FROM:
 
Doug Reeves (your host)
 
RE:
 
Keeping the lights on.
 

My full time job, and this product I offer here, exists to motivate, entertain and occasionally help you during the purchase, construction, ongoing maintenance and safe flying of your Van's RV kit plane.  Hopefully for decades.  If I'm doing my job well, and you're 'still into airplanes', you come back on a regular basis.   Would you then consider yourself a 'regular'?  If so, pick a day (birthday?) and ask whether the last 12 months here were worth $2.08 a month.  If the answer to that is yes, send in $25.  Re-ask that question yearly.

Just trying to make a living here, like you do with your job.  Thank you to those who help keep it afloat.
 

Click HERE to Support This Site

Donation** totals since VAF became my full time job.
Updated: 
Jan 28, 2016 18:38:04 CST.

*there are ~40,000 additional unregistered forum users not shown in the far right bar.
**Some auto-send $2.08 each month via their bank - each donation like this is recorded separately, so the number you see isn't necessarily that many people..
Donation names:  2016, 2015, 2014 (Cash/Check - Credit Card), 2013 (cash/check - CC), 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

 

Daughter's College Updates
(Chemistry major: SMU)


photo credit

A Page from A's Physical Chemistry Notes

Fall 2015:  GPA 3.8

She is working in the Lippert Research Group lab between classes, and is third from left in the pic HERE at this faculty link.  Their research here.


Our daughter Audrey's SMU-themed VAF cap, safety glasses and lab coat.   A. Reeves photo.

PLEASE do not start threads in the forums along the lines of 'People should donate!'  Donate if you think VAF is a good product, don't if you don't.  God Bless You either way.  I would kindly ask moderators to delete these threads if I'm offline for a bit and don't see them.  Thank you.  dr

  • VAF is our family's stab at American Small Business.  It provides 99% of our family's total income.  As far as I know, I'm planet Earth's only full-time Van's RV online community provider, and we bet the farm on it.
  • Ads on the site do not pull in what some online think.  I WISH they did....I wouldn't have to beg for money here.
  • During the 18 years this site has been online in various forms, best I can calculate is I've spent more than we spent on our house bringing it to you.

How to Donate

1) Credit Card
PayPal takes 3%, but from a paperwork/accounting standpoint, it's pretty easy to stay on top of who has donated.  Click on the yellow button below...

Note: You do not have to have a PayPal account to donate with a credit card.  After clicking on the 'Donate' button above, look for the link denoted by the red arrow in the screen grab below. 

2) Cash.  
Instantly ready to go back into our local economy at the businesses that offer our family cash discounts.  You'd be surprised (
source). 

     mailing address:
     Delta Romeo, LLC.
     P.O. Box 270321
     Flower Mound, TX 75027-0321

3) Check
made out to 'Delta Romeo, LLC' (if you're in the USA)

    
mailing address:
     Delta Romeo, LLC.
     P.O. Box 270321
     Flower Mound, TX 75027-0321
 

*Why does VAF use an honor system business model?

Exempt from Donating:
picture courtesy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jointcolors.jpg

  • any United States citizen who has EVER been in no-shit, bullets coming at you combat.  You know who you are, and I will never be able to thank you enough for protecting my way of life.  Please enjoy the site free for the rest of your life.
  • anyone currently serving in the United States Armed Forces
  • police officers (past or present)
  • current Kindergarten thru grade 12 teachers.
  • firefighters (salaried or volunteer - past or present)
  • anyone employed by Van's Aircraft
  • anyone acting as a moderator in the forums
  • My Mother-in-law.
  • anybody currently unemployed
  • the (2) renters at 'theVanCave'

Lifetime Donators:
(worked out a barter deal for something I was hunting for over the years...)  - Clements, Jon  - Dalton, David   - Karpayev, Vlad   - Redmond, Robert  - Rosales, Paul   - Schoen, William   - Settle, Curtis (Bill)  - Thorne, Mark   - Webster, Tom

The simplest explanation I can offer is because it's less work for both you and me.

Three more reasons...

First, as a United States citizen who is VERY appreciative of those who defend(ed) my freedoms, the 'exempt from donating' category at left is of primary importance to me.  Who would setup and maintain the list of thousands of free combat veteran accounts?  How do you verify their credentials? This all implies employees, and an office, and status meetings, and peer reviews, and a thousand other things that a) gets us off topic and b) killed large parts of my soul in a previous corporate life.  I'd have to charge much more to cover the increased overhead, just so I could net the same amount.  It becomes an episode of ‘The Office’ every day. Thank you, but no. I do it this way for my own simplistic, sanity-preserving reasons.

Second, it releases me from the ‘I paid my money so this is the direction I demand you to go with the site’ back and forth.

Third, this honor system business model allows those who are lurking, still on the fence regarding getting into the hobby, to virtually enjoy the show.  For years if that’s what it takes.  This hobby is supposed to be FUN, something sorely lacking in today's hate filled world.

Thank you,

Doug Reeves (and family)
  

 


VAF comes to you courtesy some nerd's spare bedroom Doug Reeves.