Town Crier Marks 100th Edition (July 2017)

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Dear readers,

Well! We’ve been on quite the journey together, haven’t we? Some 221 of us received the very first edition of the Fenelon Falls Town Crier when it was published on May 14, 2013. Today’s issue marks the 100th newsletter that has gone out via email to residents and fans of our Jewel of the Kawarthas. What started out as a project led by the City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development Department has found a home at the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce where it is currently produced and operated.

Edition 1 Header, The Fenelon Falls Town Crier

Edition 1 Header, The Fenelon Falls Town Crier

To understand the origins of the Town Crier, we have to go back to the beginning of the Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) project that commenced in 2011 and was led by the City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development Department. From that initiative, 5 committees were formed to lead BR+E projects; Infrastructure, Social Infrastructure, Leadership Team, Downtown Revitalization and Promotional Strategy/Marketing. The Promotional Strategy/Marketing Committee was chaired by Craig Bachman, and undertook several initiatives. There was the design of the new Fenelon Falls logo, co-ordination for the new village entry signs, and the establishing of the www.FenelonFalls.info website, and its partner e-newsletter, the Fenelon Falls Town Crier.

Town_Crier_Newsletter_IconInstrumental in the creation of the newsletter and website were Fenelon’s own Corrie Hynes and Janet Dalton. Both key members of the initial Committee, they took the initiative to get the web based projects going. Corrie has acted as Managing Editor and general media guru from the start. It is not an understatement to say that Corrie has been the foundation on which the Town Crier and www.FenelonFalls.info were built. Her media background and passion for community focused communication have been the driving force behind the scenes. Her guidance has been instrumental in the strategy and grassroots success of the popular Facebook page, website and newsletter. Although Janet passed away all too soon in the spring of 2014, part of her lasting legacy is her work on the website and mailchimp programming, which are still in use today. “I think the success of the Town Crier is an amazing testament to [Janet and Corrie’s] commitment,” says Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce Director Brian Rump, “and the number of volunteer hours required to build this project to 100 issues is mind-blowing.”

Take a walk down memory lane and view the 1st published edition of the Town Crier here: http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=96e2c04ec7f8cdb50494afa8c&id=51869fae59

Corrie recently handed over the reins of the Town Crier to the Chamber of Commerce office staff. Shannon Bain, the Chamber Manager, has worked under Corrie since March 2014. “I’d say I can’t put into words how much I’ve learnt from Corrie but she’s taught me to express myself too well! Working with Corrie has given me such an amazing education on how to navigate the communication waters, how to highlight the best of what our Village offers and how to not freak out if the website goes down. I will miss working with her every edition, but know that her training and hard work to get us to edition 100 will continue to serve us into the future. She is one of the best and can’t be thanked enough!” Continues Brian Rump, “[The website and newsletter] would not have happened without her, and Economic Development initiatives such as this can never be successful without a volunteer like her.”

The Town Crier newsletter has become its own going concern, and has created awareness and engagement of all things Fenelon Falls to residents and visitors. Although some parts of the Town Crier were produced under contract, the bulk of the work to maintain the websites and populate the newsletter to date was done mainly by volunteers. As local coverage disappears across the country, it’s becoming more and more important to support stories and events that truly hit close to home. “The FenelonFalls.info website and Town Crier newsletter are a vital source of communication in Fenelon Falls and the Chamber is very proud to operate such an incredible source of information for anyone interested in our community” says Brent Simpson, Chamber President.

On behalf of the Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce and a grateful readership, thank you, Corrie, for all your hard work. We wish you the best and will forever remain grateful for the benefits you’ve brought to the Chamber and the residents of Fenelon Falls.

Town Crier turns 100And on behalf of the directors and staff of the Chamber, thank you, dear readers, volunteers, poster makers, article writers, committee members, past and present sponsors and anyone else who has ever uttered the words “have you heard of the Fenelon Falls Town Crier?”: High Fives to all involved! Join us in celebrating the 100th edition of the Town Crier. This issue was sent out to almost 1200 recipients. If you haven’t yet signed up, why not take a moment now (see link below) and help keep Fenelon Falls communicating!

 

Fenelon Falls Town Crier sign-up: http://fenelonfalls.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=96e2c04ec7f8cdb50494afa8c&id=ece658203a

And of course we must say a special thank you to our Sponsors, whose generosity contributes directly to the ongoing success of www.fenelonfalls.info and the Fenelon Falls Town Crier.

 

City of Kawartha Lakes

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Handley Lumber

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Kawartha ATV Association

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Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls

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We’ll be back next month for Edition #101 – well on our way to number 200!

 

Do you have a contribution to make to the Town Crier or fenelonfalls.info? Email us at newsletter@fenelonfalls.info. We’d love to hear from you.

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