Thanks to all who made the grand opening of Fireman’s Landing at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, such a fantastic event. I have heard nothing but positive comments about the event and the way we were treated and entertained by the staff of Silver Dollar City. They really went all out to accommodate the FFAM and other guests. How about the cruise on the Branson Belle? My wife and I enjoyed it so much, we went back the next week. What a fantastic weekend. Thanks to all who participated. Thanks, Charlie, for all you did!
I just got word that the museum project has been approved for another 2 years by the Missouri State Employees Charitable Campaign. If you know of folks who work for the state, let them know they can participate and designate our project to receive funds.
As of this writing, we will have approximately 100 flags surrounding the Firefighters’ Memorial of Missouri. This is always a special sight as people pass by on I-70. Since the wind is always blowing, they are always standing out for all to see.
We received $500 from Texas Roadhouse for a fund-raiser with them during Winter Fire School. They donated 10% of the tab of patrons presenting a flyer we gave them at the school. We also did one with Texas Roadhouse in January. While I haven’t received a check yet, I expect it to be about $450. We will also receive a donation from Silver Dollar City. While these amounts are low, every bit adds up. If you know of foundations or groups that award grants to organizations like ours, please let me know and we can make an application. If you know of corporations in your location who make donations, please tell me and give me the contact information.
I appreciate all the support and encouragement you offer to me. Sometimes, I feel that I am not doing very much, but will keep trying to get the word out and give people the opportunity to make a gift.
It was great seeing so many of you at the FFAM convention. I know you enjoyed being out in the great weather, while other vendors and myself were confined inside. At least you had a good time. I did too, by so many coming to say hello and offer a positive word.
Watch for more information about the Henry Rifle Firefighters’ Edition being raffled off. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. The drawing will take place at the convention in 2016. This is a beautiful rifle.
Thanks for all you do to make our communities safe!
Dr. Ron Baker
Director of Development/Public Relations