Renewal $175.00
Web Posting $652.50
Postage/Mailing /PO Box $138.31
Office Supplies/ Virus Protection $944.53
WW Table @ IAL $1,000.00
ATOS Eric Dolinger Awards $500.00
Forum Fees $39.50
WW Web Site – Mail-List Annual $469.90
PayPal Service Charges $96.66
Educational Material $3,000.00
WW Dinner @ the IAL $3,332.63

 

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 1275
Powder Springs, GA 30127

(as of 7/23/14)

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

 

 


 

Board of Directors: January 1 - June 30, 2014 - Jeff Vanden Hogen

This is my first attempt to write a report so bear with me. The winter here in Wisconsin was harsh like most of the United States and it seemed like spring would never get here. On March 1st I got an email that I was not expecting it was from Pat Sanders and it started out “This is an official message to bring you an offer to join us on the WebWhispers Board of Directors.” I thought myself it is March 1st not April 1st so they must really want me on the Board of Directors which I was honored to accept.

As one of the List Managers my job is the New Member Application and putting new members into the data base. Michael Csapo is also teaching us List Management and Maintenance because as he puts it “in case one of us gets abducted by aliens, wins the Mega Million Lotto and disappears or for some other reason is incapacitated and needs another to take over this part of list management and maintenance.”

Summer is flying by here in Appleton WI (If only last winter would have flown by this quick) so enjoy the rest of the summer.

Respectfully submitted,
Jeff Vanden Hogen
List Manager

 

 


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