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Old May 19, 2011, 2:34 pm   #1
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With the peak of morel season near for some, and history for others, please remember our gracious hosts, Frank and Debbie.

Frank and Debbie selflessly put in time, effort, emotion, and their own money, to give all of us a place to come for information and conversation during morel season. A few even stay beyond June to learn about the 'others'.

Please help them to cover the basic cost of this awesome forum. I know times are tough for some of the members, and gas prices are outrageous...

But for the cost of a McD's fancy coffee, or your favorite adult beverage at the end of a long day tromping your favorite woods, or even just a pack of smokes, well, it would help ease the financial end of the site.

Frank and Debbie put in endless hours online to keep this site going, especially during the peak mushroom season. I know them, and I know they'd much rather be in the woods, but they also love this little community they've created.

It's easy to give...just clink on the "Donate" link at the top of each page...

Thanks...and happy hunting!!
(Steps down off of her soapbox...)

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Old May 19, 2011, 5:13 pm   #2
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Re: Please remember to help our hosts...

Perfectly said, Tammy! I couldn't agree more.
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Old May 19, 2011, 7:16 pm   #3
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Re: Please remember to help our hosts...

Thanks to Frank and Debbie! I am sure there are many others like myself that don't get much time to look for mushrooms, but are grateful to have this site to see what others are finding. This site is an amazing resource about morels and other mushrooms. Lets all help keep it going.
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Old May 19, 2011, 7:27 pm   #4
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Yes,I agree and while we are at it...don't be afraid to stick around after the morels are done.Stop by and chit chat and remember that there are other mushrooms that come up during the summer months that make great table fare and you can learn about them here...

A BIG THANK YOU TO FRANK AND DEBBIE.....
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Old Jun 3, 2011, 5:18 am   #5
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Just an update...

I appreciate each and every donation made to the site fund.
I'm not kidding, when I say I could not keep the site running without you.

And to let you all know that I am not taking advantage of donations.
Here are some stats.

From 03/01/2011 until 06/03/2011 ( the 3 spring months) we have gained 773 new members.

8 of those 773 members, donated to the site fund, and I thank them for it very much!.
Contrary to popular belief, not everyone sends $2. $5 or $10.
This is normal. Only about 1/10th of a percent of new members donate the 1st or 2nd year.
Hey! Money is tight for everyone these days!

And over all since 2003, about 1/5 of a percent of all 2300 members donate year to year. * 145 to be exact.


I'm not complaining,
nor trying to make those who couldn't make a donation feel bad or unwelcome.
We want you all here VERY MUCH!
It's a good place for beginners and veteran hunters alike to mingle.

This info is just to let those who did donate, just how much their support is needed and appreciated.

Thanks to all of you supporters, we have covered the cost though the month of June.
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Old Jun 3, 2011, 5:40 am   #6
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At another unrelated forum, which I am a member of, this is their benefits for a $20.00 donation.
Here, all full members get it for free! Donation or not.

Their sight sometimes takes 2 to 5 minutes to load a page.
Very annoying to say the least. For what they are charging they should at least get a server host, or semi dedicated plan such as I have to keep things loading fast. Sure we may have an occasional slow time, but not too often. Why? Because I pay more for hosting to keep it that way. They have many thousands more members than we do, and yet they stay with a poor cheap hosting plan.
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Old Jun 3, 2011, 5:46 am   #7
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AND...... WE HAVE THE ABSOLUTELY BEST MEMBERS IN THE WORLD!

Friendly, helpful and fun.
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Old Jun 3, 2011, 7:20 pm   #8
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Re: Please remember to help our hosts...

Frank, forgive me if I keep jumping up on my soapbox. I just know how much this board has meant to Jeff and I. And it means the same to many others, I'm sure.

I'm fully aware that not everyone can afford to send money. Shoot...it wasn't that many years ago that we were there! By the grace of God, we can help out more now...and I also know that our situation could change in a heartbeat.

That said...

I know what it takes for you and Debbie to keep us all here on this FREE board. I post this every year, not because you want me to, but because YOU won't. :)

I, my friend, am not a bit afraid to step up on that box and say loudly that we could all help out.

I guess some of our new members (and maybe a few older ones) don't realize that there are years that you don't get to go back up to your shroomin' woods because of funds...but you have ALWAYS maintained this board.

So, Daddy Frank, scold me if you will...and thank you for the numbers. That just makes me even more determined to remind others to help out if they can...

(humbly steps down off of the soapbox once again...)
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