Re: Condolence Cards for Fallen Scouts/Scouters
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Tue, 14 Jul 1998 14:12:42 -0400
On Tue, 14 Jul 1998, S. Brian Suddeth wrote:
> I wasn't sure that some families would want their acutal address put out
> on the e-mail, so I was wondering about alternatives:
> 1) Send the address of the family out. (Downside, they may get some
> unsolicited or unwanted mail also)
My GM died in November and I can say from that -- enough of an address is
published in most newspapers that the family will get scads of unwanted
mail. There are companies who PAY folks to comb the obits for for just
such a purpose.
It's easy to separate junk mail, though -- it usually has a bulk-rate
postage insignia rather than a real stamp.
If it is a smallish town, just "The family of... name of town" often gets
> 2) Send out the address of the funeral home. (Downside, it may not be
> known, or they may charge the family extra for the service especially if
> a lot of mail comes in.)
If you've got the NAME of the funeral home, you check for an address,
> 3) Send out an address for the unit. (Downside, the Cubmaster or
> Scoutmaster gets deluged with the mail.)
I wouldn't think most of them would be upset, under the circumstances,
even if they got the unwanted mail mentioned in (1)
> 4) Send the address for the local Council office and let them deliver
> them. (Downside, how quickly do we get ANYTHING from the local
The hard way. UNLESS! the SM/CM takes a 9x12 manila envelope by and goes
back a week later to pick it up.
The religious leader who officiated at the funeral would be a good
alternative; you simply look up the "church" on-line and send stuff to
that address (church is being used in the generic to mean the
building in which religious services are held, be it a church, a temple,
a synagogue or a mosque).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City