Sugar Surfing™ May 2018 Newsletter: The Quiver


This is the May 2018 Newsletter for Dynamic Diabetes Management Inc.

BOOK DISTRIBUTION:

April Sugar Surfing™ print books sold: 255, including 11 mailed to Canada and 1 mailed to Australia. There were 35 electronic books purchased via the Sugar Surfing website.

Purchase of eBooks and complementary eBooks to the newly diagnosed are being downloaded worldwide. We define newly diagnosed as 90 days or less. The link to the free e-book is prominently displayed at the top of our webpage.

We donated 54 free e-books to persons newly diagnosed in April!

If you are considering a purchase of the paperback, please do not buy the print book from Amazon. Buy directly from the website. The reason is straightforward. DDM loses 11 dollars with each book sold through Amazon, whose fees to sellers increased in 2018. These fees have a significant impact on DDM business operations. In addition, Amazon does not ship outside the US.

You can purchase the book from the website storefront at www.sugarsurfing.com , and we highly encourage this. When the print book is purchased from the Sugar Surfing website and not Amazon, DDM makes more income which is able to be invested in the exciting projects described below. We can ship books directly to you from Texas and we can ship worldwide. Orders from the website also include a free Sugar Surfing bookmark!

WEBSITE

Our webmaster Chris Hopkins has proposed dramatic upgrades to the website. Expect to see a new look to Sugar Surfing over the next several weeks.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Registration is active and the lists are growing daily for Des Moines, IA (June 2nd), Portland, OR (September 8th), and Atlanta, GA (October 6th). We will open up registration for Orange County, CA (October 13) this week. Each location has a team leader driving local awareness and support. DDM has finalized a special workshop in Northeast Texas this summer (Longview) on June 23rd. Details to come very soon.

Many venues have been suggested. Some are still under active consideration. These include the Washington DC-Baltimore area, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, and Charlotte, NC. Inquiries from locations in Canada, Australia, The Middle East, Berlin and the UK have been received. These will require more time and local support to set up in 2019 or 2020.

Every Sugar Surfing Workshop requires careful planning, lots of time and plenty of energy to organize. Executive Director Patsy Ponder and Outreach Manager Allison Nimlos have been streamlining the process to attract more local organizers to step up. We appreciate the passion that a local event host organizer brings to the table. We get many requests to come to a city or region. Each must be reviewed and discussed with local volunteers. Securing a venue is essential to this process. DDM can send out a workshop organizer packet to anyone or group interested in exploring a future workshop. Contact admin@sugarsurfing.com with inquiries about hosting a workshop anywhere.

PROFESSIONAL SUGAR SURFING PRESENTATIONS

Dr. Ponder’s AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year duties include numerous diabetes educator seminars in 2018. On April 6th the Texas Coordinating Board of the AADE heard a 90-minute presentation on Sugar Surfing in Round Rock, Texas from 1:30-3:00PM. On Friday April 13th we presented Sugar Surfing to over 100 CDE’s and other professionals in Charlotte, NC from 8-9AM at their annual Area Health Education Center. The April 28th Sugar Surfing Workshop in San Juan, Puerto Rico was attended by several health care providers, including several endos, as well as over 90 attendees. Many thanks to our local host, pediatric endocrinologist Carlos Leyva MD. A special shout out to Elba Lopez RD, CDE for kindly picking me up at the airport and Jonathan Velez, MD for helping get the whole effort started.

RECENT LAY WORKSHOPS

Sugar Surfing (DDM) continues to send “shout out” messages to attendees to explore the immediate, intermediate, and long-term impact of learning about Sugar Surfing. We will be sending these out for the January 2018 New York Metro workshop, followed by the attendees of the Space City Sugar Surfing Workshop in Houston. We continue to receive wonderful testimonials which we will share with the new website format.

ONGOING PROJECTS

Chapter 5 of Sugar Surfing has been completely translated into Spanish. The remainder of the book has been also translated as well but in need of revisions and edits. This effort was driven by a volunteer and other team members who wish to remain anonymous now. We also have our first price quote to consider a fund-raising process to have the entire book translated into Spanish. To accomplish this goal, a fundraising campaign will be needed. There are no funds in the budget to cover this cost unless we obtain grants, a large financial donation, or fund raise. We are waiting for our new Executive Director to get fully onboarded before moving this project forward.

Sugar Surfing University Courseware. A demonstration module is nearing completion. To summarize, Chapter 7 was converted into an e-learning module. Video animations were created in April and are being embedded in the module. Once completed, the prototype Chapter 7 module will be shared as part of a crowdsourcing effort to develop an entire course. Sugar Surfing ‘graduates’ will be able to assess their knowledge of dynamic diabetes management, take quizzes and will even be able to print certificates of completion of the coursework.

DONATIONS

DDM is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public educational charity supported by donations. For all the activities above to continue, your generous support is needed. We have been thankful for all the generous donations made to date by several of you. Some are providing monthly donations too. We are extremely thankful and aim to be the best possible stewards of this support and earn your trust.

We will soon be growing our volunteer Board of Directors to help us raise awareness and funding. More to come on that in future newsletters.

We have received a small number of donations in April. However, our agendas above are daunting and ambitious. As Dynamic Diabetes Management serves the public, that is where our support originates. Book sales and workshop fees help us break even or become slightly positive with funds, but the projects outlined about will go nowhere without a source of funding. Grant writing will begin in a few months, but much is already happening now.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT. All donations are tax-deductible in the United States. Contact admin@sugarsurfing.com or click the “DONATE” key at the top of the webpage.

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