Well, we have reached a major milestone in the creation of our organization. As most of you are aware, we began taking Charter Memberships on November 15, 2006. Hooray!!!!!!
So just a few more updates. We completed and approved the Bylaws on November 5, 06 at our second Board meeting. The paperwork for the 501(c)(3) tax exempt status is pending. We are only waiting for the signature page to the Bylaws to make its way around the US then we will mail everything in. I suspect that will be before the end of November. And rumor has it that it takes approximately 4-6 months for the IRS to verify approval. However, tax exempt status will be retroactive to the day we incorporated, June 24, 2006.
Our September Board meeting minutes are on the News Page. In keeping with our open door policy, we will continue to post minutes. However, only members of the organization may request a copy of the financial report. A full report will be available at the March or May Members meetings.
Our committees are working hard. The Marketing and Merchandise Committee has selected (with your help) a logo for our organization. This logo draft has gone back to the member that created it for some fine tuning. Once that is done, it will be posted everywhere.
The Membership Committee worked very hard with the Board to establish some membership guidelines and to help us define the role of the members within our organization.
The Web Committee has determined the categories for the website, and will soon be working hard to get those in place. I also believe Jennifer will be back working on the adoption pages so we can start posting dogs in need of homes. I’m looking forward to that page.
The Funding Committee has reviewed an application from another organization for disbursement of funds. They will soon be finalizing and writing policy to go with the form. I believe the first goal is funding of emergency vet care for deaf dogs.
I would like to give a personal Thank You for your support in our endeavors. Although we still have a distance to go, we would not have been able to get this far without all of you.