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May 2008 Roll Call

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I know I'm early this month, trying to get a bit ahead of the curve.

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Ball Caps available again show your support and get yours now.

Unfortunately the prices on the caps have gone up to 27.50. the caps price, like everything else has gone up.

I am adding a ball cap that has our mission statement on the front and our website on the back.

Our Mission Statement

Leave No One Behind

Not On A Jungle Trail

Not On A Desert Trail

Not On A Paper Trail

HadIt.com - Work continues on the website and some good news on that end, my nephew has agreed to do a summer internship for hadit.com he will graduated from university and is going for web development. so i see this as a excellent chance for us to build some solutions and fix some old ones.

Frustrations - last year i tried twice to work with two different developers, unfortunately the first one took the money and disappeared, and the second one couldn't seem to deliver what i was looking for. So i bought Dreamweaver and taught myself how to use it and am continuing to learn and redesign the site which i hope will be cleaner and easier to navigate. we can have the best content in the world but if our brothers and sisters can't find it, it's not much good.

Content Editor Volunteer - i still am looking for a content editor, but no luck so far. it's a tedious job and you need to be very organized and focused, any of you content editors or copy writers and would like to do some volunteer content editing, please do email. what does this involve? well we have a ton of pages on our site, but i believe those pages could be consolidated and be more complete, so you would for example take a topic like "Applying for a VA Claims" you would search the site and find all content related to that topic and then combine all those pages into one concise document, verifying accuracy of information, through web research etc; and then submit them to me. I will review it to see how it to best fit it on the page, contact you with any questions, Then create the page and add in any value such as related pages, quick tips and so on.

Call To Action if you find yourself always typing the same answers to questions on the forum, type them up in an email and email it to me as a suggestion for content on the main site. then all you would have to do is type a link in the post and if you need to update the content you can just email me.

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Canon Digital Rebel Xsi (450D). New one just came out this month. With 100mm Canon Macro and Lots of Ladybugs that were not moving much.

Little Sunshine thrown in (Good FStop) and big memory card (lots of trys).

Hard to get all the bug in focus.


I got the Battery Grip also. New Toy for my Hobby.

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I love the old homes, barns and bridges, for unknown reasons I'm drawn to them

as my photo hobby.

Lady T, welcome home! I sure hope members can chime in and help on

these request.

Also, how's our financial situation these days.

I hear Uncle Sam is supposed to send me a few bucks soon

and will gladly send some your way to help cover cost, it shouldn't

be only your from your pocket since HADIT helps me so much.


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