Old News – Welcome

This article is about the Welcome Wagon. I always thought that they were a non-profit organization. Turns out that it has always been a for profit company since it began in 1928. The article tells all that is in a basket. Lots of great information for new residents. The ad also shows that they also gave out baskets to new parents.

The company stopped delivering baskets in 1998. They still send out packages in the mail to new residents. The company that currently owns Welcome Wagon bought them in 2014.

The Honeoye Falls Times

Thursday, May 9, 1968

Welcome Wagon’s Basket Rated Best in New York State

Mrs. Sally Meisenzahl, supervisor of the Honeoye Falls Welcome Wagon, was given a six-inch engraved sterling silver pickle dish with fork as a “Basket Award” at the New York State Welcome Wagon Convention April 25-26 at the Country House in Syracuse, The convention celebrated the 40 anniversary of Welcome Wagon International.

Each Welcome Wagon supervisor brought two or three of the baskets which hostesses take to the homes of new residents in a community. Out of more than 60 entries for judging, the Honeoye Falls Welcome Wagon basket was chosen for first place because it was the most complete and well-prepared basket. Mrs. Meisenzahl’s basket was in competition with those of supervisors in the service 10 to 20 years, and one for 36.

The local Welcome Wagon covers the territory bounded by the Honeoye Falls Central School District lines. Its basket is outfitted with all the civic information available including membership of the Council of Churches with denominations, times of service, and location of pastors, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Fire Department and Ambulance telephone numbers, a bookmark listing Honeoye Falls Library hours, greetings from the Chamber of Commerce and its brochure on Honeoye Falls and Mendon, information on the Red Cross chapter, the Mendon unit of the League of Women Voters, the Cooperative Home Extension in Rochester, a copy of the Honeoye Falls Times. a letter from the mayor, complimentary tickets to area entertainment, a folder with the names of its sponsors, and sponsor gifts.

At the convention it turned out to be the second largest basket in New York State.