A Good Idea, if I Say So Myself !

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As I was desperately searching for a topic for today’s message, I happened on Allan French’s column, aptly named “The Allan French Column”, in the latest issue of the Bluegrass Breakdown. More on this in a moment.

First, let me remind you that the annual instrument raffle, as in the past, will commence at the Fathers Day Festival, and tickets will be available there and by mail-order from then until the Fall Campout, where the winners will be selected. The proceeds from the raffle help fund the CBA’s activities at the IBMA confab, enhancing nationally the standing of our organization and our flagship festival.

Back to Allan’s column, wherein he suggests the use of peel-and-stick labels as an alternative to writing one’s name and address or phone number by hand on multiple raffle tickets. I have used both methods on as many as 125 tickets and can testify to the ease of using the labels!

If your like me, sometime between now and Fathers Day, some organization will send you a fund-raising plea which includes a number of these labels with your name and address neatly printed on them. You can simply drop them in your guitar (mandolin, fiddle, banjo) case and be ready when opportunity knocks.

Or, if you’re handy with a computer, you can make your own (I’ve actually seen this done!). Sheets of blank labels, in various sizes, are available at finer stationery stores everywhere.

If you buy your tickets by mail-order, it will be helpful to the person who fills your order (that’d be me) if you included these labels with your order. Thank you!

By the way, the odds of winning in the instrument raffle are very good, as there are not thousands sold, so, to paraphrase the TV ad…..


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