I am writing to you today to request your approval to spend some money. We
do not meet again until September 26th and I would like to act on some
things before then. We have about $1,000 in the treasury plus another
$2,000 that the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports has
The three items I would like to act on are as follows.
Printing of 300 membership decals $291.48
Printing of 1,000 Share the Road
bumper stickers 336.97
Production of video PSA's as
outlined by Jeff Miller below 500.00
Total Expenditures about $1,100.
I realize this is a lot of money but I think it is money very well spent and
should help to bring in more memberships and donations.
I have viewed the 4 PSA's and they are outstanding as you would expect from
the Maine Bicycle Coalition. I don't think anyone will notice that it is
not Vermont. The only thing is one of them says that it is the law to wear
a helmet in one of them. Correct me if I am wrong but this is not the case
in Vermont is it?
I have to let Jeff know this week whether or not to go ahead so please get
back to me by Thursday.
If you object to any or all of these expenditures please let me know and if
it is more than a couple of people I will hold off.
This from Jeff:
> We've just finished production of four PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
> (PSAs) with a Share the Road message. The four 30 second spots all have
> positive images and tones and are as much promotionals for biking as they
> are safety messages. We of course are putting out the safety message to
> Television stations and Cable providers who we are asking to show these
> spots. I am going to mail you a VHS copy today so you can review them
> because I also have a special opportunity to propose to you and the VT
> We have spent over $4,000 developing these videos. FOR A LIMITED TIME
> ONLY we can also offer you a chance to benefit from our investment. We
> can alter this message to include your logo and name for a fraction of
> the cost (they all finish with the BCM logo and website address with a
> "This message brought to you by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and this
> station"). Estimates from my videographer are that it would take 2-4
> hours to edit the changes with your logo and name ($200-400) and then
> Beta Tapes will cost $35 each (tape & transfer labor included), or 3/4
> Inch video will cost $25 each. The BCM will not be taking any cut - it
> is strictly at cost.
> The four PSAs have specific targets:
> * 1. Bike safety rules of CHILDREN "Be a Safe Bike Driver"
> * 2. Rules for MOTORISTS about bicyclist rights and etiquette
> * 3. Basic rules of the road for BICYCLISTS
> * 4. A GENERAL message for both motorists and bicyclists
> In Maine we have made 20 copies which we sent to every TV station and
> Cable Provider for broadcast. They have been very receptive as it is a
> good quality video, they are psyched to have a positive and well produced
> PSA to broadcast, and who doesn't love biking? The only real downside is
> we have no control over how much airplay they get or when it is
> broadcast, but it will be a great deal additional exposure for our
> organization and carries out one of our educational messages. Being it
> is Maine, many of the scenes are in rural settings, so it should cross
> over to VT really well.
> IF YOU ARE INTERESTED we will need to know RIGHT AWAY! The video
> producer still has our PSAs on his digital suite, but will be unloading
> it SOON! I need to hear from next week if you are interested in possibly
> taking advantage of this.
> The PSAs will also be on our website in a few weeks, but obviously won't
> be the same quality. I also hope to bring them to Thunderhead in
> September to share....but it may be too late to get the individual
> versions as cheaply.
> OK, let me know! SOON!
> Jeffrey Miller, Executive Director
> Bicycle Coalition of Maine
> P.O. Box 5275
> Augusta, ME 04332
> (207) 288-3028
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