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October 2018 Newsletter, Volume 129

I. OTW MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Thanks to you, this month’s membership drive was a huge record-breaking success! Once everything was counted up, the donations received totalled US$203,557.29 from 8203 donors. 479 premiums were requested–including the very popular new kudos stress ball.

Kudos to all the OTW peeps who worked hard on the membership drive, including Development & Membership, Communications, Translation, Finance, and many others!

And kudos to you–everyone who donated, signal boosted, and celebrated the OTW with us. Thank you so much! Read More

OTW Fannews: Making the Old New Again

  • The return of The X-Files prompted a number of media sites to reminisce about changes in fandom since the original series. Flavorwire wrote about the tools and companions of old. “The AOL-hosted Cabin X site is still available via the Wayback Machine, in all its late-millennium glory. Hand-coded HTML tables. Lovingly crafted Photoshop collages of Mulder and Scully (along with B’Elanna Torres and Tom Paris of Star Trek: Voyager). A ‘dreambook.’ Links to a chat room and a message board, and to the other sites in a ‘webring‘ of Cabin X members’ pages, all of which were hosted on AOL or Geocities or Angelfire…I decided to track down the people who were a part of my little corner of the fandom universe – and see if I could recapture some of that teenage feeling.”
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OTW Board of Directors Update: 2016 Budget

A lot of work has been done behind the scenes since our last update! Today we bring to you our prospective budget for 2016, as promised. This budget is one of a number of steps we are taking as we continue to work toward a more formal financial setup for the OTW long term, with a particular eye to openness and sustainability.

The below budget was prepared taking into consideration project needs, committee requests and our regular expenses from past year, and covers all expected expenses necessary to keep the org running in 2016. It anticipates fundraising income (including income from drives and other fundraising sources) of US$303,750.00, which is consistent with recent years’ income.
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