ABOUT TOWNE Newsletters
Membership in TFA includes quarterly newsletters packed with little-known histories of various descendants of William and Joanna Towne. Individual genealogies are included in most issues, as well as association news. These newsletters are available to members only on the website unless a printed copy is requested on the renewal form. If you are a current TFA member in good standing AND have registered on the website, click the following link to be taken to the page where you may access the current newsletter as well as our archive of 33 years of past newsletters.

September 2019 Newsletter and Archive

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Rae Russell Johnson, Outgoing Editor
Photography courtesy of Tom Johnson

Editor of About Towne Urgently Needed

After six years of dedicated service producing award-winning quarterly newsletters, Rae Johnson has decided that it is time for her to step down. We will miss her commitment to making our newsletter better with every issue. We are looking for someone who would like to become the next editor. If you have a working knowledge of Microsoft Publisher, PhotoShop, good spelling and grammar skills, and the time available every quarter to gather articles from members, and put it all together, this is the position for you! For more information, contact Rae Johnson, at AboutTowneNews@gmail.com or Gail Garda at TFAPres@comcast.net Unless we find a replacement soon, it will be necessary to suspend our December issue since our bylaws do not allow Gail to continue to fill in for any extended period of time.

Do you know of a TFA member who has been special to you, either with a recent achievement, or over the course of TFA's history? Arthur and Jean Towne have sent in several tributes, but we know that there are many other members out there who deserve some special recognition. About Towne is looking for your contributions. If you need help putting one together, contact our editor who will give you some suggestions and may be able to direct you to someone else interested in writing a tribute to the same member.

We are looking forward to working with everyone to continue to provide members with a high quality newsletter.

Help us win the NGS newsletter award next year by keeping the newsletter filled with other interesting articles. Some old and new topics that we would like to see featured include:
  • Your personal family history, stories and traditions, passed on by your ancestors;
  • Issues of interest: national/regional events, local gatherings, conferences, locations of interest;
  • Health, DNA and family history;
  • Significant newsworthy events in the lives of our members (births, deaths, graduations, marriages, promotions, publications, volunteer work...and, anything you'd like to brag about!).

Submission Deadlines

March Issue - January 7
June Issue - April 7
September Issue - July 7
December Issue - October 7

Please make all submissions via email to our About Towne editor. Files should be sent as attachments, in a word-processing format, such as Microsoft Word or WordPerfect. Also, if you have photos to include as part of your submission, please attached them in a JPEG, BMP, GIF or other picture format, in a small to medium size.

Any questions, ideas for columns or regular features, or if you're having trouble submitting your articles, please contact the About Towne editor at AboutTowneNews@gmail.com

A page from our September 2019 issue:

Well Deserved Recognition Once Again!

National Genealogical Society Presents Awards Honoring Excellence in Newsletter Editorship and Service to NGS

The following announcement was written by the National Genealogical Society:

Arlington, VA, 10 MAY 2017 The National Genealogical Society (NGS) honored excellence in the categories of newsletter editorship and service to the Society with the presentation of several awards at the Opening Session of the NGS 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, on 10 May 2017. The Opening Session was a multi-media presentation, entitled Family History Lives Here, after which NGS President, Ben Spratling, JD, presented the following awards. Each year, the NGS Newsletter Competition recognizes the hard work, long hours, and creativity that editors devote to their newsletters.A panel of three judges reviews each newsletter on material interest, variety, organization, quality of writing and editing, readability, and attractiveness. This year's categories and winners are:

Family Association Newsletter:

Winner: About Towne, the newsletter of the Towne Family Association, Inc., edited by Rae Russell Johnson.

Honorable Mention: The Hungerford World Tree, the newsletter of the Hungerford Family Foundation, Inc., edited by Charles C. Morga.

This is the third year that About Towne has received recognition for the excellent work of Rae and all of the contributors: first place in 2015, honorable mention in 2016, and now first place once again. Congratulations, Rae, and all of our wonderful contributors!

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