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Executive Director's Report for September 16, 2004

Applied for fee waiver:  

Membership Changes/Additional Fees:

  • Removed Basic Members: Bader Mechanical, The Statzer's
  • Removed Business Members: USA Realty Group
  • Removed Not-for-Profit Members: Noah's Ark Day Care Center, Urban Enterprise Association, First Steps
  • Removed Sponsoring Member: Wayne Teacher's Federal Credit Union
  • Richmond Art Club - awaiting content for web page/decision on waiver of 501(c)3 documentation request.

Advertising/Marketing

  • Had an ad in the Palladium-Item "Answer Book" on August 25th & 29th
  • Presentation to Richmond Noon Kiwanis on September 3.  (Two direct responses.)
  • Created and contracted for new ads for the Richmond Symphony Orchestra program and the Richmond Civic Theatre programs.

Issues & Projects for July/August/September

  • Continue work on "Artists of Wayne County" project.  Still need to take photos at three more institutions. Shaun Dingwerth has submitted content for all but 2 of the identified artists.
  • Asked for and received a press pass for Band Day at the State Fair.  It's nice to be recognized as a "legitimate" media outlet.
  • Worked on getting "deadwood" members off of web site so that we have a more accurate picture of where we stand. 
  • Technical issue: Worked with Randy Baker and Chris Hardie to solve DNS resolution issue for Centerville-Abington Community Schools.
  • Had "feelers" from Byrd Tree Service, Don Simkin, Kiwanis Safety Village.
  • Begin work for annual meeting preparations.
  • Had inquiry about using photo of ceiling from Gaar House.
  • Took 5 1/2 days of vacation during this period & attended a staff development day at MRL.
  • Website Maintenance:  
    • Review and update page links & calendar events, as necessary. Take photos.
    • Make changes to rotations required by deletion of sponsor.
    • Update page: Social Services Directory, Volunteer, Calendar, Levi Coffin,
    • Created and added "banner" graphic to Bowers/Woodshop commerce page.  1st request in 3 years.

Log Analysis 
Ran weekly and posted on the Members Only page. Monthly figures are now being posted on the Top Twenty page. We are currently averaging 34,574 user sessions per month.  Web page views (hits) are averaging 98,105.   Users were down 4% in August after a 12% increase in July with a fairly level usage of page views.  I am at a loss to explain the downturn and have involved Chris Hardie and Randy Baker in the issue.  There may be some discrepancy in the way the logs are maintained between the two different servers or we may be experiencing unreported downtime.  Exploration of this issue will continue.

2nd Quarter 2004 - Quarterly figures for user sessions decreased by 25%.  Page views decreased by 34%. User sessions declined by 32% over the same time period last year. 

2003 Yearly Figures show an outstanding 548,741 users requesting 1,605,683 pages as compared to 413,253 users requesting 1,291,024 pages in 2002.  This is a 33% increase in users and a 24% increase in page views over 2002







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