Dear Fan Club members,
Greetings. I hope this letter finds you well.
I am writing today with BIG NEWS.
I don’t know about you, but over the years of being involved with our organization—particularly as your President—I’ve noticed that our group’s name has caused no small amount of confusion. And, speaking for myself, I know others’ confusion has caused no small amount of irritation. Honestly, if I had a dollar for every time someone asked, “Who are you fans of?”, or, “So you’re the WHAT Fan Club?”, or some other ignorant question…well, let’s just say I could’ve quit my day job and devoted myself full-time to the Fan Club!
It’s become clear to me that the general public doesn’t understand what we’re about: People with a passion for antique Asian decorative fans who gather online to share and discuss our passion, and who gather in person once a year for the Annual International Fan Club Meet-Up (and don’t even get me started on how hard it is to book a hotel over the phone while explaining the name)!
The solution suggested by some amongst us was to simply call ourselves The Fan Fan Club. The problem with this, in my humble opinion, is that it’s misleading. As mentioned, we’re passionate about our fans, but fanatics? Come on—we’re not a mob of screaming teenaged girls! (No offense, Stephanie: We’re proud to have you as part of the group, and I know I speak on behalf of all of us when I say you’re one of the most mature teens we’ve ever met).
So, taking all of this into consideration, without further ado, here is the BIG NEWS promised at the beginning of this letter:
Effective immediately, The Fan Club will henceforth be known as THE FANNIES.
I feel confident this new name will eliminate confusion, make it clear what we’re about, and most importantly, get people to sit up and take notice of the great things our Fannies are doing.
Best wishes to all of you Fannies out there. I look forward to seeing you this summer in Omaha for the Annual International Fannie Meet-Up (details coming SOON)!
With Warmest Regards,
President of THE FANNIES