Thursday evening, July 30
Inge and I have worked together with TFC (mostly via computer) for more than twenty years.
Before doing a bulk mailing I run the list through software generated by Pitney Bowes – using the Post Office address listing. One day, several months later, probably in a bit of frustration, Inge replied to several rejections. “If we ever have a month where there are no rejections, we are going out to eat at T J Rockwell’s.”
Rejects happen because new donor addresses are added at TFC’s International Office on a regular basis and sometimes an address is misspelled or placed in an incorrect field. Maybe a donor gives their residential address, but their mail is received at a PO Box. Rejects also happen when people move or are temporarily away.
In May Pitney Bowes began using a new online software that automatically changes addresses when people move – so this has reduced the rejected list considerably.
It finally happened in July. I could not believe my eyes, and double-checked the rejected listing to make sure there were no addresses there – then emailed Inge.
I always delight in the atmosphere of this old structure – formerly a home owned by the Colemans – a wealthy local family in the early 1800s. (You may remember I mentioned that they owned the mansion at the Wolf Sanctuary, which I wrote about last week.)
If you cannot find what you want, you can ask for the breakfast or lunch menu. They serve food from all three menus anytime during restaurant hours.
If you would like to read Inge’s take on the evening, go to her blog at http://iekohen.blogspot.com/2015/08/a-memorable-dinner.html.