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Newsletter 1. Newsletter 2.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, September 23, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

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The cover of the October issue of The Palm Press


Whew! Glad to get the newsletter out! The volunteers gathered at 9:30 this morning in the clubhouse and by 10:00 all 320 newsletters had three flyers inserted, had a rubber bank wrapped around them, and were distributed into bags for the delivery volunteers - there are seven "routes". They were augmented today with three ladies who will be involved with an upcoming health fair, which was the subject of one of the flyer inserts. This newsletter is larger than my previous two, at 20 pages. I think that is an optimum size since it seems to give me enough room to express what I want and to report on what is happening. We use the  UPS office near Central and Dunlap; the newsletter is printed with the covers, inside and out, in color and the rest in black-and-white. The 20-page version costs us less than 87¢ each.




Hectic day. Newsletter.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

It was a busy and hectic day today! I started off putting on the finishing touches to the Royal Palm newsletter, then took it to UPS for printing around 8:30 this morning. When they brought it up on the screen there we noted a problem with the front page; the masthead is supposed to have a faded-back photo of the entry sign with the words The Palm Press superimposed near the top. However, the photo was not faded, so the name did not show up well. I headed back home and worked on that, finding that I  had not used the correct PDF printing routine to produce the file I took to the printer. Once I used the correct driver the front page came out properly. Then back to UPS again. It was a busy morning for them with only one person on duty, so it took a while before the project was a go. I got home around 10:00.




Newsletter. Motorhome.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

Final edits are being done on the Royal Palm Social Club newsletter - The Palm Press - and it will go to the printer tomorrow morning. I printed out two draft copies yesterday and gave them to  George Immerso and Leslie Nielsen for review. George and Leslie both reviewed the content and Leslie also did an excellent job of proofreading and suggested some valuable changes. As of late this afternoon I have all the copy available and will wrap it up this evening and have Elaine do a fresh review before it goes out. Then on Friday our volunteer team will do two inserts and fold them, then they will be delivered.




Block Watch. Leftovers. Remote batteries.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

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Officer C J Young explaining the Block Watch program for us at Royal Palm


We are at the current end of the new Valley Metro light rail line, and that is bringing a lot of new people into our area. Many hang out at the new Quik Trip station/convenience store next door. And many transients are camping along the canal behind the property. As a result residents in Royal Palm have become concerned, though we haven't seen any rise in crime in our community yet. So President George Immerso set up contacts with the City of Phoenix Police Department's team that interacts with neighborhoods and Officer C J Young came to us tonight to help us get started with a Block Watch program. He also gave us a lot of information about other programs.




Blooming flowers. Newsletter.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

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Our purple flower blooms for one day then disappears. Others come along later.


"You've got a purple flower!" is a cry Elaine often hears from me after I come back from walking the dogs in the morning. There is a pot by the front of our deck that gets the morning sun and has been producing flowers on many days. I don't know the name of this plant; it and some others were given to us by our neighbor across the street, Chino, who loves flowers and plants of all kinds. When we returned from our RV trip this spring we found all these plants happy in our front yard. That purple flower plant does not bloom every day, but has started blooming on most days. Only once or twice have there been two blossoms on the same day. And the blossoms last only one day, then fall off.




Christmas cards. Newsletter. Web site.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, September 18, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

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Here's a sample of the cards Elaine is preparing kits for people in the craft sessions at Royal Palm Community.


For the past few weeks Elaine has been busy in her craft corner here at the house, making Christmas card kits. She is going to offer these kits to people at the Royal Palm craft sessions in October, so they can make the cards for themselves. I think she has about 10-12 different designs so far, and she is busy making the parts for these for a session in mid-October. These are all her own designs, using components available thru her Cricut system and other sources. And I have to say, these are truly outstanding cards and truly unique. I think these will go over well.