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RE: OT - Press release experience?


Polaroid film is very expensive and our congregation is very small.  I don't
think we could stand the cost, unless I could get Polaroid to donate the
goods.  It's a good idea, though.  Thanks!

Blessings,
Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Bonnie Holmes
Sent: Saturday, October 21, 2006 10:22 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT - Press release experience?

What about borrowing/renting a Polaroid instant camera?  Last year, when
visiting my daughter and husband, we went to the Reagan Library.  There was
a commercial company that was offering to make pictures as you entered the
Presidential plane.  They used a Polaroid and could hand out pictures
quickly.


> [Original Message]
> From: Pam Evans <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 10/21/2006 2:58:37 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT - Press release experience?
>
> Everyone is probably right Bonnie.  Personally I would slam the 
> commercialization thing but I've been told more than once I'm a tad 
> extreme.  Act surprised.
>
> On 10/20/06, Donna <gossiper@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> >
> > ok- forget the pictures LOL.....
> >
> > I think someone needs to address this photo printing, especially if 
> > you are going to have a large number of kids! An inkjet printer with 
> > special paper is going to be expensive if lets say you end up 
> > printing 500 or more pictures! Anyone in the congregation have a color
laser printer...
> > cheaper to do this but even then, yikes! I would say, first picture 
> > is free, any reprints a donation must be given? Maybe a can on the 
> > table might help with the expenses if folks donate something even 
> > for the first picture. Too bad you don't have more time. I would hit 
> > up on camera manufacturers, paper and ink companies and see if they 
> > would donate some supplies? I had good success emailing pond 
> > companies and asking for door prizes for our expo's. Warning! Use 
> > the church address, as I recall getting a phone call at work from 
> > John yelling at me about a semi in front of the house wanting to 
> > know what we where going to use to offload skids of stuff with......
> >
> >
> > What about some of these online photo things. You could post the 
> > pictures and folks could print from there? Then if they want 10 
> > copies, no big deal on your end. Or maybe the group should sign up 
> > at ipower for a limited time web site. All the pictures could be 
> > uploaded and folks could print from there?
> >
> >
> > Wasn't Chris using those small CD's for his catalog..... maybe that 
> > would be an answer too. First print free, X amount for a cd with the 
> > pictures on them?
> >
> >
> > Good Luck!
> > Donna
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----
> > From: Bonnie & Bill Morgan <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > Sent: Friday, October 20, 2006 10:16:51 AM
> > Subject: RE: [CHAT] OT - Press release experience?
> >
> >
> > Good input!  O.K., I'll change the header.    Area codes don't change
much
> > until one gets down around the interstate loop around Cincinnati, 
> > but it won't hurt to add it.
> >
> > As for photos...Yes, I do hope to have the costume finished within 
> > the next
> > 2-3 weeks, but I'm not sure that will be enough time to get the 
> > articles in on time with photos.  Besides, Bill won't be bleaching 
> > his hair and
beard
> > until a week after Thanksgiving.  Since it takes 4 bleachings to get 
> > it Santa white, it is very difficult for him to keep bleaching (to 
> > cover
> > roots)
> > for more than a month without losing LOTS of hair to breakage.  And 
> > bleaching the mustache under his nose is a very sensitive and 
> > difficult thing to do because of the fumes.  Eyebrows are another 
> > level of difficulty to keep white.  Right now, there is only a 
> > little bit of color in his mustache and very little in his beard, 
> > but he still has a full head of dark brown (almost black) hair that 
> > must be treated.  Of course, for radio,
it
> > doesn't make a lot of difference (photos, that is.)    Too bad I don't
> > know
> > a Greek Orthodox or Roman Catholic Bishop who could lend us his 
> > attire
for
> > photos.  I could probably use white hair spray for initial photos.
> >
> > I'm still trying to pin down some folks at church on how much they 
> > are willing to donate, but I'm sure that one of the members has 
> > volunteered use of a photo printer (4"X6") and we'll be asking for 
> > either funds or photo paper and ink to fit it from the congregation.  
> > The plan is to take
photos
> > with a digital camera and print them while the family is still there.
> > Originally, I had just planned to have parents bring their own 
> > cameras.  Do you think we could ask for good will offerings for 
> > those who want extra photos to cover the expense of paper and ink?  
> > We have no clue how many will show up for it since this will be the 
> > first year, but I'd rather be over supplied than undersupplied.
> >
> > CD's are pretty cheap.  I hadn't thought about having them for the
event,
> > but I don't think we have a PC (or the software) available at church 
> > to burn the photos to CD.  I know that malls here charge $10-$15 for 
> > the photo
on
> > Disc.  Perhaps we can ask for good will offerings for them as well 
> > if I could find someone to bring a laptop with the right software.  
> > However,
we
> > don't want to be in the business of turning anyone down for a 
> > picture or pictures, either.  After all, this is a non-profit event.
> >
> > I don't think we want to be in the business of e-mailing photos if 
> > we
have
> > large turn out.  Many of the members aren't that computer literate
(being
> > a
> > very small congregation with mostly  very elderly members) and I 
> > won't have time to do large volumes with our regular Santa Visits to 
> > various charities.
> > If all goes well, we might be able to add  things for future years, 
> > but I'm not sure we can do it all this first year.
> >
> > Up to now, our largest event has been Bible School and the 
> > Pre-School we offer for the community.  In the summer, Bible School 
> > draws more than 60 children (though ads have been limited to the 
> > sign on the property) and
we
> > have had to put children on a list because we simply don't have the
staff
> > or
> > enough younger (folks under 75) volunteers to help with the children. 
The
> > pre-school has a community reputation for being the best in the area 
> > and the waiting list to get into it (State regulations restricting 
> > size there)
is
> > VERY long.  Since the advertising is going beyond word of mouth and 
> > the sign on the corner of the church property, I'm not sure what to 
> > expect.  The pre-school plans to put fliers into their children's 
> > take home bags regarding both the St. Nicholas Event and the Wrap It 
> > Up Events.  (Am I
a
> > glutton for punishment?  Or just crazy.  Don't answer that!!! 
> > LOL!!!)
> >
> > I do know Santa Bill can do 200-250 children per hour with the right 
> > supports in place.  (It varies so much because he actually listens 
> > to
each
> > child.  Some have more to say than others.)   I'm confident that he can
do
> > the same with St. Nicholas, though he'll be having to answer 
> > questions about
> > why he is different than Santa.   We'll be open approximately 6 hours
for
> > one day.  I don't think the congregation yet understands how many
children
> > could come through.
> >
> > Thanks everyone for your thoughts and your help!  I'd be lost 
> > without
you!
> >
> > Blessings,
> > Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] 
> > On Behalf Of Donna
> > Sent: Friday, October 20, 2006 9:32 AM
> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT - Press release experience?
> >
> > I agree with Jim..... wouldn't give you a good spot in the paper and 
> > you might be the first one to get canceled if space in that issue 
> > becomes a problem....
> >
> >
> > Might also add the church's area code as well.....( although your 
> > areas might be larger than ours here)
> >
> > But my question is... who is paying for all the picture printing? 
> > Are
you
> > going to email the pictures to the parents to print out? You know 
> > the parents needs extra copies for grandparents etc.... hum....Trust 
> > me, you want as many questions answered in the ad. You will get tons 
> > of phone calls and emails if you don't.
> >
> >
> > Hum.. no way to get a picture of your grandkid and Bill ahead of 
> > time?  Bill makes such a great Santa it would draw them there....
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----
> > From: james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net>
> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > Sent: Friday, October 20, 2006 7:40:44 AM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT - Press release experience?
> >
> >
> > Don't think I'd attack the commercial spirit of christmas; crass 
> > commercialism generates a lot of revenue for the media. Rather, I'd
stress
> > a
> > traditional alternative.
> >
> > On Oct 20, 2006, at 7:23 AM, Bonnie & Bill Morgan wrote:
> >
> > > Jim, Zem and Donna,  I agree about getting something to draw their 
> > > attention.  Since I can't find any sign that anyone else in the 
> > > Miami Valley, much less the greater Dayton area has done a St. 
> > > Nicholas Event, I think we'll peak some interest.  This will go to 
> > > Christian Radio stations in the area, our main local newspaper and 
> > > the community newspapers in the area.
> > > (The latter has agreed to run two articles for us.  They will run 
> > > one in a couple of weeks and again the week before the event.)
> > >
> > > Here's what I had already put together.  I'm open for ideas and 
> > > critiques.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Tired of the Mall Santa and the Hype to Buy, Buy, Buy? (I'll bold 
> > > and enlarge this.)
> > >
> > > Christ the King Lutheran Church in Centerville will be hosting a 
> > > Saint Nicholas Event to allow children and parents to get pictures 
> > > with a familiar Christmas icon without the commercialization of
Christmas.
> > >
> > > The event will be held:
> > >     December 9th between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
> > >     At Christ The King Lutheran Church
> > >     On 50 Nutt Road (on the corner of Nutt and 48) in Centerville.
> > >
> > > There is no charge for the event, but children are encouraged to 
> > > bring an item for the Baby Jesus, which will be donated to 
> > > Hannah's Treasure Chest.
> > > Hannah's treasure Chest provides families in need with items 
> > > necessary to care for their children all through the year.
> > >
> > > Parents can bring their own cameras or have a photo taken by one 
> > > of the attendants.
> > >
> > > Children may also talk with a Nativity Character, hear the REAL 
> > > story of Christmas and learn about other Christmas traditions, 
> > > such as the candy cane.  They can snack on a Christmas cookie and 
> > > sip some hot chocolate as well.
> > >
> > > Come and enjoy a family oriented, Christian, Christmas based, non 
> > > commercialized celebration of the spirit of giving.
> > >
> > > For more information, contact Christ the King Lutheran Church at
> > > 885-5785 or
> > > send an e-mail to St.Nicholas@ameritech.net.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > BTW, thanks to Pam for testing my new e-mail address (St.Nicholas) 
> > > for me!
> > >
> > >
> > > Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] 
> > > On Behalf Of james singer
> > > Sent: Thursday, October 19, 2006 8:27 PM
> > > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > > Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT - Press release experience?
> > >
> > > It's just who, what, why, when, and where, like any other press 
> > > release, Bonnie. Helps if you can lead with something sexy/unique, 
> > > like you're going to tar and feather the mayor or pit St. Nick 
> > > against Old Nick, but if you can't, just lead with whatever it is 
> > > about the event should attract the most reader interest [editors 
> > > are interested in readers; they don't care about events or 
> > > sponsors, unless the sponsors are advertisers]. Just be sure you 
> > > include all the who, what, why, when, and where stuff--and your 
> > > name and phone number--so whoever re-writes it will have no excuse for
screwing it up.
> > >
> > > On Oct 19, 2006, at 7:52 PM, Bonnie & Bill Morgan wrote:
> > >
> > >> Does anyone have any experience with community event press releases?
> > >> I'm
> > >> getting ready to "alert the media" to a St. Nicholas Event open 
> > >> to the Dayton area and I want to make it as professional as possible.
> > >>
> > >> Blessings,
> > >> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> > >>
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> > > Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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