Author: Chelsea Bland
Getting the word out to our members about events, initiatives, mobilization opportunities, and key workplace wins is essential to building and maintaining an engaged member base.
There are so many ways we can communicate, and often our tried-and-true methods do the trick. Newsletters, whether digital or print, are still an effective way to share information with members and keep them informed about issues that matter most to them.
If you’re struggling on where to start with your newsletter, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
This template is editable in Microsoft Word and offers a basic format that you can use. The first page includes four main sections:
Under each of these sections you can add your own text. You can also change the image under ‘Inside This Issue’ if you’d like. With the ‘Inside This Issue’ section you can include a brief description of the topics you will cover in the newsletter. This is a chance to highlight your key issues, especially for those who are quickly skimming your newsletter.
The second page includes four article sections and a yellow box to include your local officer names and local’s contact information. You can customize the article titles and the text under each title. You can also add additional text when needed for each article. To move the contact box down, simply press the ‘Enter’ or ‘Return’ key after your cursor is selected above the box.
Adding images is also possible with this template. Simply put the cursor where you’d like the image to be placed, insert the image, and change the layout option to ‘tight.’ You can also resize the image using the image corners to best fit with the text of your newsletter.
Once you’re happy with your creation, it’s time to export it as a PDF and send it to your membership!
Need help with newsletter planning or want to create an email newsletter? Click here to read our article on planning an e-newsletter.
Bonus Tip: Need a flyer template for your next virtual or in-person lunch & learn? Click here — we’ve got you covered!
If your newsletter includes legislative, election, and/or PAC related content, you want to be sure to include the proper content warning. Use the warnings below based on the content you have included.
IMPORTANT: This information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time, or sent to others using government equipment because it suggests action to be taken in support or against legislation. Do not use your government email address or government phone in contacting your lawmakers. Do not forward this email to government or home email addresses as it contains AFGE member information specific to you.
HATCH ACT WARNING
IMPORTANT: You may view this email using your home email on your personal computer, smart phone, or other electronic device when not on government property. BUT this information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time, or sent to others using government equipment because it involves taking an election related action and could be a violation of the Hatch Act. Do not forward this email to government or home email addresses as it contains AFGE member information specific to you.
Contributions to AFGE-PAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Your voluntary decision to contribute more, less, or not to contribute at all will not result in any favor or disadvantage in your relationship with AFGE.