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Subject: Sticker Train Meeting:All are Welcome to attend :)
Date Posted: 9/21/2016 7:27 PM ET
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Welcome all current passengers and riders to be to our Sticker Train meeting thread! This is a place to reflect on our 10! past and current trains and share ideas for even more fun forging ahead. I have said this before but thanks are worth repeating so lol bear with sentimental me :)I do give thanks to God that He used His Vehicle of PBS in general to have me get to meet so many wonderful friends. Wow! I have been smiling extra lately to realize that our Sticker Trains may well be running on two years now!

We are currently riding aboard Sticker Train 10 heading toward our friend Lisa :) Following in its train-steps :d will be Trains 11-13. Lisa will you so kindly begin (when we get there, of course)! Train 11 with a card for either Cheryl, Jennifer, or Sarah? Those three ladies are the last regular riders who need to be the card recipient. At the completion of Train 13, we'll have to celebrate somehow :) Afterwards, whoever, got the card aboard Train 13, will get to send forth a brand new batch of Sticker Trains! What happens then (and even en route to that time)? Let's start figuring out that answer now :)

I have PM-ed with a few of you lovely ladies recently about train topics such as what should be done with the stickers at the end of a route to the route itself, to new cargo, etc. I had planned to on completion of Train 13, put up this very thread asking for all to chime in on how our trains should proceed. Any changes we'd like to make, anything to sit and talk about more, to laying out clearer instructions for upcoming trains. Sarah, thank you, urged me with her great post in the train 10 thread to go ahead and post this now! Oh, I created this new thread as invitation to all to join in and yes also to keep the train 10 thread focused on the comings and goings of train 10 as not to confuse me! :)

Our current running Train 10, was started completely brand new and fresh with love from our friend Sandy T! Thank you, Sandy T! All cargo will be new to all riders, what sticker fun! This does lead to my asking us to come to a group agreement on end of the line stickers. I think it should be up to each card recipient to get to decide what stickers they would like to keep, share and/or donate.  Our friend Sarah had a wonderful idea of creating a "Last Call" Envelope. The end person would put into that envelope any stickers she (saying she simply because no men have thus come aboard, guys, you are most welcome to join us) did not want to either keep for herself, share, or donate. Pretend, Lisa begins Train 11 with 5 sheets of stickers from Train 10 (those would be inside the envelope) plus 3 addiitonal new sheets of her own. When the first person receives train 11, they will easily know what stickers are brand new to that train and which are finishing cycling through everyone. Does this make sense?  Sarah, did I get that right? I do realize we would still need to agree on when to end a last call envelope. I just would love to better make sure everyone aboard gets to see more of the stickers each turn.

Another friend, suggested that we all agree to add at least two new sheets of stickers each time the train comes to us, so that supply is kept fresh. I do each train around look at a US Map. Lol, geography is not my best subject. I have tried to keep our trains on a smooth path in one direction. That does mean often the order is the exact same which to me can make it easier to remember and be on the lookout for. I also know that sometimes as with the end of train 9 and start of train 10 that leads to the same people ending/starting the next train so not much time at all for any new stickers for those folks to see. I did feel badly about that. :/ I just didn't think it made sense to send the train East, West, and back to East!

I think it would be handy for us to come up with a short n sweet, as simple and as welcoming to all as possible intro that I (or whoever) can start each Sticker Train thread with in brief explanation. Ladies, take it away! :)

 I pray these trains have been a ton of fun for all of you! WE have sure grown along way since Train 1! New friends and consistent riders from the beginning along the way, my sincere thanks to each of you. For me, sticker trains have been an extra way to get to grow with and to God as I get to grow thanks to Him with all of you as friends! Together we spread stickery smiles and sunshine. I am so Blessed. I repeat all this now as a long-winded but most sincere way of reminding that these sticker trains are not about me but for all of you! I have tried my best to organize the trains and help keep them chugging along the tracks, but never forget, my friends, it is all of your love and time that make our sticker train the happiest train around because it runs on love and grows friendship.

Thank you, love to you, God Bless You! Long live the Sticker Trains!

 

 

 

 



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Date Posted: 9/22/2016 10:23 AM ET
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I think the envelope for leftover stickers from the previous train sounds great.

I support the idea that each stop should add 2 or more new sheets to the packet (bought at a store) as many of us already see/receive the sheets that come free in the mail from charities and aren't as much fun as the ones we buy.

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Date Posted: 9/22/2016 12:40 PM ET
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I second what Jeanne said. I am new to the train but gave it some thought since I'm an active member in the games forum where the order of players is always random... sometimes it is nice to be at the start of the game but there are not many choices to be had, being at the end isn't fun either as the choices slipped away, so the best place is in the middle... that said if the train always goes in the same direction for some travelers there will be missed opportunities as they might end up with the same selections therefore if everybody adds 2 or more new sheets the travelers at the start (in this case the West) have another chance of finding something different... just my 2 cents. cheeky

Date Posted: 9/22/2016 12:49 PM ET
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I also agree the LAST CALL envelope is a GREAT IDEA as well as the requirement for the stickers to equal two sheets (since some people have singles etc).

I think the recipient with the last address should choose what he/she wants to do with the stickers.  I personally, would dontate leftover stickers to my daughters school, some would donate to their church, etc.  I think the last person who receives the stickers for each swap should decide:

a) If they want to donate them
b) If they want to put them back into the swapping pile in the LAST CALL envelope for the next train.  Not everyone has someone to donate stickers to.

One thing I'd like to know that's never been clear to me: Who buys the card for the last recipeint on the caboose?

Thanks for the discussion, great to know we can chat about things!  Great job managing this train, Train Conductor Mona!  yes

Date Posted: 9/22/2016 1:01 PM ET
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Hugs to all! I just started a reply, hit some key by mistake and it vanished :P I'll try again tomorrow. Tonight I have choir rehearsal at church and this afternoon volunteer at church so will probably only come back on briefly late tonight. I also would like to restate that the sticker trains are always about ALL of you not little me :) Please, always jump in with new/old/in between lol ideas and suggestions, stuff for us to try. For me the only real "rule" needs to be the continuing feel that all are welcome aboard and all are invited and to participate. I thank all of you for making that happen each and every train :) See you later gators :)



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Date Posted: 9/22/2016 1:12 PM ET
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That's fine I'll just donate the stickers I hold back for myself and they will go to my church. 

ETA: I never took extra stickers and donated them that were not from me being the last person getting them! I've bought new stickers each time I've run low.  



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Date Posted: 9/23/2016 12:13 PM ET
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Hi Everyone and Happy Friday :)

Here is a suggestion for Trains 11-13, please tell me what you think :)

The 3 card ladies remaining are: Cheryl (CA), Jennifer (TX) and Sarah (OH)

How does this sound: Lisa would you start Train 11 with a card for Sarah in OH? Cheryl, not sure when Train 10 will be done but sure you can be first on Train 11 ;) If Lisa sends to you, that way us CA gals who will have not seen the train for a good month will get to look first and then it can head East to Sarah.

Sarah, would you start Train 12 for Jennifer in TX? That Train could first go West because again at that point us West folks will have seen Train 11 at the start. It can go East and then back to Jennifer.

Finally, Jennifer, would you begin our final Train 13 for Cheryl in CA? That Train we will see who is aboard for determining route. I think this way, the same people won't be seeing the train a week or so later!

When we finish Train 13, we can better figure out Train 14 and beginning anew.

Leftover Stickers

Do we all agree that those are up to the card recipient? That person, can keep them all, donate them all, share some/keep some, doesn't matter, it is their choice. I think it would be nice to have at least a few sheets of stickers circulating from one Train to the next but it does not have to be set in stone that way :)

Last Call Envelope: Let's definitely start this on Train 11. What would work is since this Train is beginning West and Heading East, by the time it gets to Sarah, everyone will have seen any and all remianing Train 10 stickers. At that point, I think Sarah should do what she wants with those stickers and begin a last call envelope with stickers from Train 11 on Train 12. Does that make sense?

New Stickers: If all are in agreement, why don't we put into effect that each rider needs to contribute aboard two new sheets each turn? If these sheets have lots of repeats, such as my smiling red apples for example, cut them in half so 4 folks are able to enjoy :)

Cards: Love thinking of the card recipient as the Caboose :D Perfect, thanks, Cheryl! As LarkspurJane said, thank you, LJ :), the person who starts the train makes or buys a card. I am not a sticker train rule person other than again, keeping this simple, fun, and inviting to all! I would like to more clearly put into effect that when you have recieved the group card, it will automatically be your turn to begin the next train. That way there is no wondering whose turn it is and as I think I said before, in making sure everyone has both started and recieved a card should be easier.

Thank You, Everyone, for your input! It is indeed all of you that keep our trains steaming ahead with smiles across the country. God Bless You!



Last Edited on: 9/23/16 7:02 PM ET - Total times edited: 8
Date Posted: 9/23/2016 12:26 PM ET
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Sounds good to me Mona!!

Date Posted: 9/23/2016 1:22 PM ET
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Hi - everything sounds good to me. I will start Train 11 with a card for Sarah. The first stop will be Cheryl in California. Mona, will you provide me with the list of riders and their addresses to make the route or will you provide the entire route? 

Date Posted: 9/23/2016 7:03 PM ET
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Thanks Sophia and Lisa :)

Lisa, thank you for starting Train 11 :) Route depends on if anyone new joins us so we may not know that for a few more weeks. I know we will have one brand new rider at that time. When this Train 10 is heading toward you, I will put up a Train 11 sign up, how's that? :)

 

 

Date Posted: 9/24/2016 7:58 AM ET
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sounds good

Date Posted: 9/24/2016 10:48 AM ET
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Hi everyone

So when train 13 comes I will be starting it for Cheryl in CA.  Got it!  wink

Date Posted: 9/26/2016 4:31 PM ET
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Does anyone have a general count of bodies for Sticker Train 11?  I'm trying to do something new for everyone. :)

Date Posted: 9/26/2016 5:14 PM ET
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Waving hello to everyone! Thank you again for all your help and ideas :)

That sounds very cool, Cheryl! I know we will have Sophia and Jeanne rejoining us (yay) plus someone new named Jacqueline (welcome, Jacqueline :) This train we have 11, so if everyone rides again we will have at least 14. I was going to wait to put up sign ups for train 11 until this one was heading to Lisa but if it would be easier to do that now just let me know :)



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Date Posted: 9/26/2016 5:15 PM ET
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ok thanks!

Date Posted: 9/26/2016 6:33 PM ET
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I'll sign up early if it makes it easier. :)

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Date Posted: 9/26/2016 8:53 PM ET
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mona,

perfect!

<3

Date Posted: 9/26/2016 9:38 PM ET
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Thank you Sophia that is sweet of you to say. Sarah, thank you, too so much!

Date Posted: 10/1/2016 1:00 PM ET
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Ill be a regular rider from now on, Ive got some new stickeys for us all!

Date Posted: 10/1/2016 8:28 PM ET
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Cool! We're glad to have you on the trains Kimmy!



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Date Posted: 10/1/2016 8:36 PM ET
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Very cool, Kimmy :)

Date Posted: 10/1/2016 8:44 PM ET
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How do I sign up? I've got a shoe box full of stickers that need a place to go! :D

Date Posted: 10/1/2016 11:01 PM ET
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Hi Sara, I just PM-ed you :)

Date Posted: 10/11/2016 8:41 PM ET
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Soo excited to participate in train 11 🚂💗! 

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