To D2Care Membership,
I owe everyone a HUGE apology. Life caught up with me and I have not updated the Membership recently. So, here is our current update and May Members Meeting (in lieu of chat room).
Almost the entire BOD was on vacation or had other obligations for a large part of May, which caused problems for both the Board and Membership Meetings for that month. The Board Meeting (May 6) was completed via email. The May 20 Membership Meeting did not occur at all, as only two Board members would have been able to attend. That was a first for the D2Care Board and Membership. However, it does raise the question on how to handle this should it occur in the future. The Bylaws do not provide much leeway in regards to the Members Meetings, so the Board is out of compliance in regards to this item. We did discuss among ourselves whether allowing a newsletter type email with opportunity to ask questions and vote on items could stand as a Members meeting. Ideas? Discussion? Opinions?
In March, 2010, the Board and Membership voted to support Rhonda Champion in providing “Courtesy Adoption” pages on the Spirit of Deaf Dogs website. www.spiritofdeafdogs.org. This was done for two reasons: 1) Rhonda already has the pages up and running and we wanted to minimize duplication and 2) we have not been able to maintain a consistent group of people to beta test and maintain the D2Care adoption pages. After polling members, we made the switch. You can find deaf dogs in need posted on the Adopt page of the Spirit of Deaf Dogs Website.
There are many myths regarding deaf dogs. And as a Board group we decided to write articles to refute or to show the humor in many of these myths. I am in the process of writing something up on the “all deaf dogs will turn aggressive and/or startle bite after years of being startled”. This is a favorite myth of the Dalmatian Club of America for justifying their Bylaw that mandates that their members kill bilaterally deaf pups. Are there any budding or wan’na be authors out there with a favorite myth?
At the beginning of this year, the AKC (American Kennel Club) decided for the first time to seriously consider allowing deaf dogs into sports competitions. But being the cautious organization that they are, they wanted research information to show that deaf dogs would not prove to be dangerous or increase liability at the events. Since such research does not exist, they took letters from AKC Members and other breed or Breed organizations (UKC) that have experience with deaf dogs (positive and non positive). The vote was held in September, and the decision was made NOT to allow deaf dogs into sports events, but it is the first time that AKC Board Members have seriously considered this possibility, and in fact had Board members vote in favor. D2Care did respond and sent a letter in support of allowing deaf dogs into sports events. We will post a copy of the letter in the News Blog, so look for a copy there.
Melissa McDaniel has been working hard on her two Photo books: one of deaf dogs, and one of rescue dogs. They are due out this month. D2Care has been in support of this project almost from the beginning. We have voted to “sponsor” her project and for $250 we gained a spot on her blog for 6 months. We also have added our name to the list of charities that can benefit from the sales of her books. We received our first donation from Melissa at the end of 2009 for $200. Please continue to support her project by purchasing one or both of her books. Her website is http://melissashouse.typepad.com
D2Care Committees are in desperate need of new members. Due to the economy and lack of “free money” we lost many of our members last year. We are slowly seeing an increase in membership, but we also lost many committee members when we lost D2Care members. We need members for the following committees
1) Aid Chair-Lori:
Reviews requests for D2Care Aid monies for emergency transport and vet are of deaf dogs in need)
2) Bylaws Chair-Jennifer:
Reviews the Bylaws for needed changes and makes recommendations for change. Has not been activated yet
3) Community Outreach Chair-open:
Develops and manages outreach materials for events
4) Grants/Affiliates Chair-Lori:
Reviews and applies to internet organization sponsorships and grants that affiliate with 501c3. Such sponsorships usually provide a % return to the
5) Membership Development Chair- Katie:
Responsible for bi yearly elections of Board membership, and development programs for recruitment and retention of D2Care Members
6) Merchandise Chair-Open:
Development and warehousing of merchandise for D2Care
7) Web Chair- Jennifer:
Development and maintenance of the D2Care website
Any volunteers out there?
Go to http://www.d2care.org/membersonly/financial.php?year=2009 to see the full report that details revenue and expenses. You must have set up a membership login in order to access. Any questions? Any ideas for increasing membership in these tough economic times? Any ideas for increasing our exposure so more people know to come to us for emergent medical or transport help for deaf dogs (not member dependent)?
And finally, I want to apologize for another “ooops” on my part. Renewal notices for membership should have gone out the first part of June. But again, life got in the way and I did not send them out. However, it is time for the 2010 membership renewals. If you last paid dues prior to March 2010, your membership renewal is due. We hope all of you are able to renew. Your membership is important to us and to the dogs that we can help.