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Texas Plains Trail Region
Upcoming Opportunities for Your County!

December 28, 2009

    Happy "nearly" 2010 from all of us at the Texas Plains Trail Region.  We are intentionally
jumping the gun to spread the news of some wonderful opportunities for your counties. 
One of our goals for this year is to provide chances for communities to learn about
and share their heritage across the region.  With this in mind, we've come up with a
couple of projects hoping that they will help us all become more aware of this wonderful
place we call home.  Read about them and let me know if you have any questions.
The Texas Plains Trail Region is here to promote your special place.  We value your input. 
Looking forward to a super 2010,
Deborah Sue McDonald
Regional Executive Director
Project Number 1- Special County Stamp Cancellation


     What fun project can you do when you have 52 Counties and 52 weeks in a year? Thanks to the creative genius, Rick Vanderpool, "We are connecting all our 52 TPTR county dots - linking all our counties together in a unique way-with a simple postal cancellation event in each county seat for an entire year." The TPTR and the Postal Service are partnering together to begin this venture on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 in Armstrong County. Each Wednesday of 2010 a different post office     will have a postmark. This is an effort to promote travel and heritage tourism by connecting points of pride and hopefully generate a little revenue for the Postal Service. An identical postage cancel was  produced for each county seat Post Office. Find out when your county's cancellation day is at:  

So what does your county need to do? Spread the word that on your county's designated date. A representative from the Texas Plains Trail Region will be there at 11:00 a.m.  This would be a great
time to gather your county notables such as Mayor, Commissioners, Judges, Chambers, Newspaper,
Clubs & Organizations for a photo and to show support.  Come join the fun!
In addition, we held an art contest where students were asked to draw a simple picture representing
the Panhandle for use on an envelope cachet - a graphic that usually appears in the bottom left
corner of the envelope.The talented winner of the contest is 17-year-old Jaime Vaquera, a senior at
Plainview High School, who titled his drawing "History and Memories."  The post office also will have envelopes with the special cachet available for sale. A big thanks to all of our amazing artists.
 To read about the runners-up click here:

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Project Number 2-Capturing the Faces, Spaces, and Places of TPTR
     And now for the next opportunity.   The Texas Plains Trail Regional Board of Directors is excited to let you
know that we have commissioned state and nationally recognized photographer Rick Vanderpool to capture
the unique and special faces, spaces, and places of our region.  As Rick will be spending at least two days in
each of our 52-Counties,  be expecting to see him in your community in 2010.  This photography project will create an outstanding regional archive of high quality professional photos--a minimum of 100 "good, useable" images per county.  As we strive to promote the Texas Plains Trail Region, we want the best possible photos
that depict our communities, attractions, events, genuine people, and stunning landscapes.  We want
outsiders to see our Big Region,  it's Big History, and why it is such Big Fun to live here.
     For a one time fee of only $300, the TPTR Board is offering copies of all images to the respective counties-royalty free (Simply credit Rick Vanderpool-Photographer) for LIMITED promotional applications that
advertise an event with dates).   Note: no products for sale/merchandise may be produced without Rick's permission and participation.    We hope your county will take advantage of this incredible deal to help
market your county.  No where else will you be able to acquire photos of this caliber for such a price. 
The Board will be contacting your county soon.  We  suggest soliciting this fee from a combination of
businesses, museums, Chambers, or civic leaders.  To see Rick's work visit:   The Plainview Herald recently wrote this article about Rick:
      Regardless of whether you take advantage of this opportunity, we need a list of your county's events, attractions, historical sites,  unique landmarks, businesses--anything that conveys your place, why you
love it, and why others would want to visit.  We appreciate your help tremendously!  E-mail Deborah Sue at:
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 Photos by Rick Vanderpool
Texas Plains Trail & the Social Media Frenzy
In an effort to maximize marketing and promoting the Texas Plains Trail Region, we are taking advantage of
 all the social media opportunites.   You can follow us on all of these sites.
REMEMBER TO SAVE AUGUST 17, 2010 for our bigger and better
We are here to help our communities.  Need a Speaker? 
Free Hospitality Training?  Events or attractions on our website?  Give us a call.

 Deborah Sue McDonald
Texas Plains Trail Region

 Box 661  Borger, Texas 79008
or 806-231-3479 
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