Hidden History #15 Not Just Any Tree

An outdoor feeling

A tree next to an outdoor billboard seems appropriate.

Gives the proper outdoor feel.

It’s not just any tree, look closely.

A closer look

Each customer gets a place of honor on our Company Tree.  We are truly grateful to our customers, without them we have nothing.

Have a Wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me:  First job was a car hop at Dog & Suds.

American Heart Association Fundraiser – Team Kelli

2012 Fundraiser

We just completed our annual fundraiser.  This year we chose The American Heart Association – Team Kelli.

Kelli was a friend of my daughters and she passed away at the young age of 33 from a rare heart disease called SCAD.

We raised $775.00

A sincere thank you to everyone that donated, helped or promoted this event.

My brain realizes this is good, but my heart wanted to do more.

If you would like to help us raise even more you can donate (here)

Previous recipients:

Pines Village

Ronald McDonald House-Indy

Boys & Girls Club of Porter Co.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me:  The older I get the more I want to accomplish.  The pressure is on 🙂

Hidden History #7 The Color Yellow.

Her nickname is Martini and her favorite color is yellow. 

Debbie Thiel, our sales rep has been with the company since day 1.

Of course she has a special place in our hidden history.

Click here for Hidden History #8

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me:  I am grateful for many things including garbage pickup.  Imagine life without it.

EDDM 101

Another Random Act of Kindness

A stranger called me last week from Arizona and needed help understanding EDDM (Every door direct mail). 

Found me on the internet. 

Even though he will probably never be my customer, I still really enjoyed helping him. 

Why would I take time in my busy day to help a total stranger? 

Easy….random act of kindness.

Need help with EDDM or any other bulk mail service questions?  Leave a comment.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service (click here)

Random me: No longer dread Mondays, now I embrace them.

RECENT LETTER TO MY BANK….on how they can save money.


Look familiar?

The following is a letter I recently sent to my bank.  Let’s see if they are interested in saving money?

Dear Dan:

     I am not soliciting business, I am just passing useful information. Because mailing is what I do for a living, I thought I would pass on this suggestion.

      There is a way for the bank to save money on their monthly statement mailings.  If you fold your statements into a 6 x 9 envelope instead of the 9 x 12 you can mail 2 ounces now for 42.4 cents. The second ounce is FREE.   You are now paying 93.2 cents.  That is a 50.8 cent savings on every statement that is 2 ounces or under.  By my mailing experience, I would guess that is the majority of your mailing.  Yes, you do have to fold the statements but I think that might be worth far less than 50 cents to you.

       This is something new that just started on January 22 of this year.  The post office included the 2nd oz for FREE on standard size mail if you’re using first class presort and you are!

      Also the cost of a 6 x 9 envelope will be cheaper than the cost of the 9 x 12 so you will save again.  This reduced postage is not available on a 9 x 12 size.

         If you have any questions, just call. 

 Warm Regards,

 Donna Flanagin (click here to go to my website) (click here to go to EDDM blog)

Great Customer Service – Home Depot Valparaiso IN

Great customer service by employees is often because management encourages it.  I think that is the case at Home Depot in Valparaiso. 

I originally called because I wanted to sign up for a drywall repair workshop but was told they did not have one scheduled.  Rudy told me to come on in and that any of the guys in his department would take the time to give me a brief one on one “how to drywall repair lesson”.  And that is exactly what they did.

I told Tom what my issues where and he proceeded to actually repair a piece of drywall for me hands on.  WOW, that was so awesome and exactly what I needed.  He answered all my questions, took me to other departments to find different products that might work for my needs and even printed out some “how to’s” from the computer.

There was no way I was going to be a huge sale for them, I was not one of their PRO contractors but their care and concern has created a devoted customer.

“BRAVO” Home Depot Valparaiso

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:  I am not overly talented in home repair, but I am not afraid to try.

It all started innocently

Click here  for an awesome article about our Main Street USA in NWI Times  today.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:  I believe music can change your mood.

I’m proud of my town, Valparaiso, IN

(click here to read more)

On February 13 -17, 2012 Valparaiso Indiana will be participating in the Random Acts of Kindness week.  (click here). One more reason I am proud to live and work in this town.  We plan on participating, hope you will join in too no matter where you live.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:  I believe in resolutions, just not on January 1st.

Women in Business

Female Factor

My babies!
Never in a million years did I ever think I would be on the cover of my hometown chamber magazine.  Along with the cover and article came the ability to have an inside picture with my beautiful daughters. 

It was the sweet icing on an already delicious cake. 

What an honor to be featured with so many amazing women business owners in Valparaiso. 

To view the entire magazine click here.

Thank you to the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and especially to Rex Richards, Susan Antoszewski, Danielle Oeding, Aran Kessler and Andrew Talleckson. It was an amazing experience.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:   I have many creative ideas, but sometimes I am afraid to bring them to life.  I’m working on improving that about myself.

Valpo Dream Factory

Ginger Glitterdrop

joy (joi)


a. Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness.
b. The expression or manifestation of such feeling.
The following is an email we received from Ginger Glitterdrop a.k.a Madison Cowger…

My dream to be a Flanagin Fairy came true this year at the Popcorn Fest.  I had seen them in the parades before and I always clapped and waved at them.  I can’t believe that they picked me to join them!  I loved dressing up and having my make up done by Crystal Snowflake and Ella Seaswirl.  The very best part was when Fairy Godmother gave me my very own enchanted wand!  Walking in the parade was a blast, I loved seeing all of the people!  It was so fun getting to walk with my friend Scarlet Sunflower!  It was a day I will never forget.  Thank you to the Flanagin Fairies for making my dream come true!


Ginger Glitterdrop

They're granting you a wish

We are looking for ways to make more dreams come true, if you have any ideas leave a comment.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:  Life gets better every day.

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