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Hi Everyone,

I've really enjoyed getting to know you all in our growing community here. I believe a lot us have benefited from this group. I certainly have. Thank you all for your participation.

This network uses a service from http://www.ning.com. Up until now, the service has been free, except for having to put up with the google ads that ning puts in. Well now, they are closing our their free accounts.

Since we have well over 300 members and keep growing, I'll need to convert over to their second tier plan which will cost about $200.00/year. You can see the details at http://about.ning.com/announcement/?xg_source=announcement_bar.

I'd like to keep our community going and growing, but I'm gong to need a bit of help from you all.

If you find value in our community, would you please help me offset the costs of keeping it going? If everyone who cares sends just a couple of bucks, I'll make up the difference.

You can contribute via paypay by sending money to susanrhoads@gmail.com. Or send a check to

Brad Rhoads
11465 W Cumberland River Dr.
Nampa, ID 83586

If you have any questions please let me know.

Thanks!

Brad

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Comment by L T Hanley on May 23, 2010 at 11:59am
Brad - Could you update us on this? I'd be willing to "invest" a few dollars in keeping the group up but wonder if there are enough people expressing interest.
Comment by bdrhoa on May 23, 2010 at 4:45pm
Hi LT,

Thanks for your interest. Your question is the first response of any kind that I've gotten.

I'm thinking about trying to move the group to my own server and an open source solution. But it will be a pain to do, and I'd hate to lose this location since it's so highly ranged in the search engines. So I'll give it a couple more weeks and see what happens.

-Brad
Comment by Daniel Roth on May 26, 2010 at 7:43am
Hey There Brad, thoughts about creating a facebook group? It's free and believe it or not has more privacy controls, plus i'm pretty sure it can still be an invite only group... Or you could do the cafe press, office walker shirt, cups etc to pay the ning fees, but I would certainly be game for moving to facebook... I bet 80% of folks already are on there....
Comment by Anne Rogers on June 8, 2010 at 7:49am
I like the Facebook idea. I'll help however. Would like to have access to this very special group of people.
Comment by Robert Stehwien on July 12, 2010 at 10:14am
Haven't signed in a while. Moving to facebook might be good but I'd like to know how things are going.
Comment by shonofear on July 17, 2010 at 12:58am
been a while to the site, im sure we could all chip in for the fee or am happy to relocate but im guessing will lose all these years of good quality discussions etc. any updates on the situation ?
Comment by bdrhoa on July 21, 2010 at 2:50pm
Hi Everyone,

Someone has offered to take over the network. I might go that route, but I'm not sure yet.

Thanks to those who have expressed interest.

Anyone else willing to chip in?

-Brad
Comment by Anne Rogers on July 21, 2010 at 4:04pm
sure I'd be willing to throw some money in to keep it going.
Comment by Scott Whiteley on July 23, 2010 at 9:49am
Was going to suggest you add one of those paypal donation buttons. Seen a few that show the total required and the progress towards said goal. Plus it makes it more of an impulse thing vs logging into paypal and entering an email address. There's one on the left side of this site as an example. http://tvunderground.org.ru
Comment by shonofear on July 23, 2010 at 3:22pm
I'm with Scott on this one, great idea

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