This letter was received by Doyle from Mr. Tinker in response to a bulk mailing sent to all the homes in the community inviting them to a free Joint Genealogy Workshop and Presentation Series by the local Family History Center and Brighton Beach Genealogy Society.
Thank you very much for your kind invitation. I can already trace my family history to the moment they set foot in this country as I was the first person in my family born in this country. You may be familiar with the history of my country in the early 1940s and will likely understand why I have very little desire to seek more information on my family tree than I already have at my disposal.
As a businessman enjoying the support of this community, though, I can understand that other people may need or want more information. So, while I'm not interested in either attending your event or using your information for any personal search I am more than willing to help out your organization in the interest of community relations.
Enclosed is a check for $500.00 to help the BBGS. Perhaps this will help to make your event a successful one.
Tinker & Tinker
In fact, the check was enclosed. It was also a personal check, not a business check. I brought the check and letter to the board meeting. It was strange, though. Who responds in writing to bulk mailings? And why the generosity? I am seriously considering going to Tinker and Tinker and talking to this guy.