We are wishing everyone a very safe and fun Labor Day Weekend!!July and August were both scorchers!
I am looking forward to cooler temps, hopefully beginning in September. I hope everyone enjoyed our time off in August and I also hope everyone is raring to get going again, we have a busy schedule picking back up after Labor DAY!
Paws Patrol-Pet Partners Semi-Annual Meeting Minutes
August 26th, 2018.
Our last meeting was held on March 18, 2018.
January 21st, 2 attended & we gained 1 new team, Prudence Millner with Buzz
April 8th, 5 attended & we gained 3 new teams, Karen Martin with Baxter, Rachel Dorough with Elvis and Marilyn Morgan with Brady)
August 19th, 7 attended and it looks like we will get maybe 4 or 5 new teams.
I will schedule another Workshop for October 2018. (?)
WE WELCOME AND APPRECIATE ALL OF OUR NEW MEMBERS!!!!!
Let me know if you are interested in visiting Phoebe facilities and or Hospice.
Evaluationsheld so far this year, February, March, April, and August.
Our next scheduled evaluation will be held on September 16th, and at least one more in November or early December.
We want to thank everyone who assisted with the workshops and evaluations!! It takes at least 3 or 4 people to get these done correctly! A huge thank you to Beverly with Mandy, Betty with Schatzi, Donna with Bessie & Barkly, Prudence Milner with Buzz Paula Patterson with Abbie, Mark Cohen, with Smoky, myself and of course a HUGE thank you to Phoebe Hospice for the use of their beautiful Willson Hospice House facility!
If you have not yet received an Assistant Packet, please request one if you are interested in helping out with these events. We could use the help!
We are requesting the following from our members for our files:
We would like copies of your Badges, or acceptance emails from Pet Partners that are usually received following your evaluation within 7 to 10 days after completing your online registration. You may fax them to me at 229-432-5411. If you are expired and still want to participate, please sign up for an evaluation. If you wish to be dropped from our emails please let me know. If you are in the process of completing your online registration then please remember to register with our Community Partner number #33948to receive discounts, expedition and publishing privileges.
We also need Phoebe Volunteers to share your Phoebe Badge numbers.
This will ease the reporting of our volunteer hours with Volunteer Services.
We have also discussed the number of visits that we expect from ourMembers. We would like to see all members visit at least once monthly. We would prefer more frequent visits, but we understand that many members have other commitments.If you need to miss a month for personal reasons then you should make it up the next month.
Now that we are receiving donations we have discussed and decided that our New Members or renewing teams will receive a collared Polo with our logo, a set of magnets for your car/truck and an embroidered bandanna for your animal. We will also provide you with Paws Patrol Bookmarks-After 3 months of visiting at least once monthly. Prudence Milner has offered to assist our members with ordering the bookmarks. I will provide her with your contact information and she will get in touch with you for the information about your animal.
Bandannas are going to be embroidered at no charge by an angel named Bonnie! I want to thank Prudence Millner who sought out the information and pricing for us. Prudence also has information to have decals put on your car or truck if you prefer decals over magnets. She had them put on her truck and they look awesome. Pricing is $10.00 for one or 2 for $20.00.
Dougherty County Library will be every 3rdThursday evening now instead of on Mondays. Our Mondays were too busy already.
New Schedule Request:
Oaks, Dr Moss Orthodontist, Moultrie Hospital and Moultrie Library
Our calendar is quite full and we have a difficult time fulfilling the number of requests. I have added Oaks to our calendar and we will see how it goes with being able to fulfill this commitment?
I am very excited that we are now getting computer help for our website from Robert Thompson, but it will take 2-3 weeks before it is complete.
-Camp Good-Grief October 13th, at Willson Hospice House
The training sessions for Camp Good Grief will be on Wednesday, October 3rdeither at 12:00 noon or 6:00 PM. These training sessions are required if you would like to participate in this event and they last approximately one hour.
-Christmas Parade is a fun community event and always takes place on the first Saturday in December which falls on Saturday, December 1st. Meg Farris is going to let us use her beautiful white truck!!!! THANK YOU MEG!!!! We should think about forming a committee for this event. Please let me know if you are interested in participating and helping us pull this together. Laura Golden’s mother contacted Sue Hite and has offered to help us with this event. She apparently has float skirts and lights! This will be a fun event and I have already purchased props and goodies for the parade. We certainly could use a committee for this event! We participated in 2016 and had a great time!
We use to have social gatherings with our registered companions, at least once a month to socialize with one another. We have decided to resume these gatherings and Beverly Nichols has volunteered to arrange these gatherings for our group. Thank you Beverly!! Please contact Beverly if you have any ideas or suggestions for her.
We would like to see more participation or support from our fundraisers. We have asked our members to either participate in at least one fundraiser a year or make a monetary donation of $25.00.
-February we raised $10,000.00 for Laura Golden, thanks to the hard work of Sue Hite, Donna Franklin, Betty & Bill Livingston, Beverly Nichols and myself.
-Facebook Birthday donations (you can choose a non-profit such as Paws Patrol-Pet Partners to have your friends donate to) On my birthday I requested this and received $720.00! Pretty nice and easy!
Please consider participating in this fundraiser for our group?
-We participated in the Tift Market Bake Sale in March. This fundraiser was to fulfill our commitment to Pet Partners as a Community Partner and took place the day before Easter this year. Not as good of a turn out that we had hoped for, but we did okay. We were able to make a $300.00 donation to Pet Partners for the Sweets and Treats fundraiser they do every year in celebration of National Pet Therapy Day.
-PetsMart-adopt a pet days. We participated in on May 19thand sold baked goods, dog & cat treats, bandannas (not the same ones that we will be using) and cold water. PetsMart, Pet Supermarket, Oasis Day Spa and Studio 413 have been very generous with lots of items to raffle off.
The next opportunity to participate is on September 15th, but we have a scheduled visit at Lee County Library that day and evaluations scheduled the next days, so we decided not to participate in this one. We will try and participate in the Adopt A Pet Day on Saturday, November 10th.
Donations: Thank you to Donna Franklin for updating our financials!
We are very proud to say that through our fundraising efforts, we have raised monies to assist with the daunting spay and neuter efforts in our local shelters Moultrie Colquitt, Lee County and the Albany Humane Society. We were able to donate $600.00 to each facility in memory of Ms Marty Harris!! I know she would be very proud of our group for all that we do for SWGA, as should we all!!! I want to also be sure to thank Dr Mark Cohen, our top supporter!!
We are making a difference, not only on a daily basis with our visits, but also within the entire SWGA area!! Thank you to all of our members!!! Thank you to everyone in our group for all that you and your fur babies give!
We have been in dire need of updating our bulletin board in the Phoebe Oncology Dept. Beverly Nichols has volunteered to update the bulletin board at Phoebe Main Campus. Thank you Beverly!!!!
Summer has arrived, high temps and humidity!!
Please be sure to carry water for your fur babies and be mindful of the hot asphalt!
I apologize that I have been sooooo busy with a wedding and losing two pups of my own, not to forget the great loss of Bella, Sandy Knight’s sweet pup and Leigh Windham’s, sweet Robert’s Achilles injury and Mandy has been down with an infection! This has all happened since December 2017 and the beginning of the year for me, has been a very difficult one! But with that said, things are looking up on my end and I am more than ready to pour my heart and soul into our mission and moving forward. I currently am staying very busy with three young dogs/pups! All have great potential for becoming therapy dogs. Sandy Knight misses being part of our group also and she adopted an abandoned miniature male poodle from the Albany Humane Society and we have high hopes that they will soon be joining us again at the libraries. We miss Sandy so much and she was such a blessing to our group! Please keep her and her new fur baby in your thoughts and prayers!
Our summer calendar is a little lighter and so we are able to participate in some special summer camps and summer children’s programs. We participated in Aspire’s Summer Camp at the Park in Sylvester during June and they were a great group of children. We talked about therapy dogs vs. service animals, animal safety and our Paws Patrol-Pet Partners mission. We will be visiting the Lee County library on Thursday, June 28th for their special children’s summer program and again at the Oakland Library Branch on Thursday, July 17th. We need as many teams that are available, never too many teams for these events. Please consider joining us on these special visits.
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel a few visits recently and that is something I do not like to have to do, but sometimes we have to put our volunteer work aside and take care of ourselves and our families. We are not good company for our clients if our animals or ourselves are not in good a place or in good health. As we well know, by many of the clients that we visit, quality vs. quantity frequently is a choice we have to make in our lives. Canceling a visit is something that none of us like to do, but sometimes is a necessity! Mandy and Robert are in our thoughts and prayers with their recent illnesses and injuries and we wish them a speedy recovery! They are missed so much!!!
We are excited to welcome these new members into our group, Karen Martin with Baxter (a Teacup Yorkie), Rachel Durough with Elvis (Shih Tzu) and Marilyn Morgan with Brady (long haired Chihuahua). Karen and Baxter have already made a couple of visits and are doing great! Rachel and Marilyn have received their badges from PP and are ready to get started.
We have been busy raising money and have purchased embroidered and collared polo shirts from Pro-1 in three different colors, white, turquoise and fusia. We are giving each new member a shirt, a set of magnets and a bandanna for their animal to get started with visits. If you would like to purchase an additional shirt the cost is $18.00. We are looking into the cost of purchasing bookmarks with a photo and information about our animal to share with folks on our visits. Thank you to Prudence Milner for investigating this and getting us a price sheet. I will following up with more information soon.
Camp Good Grief is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th, please save the date. We take shifts spending the day on the grounds of Willson Hospice House with youth from 11 different counties who have suffered from the loss of loved one. These children are referred through their churches, schools, counselors and teachers. It is a fun and quite rewarding day, we look forward to each fall.
We have scheduled another date for evaluations on Sunday afternoon, August 5th. Please check your badges expiration date and if you expire in September 2018, please be sure to sign up for a renewal. Also, please remember to give a copy of your Pet Partner badge to Phoebe Volunteer Services to keep on file. I am holding another Workshop for anyone interested on Sunday, August 19th. Please let me know if you know anyone that might be interested in attending.
We will be taking August off for visits so I am thinking that would be a great time to have our next Semi-Annual meeting. I have tentatively set the date for Sunday afternoon August 26th, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, please save the date. I am flexible so please let me know if this works with your schedules? We have a lot to discuss and I am hoping that everyone can make it.
Wishing a Happy Birthday to our July and August Birthdays!!!!
August-Beverly Nichols and Becky Mills
This is a short newsletter, but has a lot of information.
We began rescheduling our Phoebe facilities at the beginning of April and are glad to be back. We also added a couple of extra visits to our calendar in April/May to the special education class in Lee County. We had a great time working with these children and brightening their day.
We held a Workshop on April 8th and had five people attend. Thank you to Beverly Nichols, Betty Livingston and Donna Franklin for assisting with the Workshop and Evaluations in April! Three of these folks have also been evaluated on April 29th and will be joining us on visits very soon. We are welcoming Karen Martin with Baxter, Rachael Dorough with Elvis and Marilyn Morgan with Brady!!!!! We are very excited to have thes ladies joining us!!!
We are having more evaluations this Sunday, May 20th and we have three teams signed up for this so far. One renewal and two new teams. We could use another person to assist with these if you are available, please sign up. If you have not assisted before, we have a packet explaining what your responsibilities are as assistant.
Aspire has requested that we participate in their summer camp program again this year, so I have added to our June Calendar. It is being held at Jeffers Park in Sylvester this year. Should be fun and it starts at 9:00 a.m. so it shouldn’t be too hot yet. These are always fun and the dogs enjoy the children. We have a bit lighter schedule during the summer. We do not schedule Saturday visits at Lee County Libraries during the summer, but they have requested that we participate in their summer childrens program which takes place in June and July during the week, please check the calendar for dates and times. We will be keeping Dougherty County Library visits on the calendar for Saturday during June and July..
We will be taking August off as we always have in the past, this is due to the extreme heat in August and the start schools. I hope to have another Workshop in July or August, but we have not set a date yet. AARC/Lions will remain on our calendar this June and July. They love seeing the dogs and so do the folks at Easter Seals and they told us that they want to meet all of the dogs in our group! Please consider joining us on these visits, I promise it is a very rewarding experience.
Happy Birthday to our May Birthday!!!!! Meg Farris!!!
I hope everyone had a good Valentines Day!!! & Wishing everyone a happy Easter!!!
Mark and I have had a really rough time since the New Year began. We have lost two of our very special fur babies and within one month of one another. First our precious Spike, to an illness that took him from us on January 3rd and then we lost our sweet Mini to a splenic tumor on February 7th. We are now down 5 registered teams if you take into account Mark and I were both registered with Spike and Mini and then Sandy Knight’s sweet Bella passed in December. I have had a difficult time getting and staying motivated.
I am very sorry to also have to share with everyone that one of our members, Barbara Harden, joined her Lord and her loved ones already in heaven on Saturday evening, February 24, 2018. Barbara and her beloved dog, Charlye, loved their volunteer work with Paws Patrol and were a very dedicated team before the cancer took control of her life. They will be dearly missed by Paws Patrol and so many who lives they touched. Her husband, Richard Harden, although he operates mostly behind the scene, has been a very active part of Paws Patrol and is responsible for our website that he and Marty established prior to Marty’s passing. We are deeply grateful to Richard for all he has done for Paws Patrol. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers!
On a more pleasant note, we are not only ecstatic, but also very proud to say that Paws Patrol-Pet Partners sponsored, supported and helped to raise $10,000.00 toward the purchase of Bruno, the seizure alert service dog for Laura Golden. Sue Hite and Donna Franklin were key to arranging, organizing and running the Puppy Love Run. In case you don’t know, Laura Golden is a local Albany resident that suffers from Epileptic Seizures. Bruno will not only be able to alert Laura when she is about to have a seizure, but he will also provide protection for her during her seizures and allow her to attend college safely and independently. Bruno is a rescue dog that has been being trained in Arizona. We will be presenting a check for $10,000.00 to Laura at our Semi Annual meeting scheduled for Sunday, March 18th. Bruno and Laura’s mother, Juanita will also be attending our Semi Annual Meeting and we are so excited to meet Bruno. We hope everyone will come and help us celebrate this very special occasion. We have been informed that WALB may also be attending and if this is the case then we may change the location to a more suitable public place. I will keep everyone posted of any changes.
We are also inviting a few potential members to our Semi Annual Meeting as well. Please plan on attending and helping us to welcome these potential new teams.
Phoebe facilities have had us on hold with our visitations due to such a heavy flu outbreak this year. I believe that we may resume our visits in April, but this is not yet confirmed. I will send out an email when I am notified and begin posting our Phoebe facility visits back on our calendar.
One of our teams made a special visit to Lee County School, Leigh Windham with Robert had a great time visiting some of the students. I have gotten nothing but positive feedback about there visit. Also, while visiting at Aspire this week, one of the students was telling us all about meeting Robert (the really big dog) during a library visit. We are making a difference and touching lives on every visit we make! Thank you to all of our teams for your time and promoting physical, emotional and mental health through the human-animal bond. Lets make 2018 a great year by stepping up our participation in these scheduled visits!!
Beverly Nichols, Paula Patterson and I held evaluations on February 24th and we are very pleased to welcome two new teams to our group, Prudence Milner with her golden, Buzz and Donna Franklin with Barkly!!!! Congratulations to Prudence and Buzz, and Donna Franklin and Barkly, we look forward to visiting with both of these new teams!!!
We will be having another evaluation on Saturday March 10th at Easter Seals. We could use some help with these evaluations if you are available please sign up to assist. We only have a couple of teams to evaluate so we will begin around 9:45 and should be finished before 1:00. I have scheduled another Workshop for Sunday afternoon April 8th. Please encourage any potential friends or family that you think might make a good team to sign up for this Workshop.
Happy Birthday to our February and March Birthdays!
Amy Jones, Mac Walters, Jessica Andrews, Fran Clinkscales, Betty Livingston, Amy Heidt and Prudence Milner!!!