By the time you get this newsletter I will have returned from attending a seminar sponsored by the fire museum network. This is made up of firefighter’s museums all across the United States. We will be meeting in Jeffersonville, Indiana. I hope to get some information on fundraising possibilities and possible grant applications we might access in order to raise some of the funds for our museum. I also hope to get some feedback about their museums and how they put them together. We will tour several area museums and be able to see firsthand what the possibilities are.
At the recent FFAM board meeting, I heard of several businesses, mostly eating establishments, who do fundraising drives for various charitable organizations. Do you know of any in your communities who would do one for our project? You can let me know or contact them on my behalf and see if we can get some local support for this project. I will be contacting several Texas Roadhouse restaurants across Missouri to see if they will do one for us. Please contact me.
April 2015 promises to be a big month for FFAM as we partner with Silver Dollar City in Branson for the grand opening of a new section of their park called “Fireman’s Landing”. FFAM will be front and center for these events. Hopefully, we will also select a firefighter and his/her family from each of our 13 districts of FFAM to be honored guests for a 2-night, 3-day stay in Branson. Watch for more news about this. Hopefully, I can make some contacts related to this event that will help with our efforts as well.
Just a heads-up, I will be making a major push in the January newsletter for our Firefighter’s Field of Flags for the memorial service. If you can help me with this, please let me know.
I have a close friend who is serving with the U.S. Army and is stationed in Germany. Last year he purchased a flag for one of his friends who is a firefighter in Germany and would like to have patches for his collection. I would like to ask you if you could send me one of your patches for me to send to him, he might be able to send some to us in return. While you’re at it, could you send me one of your patches for our collection?
Thanks again for the support you have given. You are all heroes in my opinion. Thanks for your dedicated service to your communities and the Missouri fire service.
Dr. Ron Baker
Director of Development/Public Relations