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Date: December 05, 2002 at 13:45:26
From: R. Dale Flick, [nr12-216-196-177-47.fuse.net]
Subject: St. Charles & the GOLDENROD.


Greetings:
Just opened and read the posting from D. Keith Re: the GOLDENROD. Sorry to 'jump' the postings, but it is a new topic and things tend to get buried way, way down the threads. Haven't heard a peep since the earlier postings RE: GOLDENROD. I'd encourage D. Keith, and many of us, to call up the St. Charles civic/political/business entities on Internet 'Dog pile' and send them letters of inquiry--use paper, envelope, stamp as some E=Mail communiques are often read and 'deleted.' Formal letters tend to carry a bit more weight and...well...aren't so easily ignored in my humble experience. Ask what their 'position(s)' is on the GOLDENROD and what decisions have been arrived at. Direct, courteous questions tend to put some of these political birds on the spot. The Str. W.P. SNYDER campaign taught me to get an updated marine survey on the boat's present structural integrity along with photographs etc., for study as to what is needed. Such a 'campaign' usually hinges on one person biting the bullet and getting the ball rolling with letters/calls etc. Sure, I was called a "loud mouth" (What's new?) at the time and frankly didn't care. There may/might be some interested people in St. Charles/St. Louis etc., that could assist. You almost have to be in the geographic region to mount such a campaign. You can also call up on Internet the daily newspapers and sleuth for any preliminary articles or those following on the subject. Names of interested parties may be listed for additional communication. I wrote everybody from the Ohio Governor to all the members of the Senate and House of Representatives here to plead the case. Also consider a viable historical organization or philanthropic trust that may/might be interested. The Ohio Historical Society here is in a budget crunch as are many other cities, states and counties across the nation. It isn't an easy job and can drive you crazy in time. Has the WATERWAYS JOURNAL featured any articles on the GOLDENROD? Who else out there has additional information or ideas/suggestions? You'd gag if you knew how many hours and dollars the SNYDER campaign cost me personally. Other 'big guns' came aboard and carried the campaign on to success. One person can only do so much. It was worth it.
Regards,
R. Dale Flick


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