Sunday, August 7, 2011

Time is Running Out

Do you think you have the power to change organizations like humane societies? Our local humane society has a board of directors that normally consists of 12 members. Those directors are voted into office by the membership of the humane society. If you are not currently a member of the Lakeshore Humane Society in Manitowoc, WI, I urge you to buy a membership for $35 and help change the way things operate. Membership secures a vote for you in the annual election on October 18, 2011. The thing is your membership needs to be purchased before August 19, 2011 in order to have the right to vote in the annual election. The current bylaws of the Lakeshore Humane Society state that you must be a member in good standing 60 days prior to the election. I think this is a fair rule. But we need you to act fast! You do not have to live in Manitowoc County, or even Wisconsin, to buy a membership and vote. You can live on the other side of the world and still be a voting member. How's that you ask? All that you have to do is request an absentee ballot, have it notarized and get it back to the nominating committee by October 18, 2011 (Please don't wait that long!). One thing I would suggest if you’re buying a membership from out of state, do not pay via PayPal. Use a check, money order or cashier’s check. Record keeping is not the best at the shelter. If you go into the shelter itself and pay cash, ask for a receipt. At any rate, you should receive a thank-you card from the Lakeshore Humane Society within a week of paying for your membership. Here is the link to the Lakeshore Humane Society Membership Form.

This election is important as 8 positions open this October. There are many issues at stake. The Lakeshore Humane Society needs an Executive Director. They need a director who does this type of work as their passion, not just as a job. There are many problems at the shelter that are not being addressed. I don't think the board needs to be involved with day to day operations but currently it is and it's not working well. That's where an Executive Director comes in. Currently the society is run like a secret society. The membership is not kept informed of what goes on. In 2002 the bylaws were changed by the board of directors and they voted out the quarterly membership meetings. This can be added back if a motion is made at the annual membership meeting on October 18, 2011. The membership needs to be more informed about what is happening to the animals at the humane society. Oddly enough, I received in the mail yesterday a postcard from an unknown sender that stated the following: "Lakeshore Humane Society Should Not Be Euthanizing Healthy Dogs & Cats! They Say You Don't Care? PROVE THEM WRONG 1. Purchase a Membership For LHS For $35 2. Purchase Before August 13th So Your Vote Counts! 3. Attend the Annual Meeting On October 19th, 2011 4. VOTE Out Old Ideas Leadership! 5. Vote For Progressive Leadership! MAKE YOUR VOICE COUNT AND BE HEARD!” That was it. A very pointed message. One I would say I agree with. So kudos to whomever had these made up and mailed out! I do want to point out, however, that the postcard has a few dates incorrect. You actually have up until August 18th to purchase a Lakeshore Humane Society membership and still be able to vote in the election. As well, the postcard had the election-day off by one day (It's October 18th). Of course, getting your membership early is always the better route to take.

At this point in time I do not know who is running for the board of directors of the society. But when I do, I will tell you. I will also tell you what my opinion is of each and every candidate. But remember, I will only be giving my opinion. Everyone has an opinion.

So, I encourage you to take the time and help turn the Lakeshore Humane Society around. Please, purchase a membership and watch my blog to find out who is running for the board of directors. This election could be determined not only by those who attend the annual meeting but by those who live anywhere in the world! As the postcard said, "MAKE YOUR VOICE COUNT AND BE HEARD!"

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