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FNF BASS Setting Up An Email Distribution List

Branch Hosts want to be able to send emails to all the attendees for their branch. FNF also has to remain GDPR compliant.  Acymailing allows emails to be sent to distribution lists under certain conditions.

To set up a distribution list you first need to ensure there's an FNF email account with a mailbox that Joomla can access to fetch emails for distribution.  You will need the email address and password of the branch email account.

Got to Acymailing and select Lists.  Then select the "Distribution Lists" menu item.

Click New and fill in the details of the MAIN INFORMATION section with the name of the distribution list (Branch Name is preferred), set the Frequency to 15 minutes if not already selected and make sure the list is enabled.

Next enter the email account information as shown, replacing the Username and Password with the ones for the branch:

Set the conditions for accepting emails as shown below.  For the subject line use the "New Email Code" tool on the left of your screen to generate a random subject, then add ": " to the end of the code for the subject line.

Next set up the Actions on accepting an email.  The email should be forwarded to the branch mailing list using the "FNF Branch List Template".  The senders from address and reply to address will ensure replies are sent to the originator, not to FNF head office!

Press "Test" to check the email account details are correct then save the Distribution List.

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  • At FNF we hear many sad stories of children who won't be able to see their dads or, in some cases mums and often grandparents too. These stories increase in number and intensity at this time of year that we so strongly associate with family time and children. Inevitably, when things go wrong we think of what could have been, the joy, the laughter and fun. If you are seeing your children in the coming days, we hope you have a lovely time. If we helped you to achieve this outcome then please feel free to share your story with us (at If your children won't be seeing you in the coming days or weeks then please stay positive - your children need you to be healthy and be there for them for when they do see you or hear from you, so please try not to let your upset get in the way of putting them first. They need to know that both parents love them and that they, or at least one of them, warmly supports them having both their parents in their lives. If your children are not with you, perhaps write to them or if you can't then write to them and keep the letter - one day they may well be happy to know that they were in your thoughts all the time. Also, if you are alone, do contact friend and family and resolve to get help by calling our Helpline or attending one of our local meetings. You can also get involved by helping others next year by volunteering support at our branches, Helpline or national office. Whatever your situation, we wish you warm season’s greetings and a Happy New Year! We include here a video we shared last year created by Andy Remic. For those who are new or did not see it or anyone wanting to see it again. If you know anyone who is having a particularly difficult time please let them know you are there for them.If you are struggling yourself then do speak to Samaritans on freephone 116 123.

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