Family Letter 2007/2008

family letter 2006

Our Board of Directors
EVVA HANES President Emeritus, Founder
TRAVIS HANES Vice President Emeritus, Founder
RAMONA HANES TEMPLIN President & Secretary
MIKE HANES Vice President & Treasurer
JEDIDIAH HANES TEMPLIN Ramona’s Assistant
MADISON HANES TEMPLIN Chief Cookie Taster Emeritus
ISABELLA HANES Chief Cookie Taster
FIONA HANES Assistant Cookie Taster
MOCHA HANES (the dog) Head of Security

Dear Friends,

Well it’s been another exciting year for the Mrs. Hanes Moravian cookie clan. My husband Travis and I turned 75 years old. We continue to enjoy good heath and we stay very busy. I love to work in my garden and Travis enjoys helping me. However he is getting a little weary of my recent fascination for BIG ceramic pots. “Alright now Evva, decide where you want this thing because it is not going to EVER move again!” Our weekly family dinners with our friends (at least 23 at a time) continue to fill me with warmth and happiness. “Simple joys” – I think that is the way I would sum up my life.

On the family front, all my granddaughters (our “Cookie Tasters”) are having an exciting year. Fiona began Kindergarten and sister Isabella is in 4th grade. This is Madison’s senior year in high school and she is looking at colleges. She is serious about her studies and yet somehow manages an active social life. Her mother, Ramona (President) jokes that she has put a tape player under Madison’s pillow that plays the message: “Choose a state supported college” while she sleeps. However, she isn’t sure Madison ever really sleeps. Grandson Jedidiah continues working on his music and is still our “number one” Moravian Star assembler. He also is our resident musician and often serenades us at dinner. Ramona and Scott will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in July. They hope to take a cruise but it sort of depends on Madison’s College choice. So it may be a cruise- or could be a back-yard picnic. Whatever the venue, 25 years of marriage is an achievement and I am very proud of them.

Son Michael (Vice President) continues his church involvement and bike riding. He averages around 150 miles a week. Recently he rode 67 miles in the “Three Mountain Madness” Bike Race. He was supposed to ride 75 miles, but he injured his foot prior to the ride playing golf (explain that to me). Mike also has his own pottery wheel and kiln and makes beautiful pottery. Actually all our family is involved in making “art”. Mike, Scott, and Norian make pottery on a wheel. Ramona, Caroline, and myself hand-build pottery. Travis carves walking sticks. Our “creations” are displayed in our bakery sales area. Dinners are filled with “show and tell time”. Ramona jokes that while she has never been the best at rolling out cookie dough, she has learned to roll out a mean slab of clay and does use lots of cookie cutters in her hand-built designs. So our family tradition of hand-rolling and hand-cutting continues in more ways than one.

So yes, “simple joys.” Lots of laughter, occasional disappointments, the usual business challenges, but most of all there is love. My family truly does love each other and we enjoy each others company. I view that as our greatest accomplishment.

Until Next Year,

Evva Hanes

Family Letter 2006/2007

family letter 2006

Our Board of Directors
EVVA HANES President Emeritus, Founder
TRAVIS HANES Vice President Emeritus, Founder
RAMONA HANES TEMPLIN President & Secretary
MIKE HANES Vice President & Treasurer
JEDIDIAH HANES TEMPLIN Ramona’s Assistant
MADISON HANES TEMPLIN Chief Cookie Taster Emeritus
ISABELLA HANES Chief Cookie Taster
FIONA HANES Assistant Cookie Taster
MOCHA HANES (the dog) Head of Security

Dear Friends,

I hope you have had a happy and healthy year. Good health is such a wonderful blessing. Travis and I have been very fortunate in that respect. We are 74 years young and stay very active. We work in our flower garden, grow all our vegetables, run the senior citizen exercise classes at our church, and I cook once or twice a week for my family and friends. There are always at least 24 people at my table. (See photo.) I also finished (finally) my second cookbook. It is called “Supper’s At Six-Second Seating”. It will be available around Oct. 1st 2006 and will contain over 300 recipes. So you can see I stay very busy. Actually the only time I feel old is when I look in the mirror. (Of course that problem is easily solved…. I just take off my glasses.)

And now for the family update.

Ramona, (President) said to let everyone know that she celebrated an important anniversary! This is her 10th year of being on a diet and not losing any weight. She also survived a year of daughter Madison’s drivers training and managed not to have her foot go through the floorboard of the front passenger’s seat. Speaking of Madison, (Chief Cookie Taster & newly licensed driver) she was accepted at the N.C. School of Science & Math in Durham, N.C. for her junior and senior year in high school. This is quite an honor and we are very proud of her. Ramona says she will miss her. However, she also says she really hasn’t seen Madison since she got her license. Madison’s absence means that her Chief Cookie Taster status will be bequeathed to cousin Isabella. Since Isabella describes herself as a “dessertarian” we know the job is in very capable hands. The Assistant Cookie Taster will now be her sister Fiona. Grandson Jed, (Cookie Taster Emeritus) is still taking a break from college to pursue his songwriting & is studying guitar. He has built a sound proof room in the far corner of his parent’s basement and is working hard to save enough money to outfit it with the equipment and software he needs. Ramona is already planning what she will wear to the Grammys.

Son Michael, (Vice President) continues to volunteer at church and has become quite a bike rider. He usually rides 150 miles a week. Sister Ramona asks, “Wasn’t it enough that she had to worry about a 16 year old new driver-now she has to worry about her 51 year old brother speeding down curvy country roads?” Actually Mike has had one rather nasty accident. However he is not sure what hurt the most- the 4 broken ribs, or overhearing one of the nurses refer to him as “that elderly gentleman that had a bike accident.” Ouch!

Have a wonderful 2006 & 2007 and I wish you much joy and good health.

Evva Hanes

Family Letter 2005/2006

family letter 2004

Our Board of Directors
EVVA HANES President Emeritus, Founder
TRAVIS HANES Vice President Emeritus, Founder
RAMONA HANES TEMPLIN President & Secretary
MIKE HANES Vice President & Treasurer
JEDIDIAH HANES TEMPLIN Collegiate Marketing Director
MADISON HANES TEMPLIN Chief Cookie Taster
ISABELLA HANES Assistant Cookie Taster
SCOTT TEMPLIN, CAROLINE & NORIAN FORDHAM Part-time family help
MOCHA HANES (the dog) Head of Security

Dear Friends,

Greetings from my family and all the folks at Mrs. Hanes’ Moravian Cookies. What a year! Once again, we have been blessed by some national publicity. In November 2004, Al Roker of “Roker on the Road” featured our bakery. It was quite thrilling! We consider ourselves so fortunate that our little bakery in the middle of nowhere (that’s actually part of the directions to our bakery) continually receives the recognition of programs like the Food TV Network. However, in all honesty, I must humbly but proudly admit our cookies do make us a rather unique company. We may even be the largest hand-made cookie operation in the world! How’s that, you may ask? Well, every cookie is hand-rolled and hand-cut and hand-packed. We make around 100,000 pounds of cookies a year and there are at least 100 cookies a pound. That equals TEN MILLION COOKIES, each cut out one by one using only a cookie cutter. That is quite a feat! We continue making our cookies by hand out of respect for our Moravian heritage and pride in our family business. At a recent board meeting we actually discussed getting a machine to make the cookies. It can be done (other Moravian cookie companies do it) but our recipe would have to change and our cookies would not taste the same. My children, Ramona and Mike said “NO”. As Ramona stated on the Al Roker segment, “We will continue to make our cookies by hand just as long as there are people who appreciate quality and are willing to pay for it”. I have to agree with her. We want to be known as a one-of-a-kind company that makes a one-of-a-kind cookie.

Now for the family update.

At 73 years old, one of my favorite past times is gardening. I love starting plants from seeds in my greenhouse and can’t bear to see a seedling not planted. This means that I get on my knees and start crawling around and planting ALL those seedlings in the spring. While I don’t think my family is to the point of staging an “intervention” for my planting addiction, I have noticed that several of my recent plant catalogs have started arriving with a “Just Say No” sticker on the front.

Travis (my husband of 53 years) and I also began teaching an exercise class at our church. This has been a lot of fun, but I haven’t lost a pound! (Of course that probably has something to do with the bowl of ice cream I enjoy each evening.) Cooking is still a passion. I prepare dinner once a month for my church circle (23 people plus) at our house. Then at least once a week, I make dinner for my family and assorted friends. I love to cook. I love to garden. I love my family. I consider myself very blessed.

Other news: Grandson, Jed (formerly known as Collegiate Marketing Director) has decided to take a break from college at Chapel Hill and pursue his songwriting and guitar playing career. He is building a sound proof studio in his parents’ basement. (The “very far corner of the basement” says his mother Ramona.) To supplement his songwriting career he will be helping out at the bakery as “Ramona and Mike’s Assistant.” His job description is; “Do whatever your Mother tells you to do”. Jed says “I’ve been doing that for years”. I’m afraid I can’t repeat Ramona’s reply to that statement.

Fifteen year old Granddaughter Madison (Chief Cookie Taster) continues as head of Quality Control. She continues her interest in becoming an astronaut and attended Space Camp again this year. She also received her Learner’s permit. (Okay, what if she did knock down a mail box on her first day of Drivers Education?) Ramona just hopes Madison doesn’t practice her rocket piloting skills while driving.

Granddaughter, Isabella (Assistant Cookie Taster) is entering the second grade. She is a self proclaimed “dessertarian” (that’s actually the word she came up with to describe herself.) I think that makes her more than qualified for her job.

Son Michael continues his church activities and tries to keep his sister’s, Ramona spending in office supply stores under control. (I must admit Ramona does have quite a fascination with colored pens, highlighters, and post-it notes.)

And Ramona, well she is just trying to survive riding in a car with another teenage driver. She figures she is going to have to find a doctor to prescribe tranquilizers for her or look into yoga classes because trying to keep her eyes tightly closed is just not working.

So, that’s our news. Have a wonderful 2005 and 2006. I’ll write again next year unless my children have me in Gardening Rehab.

Evva Hanes

Family Letter 2004/2005

family letter 2004

Our Board of Directors
EVVA HANES President Emeritus, Founder
TRAVIS HANES Vice President Emeritus, Founder
RAMONA HANES TEMPLIN President & Secretary
MIKE HANES Vice President & Treasurer
JEDIDIAH HANES TEMPLIN Collegiate Marketing Director
MADISON HANES TEMPLIN Chief Cookie Taster
ISABELLA HANES Assistant Cookie Taster
SCOTT TEMPLIN, CAROLINE & NORIAN FORDHAM Part-time family help
MOCHA HANES (the dog) Head of Security

Dear Friends,

Some years just seem to go by faster than others. However, despite its swiftness, last year was quite eventful. Here’s my yearly update on the comings and goings of the North Carolina “Cookie folks”.

Travis and I continue to enjoy our “semi-retirement” by gardening. I buy the flowers and bulbs and Travis digs the holes. Travis tills the garden and I plant the vegetables. I comment “Wouldn’t it look pretty to have a little fence around this flower bed?” Travis cuts down the cedar trees and makes me a fence. (See family photo). After 52 years of marriage we still have a great time together. However he has hinted that he may hide all my flower, bulb, and seed catalogs next year. Although we don’t work full time at the bakery, our children Ramona and Mike (President and Vice President) still seek our opinion before making any major decision. Amazingly enough, they also ususally follow our suggestions. I guess that’s one of the rewards in growing older – the day finally does arrive when your children actually listen to you.

And now for the rest of the family; Last year, 14 year old Granddaughter Madison was promoted to Chief Cookie Taster. She replaced her brother Jed who went off to college. She did a great job! Of course there were a couple of times Ramona (her mother) had to remind Madison that the Chief Cookie Taster does not get to boss the President of the company (her mother) around. Madison’s current aspiration, other than being Chief Cookie Taster, is to become an astronaut. She attended two weeks of Space Camp in Alabama this past summer. It was quite a learning experience. To encourage her ambition Ramona bought her an acre of land on the Moon and on Mars. Now I’m sure this was a loving gesture and has nothing to do with the fact that there are days when Ramona wishes she could send her teenage daughter to the nether regions of space to live. I guess this is another reward that comes with age…watching your children deal with their children. Forgive me, but there are times I really do have to smile.

Jed, the retired Chief Cookie Taster, turned 18 and was made Collegiate Marketing Director. He is entering his second year at UNC Chapel Hill where he is pursuing a Physics major with a minor in Music. He loves Carolina and his friends are certainly enjoying his main marketing strategy – sharing his care packages of Moravian cookies. I was very honored last year when Jed requested that I prepare his high school prom dinner. I donned a chef’s hat and apron and made his favorite meal for a group of his friends. I must say that my Grandson’s willingness to share that evening with me made me feel very special.

Seven year old granddaughter Isabella Hanes, Assistant Cookie Taster is entering the first grade. She loved everything about kindergarten except “nap time”. Isn’t it ironic that the ones who don’t want to take a nap get to have one?

Son, Michael (Vice President/Treasurer) continues his Sunday school teaching, volunteer church work and trying to improve his golf game. He still likes to play on cold rainy days so he can embarrass himself in private.

Mocha (The Dog) is beginning her 12th year as Head of Security. Recently she has been making noises about retirement. However, upon being told she would no longer qualify for a company discount on Sugar Cookies, (her favorite) she barked “Forget that idea”.

You will note we have added a couple of new faces this year. Scott is Ramona’s husband and father of Jed & Madison. Scott is a computer whiz and can actually read and follow directions. This is a much appreciated talent. The rest of the family, except for Jed, appear to go into an altered state when faced with the task of putting anything together. Scott is going to be working part time at his “real job” and helping us out throughout the year. My daughter Caroline (a high school counselor) and her husband, Norian Fordham (a high school band teacher) are also pictured. They work at the bakery on Saturdays and during our busy season. We really are a family business!

And so there’s the news. I hope you can tell from my letter that at age 72, my life is very busy and filled with a lot of happiness. I hope all of you have a wonderful year and as always, thank you for your business.

Sincerely,
Evva Hanes

Family Letter 2003/2004

family letter 2003

Our Board of Directors
EVVA HANES President Emeritus, Founder
TRAVIS HANES Vice President Emeritus, Founder
RAMONA HANES TEMPLIN President & Secretary
MIKE HANES Vice President & Treasurer
JEDIDIAH HANES TEMPLIN Collegiate Marketing Director
MADISON HANES TEMPLIN Chief Cookie Taster
ISABELLA HANES Assistant Cookie Taster
MOCHA HANES (the dog) Head of Security

Dear Friends,

The year 2002 was a challenging one for all businesses. We would like to say a big “thank you” to all of our customers. Your loyalty enables us to stay in business. It also encourages us to continue to offer a product that we refuse to compromise by making it faster (and much more profitable) with machines. Yes, it can be done and is done by other Moravian Cookie companies. However, we would have to alter our recipe to make it “machine friendly” and that would affect the taste of our cookie. Our bottom line has always been quality, not quantity. This is truly a labor of love because it means our “Artists in Aprons” make approximately 10 million, individually hand rolled and hand-cut cookies a year. Ours is a REAL Moravian Cookie. Honestly Made by Hand. No preservatives, no additives, no gimmicks. Just good, old-fashioned taste. So, thank you!

Now for the family update.

In 2002, Travis and I celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary. This year our daughter Ramona (President) celebrated her 50th birthday. (Although celebated is not quite the word she chooses to use.) She is also beginning a new living experience. It’s called “Beware! Teenage Daughter is in the House”. Ramona has remarked that “she doesn’t think it’s a good idea to have a menopausal woman and a teenage daughter living under the same roof”. Me, I just remember Ramona at that age and smile.

Son, Michael (Vice President/Treasurer) continues his volunteer work with our church and improving his golf game. His favorite time to play is on cold, rainy days when no one else is on the golf course. He says “He prefers to suffer his humiliation in private”.

Chief Cookie Taster, Grandson Jedidiah, age 17, is bequeathing this title to his little sister Madison (the 13 year old teenager previously mentioned). Jed is being promoted to Collegiate Marketing Director. This fall he will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He plans to major in physics, with guitar picking, future rock star, and golf, as possible minors. Needless to say, his mother Ramona hopes these “minors” won’t become “majors”. Uncle Mike is advising Jed to take advantage of all the Golf he can so he can get some useful pointers. Sister Ramona remarks, “That’s just the advice she’d expect from a person who majored in “Ping Pong” in college.”

Granddaughter Madison is now Chief Cookie Taster. She is demanding her own personal desk at the bakery. She has always been quite a business entrepreneur. We first realized her potential at the age of five when we caught her selling her autograph (for 10 cents) to customers who visited our bakery. She has also put in a request to have an Assistant Cookie Taster to fill her old job. She desires to have someone to boss around the way her brother Jed used to boss her around. Well, Ms. Isabella Hanes, the six year old daughter of my son, Jonathan, has bravely agreed to accept this position. However, she has yet to sign the 10 page contract Madison has drafted delineating her various duties. One of these “duties” included shoveling out Madison’s bedroom on a weekly basis. Madison’s mother (Ramona) has deleted that particular clause. There were just too many safety issues to consider since it takes heavy equipment to clean Madison’s bedroom.

Travis and I continue to enjoy our retirement by just savoring each day. After 51 years of marriage, Travis remains my best friend, confidant, and helpmate. At age 71 we grow and “put up” all the vegetables we need throughout the year. This past year I started over 500 plants in my greenhouse. I cook at least once a week for my family and friends that sit around my kitchen table that seats 22. Supper is still at six and I don’t wait (as says the title of my cookbook). Everyday I say a grateful prayer for this wonderful life that has blest me with my husband, family, this business, and you my loyal customers.

With Sincere Thanks,
Your Friend,
Evva Hanes

Family Letter 2003

family letter 2003

EVVA HANES President Emeritus, Founder
TRAVIS HANES Vice President Emeritus, Founder
RAMONA HANES TEMPLIN President
TRAVIS HANES Secretary
MIKE HANES Vice President & Treasurer
JEDIDIAH HANES TEMPLIN Chief Cookie Taster
MADISON HANES TEMPLIN Assistant Cookie Taster
MOCHA HANES (the dog) Head of Security

Dear Friends,

Well, the year 2001 will not easily be forgotten. For our country it was a year of tragic loss but also a year of a renewed patriotism. It was a year in which we realized the appreciation and honor that is due the millions of selfless individuals that serve our communities. For my family it was a year filled with valuable lessons. We were profoundly reminded how precious each day is and how important it is to let your loved ones know they are loved. I feel so blessed to be literally surrounded by my family. Travis and I live to the left of the bakery. My daughter Caroline and husband Norian live to the right. Daughter Ramona, husband Scott and their children Jedidiah and Madison live behind Caroline. Son Michael lives behind Ramona. My son Jonathan, wife Sheila and children Isabella and Fiona live 2 miles down the road. Fortunately, we all sincerely like each other. I cook for the entire family about 2 nights a week in my new kitchen, (which I love). Last year, for the first time in my life I gave myself a generous gift. I built the kitchen of my dreams. This kitchen includes a table that can seat 23. When I cook, every seat is filled. However, we did experience one problem with this new table. It involved our children’s staunchly established hierarchy of seating arrangements. Ramona and Michael, by virture of being the eldest, have always sat to my left and right. The two younger children, Caroline & Jonathan thought it was time to “reassign” those positions. Well, Ramona and Mike vehemently vetoed this idea. Ramona said she deserved her “position of honor” because she made life a thousand times easier for the rest of the children by “paving the way” (so to speak) and emotionally exhausting Travis and I. Mike said he deserved his place for having to put up with Ramona. Ramona also said she didn’t think she could eat if she wasn’t sitting beside me. Jonathan’s reply to that was “Perhaps that wouldn’t be such a bad thing.” Needless to say his remark did nothing to advance his case. Eventually it all worked out and everyone found a seat that best approximated their old position. (In all honesty, the seating argument was played out in jest, but it is funny the little “traditions” a family can develop.)

And now, here’s the rest of the news…

We welcomed another grandchild in May, Little Fiona, daughter of Jonathan and Sheila. Everyone is enjoying have a new baby in the family, especially big sister Isabella.

Granddaughter Madison turned 12 years old. She continues to be gainfully employed as the bakery’s Assistant Cookie Taster. She is also into cheerleading, writing, singing, and dramatics, (on and offstage). Last year she wrote and starred in several of our radio commercials. She really is quite an actress. And despite being – as she puts it – almost a teenager, she continues to be loving and delightful. I tell Ramona she is very lucky…so far.

Grandson Jed, (Chief Cookie Taster) is now 17 and has one year of safe driving under his belt. However, Ramona says she still holds her breath every time he leaves until he arrives safely home. Jed has taught himself to play the guitar and is really quite good. He also continues playing the trumpet and was a part of the 2002 All County and All District Band. This past summer he was accepted into North Carolina’s Governors School Program and spent 6 weeks on the campus of Salem College improving his trumpet skills. Jed is now a senior in High School and looking at Colleges. Mona says that every night while his is asleep she whispers “in-state, in-state, in-state” into his ear.

Son Michael, (Vice-President) is still trying to play golf. However, since Jed made the school’s Golf Team, Mike is now “the taught, not the teacher”. He is also becoming more computer savvy – why, he actually ordered something online the other day. He is even thinking about getting a computer for his house – so he can practice his Scrabble game and then really stomp the rest of the family.

Ramona, (President) continues to get our on-line ordering website in shape. She is taking some computer classes so that maybe she can understand at least half of what her website designers are talking about. And unlike Mike who is now proud of ordering online, with College tuition looming, she is trying NOT to order online.

As for Travis and I, we celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary on June 13th, 2002.

It has been a wonderful 50 years!

Thank you, dear friends and customers for making those years so special.

Make each day count,
Evva Hanes

Family Letter 2002/2003

family letter 2003

EVVA HANES President Emeritus, Founder
TRAVIS HANES Vice President Emeritus, Founder
RAMONA HANES TEMPLIN President
TRAVIS HANES Secretary
MIKE HANES Treasurer
JEDIDIAH HANES TEMPLIN Chief Cookie Taster
MADISON HANES TEMPLIN Assistant Cookie Taster
MOCHA HANES (the dog) Head of Security

Dear Friends,

I am amazed at how fast the year has passed. It’s been a wonderful year. In July, we were blessed with national coverage on the Food Network. A show called Food Finds (based on a book by Allison and Margaret Engel) featured our company. Being rather unsophisticated about the power of TV, we had no idea how fortunate we were to be chosen for the premier show. The first show aired at 10:30 pm on July 17th, 2000. To be honest, we thought “who watches TV that late at night?” Well apparently, most of America. The phone lit up like a Christmas tree. Of course, only Travis and I were at home. (The bakery line also rings up at our house.) I wish you could have seen us! About 2:00 am the phones stopped ringing and we thought, “well it’s over”, so the next morning we left early for a trip to the mountains. About 9:00am my daughter Mona (President of the bakery) called us saying “Please come home, it’s crazy here.” She had over 600 email messages and the phones were still ringing. She recruited everyone she could think of to come and help-including the two cookie tasters, 14 year old Jed and 10 year old Madison. Thank goodness they are not only accomplished at eating the cookies, but they have also been trained to take orders. They were featured on the program and truly enjoyed their “10 minutes of fame.” I particularly like it when a caller would ask, “Is there really a Mrs. Hanes?” And I would answer, “Well yes, your’re speaking to her.” Or they would hear, “yes, I’m her husband, or “I’m her son”, “I’m the daughter, grandson, or cousin or niece.” This really is a family business.

The show has aired about 5 times since then. We have made so many nice new friends and truly wish to thank the Food Network and Allison and Margaret Engel and their book, Food Finds.

And now for the family news. Travis and I continue to enjoy our “semi retirement”. Travis loves being on a tractor. Since all our family have homes surrounding the bakery, he mows all their yards. Travis is also the bakery’s “Maintenance, Inventor and Sign Maker Man.” Give him some electrician tape, a magic marker, a spray can, a rubber band and a broom handle and he can fix or make anything!

Although my children have threatened to enroll me in “Garden Anonymous” I continue to expand my vegetable and flower garden. They have also started writing “Just Say No” on all the flower catalogues I get in the mail. I’m glad I’ve learned to order over the Internet! My newest project is enlarging my dining room so I can seat at least 25 people around my table. I do love to cook for a crowd. Of course, I’m also taking notes for my next cookbook; Cooking for a Crowd… Be There at Six or Get In the Back of the Line.

Son Michael ((Vice President) continues his love/hate affair with golf. And despite the fact that nephew Jed is becoming more of a teacher than a student, he kindly continues to subsidize Jed’s golf fees. Of course Jed’s parents have to make sure he gets up for the 8:00am tee times. If you have teenagers you will know this is not an easy task. Mike generously volunteers much of his time and many talents to our church.

Grandson Jed will be 16 in September. He’s been in drivers training for a year. (For once, Mona is grateful she is “short” and easily fits in the backseat of the car.) Jed recently decided that he would rather be a trumpet player than a heart surgeon when he grows up. His mother thinks that is a great idea since it probably means he’ll have to continue to work as “Chief Cookie Taster” to supplement his musical income.

Granddaughter Madison is exactly the daughter I hoped Ramona would have. (I’m sure you parents know what I mean by that.) She is a “Grandmothers delight”. But Madison’s not a teenager yet! Although we love to tease her, Madison is actually a wonderful young lady and a very talented writer. She writes and stars in some of our holiday radio commercials.

Daughter Mona, President, also heads up our “Internet Technology Services”. She wonders just how much more her poor brain can handle. She says she dreams every night of reference fields, servers, hosts, firewalls, ethernet cards, downloading, mapping and batching and virtual banks. She will continue to strive and give you the best online ordering, email confirmation and tracking capabilities possible. As she says, “I guess if I can ride in a car with a novice teenage driver, and not suffer heart failure, I can do anything!”

Before closing I guess I have to mention our new shipping and handling charges. I hesitate to bring this up, but honesty is always the best policy. My children did extensive research to come up with the new charges and make them as fair as possible. Some of you will actually be paying less, but most of you will notice a slight increase. I just ask you to remember that our cookies are fragile and handling is based on the weight and zone of a package. In short, the actual weight of a package is usually 2 to 3 times more than the weight of the cookies. Just trust me, our shipping and handling is as conservative and fair as possible.

So, my thanks to all of our new friends and old friends. And to our future friends, welcome.
And to all, my best wishes for a blessed year 2001 and 2002.

Evva Hanes

Family Letter 2001

family letter 2001

EVVA HANES
President Emeritus, Founder
TRAVIS HANES
Vice President Emeritus, Founder,
Secretary
RAMONA HANES TEMPLIN
President
MIKE HANES
Vice President, Treasurer
JEDIDIAH HANES TEMPLIN
Chief Cookie Taster
MADISON HANES TEMPLIN
Assistant Cookie Taster
MOCHA HANES (the dog)
Head of Security

Dear Friends,

And so, another year passes with phenomenal swiftness. It seems like yesterday that Grandson Jedidiah was in kindergarten. Now he towers over his mother in height. Granddaughter Madison is 10 years old and twice as “dramatic” as her mother. (Something I never thought was humanly possible.) The good news is both of our “cookie tasters” are wonderful grandchildren. Even at age 15, Jed continually hugs his mother and grandparents (if only to let us know, we are shorter than he is). And Ramona (our daughter) has kept her vow never to say to her daughter, (as I used to say to her), “Oh, stop being so dramatic!”.

Our children grew up in this business. Now it is gratifying to see our grandchildren take an active interest. They answer phones, process mail orders and wait on customers. This past summer, Jed spent his days as a “bakery intern”. Ramona delighted in having his contract read: “he must do whatever his mother tells him to do.” His Uncle Mike quickly added a postcript that stated “except on beautiful days, when golf is a possibility.” Madison continues to practice her math skills on patient looking customers. However her real talent is talking and she gives very “dramatic” bakery tours.

My children, Ramona and Mike now run things. Although they are both “savvy” business people, they refuse to compromise the integrity of their heritage and our product by succumbing to the “lets make it cheaper and faster by machine” philosophy. They continue to support and uphold the principals and ideals that founded our family business. Those principals are simple – if you have to compromise taste for profit in order to remain in business – then don’t stay in business.

That’s why we continue to make our cookies by hand. That’s 100,000 pounds a year. There are over 100 cookies in a pound. So that means over ten million cookies, cut out one by one using only rolling pins and cookie cutters. Then each tin is hand packed and every shipment hand boxed.

Pride in our cookies is our bottom line not profit.

As for Travis and I, well, we are basically retired. These days we just look around and smile with satisfaction and joy at what you, our customers, have made blessedly possible. Your loyal patronage gives my family the opportunity to work together in a business we enjoy, with a family we love and make a product we are very proud of.

For this, I am truly grateful.
Evva Hanes

Family Letter 2000

family letter 2000

EVVA HANES
President (Retired)
RAMONA HANES TEMPLIN
President
TRAVIS HANES
Secretary
MIKE HANES
Treasurer
JEDIDIAH HANES TEMPLIN
Chief Cookie Taster
MADISON HANES TEMPLIN
Assistant Cookie Taster
MOCHA HANES (the dog)
Head of Security

Dear Friends,

Yes, those are walking canes we are holding in our hands. In Septermber 1998, eleven members of our family and one friend, embarked on an adventure. Driving one large van, we visited Utah, Nevada and Arizona. The culmination of this trip was a hike in the Grand Canyon. Eight of us made this “trek”. We walked from the North Rim to the South Rim. This is a distance of approximately 26 miles. At times the temperature exceeded 100 degrees. All of the above, (except Madison and Mocha the dog) made the hike. Not pictured, but also hiking, were my son Jonathan, son-in-law Scott, and family friend, Jennifer Sipos. The age range of this group was thirteen to sixty-six.

Everyone made it down to the overnight stay at Phantom Ranch. However, I became severely heat stressed the next day and had to be flown out by helicopter. What a memory! My trip to the Phantom Ranch infirmary in a wheelbarrow, surrounded and braced by pillows, using flashlights for headlights, is now a family “legend”. No, things, did not go as planned, but as always, my family worked together and made certain their 66 year old mom was showered with love and concern.

It is this same love and concern that makes our family business so enjoyable. Whatever the adversity or challenge, we constantly try to uphold the integrity, quality, and tradition of our cookies. Despite the economic pressures to mechanize our business, we still make our cookies the same way my mother did, using rolling pins and cookie cutters. This is not a smart way to make a product. However, we want our cookies to be unique and special. So often our customers tell us “Your cookies are a holiday tradition in my family” or they say, “It’s just not Christmas until I have your cookies”. Well, we treasure those comments. They are the cornerstone of our business. While other companies have bowed to technology and make their Moravian cookies by machine, our family stands by our old fashioned process. So remember, if it doesn’t say Hand-Made, it isn’t. If it doesn’t say Mrs. Hanes’ Moravian Cookies, then they aren’t the best. Our desire is to make a cookie worthy of becoming part of your family’s traditions. We, (quite modestly) want to be “legendary”.

Sincerely,
Evva Hanes

Family Letter 1999

family letter 1999

All the above family members work either full time or part time in our bakery.
[Not pictured, Mocha (our Dog) Head of Security]

Dear Customer,

What a year! As you can see from our “dressed up” picture, we had a wedding in the family. Daughter Caroline, who works part time at the bakery, marrried her high school sweetheart in June. We decided that while we had on our Sunday clothes, we may as well get our family photo taken. Of course you will note we are missing our Head of Security, (Mocha, the Dog). Unfortunately, she was not invited to the wedding. She was very insulted.

It has been another blessed year. We welcomed another grandchild (and another assistant cookie taster). We hopped onto the internet. Visit our website at www.hanescookies.com and take a tour of our bakery. We have lots of photos. You can see our antique mixer, grandma’s woodstove, bakery employees and lot’s more. And finally, I finished my cookbook. I decided to call it “Supper’s At Six And We’re Not Waiting!”. This is sort of a family joke. When I cook, I expertly arrange for my food to be ready at a certain time and I expect all invited to be there. If you happen to be late, well, we just start without you. The cookbook is over 400 pages and has around 600 of my favority family recipes. I’ve often thought that one of the best gifts you can give your children are special memories. I know that some of my favorite memories are of sitting around my mother’s table, with brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins. Now my favorite moments are at my table, with my family and friends, enjoying a good meal, served with lot’s of talking, joking and laughter. I hope that my cookbook will provide the ingredients for other families to “serve up” some special memories of their own. Just follow my recipes, then sprinkle in a little love, toss in some good conversation and remember, always top everything with a hardy does of laughter.

Best Wishes for Good Memories,
Evva Hanes