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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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1. How can I subscribe?
2. What is the Oxford “Community?”
3. How can I support the Oxford Community Stars & Stripes if I live outside the area you service?
4. What if I want to provide a gift subscription to someone who lives within the service area?
5. What can I expect to happen once I subscribe?
6. Do I have to be present each time my flag is installed or removed?
7. How will the flag be installed on my property?
8. Can I request a specific location for the flag to be installed?
9. Which holidays will my flag be placed?
10. Can I have more than one flag?
11. What if a sprinkler pipe or utility line is broken during installation?
12. Tradition dictates flags that are flying at night should be illuminated. Do we get a light with our flag?
13. May I bring my flag inside at night or during inclement weather?
14. When does the subscription period begin? End?
15. What happens if we subscribe in the middle of the year? Do we still pay the full $45 dollars even though we will have fewer installations?
16. What do we do if we move in the middle of our subscription period?
17. I live in an apartment. Is there any way for me to participate?
18. I live in a condominium. Is there a way for me to participate?
19. I live at the Knolls of Oxford. Is there a way for me to participate?
20. What if my flag has been stolen or damaged?
21. Who benefits from the funds raised by this project?
22. More questions?
 
1. How can I subscribe?
  • By Mail: Rotary Club Stars & Stripes
                     P.O. Box 686
                     Oxford, Ohio 45056

  • Online: www.OxfordFlags.org

  • In person: Ask your favorite Rotary Club member for a form and return it to them or mail it to the address above.

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    2. What is the Oxford “Community?”
    Our service area is Oxford, Oxford Township, and nearby portions of Milford, Hanover, and Reily Townships. Generally we serve the area within 5 miles of Uptown Oxford. To view a map of the service area click [HERE]. If you live outside Oxford Township, please call us at (513) 593-9601 and we will let you know if we can service your location.
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    3. How can I support the Oxford Community Stars & Stripes if I live outside the area you service?
    If you live beyond our service area you can still subscribe to sponsor a flag located in a public area in Oxford. Currently, sponsored flag locations are available at the Oxford Community Arts Center, the Oxford Senior Center, the Oxford Cemetery, and the Woodside Cemetery. To sponsor a flag at one of those locations simply write the location on the “Name” line of the subscription form with your name, phone number, and email address in the “Giftor’s” section.
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    4. What if I want to provide a gift subscription to someone who lives within the service area?
    Fill in the name, address, and contact information of the person receiving the gift in the top of the subscription form and enter your information in the “Giftor’s” section.
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    5. What can I expect to happen once I subscribe?
    Prior to the next holiday we will install a sleeve on your property to hold the flagpole that will be placed and removed for each of the five holidays. Normally, a few days prior to the holiday, a Rotary team will place a flag in the sleeve and then return to retrieve the flag the day after the holiday. The schedule of placement and retrieval may vary due to inclement weather.
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    6. Do I have to be present each time my flag is installed or removed?
    No; however, we may need to meet with you prior to installation of a sleeve in which the flag will be placed each holiday. (See: “7. How will the flag be installed on my property?” below.)
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    7. How will the flag be installed on my property?
    A Rotary member will identify the area where your flag is to be displayed. If you have a particular location in mind, please let us know by calling 513-593- 9601 or including a note on your subscription form, otherwise, we will place the flag in our standard location which varies with each neighborhood. After marking the intended location with a white X in white circle, we will contact Ohio Utility Protection Service (OUPS) to mark utilities in the vicinity of the desired location. Once OUPS has marked the utilities (which normally takes about three days), we will install a metal sleeve approximately 17” long and 1” in diameter in your yard into which we will place the flag pole on the five designated holidays. The top of the sleeve will be flush with the bottom of your turf or landscaping so that it will not interfere with your mower. A yellow plastic plug will be inserted in the sleeve to protect it from filling with debris. A small amount of Roundup may be applied around the plug to make it possible for the installation team to find the plug. The plug will be removed when the flag is placed and be reinserted when the flag is retrieved. The sleeve will remain in place; ready for the next holiday.
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    8. Can I request a specific location for the flag to be installed?
    Yes. Generally, we would place the sleeve near your street. However, if you have a preference, we will install the sleeve wherever practical, allowing for overhead and underground impediments.
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    9. Which holidays will my flag be placed?
    Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veterans Day. Typically, we will place the flag several days prior to the holiday and remove it the day after the holiday.
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    10. Can I have more than one flag?
    Absolutely, we would be pleased to install flags at more than one location on your property. A discount of $10 is given for each additional flag installed at the same address.
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    11. What if a sprinkler pipe or utility line is broken during installation?
    Hopefully the markings from OUPS (see answer #7) and your knowledge of your underground piping will prevent this mistake. If we do harm something, we will arrange to repair it right away.
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    12. Tradition dictates flags that are flying at night should be illuminated. Do we get a light with our flag?
    No. But you are encouraged to place a small spotlight in your yard to light up your flag at night. Inexpensive solar-powered lights, available locally at ACE (Item #3506177 2-pk: $12) and Gillman’s (Item #801085: $12), work well.
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    13. May I bring my flag inside at night or during inclement weather?
    Yes, just make sure that it is at the installation spot early on the day after the holiday.
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    14. When does the subscription period begin? End?
    Annual subscriptions costing $45 are for a calendar year and run from Memorial Day through Veterans Day.
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    15. What happens if we subscribe in the middle of the year? Do we still pay the full $45 dollars even though we will have fewer installations?
    As this is a fundraising project, the subscription remains $45. However, after Independence Day the subscription for the last two holidays of the current year PLUS all five holidays of next year costs only $50.
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    16. What do we do if we move in the middle of our subscription period?
    Congratulations on your new home! If you are moving to another house within the Oxford Community Stars & Stripes service area you can notify us by email at oxfordflags@gmail.com, or by calling (513) 593-9601 and we will make arrangements to install a sleeve at your new home. If you move outside our service area, please notify us so we can cancel your subscription. There is no refund for cancelling; however, we will continue to place a flag for the new owners, with their permission, for the remaining subscription period.
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    17. I live in an apartment. Is there any way for me to participate?
    If you receive written permission from the property’s owner we will be happy to find an appropriate area outside your apartment building to place a flag. Alternatively, you may want to consider sponsoring a “public” flag at the Oxford Community Arts Center, Oxford Senior Center, Oxford Cemetery, or Woodside Cemetery.
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    18. I live in a condominium. Is there a way for me to participate?
    If you receive written permission from the Home Owners Association (HOA) we will be happy to find an appropriate area outside your building to place a flag. Alternatively, you may want to consider sponsoring a “public” flag at the Oxford Community Arts Center, Oxford Senior Center, Oxford Cemetery, or Woodside Cemetery.
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    19. I live at the Knolls of Oxford. Is there a way for me to participate?
    The Knolls of Oxford has agreed that flags may be displayed at an individual’s residence. Also, there are “community” flags at the Knolls you may sponsor. Alternatively, you may want to consider sponsoring a “public” flag at the Oxford Community Arts Center, Oxford Senior Center, Oxford Cemetery, or Woodside Cemetery.
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    20. What if my flag has been stolen or damaged?
    Contact us at (513) 593-9601. We will be responsible for replacing or repairing it.
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    21. Who benefits from the funds raised by this project?
    The Oxford Rotary Club supports youth-oriented programs in the local community as well as selected international Rotary projects. Examples of traditionally supported projects include:
    • 8 scholarships for Talawanda seniors;
    • Scholarships for Talawanda eighth grade students for class trip to Washington, DC;
    • Miami Little League;
    • Scholarships for Space Camp;
    • Scholarships for Oxford Summer Swimming Program.
    • Talawanda Band Camp Scholarship Support;
    • Oxford Literary Team’s Super Summer Readers Program;
    • Youth-oriented programs sponsored by the Coalition for a Healthy Community; and
    • A clean water project in rural Mexico.

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    22. More questions?
    Contact us at: oxfordflags@gmail.com; or (513) 593-9601
    We look forward to serving you.
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