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Townhall Listserv


Welcome to AOPAs Townhall, a discussion group created for AOPA members and other O&P professionals to facilitate communication about non-clinical issues of interest to the O&P field. Topics may include legislative or regulatory issues, business concerns, matters relating to the operation of your association, or virtually anything else that you wish to share with your peers. The most important prohibition is the discussion of fees, rates or discounts, since this could violate Federal antitrust laws.

We invite your participation in building this service and encourage you to share your comments and suggestions with us at

About Discussion Groups

  • What is a Listserv?

A listserv is an electronic mass mailing distributed to a defined group of people who enroll as members of the listserv. A listserv is an online discussion group where a group of people can exchange thoughts and ideas via electronic mail (e-mail). By subscribing to an electronic mailing list, you can share information on topics that are of interest to you.

  • How does a Listserv work?

Electronic mailing lists are maintained by software programs that automatically distribute an e-mail message from one member of the list to all members on the list.

  • How do I receive and send messages?

All discussions are communicated via e-mail. E-mail is a communication medium used by people all around the world. Whether it is used for casual conversations or discussions among colleagues, e-mail is a useful and efficient method of communicating worldwide.

Remember, you can follow a discussion or participate at the level most comfortable for you. You have two response options:

  • You can respond to the entire list (all members of the Townhall discussion group will receive the message) by selecting reply.
  • You can respond to only the sender of a message by:
  1. Copying the senders e-mail address
  2. Composing a separate e-mail
  3. Sending the e-mail to the individual

About Joining AOPAs Discussion Group

  • How do I subscribe to AOPAs Townhall?

To subscribe to the Townhall:

  1. Click on the e-mail address listed below
  2. Type Subscribe in the body of the message. You do not need to put anything in the subject line of the message
  3. Select Send
  4. Thats it! Your e-mail address is automatically sent to the list manager. AOPA members will receive a letter of welcome (via e-mail) with information describing the purpose and rules of the discussion group.


  • How do I participate in the Townhall?

To participate in a Townhall discussion, simply send your message to the following e-mail address:

  • How do I unsubscribe from the Townhall?

To remove your name form the Townhall:

  1. Click on the e-mail address listed below
  2. Type unsubscribe in the body of the message. You do not need to put anything in the subject line of the message.
  3. Select Send
  4. Thats it! Your request to unsubscribe is automatically sent to the list manager.

 Things to keep in mind when working with a Listserv

  •  Every list has two addresses. The first is the list address. This is where you send the message that you want everyone on the list to receive. The second address is called the list manager. This is the address you send commands to  (i.e. subscribe, unsubscribe). Members on the list do not see these messages.

AOPAs Townhall addresses are:

    1. List address:
    2. List manager address: [email protected]
  • The Townhall is created so users can only subscribe their own e-mail addresses and no other address. This is to prevent unauthorized subscriptions.
  • To prevent unsolicited e-mail, we have set the townhall to restrict publication of a list of subscribers.

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