REPORT SignWriting Annual Meeting, January 7, 2006
sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Mon Jan 9 21:54:35 UTC 2006
January 9, 2006
Hello Stefan and Everyone!
Thank you for saying this, Stefan...I am glad you were able to
download the Year End Report...smile...
So now we have 2006 in front of us...
I will start first, to answer two questions from Stuart Thiessen in
Iowa (USA), one just posted today, and a second one from before
Christmas, about the sign for HEY THERE in ASL....
Aftere that, I want to share a few more symbols that were added to
the IMWA, and then we can start the SignBank-SignPuddle lessons if
you all wish...
Stefan Wöhrmann in Germany wrote:
> 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
> Stefan ;-))
> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: owner-sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu
> [mailto:owner-sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu] Im Auftrag von Valerie
> 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
> SignWriting List
> 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
> Year-End Reports
> 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 Symposium
> 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
> SignPuddle Online
> 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
> in 2006!
> 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
> in SignWriting...
> 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!
> Val ;-)
> Valerie Sutton
> Sutton at SignWriting.org
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