Re: Pack/Troop Newsletters
Dick Elsley (elsley@JUPITER.RISC.ROCKWELL.COM)
Wed, 8 Feb 1995 17:38:27 PST
Michael West wondered about other's experiences with newsletters.
I realize this won't reach you by 1/20, but I'm a little behind in my reading <g>.
I started a newsletter and calendar for Troop 765 a couple of years ago and everyone has come to love them. Before that, a calendar was typed up once a year and was completely useless 6 months later. I could never find out what events were _actually_ going on this month.
Newsletter: One page long. A banner title across the top and 2 columns of _short_ (5 lines max) items on: What just happened, what is going to happen in the next 2 months, thanks to people who helped, a list of upcoming dates, and reminders about Roundtable & Committee Meetings.
On the back side I print the return address so that my son can tri-fold, staple and mail them out. I do it in Microsoft Word.
Calendar: Each page has 7 days across (Monday ... Sunday) and holds about 2.5 months of the troop's future. This is much more popular than 1 page per month. I do it in a spreadsheet (Excel), and it calculates the dates out automatically.
Mailing: Every 2 months I mail a newsletter + the next 3 or so calendar pages + whatever else the SM wants included to every registered adult. 7 pages tri-folded requires only 1 stamp. Mailing labels come from the same database program that holds the troop roster.
This is all automated enough that it only takes an evening once I have collected the 'news'.
ASM & Scribe, Troop 765
Thousand Oaks, CA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City