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I am Debra Soucia, from the Schoharie Valley AACA. I am trying to do the newsletter "The Rambler". Ron did such a great job, boy its hard to keep it as good as he did. We have a 1968 Chrysler 300 convertable. A picture will be in my news letter as I am trying a few new things like Vehicle of the month. Ours is red so I am using it for Valentines addition. Hope to talk to some of you soon. I have lots of question??

Deby

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Deby,

Welcome! I'm sure that you will do a fine job with the Rambler. That '68 Chrysler 300 sounds great! I have the recent reincarnation of the '300', a '99 300-M, and just love it. It's a great tour car. Since I have 7 Packards; I don't think I'll try to acquire an original 300. No garage space left and even though I'm retired, not enough time left to restore them all! What are your questions? There are some really good folks active on here who will be happy to help you.

jnp

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Hi Debra!

Welcome!

I've traded newsletters with Ron and the Rambler for the past 3 years. Look forward to seeing the Chrysler. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Thats what the Editors DF is here for.

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Debra, as John and Bruce said we're here to help. You'll be getting my newsletters, as Ron did before you. If you have questions, you can e-mail me or call, my number's on the newsletter. Good luck in stepping up to the plate. There's not many members that will take the challenge. I'm sure your Region's members appreciate it!

Wayne Burgess-Northern Neck Region

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Well one thing, should I use my full name? Ron used Ron Springstead and his email.

I noticed most of you do use full names since I started reading some of the old post. . How do I change that?

I was going to add where I live on the side like you guys How do I do that? Wanted to add our car to, how about that?

Enough question for now!!

Deby

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Hi Deby,

I always enjoy seeing what a new editor does with the newsletter. Best of luck with your new assignment. Hope to see you enter the Newsletter Contest this year. Be sure to take a look at the Newsletter Manual for a little guidance.

Being an editor is a lot of work but I think it is a rewarding job. Something about holding that first completed issue...

Jeanne Smith

Jeanne Smith

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Ahh, the first issue. Couldn't get the pictures to look right, couldn't spell or even find spellcheck, didn't have a clue where the "fonts" buttons were, <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> and really got mad when the text bar was there one minute, then gone the next time I needed it. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif" alt="" /> If it hadn't been for my mentor, Earl Beauchamp, there probably wouldn't be a Northern Neck'n Auto News. Take notes Debra, they make for interesting reading at your annual newsletter "party" review. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> You'll feel like partying after your first year of.."Wow, look how far I have come." <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

Wayne

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First Welcome to the DF, second use whatever name you would like. Some people use screen names to be a little private and others their real names. The Admin/Mod folks use our names so everyone knows us, but many people who have screen names are also known by their real names and faces and many of us have met in real life several times. Sal

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Deby, Just realized that's the name you go by. Go to the top of this "screen" and you will see a flashing "flag/mailbox". That means you have a message. Click on the mailbox and you will see a message from me. E-mail me and I can get your registration changed or just reply to my message. We'll try to get you going. You can use any name you want as a user name. You need to put your address, e-mail address, and other info you want(not required) in the registration area. I can help you with that, I hope. I share this computer with the wife, <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> so give me time to get back to you. Wayne

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Hi Debby-welcome to the wonderful world of newsletters -the heartbeat of the club! Although Im not on the publications committee any longer, I still enjoy keeping involved with newsletters and stand ready to offer any advice/assistance needed. All you need to do is ask. I know it's extra expense but I wouldn't mind seeing a couple of issues if you can send them on - I could arrange to send a couple of issued from our Tidewater Region (The Mudflap) in return. My mailing address is on the AACA website and in the front of AACA Magazine. If you can attend the annual meeting in Philly, the newsletter seminar is always informative.

Good luck and enjoy!

Terry Bond

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Hey Deby,

Didn't I tell you this was a great forum??? Glad you found it and took the time to post.... Welcome! laugh.gif

You may not realize it yet but Wayne, Bruce and John are all receiving Master Editor awards this year so it goes without saying that their advice will be valuable. They were all a big help to me. Keep up the good work with your fresh ideas and don't be afraid to try new things. wink.gif

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Hi Debby

When I was asked to do our club's newsletter by the Prez of the time, I thought he'd lost all his marbles! But, I found that I really enjoy doing it, & I suspect you will to. It really is a lot of fun.

By the way, my husband & I have 300's too - a '70 & '71 (mine is the '71 & is also red & white). Great cars-& can't beat the 440.

One of the best ways I have found to get the ball rolling on a feature car column (or to keep it rolling if former editor had one), is for you to take your camera to every meeting & event your club has. Take a picture of the member's cars yourself-try to include the owner in the photo. One thing I have done is to make up a simple form (name, car, how equiped, unusual story behind car, etc), with my name & address on bottom, & I ask them to fill it out & mail it to me. For me & my club, I found that worked best. You may want to try that or come up with something else that works for you.

Have fun with it.

Dawn

Great Smoky Mtn Region "High Beam"

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Debby, I suggest you take advantage of the newsletter exchange program. One can learn a lot from what others are doing, and it may give you ideas on how to fill the blank pages in each issue. And I know from my own experience that the other editors, from Master Editors on down, will be very willing to answer your questions. Remember, there are NO stupid questions. We're all just in different places on the learning curve that has no end. You'll be answering questions yourself before you realize it!

Jan K.

Wis Region

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Jan..."learning curve that has no end!" Absolutely! Started printing the January issue yesterday morning. I couldn't get the printer to print the back side of the page. I went back through "print properties" and reclicked 2 sided printing. Printed 2 more pages..FRONT SIDE ONLY..UGHHHHH! Back to print properties, the box had unclicked itself(??). Reset printer, then I clicked another box in this area without thinking. Printer pulls in first page, prints, then sucks the page back for backside printing, All Right! Pick up the page, looks ok, turned it over?, something wrong?? Front page perfect, back page printed upside down <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> UGHH! Back to the printer properties. I finally got her going. Mostly finished now. So, Debby, even when you think you have all of this newsletter business figured out, the old PC Baddies will throw you another curve ball. We've all been there, so call us if you need help. I'll recognize John Chapman from California for helping me out with my computer memory problems. It's great having friends that will help you out when you're in a jam. Wayne

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Wayne,

You say you are working on the January newsletter!! I am still waiting for a copy of the December issue to make it to my mailbox. If something doesn't come soon, I might have to see about getting guards posted at the Publications seminar.

As you know, we both use the Hp 1700 printer. When the backside prints upside down, check your print properties. Somehow on the features tab, tablet has gotten checked instead of booklet. This will cause the two pages to print upside down from each other. Learned this one the hard way.

I have also been meaning to write about how to determine how much ink you use on each print job. This came up on another thread.

When you installed the HP drivers, you should have loaded a HP 1700 toolbox also. If this does appear on your desktop, check your program files.

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1. Open your toolbox.

2.On the tab marked 'printer status' you should see a visual representation of the current ink levels.

3. If you do not see this now, click on the 'ink cartridge information' buttom just under the visual. This will open up another window, which will tell you some stuff about your cartridges. When you close this window, the visual representation of your cartrdgies will now show up.

4. When I am going to press, I simply note the ink levels for the black, cyan, magneta, and yellow at the start of the job and the end. This way I can figure the cost of the ink.

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Thanks Judy, Yes I found out it was in the "tablet" mode. The ink levels are showing, but they never concerned me. I have enough trouble getting the job done each month without having to worry about the cost. I never was a good bookkeeper, won't even bring up my business bookkeeping problems. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" /> Didn't get the December issue?, I'll make sure you get both this time. Wayne

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Thanks Wayne. I look forward to getting them esp. since this last ice strom has cut me off from most of the world. I can only get on-line for a few minutes at a time at best. I look forward to having something to read - assuming the mailman can make it up the walk. Thanks again.

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Wayne,

The mailman made it today (she hasn't been here for 3 days) and brought me 2 copies of the Northern Neck newsletter. Haven't read them yet. I want to enjoy reading them so I figure I will read the junk mail and bills first. Thanks again.

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Glad they made it, Judy. They're not my best issues as our region is in the middle of a judging controversy which took away a page of pictures for the last two months. I was just thinking tonight that Philly is right around the corner, get to meet soem DF'ers face to face. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> Wayne

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