AW: [sw-l] REPORT SignWriting Annual Meeting, January 7, 2006
stefanwoehrmann at GEBAERDENSCHRIFT.DE
Mon Jan 9 19:07:00 UTC 2006
Hello Valerie - and list members -
I could download your document ...
Wow - such an impressive presentation. Thanks for sharing with us and again
congrats - you are a master of giving a perfect overview -
Thanks a lot
Von: owner-sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu
[mailto:owner-sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu] Im Auftrag von Valerie Sutton
Gesendet: Montag, 9. Januar 2006 18:50
An: List SIGNWRITING
Cc: Birgit Jacobsen; James Short
Betreff: [sw-l] REPORT SignWriting Annual Meeting, January 7, 2006
January 9, 2006
REPORT: SIGNWRITING ANNUAL MEETING, January 7, 2006
We had a great Board Meeting! I really enjoyed it. Nine board members
discussed SignWriting in 2005, for three hours, at a beautiful
restaurant in La Jolla, California. It was wonderful seeing everyone
again. Our Board Members include myself, my father, my mother, and 6
family friends. Six of us have been on the Board for over 30 years.
Our organization began in 1974.
In the meeting, we talked about the Treasurer's Report, and how much
money we took in and out in 2005. We discussed the meeting we had in
2005, which included a special guest, Dr. Ingvild Roald, from Norway,
who presented her work to our Board members last year....We discussed
Ingvild's work in Norway in 2005, which was quite extensive.
SignWriting in Norway
We voted in the same officers (grin). Val will still be at her
computer in 2006 - ha!
Everyone shared their year with us, as we ate lunch.... The food was
very good. It is a shame all the List members could not have joined
us for lunch...grin....;-)
During desert and coffee (smile ;-), I started my presentation about
what we accomplished in 2005. I gave everyone a copy of our Year-End
I explained that SignWriting spread very fast in 2005 to new
countries in Europe, such as Poland, the Czech Republic, and new
languages within countries, such as Switzerland, that is now using
SignWriting for both German-Swiss and French-Swiss Sign Languages,
and Belgium, for both French-Belgian Sign Language and Flemish Sign
Language. I explained that there were so many new events all over the
world, that our Year-End Report could only focus on a few projects in
Europe, but that I hoped to write other Year-End Reports later, for
our records, that will list other projects around the world,
including projects in Brazil, Nicaragua, the United States, Canada,
Ireland, England, France and more.
We discussed the First European SignWriting Symposium, held in
Brussels, Belgium on July 21-22, 2005. Everyone was amazed at the
whole event, which was a great deal of work to put together for the
Organizing Committee. We all send our thanks for the Committee's
contribution of time and effort...It was a successful event and I
felt proud to be able to tell our Board Members about it...smile...
We also discussed the presentations at the ICED 2005 conference in
Maastricht, Netherlands, in July 2005. Congratulations to all of you
for your presentations!
SignWriting in Europe
SignWriting Presentations at ICED 2005
We discussed Stefan's new book, which is quite beautiful. I passed
the book around, and each Board Member looked at the book carefully,
page by page...Everyone is so impressed with the beautiful
illustrations that Stefan did!! And one Board Member told me that for
the first time, he really understands SignWriting (grin), because of
Stefan's excellent diagrams!
SignWriting in Germany
Everyone was also amazed at the expensive hard-backed publishing of
Stefan's book, and so we send a special thank you to the publisher,
Birgit Jacobsen in Hamburg, Germany, for the impressive and
attractive book, which is helping SignWriting so much...I am sure
that the use of the book will spread in 2006. Thank you, Birgit, for
the lovely publication!
Publisher Birgit Jacobsen
We discussed the work in Flemish Sign Language, at the Kasterlinden
Bilingual School in Brussels, and I explained that we posted a
beautiful PowerPoint presentation, by Kathleen Heylen and Sara
Geudens, about the Deaf children learning SignWriting in Flanders on
the web, free for anyone to download:
Download PowerPoint Presentation
And then SignPuddle was discussed at length with great admiration and
everyone was really excited about it. We all are happy to see how it
is helping SignWriting spread around the world...Steve Slevinski has
changed our lives for the better, by his inspired design of
SignPuddle, bringing SignWriting quickly to people without requiring
downloading and installing software...More people are using broadband
(a very fast internet connection, such as DSL or cable) and this
gives people immediate access to creating signs, without having to
learn how to download and install...SignPuddle became a popular
SignWriting-watering-hole in 2005 where people can come together to
And I explained that Steve is now inspired, creating a new version of
SignPuddle, version 2.0, which is something for us to look forward to
James Short, one of our Board Members, told us about Harkle.com too,
which is a new web site that searches for captioned video on the web:
Find Captioned Media
James Short developed Harkle because he works with captions...James
creates video with captions in multiple languages, and is interested
in captioning video with SignWriting in 2006. Harkle is the name of
his special web site for searching for other captioned videos on the
web. If anyone has some captioned videos, and would like others to
know about it, then go to Harkle.com to tell James about it, and he
will list it on Harkle.com.
Submit Your Media to Harkle
Steve Slevinski, developer of SignPuddle, did the programming for the
search engine that is used on Harkle.com, so James, Steve and I are
working together...I am hoping that in 2006 video captioned with
SignWriting will be on Harkle, bringing a new era of videos captioned
So thank you, Steve, for your wonderful programming on Harkle, and of
course, on SignPuddle. It is amazing working with you!!
It was really gratifying for me, to hear the positive comments from
our Board Members.
I felt like our List members were there too, with us, in spirit ;-)
2006 is starting out well...smile...
Thank you for reading my report!
Sutton at SignWriting.org
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