Subject: Renewing your Telecommunity Net Account The Board of Directors of Victoria Telecommunity Network (VTN) recently decided that we need to get our user accounts renewed annually. The Board has also decided that we need to get proof of identity on all new registrations and the existing ones as they are renewed. We hope that you will want to renew your relationship with VTN for another year by renewing your account. Details of how to do that are given below. TO KEEP ON USING VTN YOU MUST EITHER TAKE OUT A MEMBERSHIP OR RENEW YOUR ACCOUNT. The annual renewal process is going to help us keep our contact information up to date and allow us to keep up to date information on how many people actually use VTN. It also gives you, the beneficiary of our existence, an annual opportunity to show your support for VTN by donating. VTN relies almost exclusively on donations from users to pay our day to day expenses. In order to keep this service going and to keep it accessible to everyone in our community we need to increase donations coming from you the user. Since donations are such a significant factor in VTN's ability to pay our day to day expenses please consider making a donation with your renewal. Memberships in the Association are $25 per year. We hope that all of you will become members. Further donations are, of course, always welcome. Some people send us a series of post dated cheques. If your membership has been renewed recently and you have thus received this message in error, please accept our apologies. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To renew your VTN account there are just three steps to take: 1) Make a signed copy of this form on a standard sized 8 1/2"x11" piece of paper. (Using this size paper will help us when processing your renewal.) You can hand write or type the form. "I wish to continue to use my VTN account and agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the User Agreement. I am also enclosing a photocopy of my current ID (or a donation on a personalized cheque) and I'm including my current address and phone number." Signed:__________________________ User ID:______________ Date:___________________ Phone:_______________________ Name:__________________________________________ Street:________________________________________ City:________________________________________ Signature____________________________________ Signature of parent or guardian:_________________________________(if under 18 years of age) [ ] I have included __ post-dated cheques for $___ each. [ ] Please charge $____ to my Visa Account #________________________________ [ ] every month [ ] quarterly for the next year Expiry date on the card is __________. Now 2) Attach a photocopy of a piece of current ID to the form or use a personalized cheque for your membership. 3) Mail the form from above (please make sure that you include all the information and that you sign the form and don't forget to include your donation) to: Victoria Telecommunity Network 220 - 4252 Commerce Circle Victoria, BC, V8Z 4M2, Canada ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When your renewal is processed by us we will send you an acknowledgement via e-mail. Please allow up to two weeks for mailing and processing. Your renewal is good for one year. Next year a renewal notice will be sent to you one month prior to your renewal date. If you don't want to renew your account then simply do nothing. Unrenewed accounts will eventually be deleted as we need room for new users. We hope that you'll renew your account. Thank you. Why should I support VTN? Victoria Teleommunity Network serves the community of Southern Vancouver Island. Here's who benefits from your support: --Many community groups and agencies using VTN to communicate with the public. --Everyone using VTN to access community information, find out about government agencies, learn about telecommunications technology, communicate with friends, make new friends online. --Support groups and people with disabilities who use VTN to connect to the world. --Job hunters and others who need information about jobs, telecommunications experience, or computer skills. --Programmers and networkers who use VTN as a training ground to develop their skills. --Small businesses, entrepreneurs and home based businesses who need access when they are starting up. VTN financial data for the years ending October 1996 and October 1997 can be found online by starting at the main menu and choosing #1, #12 and then either # 1, 2, 3, or 4 depending on how you are viewing it or which year you want. You can see that expenses exceeded donations in each of the last two years and they continue to do so causing VTN to draw from its cash reserves. By joining together to share costs you ensure that the system can be accessed by the thousands who use it daily and by the ever increasing numbers who are signing up eager to be part of the information society. Your donation, large or small, makes Victoria Telecommunity Network possible. Thank you for your time and happy netting.