September 2014 Network Journal - Pg 19
by Gila Hayes
Heraclitus is supposed to have said, “The only thing constant is change,” and if that obscure Greek philosopher was right, it’s best not to get too attached to any particular way of doing things! This attitude applies especially well to our affiliates’ shipments of the Foundation’s complimentary booklet What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self-Defense Law since our special projects coordinator Brady Wright can no longer fill booklet orders, having accepted a full-time position with his other employer, as noted on the previous page.
Last Friday, getting an early start on handling Brady’s duties, I shipped out 36 boxes of booklets to various Network affiliated instructors and affiliated gun shops. Some were Brady’s “regulars,” but many were going out to affiliated members who answered my email asking if they were still distributing the booklets and recommending Network membership to their clientele. A big “Thank you!” goes to each affiliate who answered my email. Let me add a gentle reminder to the rest to check your supplies of booklets and let me know what you need.
Needing to manage booklet shipments as efficiently as possible, I am asking affiliates to estimate how many booklets they can give out to students and gun shop customers in the coming six months, as it not only saves packaging time but also reduces our postage costs if I can mail larger quantities of booklets less frequently. You, our affiliates, will get what you need; you just don’t have to ask for it so often.
On a related topic, each month I reach out to a sampling of affiliates from whom we have not had a booklet order for a long time, starting with a courtesy email and following up where necessary by first class letter. I get worried when the email either bounces or goes unanswered and grow especially concerned when a first class letter sent to an affiliate is returned undeliverable. I know instructors and gun shops juggle many, many tasks–I’m on the ops team of two successful small businesses, so yes, I do know the work loads involved–
but please, please tell me when you change your email or mailing address.
Now and then we entirely lose contact with an affiliate and after sending emails and first class mail, unless we receive a response, we have to conclude that the relationship is over. When that happens, the affiliate is removed from active membership in the Network and no longer has access to Network member benefits. That’s a step I always regret taking, and it can all be avoided by helping me keep your contact information current!
Apparently Heraclitus axiom “had legs” because there are a lot of variations on the theme of continual change, growth and advancement, even in pop culture! The reality of certain change is evident in our day to day growth at the Network. Every day at the Network is an adventure and I’m looking forward to coordinating more closely with our valued Network affiliates.
[End of September 2014 eJournal.
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