Re: Newsletter help
Susan Best (talarowski@SPRYNET.COM)
Sun, 24 Nov 1996 11:58:22 -0800
On Sat, 23 Nov 1996, Cheryl Singhal <csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG> wrote:
>People will read things that related directly and obviously to
>themselves. If folks in *your* Councils are as busy as the folks in
>mine, make these newsletters short and sweet and focussed on your
>pack/troop. If you've got nothing to say, then don't say it, even if it
>means not putting out a newsletter. If your newsletters get the
>reputation of being stuffed full of relevant info, they'll get read. ANY
>newsletter that gets read is doing better than anyother newsletter that
>gets laid aside to be read later.
I'm not trying to "stuff" the newsletter with non-relevant material just to
increase the size. Based on the remarks we get, people, in general, are reading
the newsletter. I also try to make sure that the most important information
(e.g., the details for signing up for the next trip) are most obvious. However,
I also believe that additional material about scouting could be informative and
may help parents and Scouts see that Scouting is more than just Troop 296. I
know that my appreciation of the program has increased as I've learned more
about it from taking SMF and Wood Badge, and talking about the program with
other Scouters. A newsletter isn't going to be able to give the same type of
background to all the parents, and I wouldn't try. However, I still believe
that the "right" material can be useful.
The information which could be shared could also be directly related to helping
to make the troop function better. For example, some of the articles that I've
written that others might find useful include proper flag ceremonies and proper
uniforming. I'm not the greatest writer, but if someone wanted to use that
material, or adapt it for their own use, I would be willing to share it.
Someone else might have other information that I and my Troop would find useful.
I used to be an eagle..
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City