Minutes from Mar 28, 2017 Paws-Ability Meeting

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES for Jan 31, 2017 meeting

II. FINANCIAL REPORT

III. OLD BUSINESS Pre Mardi Gras party allowed us to raise $1,762 for our friend Laurie Nelson. Laurie diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Feb 8, sea & Sand provided music, we sold 50/50 raffle tickets with drawing that night. Raffle winner donated his portion back to Laurie! Nice to be able to help one of our own and have fun at the same time. UPDATE: Mardi Gras 4 Paws. Check presented to Brunswick Search & Rescue. Funds raised included uniform coats for each BSAR dog, life jackets and leads for water rescue plus $2,100 to begin a medical protection program for BSAR dogs. Chamber Expo. Mar 4. St Patrick’s décor, Leprechaun, therapy dogs, papa john’s pizza, raffle prizes and more! Great day for exposure to chamber business members plus the public. Attendance at Expo was great. We no longer sell leashes & collars at animal control. In 3 years, we donated more than $20,000 in frontline flea product to animal control for this program. AC will now manage this program themselves. 2017 funds we budgeted to this program have been moved over to spay/neuter funds. We will continue to offer leashes & collar@ $10 per set. Sample leash/collar sets were wshown. Beacon Pet Page will be active soon. Reminder to rescue groups to get photos to Beacon by 4/19 for 4/27 issue. cost to advertise $80 per issue. advertising can honor a birthday/anniversary, memorial to a loved & lost pet, or just because! Great opportunity to get photo & story out for those pets who may need a little more marketing to find a forever home. Thank you Brunswick Beacon for this gift to rescue groups. REMEMBER: Papa John’s Pizza, PAWS30 promo continues. Online pizza orders receive 30% discount and Paws-Ability receives 20% of these orders each quarter.

IV. NEW BUSINESS Membership drive to complete in April. Membership makes a great gift for a friend! Membership will ensure you are kept informed about what is going on in the animal world. Checks presented to rescue groups: AAA, Cat Tails, FFAR, RACE for shelter needs and reimbursements for medical needs for animals in their care. 4/13 Sunset Beach Waterfront Market. Signup sheets avail. Photos w/ Easter Bunny, PA tent. 6/4 Band Fest need volunteers. Signup sheet avail. New program. Sign-up sheet avail for Novant Hospital project development. Patients leaving hospital too soon after surgery because of pets who need them, service dogs at the hospital. We submitted suggestions for questionare development by Novant corporate for program that could have impact on both people and their pets. If you are interested in learning more, contact Mary Beth or me. PEP training class, Apr 3. 930am-2pm, St Luke’s Lutheran Church. lunch & drinks provided. Great chance to see if this is just right for you. this is your heart, please join us. Change tomorrow by teaching children today. Only 1 lesson out of 5. “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”. Nelson Mandela. PA nominated for Community Impact Award. Did not win this year. Competition was from community groups, Hospice & OIB Museum. We consider it an honor to be considered with these 2 groups for Community Impact Award. PA 1st CAT HOUSE build by Brunswick County Academy placed. Beacon article was on display. Thanks to Paws-Ability members: Carolyn Wright, Seaside Bakery & Bobby Rains, this program off and running. Support from PA members, Bobby Rains, Michael Soyers, Jim Dobsa, Peter Maguire, Pam B, Beverly B, Kim Sherwood, Deb & Jim Boyce, Greg Weiss, Karen Arnold, Anita & Leon August, Diane & Ron Cudd, Don Testerman & Robin @ Coastal Hardware on 904. Brian Stricklanbd with Guy C Lee donated $500 in materials for this program. Shop Teacher, Clayton Held picks up materials from Guy C Lee Building Materials. Kim Sherwood with AFAR (advocate for animal rights) continues to address Legislative concerns that affect NC & BC: with requests for local ordinances, state laws, progress of HB159. UPDATE: NC Puppy Mill Bill passed NC House. Currently languishing in Senate with Rabon. He has repeatedly promised a “better puppy mill bill”, but has never introduced such. NC fell from #40 to #42 out of 50 in animal welfare. Not far to go to be on the bottom. You can contact local commissioners, urge their support for local improved local ordinances for animal welfare. It is important for commissioners to hear from YOU! New business member introduced: Katie Mae Garner, Companion Cremation Services. Katie will be our speaker at the May meeting.

Speaker: Dr Kristin Colleran offers Holistic approach to vet care for our pets. Using alternatives to pharmaceuticals like chiropractic care, acupuncture services for the comfort of our seniors. Rescues like Bella and Hank have benefited from these services. Questions / concerns? You have chosen to be part of PA. I am sure there is something we are doing that is just right for you this year. Please consider getting involved. If you need additional info, contact the event chair below or contact me. We need you! VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: If you can help, contact the chair of the group, listed below, or talk with Janie Withers. CHAIR CONTACT INFO: Website content coordinator Mary Beth Mount. Pet Education Program (PEP) Sue LoBuono: slobuono@yahoo.com Derrillyn Harbeston.dmshus@gmail.com Newsletter Ellen Lehrer: newsletter@paws-ability.org Novant Hospital program Mary Beth Mount. mbs6042@gmail.com Hope Harbor Debbie Eckert. debeckert@gmail.com SSB Waterfront Market 4/13 Marineteach@atmc.net Band Fest 6/4 janiewithers@paws-ability.org PUPPY MILL BILL Kimsherwood.humanesociety@gmail.com NC Animal abuse hotline: http://www.ncdoj.gov/Crime/Report-Animal-Cruelty.aspx Reporting animal abuse is your responsibility.

SPEAK FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NO VOICE. Rescue. Not just a verb, it’s a promise. National Mill Dog Rescue