Cliff Golden (C60DJK1@MVS.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Fri, 3 Feb 1995 18:59:00 CST
We publish a 12 page newsletter quarterly that is mailed first class
postage to our scouts, leaders, and sponsors. Issues are Winter,
Spring, Summer, and Fall. We used to have a monthly that we sent
home with the boys, but the mailed quarterly works better for us.
The twelves pages usually consist of the following:
1st Page: Graphic of Photo of interest, Newsletter masthead, and
a sidebar of special major events coming up.
3 Pages: Full page calendars of each month with days highlighted of
meetings or activities. These are good for hanging on refridgerator
3 Pages: Details and descriptions of each event, 1 page for each
month of activities. Where, when, why, etc.
1 Page: Details of meetings for all three months are listed. This
includes troop meetings, OA, Roundtable, Troop Committee, PLC, etc.
3 Pages: Other neat stuff. "Looking Back" a review of the past
activities in the last 3 months by the Historian. "Eagle News" to
inform of upcoming projects, needs, mb's, progress, etc.
Summer Camp and High Adventure articles, biographies of new scouts,
accomplishments of our scouts in Church, school, sports, etc.
"Getting to Know" biographies of key youth leaders, SPL has his
column, SM has his column, and any holes that remain are filled with
graphics, cartoons, and at least one wordfind per issue using Scout
items, troop activities, etc. as themes.
The back page which is outside when folded has half the page
committed to mailing information, return address, postmark, and the
Scout's address. The other half is devoted to "In this Issue" an
index to articles and information inside the newsletter.
I use my office computer after hours, so I'm limited to what we have
on that hardrive. I use Wordperfect 5.1 with glyphics fonts using
2 columns on each page with header. I wish I had a desktop publish-
ing capability like some of you. Any photos or graphics are manual
additions. I have an art background.
I try to involve as much boy input as possible. My time is limited
and I usually put the thing our at 2:00 or 3:00am by myself. That
is the way it usually works out. But the boys do contribute.
The PLC plans out an annual program. The newsletter prints it up
in installments of 3 months of detailed program every issue. time
We still send home some reminders of various things with the boys
every so often, but the newsletter answers 95% of all questions
regarding our program. It has served us well.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33, Dekalb, IL Three Fires Council
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