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Five Minute Plan
to bring Patrick Reynolds in to speak
to call locally
Make one phone call and plant the seed with a
likely local sponsor.
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Overview of Patrick Reynolds' live talks
for making a difference in your community!
- HOSPITALS Call a hospital and
ask for the Director of Marketing. If they are not available, ask for the person under them, the Director of Public / Community Relations. But at hospitals, the Marketing
the best person to initially suggest this idea to, or even the CEO.
A local hospital is a likely funding source for Patrick Reynolds' youth talk
and his university / community program. A personal phone call to them most effective. We've included the talking points further down this page.
While speaking to the Director of Marketing, be sure to ask them whether they would like for you to e-mail information. Typically they will say yes, since an e-mailed proposal is very easy for them to share with other key hospital staff.
We've prepared a draft of an e-mail to a hospital for you. Copy and paste it into an e-mail immediately following your phone call.
executives often sponsor Mr. Reynolds' talks as a bridge-builder
to their local
will invite local press, and understand they will benefit from
the goodwill generated. Sometimes two or three hospitals join
together and tour
him for several
The tobacco control coordinator in
the local health
offer support. They can help the hospital select
local schools, and sometimes will even enlist other hospitals to cosponsor,
if the first hospital is open to that. See the talking points below.
- LOCAL TOBACCOFREE COALITIONS are a second funding possibility.
Your local branch office of the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association or American Heart
Association can give you the phone number of your local coalition. All three usually belong to the local tobaccofree coalition, which are frequent contributors to
Mr. Reynolds' talks.
- YOUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT Call
the tobacco control officer in your local public
Suggest that they enlist a local hospital,
and assist the hospital by helping to book Mr. Reynolds into local schools. Health Departments in states
with strong tobacco prevention funding set aside by the State Legislature
will often cosponsor Mr. Reynolds' talk at middle
and high schools. To see whether your State has strong tobacco prevention funding, click here and click on your state.
- COLLEGES Call a local college, and ask for the Student Activities Director.
They often have funds available for guest lecturers, or can at
least provide an auditorium. Ask for the e-mail of the student lecture
chairperson, who makes the final decision about booking guest
speakers. Click here for info on Mr. Reynolds' college talk.
Use our prepared draft of an e-mail from you to whoever you speak with, and rewrite it to be appropriate to the organization speak with. For best results, copy and paste our draft into an e-mail immediately following your phone call.
by Mickey Krakowski
well known tobacco prevention speaker has delivered his powerful
motivational talk to thousands of children and teens. These
are the critical years: after age 19, almost no one takes
up the smoking habit.
Let your enthusiasm
show — it's catching!
you have an excellent speaker you'd like to bring in
to the community to speak in middle and high schools. Let them know he can also give a community talk at a local college or hospital.
them it's Patrick Reynolds, the well known smoke free advocate and grandson of the tobacco
company founder, R.J. Reynolds. Patrick turned his back on
the family's company after losing his father
to smoking, and became a nationally known champion of teen tobacco prevention.
that his talk receives strong and positive local media
coverage, which will build community goodwill for the sponsor, and bring
the message to the wider community.
If desired, two
or three hospitals may join together to tour Mr. Reynolds
for several days.
Some hopsitals have added their Director of Lung Cancer or Coronary Disease as introductory speakers at his community talks. The doctors educated the community about their units at the hospital. Later they joined Mr. Reynolds on stage for a Q & A panel discussion with audience participation.
staff in the local county health department may offer
support by booking local schools, and
enlisting other hospitals to cosponsor, if desired.
if they would like you to send them information by e-mail. Typically they will say yes, as it will then be easy for them to share with other key hospital staff. Get their e-mail; we've prepared a draft of a follow up e-mail from you to them, and posted it at this url: www.tobaccofree.org/volunteer/letter.htm.
Offer them the phone number of Patrick Reynolds' office, (800) 541-7741, and your own number, too.
We acknowledge your caring, and are grateful
for your phone call. By educating our youth early about smoking,
we can make a real difference in their lives. We're all fighting
on the same team, for the same goal. Mr. Reynolds' closing promise
and vision in all his talks is that we will have a smokefree
society in the 21st century. Thank you for helping to make that
dream come true. Now let's make a memorable community event!