TDNA Monthly Office Manager's Report: April 2005 Page: 1 of 2
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DATE: May 2, 2005
SUBJECT: Office Management Report - April
Our bank balance as of today is $58,907.63 in checking and $10,205.69 in savings.
" Convention - I've gone over the Driskill Hotel's bill, tallied up attendees, and came
up with a per-person cost that is not as low as Phil said it would be. We publicized a
33% reduction in costs for this year's convention, but it was actually only 5% lower.
I will go over the hotel rooms to make sure the $4,394.00 in attrition charges was
warranted, and I will go over all the numbers again to make sure this is correct before
I bring you all the figures.
" Advertising Survey - This annual survey was mailed on April 8, and a reminder was
mailed last week on April 28 with TDNA's fax number corrected. Although the
deadline was initially this past weekend, we have only received four completed
surveys so far. [Six received by extended deadline of 5/6/05]
In the past, this was a survey of advertising rates. Participation was good, but
there were lots of explanatory footnotes and some complaints about the confusion. So
a committee revamped it and turned it into a survey of advertising revenue. Last year
was the first year we did the new survey and there were seven responses, compared to
27 responses in 2000 which was the last year covered by the old survey.
If we don't get a decent response this year perhaps the board, or another
committee, should reevaluate this survey.
Possible reasons for not responding might be: the survey reveals too much about a
paper's income, it's too complicated, it's not the information ad managers want.
" Health and dental insurance rate increases - New rates for United HealthCare and
Guardian dental insurance coverage went into effect April 1. A comparison chart of
2004 and 2005 insurance costs is attached. As far as percentage changes, I'll start
with the bottom line:
- Estimated total insurance cost for 2005 is $49,828.81 - within the $51,956.00
budgeted for this year - and 20% more than 2004's total insurance of $41,763.71.
- Dental insurance rates went up 15% and health rates went up 22% on April 1
(compared to 4% and 15% in 2004).
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