Young Eagle Post Cards

Russ Erb

There you've just found some more prospective Young Eagles, but you've forgotten how to get in touch with your Young Eagles Coordinator. You need to leave some information with the Young Eagles and their parents, but what? You could scribble your own phone number on a scrap of paper, but that's not all that effective. You could carry around the big handouts from the Young Eagles office, but that's not very convenient, and it still doesn't have information specific to your chapter.

To address this condition, we developed Young Eagle Post Cards that can be conveniently carried with you and passed out as required. These cards accomplish several objectives in one convenient package:

For example, here is an image of the Chapter 1000 Young Eagle post cards (the names, addresses, and phone numbers have been changed to protect the guilty):

Front Side

Back Side

How To Create Your Own Young Eagles Cards

Your basic requirements are a computer, a printer, some sort of card stock, and some software. Since you probably already understand the first two, let's discuss the second two.

The "kit airplane" approach to post cards is to pick up some pre-perforated post card stock, such as Avery #5369, at your friendly local office supply store. These cards are set up with two 4" x 6" cards, with a 3/4" x 6" strip above the top card and below the bottom card.

The "scratch-built" approach is to pick up a "ream" (only 250 sheets, not 500) of 110 lb card stock. With this approach, you'll need some additional tools, such as a paper cutter and possibly a perforater.

For software, you can use a labeling program like Labels Unlimited. The benefit of using a labeling program is that you don't have to worry about formatting the proper margins to fit on the cards. Additionally, you'll only have to set up the card once. The drawback of a labeling program it that it won't give you access to that 3/4" strip.

Formatting a word processor, such as Microsoft Word, for the cards is not that difficult. Selecting "Envelopes and Labels" under the tools menu and selecting Avery 5389 will create a table with two cells, each of the proper size and location to print on the post cards. You'll need to create the card twice, once in each cell.

Of course, if you have access to Microsoft Word, you can take the "Fast-Build" approach and download YECARD.DOC, the Word document file for the cards shown above. You can then modify them to suit your chapter. NOTE: When you try to download this file, your browser may try to save it as yecard.exe. It is not a program file. You should save it as yecard.doc. This file is already annotated with the dimensions for trimming to the proper size.

If you are using the "scratch-built" approach, you'll need to use a paper cutter to trim 1-1/4" off of each side, and 3/4" off the top and bottom (1-1/2" if you're not using the 3/4" reminder strip). Of course, you'll need to separate the two cards into 4" x 6" cards. If you are using the 3/4" reminder strip, perforate the card 3/4" from the edge. The perforater that we use is a type of paper cutter that uses a cutting wheel drawn over the paper. By using a toothed wheel, the cards are perforated.

If you are willing to settle for a monochrome card (black on white), you can always print the first sheet and then make all of the other sheets using a copy machine.

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Revised -- 2 January 1998