Welcome wagon returns to Fayette 7.30

Written by David Green.

It’s time to welcome back an old tradition in Fayette: the Welcome Wagon.

While conversing with another Fayette resident recently, Karen King noted how much she would have appreciated a “welcome to Fayette” package when she moved back to the community two years ago.

She decided then that the Welcome Wagon tradition would not only be a help to new residents, but it would also be a good way to promote the community.

“I just thought it would be a nice gesture from the community to let people know we’re glad to have them,” King said.

From what she’s heard, it’s been at least 10 years since the welcoming effort disappeared in Fayette, but she intends to have it operational by the first of September.

Success depends on the cooperation of local businesses. King formed a committee and members are trying to contact all businesses in the area to urge them to contribute items.

She expects to receive pamphlets about businesses and services, discount coupons, introductory coupons, and items such as pencils, magnets or other trinkets that a company might offer.

King also encourages individuals who offer services to participate, along with churches, services organizations and the school.

When a welcome bag is delivered to a new community member, the information collected will also include a dozen freshly-baked cookies. A survey sheet will be included, allowing people to list interests and talents that would show how the newcomers might fit into community life.

Materials should be dropped off at the village office where they will be sorted into gift bags.

The welcome effort is sponsored by the Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce. Other members of the committee are Dianne Sattison, Cherie Rix, Char Rix, Ruth Schaffner and Barb Wieland.

For more information, contact King at 237-8000.

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