Thanks guys. As you likely know we have several repeat members who truly push the envelop by supporting us several times through the years - as you mentioned Gary, I believe they have seen a cost and learning benefit both by having such a great collective of beekeepers here.
We all know there are several great bee forums out there, all have a "theme" some are very scientific, others heavily have trading and bee supply sales - and that is all fine and works for them, I just never wanted anyone here to get involved in a Craig's List free-for-all on who ripped-off who, what supply companies suck, who got gypped on queens and bees: none of that was ever my intention early on and although it took awhile for people to realize that they can go to as many forums as these wish, when you come here, our goal is learning and sharing beekeeping and making a community that can exist BEYOND the hobby. Now, people understand the vision and it works beautifully.
I want to share this, because of this topic: yesterday we had a first time contributor who may have used the credit card option - Paypal keeps all that stuff very secret, as they should, but I do have an email address and will be writing in a few minutes to thank them. - I hope if they are readying this, they realize without saying your gift will go far in supporting the forum and for everyone, I thank you.
I can't help but add, we have some exciting improvements coming very soon - I have been secretive about something for awhile (it's driving Annette crazy - lol) but very soon a few announcements are coming - all very positive stuff for the members and crew at Beemaster.
So there it was, another mystery peek at the fact that improvements are coming that will better the forums functionality without compromising anything and also a positive announcement that is long over due. Enough teasing - 2015 will be a wonderful year.
Thank you all