by John Aldrich
Those of you who subscribe to the ANE newsletter will have just received the most recent edition. Here is a look behind the scenes at how it is produced.
Newsletters are mailed out six times a year. The January newsletter features stories about the rug show the previous November. Newsletters in March and July anticipate the upcoming food runs, while those in June and December feature stories about the recently completed food runs. A special edition in September anticipates the upcoming rug show.
Approximately 2000 copies are mailed out to subscribers across the country and worldwide.
Design and production of the newsletter starts long before its printing, of course, with thoughts of possible stories floating through Linda's head. Design work starts in earnest about two weeks ahead of printing and involves the collaboration of Linda and Joyce Trapman, our administrative assistant, working together on the text, photos, and layout.
Copytech, which is owned by one of our volunteers, Deb Conover. Thanks to this relationship, extra effort is put into making sure that the final product looks as good as possible.
When the printing is finished, it's time to call in the volunteers to the warehouse to assemble the newsletter for mailing. With the recent mailing, the newsletter assembly took place last Friday, January 6th. Here are some photos to illustrate the steps needed before the newsletter heads out the door to the post office.
Ten to twelve volunteers gather around a work area:
Newsletter subscriptions are $20 per year and represent a great investment for anyone interested in the Program.