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Frequently Asked Questions
 
  1. Notice of Dissolution December 2014
  2. What is Fox Cities Online (FOCOL)?
  3. What information will be on Fox Cities Online ?
  4. How did Fox Cities Online begin?
  5. What is Fox Cities Online's mission?
  6. Is Fox Cities Online part of any other organization or group?
  7. What is Fox Cities Online 's legal status?
  8. Who supplies the information?
  9. How can I sign up to use Fox Cities Online ?
  10. Will there be a charge for using Fox Cities Online ?
  11. What benefits do I get if a become a member?
  12. What are the membershp levels?
  13. What geographic area does Fox Cities Online cover?
  14. Who runs Fox Cities Online?
  15. How can I contact Fox Cities Online?
  16. I am involved with an organization that would like to place information on Fox Cities Online . How do I do this?
  17. Does Fox Cities Online have paid staff?
  18. How is Fox Cities Online supported financially?
  19. How can I help Fox Cities Online ?
  20. Are contributions tax-deductible?
  21. Is there a place I can go to find all Fox Cities Online member websites?

Notice of Dissolution December 2014

The Fox Cities Online Board of Directors and members present at the Annual Meeting held on December 4, 2014 voted to approve the Dissolution Proposal that had been posted on the website and sent to members prior to the meeting. Hosted organizations will be allowed to stay on the server until March 31, 2015. Any members who would like advice or suggestions about alternatives to FOCOL for a web presence are welcome to contact the Executive Director with their request.

The entries that follow are historical only as of March 31, 2015. The FOCOL website is now maintained by the Appleton Public Library. Hosting is only available to a few local history sites. Contact , the Fox Cities Online Executive Director, at APL for additional information.



What is Fox Cities Online ?

Fox Cities Online is a website which links to information related to the Fox Cities area of northeastern Wisconsin. Fox Cities Online maintains as comprehensive a list of links to Fox Cities web-based information as possible.  Fox Cities Online also provides web hosting service for non-profits and other organizations in the Fox Cities which might not otherwise be able to have a website.   

What information is on Fox Cities Online ?

Fox Cities Online provides links to websites created and maintained by educational institutions, government agencies, service organizations, health service providers, recreational facilities, arts organziations, clubs, and businesses. For further information see our Link Policy, adopted by the Fox Cities Online Board of Directors.

How did Fox Cities Online begin?

During 1993 and 1994 a small group of area educators, librarians, business people, and computer enthusiasts got together to discuss community information networks and Internet access. They adopted bylaws and elected a board of directors in the fall of 1994. Fox Cities Online reached full operational status in March, 1997. It continually adds links to other community websites. 

What is Fox Cities Online's mission?  

"Fox Cities Online promotes community through access to information by providing a comprehensive directory of Fox Cities websites, and hosting websites for local organizations" 

Is Fox Cities Online part of any other organization or group?

No. Although some organizations have supported Fox Cities Online with in-kind contributions and other support, Fox Cities Online is a separate and independent entity. At the present time, Fox Cities Online is operated by staff of the Appleton Public Library.

What is FOCOL's legal status?

Fox Cities Online (FOCOL, Inc.) is incorporated with the State of Wisconsin and is a non-profit organization under IRS section 501(c)(3) . 

Who supplies the information on Fox Cities Online ?

Fox Cities Online links to the websites of area clubs, organizations, businesses, schools, libraries, churches, etc.  Those organizations are the providers of the information available through Fox Cities Online .

How can I support Fox Cities Online ?

You can join Fox Cities Online now by filling out the online registration form on this web site, printing it out, and mailing it along with your membership dues to the address listed on the form. 

Is there a charge for using Fox Cities Online ?

Access to local information on Fox Cities Online is free. 

What benefits do I get if a become a member?

A key benefit is low-cost, no-advertising, Internet e-mail. Your membership dues are tax-deductible, and Fox Cities Online members can vote on Fox Cities Online matters according to the bylaws. When you join Fox Cities Online you have the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting an important community resource.  Organizational members are eligible to store their web pages on the Fox Cities Online computers, and Fox Cities Online staff will provide some assistance to them in getting started.

What are the membership levels?

Membership levels are $15.00 for students and seniors, $25 - $49 for Regular membership, $50 - $100 for Supporting or Family membership, $100 - $499 for a Sustaining membership, $500 - $1000 to be a Benefactor, and $1000 or more makes you a Guarantor. 

All members are eligible for a free email account. Organizations joining at the Regular level and above may have limited storage space on the Fox Cities Online server for their website. Those joining at the Supporting level or above may request up to four email accounts.

What geographic area does Fox Cities Online cover?

Fox Cities Online concentrates on the area from Kaukauna to Neenah. That is the area Fox Cities Online considers its service area and the area from which Fox Cities Online recruits its information providers.  Many Oshkosh organizations are also a part of Fox Cities Online. Fox Cities Online is accessible by anyone, anywhere through the Internet. 

Who runs Fox Cities Online ?

Fox Cities Online's structure consists of its membership and its elected Board of Directors. 

How can I contact Fox Cities Online ?

You can contact Fox Cities Online by sending correspondence to Fox Cities Online , PO Box 1722, Appleton, WI 54912, or you may contact a member of the Board of Directors. The phone number is 920-832-6346. The following are members of the Fox Cities Online Board of Directors.

Name Representing Term Expires
Brent Schuettpelz, President Fox Valley Technical College December 2015
Bruce Casner, Vice President Miller Electric December 2014
Colleen Rortvedt, Secretary Appleton Public Library December 2016
Pete Gilbert, Treasurer Lawrence University December 2015
Kelly Barnes December 2015
Craig Booher Retired December 2015
Charmaine Foley United Way 2-1-1 December 2015
Carolyn Desrosiers Harmony Cafe December 2016
Kathy Voigt   December 2014

 

I am involved with an organization that would like to place information on Fox Cities Online . How do I do this?

Contact , the Fox Cities Online Executive Director. Members at the regular level or above who have someone to be their "webmaster" can have a website hosted on the Fox Cities Online server. If you don't have anyone in your organization who can set up your website, consider requesting a "Web Brochure". Fox Cities online will set up a web brochure for any area organization whether they are a member or not. To request one, fill out the online application form. 

Does Fox Cities Online have paid staff?

Barbara Kelly, the Executive Director, is employed by the Appleton Public Library, which supports Fox Cities Online by sharing her time. The Board members and others involved in Fox Cities Online are volunteers.

How is Fox Cities Online supported financially?

Fox Cities Online is financed by a combination of the following sources -- grants, donations, in-kind donations, sponsorships, and membership dues.  The Appleton Public Library provides significant in-kind support, including staff time, Internet connectivity, technical support and office space.

How can I help Fox Cities Online ?

You could join our organization and/or make a financial contribution. Your club or organization could join Fox Cities Online and let us help you get your website hosted. Tell people you know about our site, and use it often to find information about the Fox Cities.

Are contributions tax-deductible?

Yes.

Is there a place I can go to see all Fox Cities Online member websites?

A complete list of websites hosted on Fox Cities Online can be found here. Other organizations are members of Fox Cities Online. Fox Cities Online members are identified wherever they occur throughout our directory lists by a unique color.


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Last Updated: 09-Sep-2015